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Wall Street rises as growth stocks rebound

written by Bella Palmer

DJIA was up 189.79 points, or 0.55%, at 34,410.15, S&P 500 was up 34.01 points, or 0.77%, at 4,431.46, and Nasdaq Composite was up 215.23 points, or 1.61%, at 13,586.81

U.S. shares rose on Wednesday as a rebound in growth stocks on falling yields and strong results from Delta Air Lines offset declines in JPMorgan after the bank reported a slump in first-quarter profit in a mixed start to the earnings season.

Megacaps Apple Inc and Microsoft Corp rose 1.7% each, while Nvidia Corp and Advanced Micro Devices Inc gained 2.7% and 1.9%, respectively, after chipmakers’ shares got battered this week.

The Philadelphia semiconductor index climbed 2.2% after dropping nearly 20.9% so far this year.

The benchmark U.S. 10-year Treasury yield fell, helping tech and tech-adjacent stocks that have been under pressure in the last few weeks, even as data showed producer prices increased more than expected in March amid a surge in demand for services.

The market is coming to the conclusion that the March data is likely to be the peak, said Sam Stovall, chief investment strategist at CFRA Research.

Eight of the 11 major S&P 500 sectors advanced. Industrial stocks gained 0.8% helped by a surge in airline shares.

Delta Air Lines Inc jumped 4.3% after posting a smaller-than-expected quarterly loss and forecasting a return to profit in the current quarter on the back of booming travel demand.

Delta Airlines is in the sweet spot of the reopening trade, said Art Hogan, chief market strategist at National Securities in New York.

Investors have been taking a wait and see attitude, but it looks like a very positive response to Delta and likely the other travel and leisure names, Hogan said.

Other airlines such as American Airlines Group Inc, United Airlines Holdings Inc and Southwest Airlines Co gained between 5.2% and 9.0%.

At 4:23 pm GMT, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 189.79 points, or 0.55%, at 34,410.15, the S&P 500 was up 34.01 points, or 0.77%, at 4,431.46, and the Nasdaq Composite was up 215.23 points, or 1.61%, at 13,586.81.


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