U.S. Stocks Touch Record Highs, Bonds Extend Slide: Markets Wrap

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(Bloomberg) — U.S. stocks briefly registered all-time highs as optimism over the economic recovery continues to ripple through markets worldwide. Global bonds extended the worst start to a year since 2013.

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The S&P 500, Nasdaq Composite and Dow Jones Industrial Average indexes all set records Tuesday, before easing from the highs. The MSCI benchmark for emerging and developed market stocks had risen for 12 straight sessions, the longest run of gains in 17 years. In Japan, the Nikkei 225 Stock Average extended its advance past the 30,000 level. European markets were mostly little changed after a rally on Monday.

The reflation trade is powering assets tied to economic growth and price pressure, including commodities and cyclical stocks. At the same time, investors are riding a wave of speculative euphoria from penny stocks to Bitcoin amid abundant policy support.

“We certainly have data that suggests that being more glass half full than glass half empty remains the right posture,” said Eric Freedman, chief investment officer at U.S. Bank Wealth Management. “People are looking at parts of the world as well as sectors that have been underperforming and saying ‘hey this is maybe the next part of the market that heads higher.’”

© Bloomberg Global stocks eye 12th straight day of gains as technical indicator shows strain

Here’s a look at how it’s playing out in global markets:

Stocks

The S&P 500 eased 0.1% as of 11:59 a.m. in New York. It has added about 5% so far in 2021. The Russell 2000, which has surged almost 17% this year, edged lower.

The mood was more subdued in Europe, where major indexes ended mostly little changed. Emerging market gauges were also flat.

Commodities

Brent oil is holding near a 13-month high after freezing temperatures crippled the Texas power system and disrupted crude production. Nearly 5 million people across the U.S were plunged into darkness as homes and businesses lost power. Natural gas futures for March delivery surged as much as 10%.

In metals, copper climbed to the highest since 2012 and tin extended a dramatic surge. Citigroup Inc. forecasts copper prices will rally to $10,000 a ton in six to 12 months on a better-than-expected recovery in demand, most notably outside China.

© Bloomberg Oil prices have surged amid a fast rebalancing of the market

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Bonds

Global debt markets are extending a selloff as investors shift money to riskier assets. German bunds and U.K. gilts both saw benchmark yields gain five basis points. Treasury 10-year yields rose as much as eight basis points to touch 1.29% — the highest since last March — while the 30-year equivalent pushed above 2%.

© Bloomberg Bond yields rising everywhere as optimism around vaccines grows

Currencies

The dollar strengthened against most of its major peers. The pound edged higher to $1.3908.

Bitcoin crossed a new milestone, surpassing $50,000 as the blistering rally continues to captivate investors. Tesla Inc.’s announcement that it added $1.5 billion in Bitcoin to its balance sheet was the most visible recent catalyst. Companies such as Mastercard Inc. and Bank of New York Mellon Corp. have also moved to make it easier for customers to use cryptocurrencies.

Here are some key events coming up:

Earnings roll on with companies including, Daimler, Credit Suisse, Deere, Danone and Nestle.Federal Open Market Committee minutes from the January meeting are due Wednesday.U.S. retail sales figures come on Wednesday.

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