U.S. stocks were putting in a mixed performance Monday afternoon as Treasury yields resumed their march higher and lawmakers averted a shutdown of the federal government over the weekend.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average
was down 193 points, or 0.6%, at 33,315.
The S&P 500
was off 15 points, or 0.3%, at 4,274.
The Nasdaq Composite
gained 49 points, or 0.4%, to reach 13,269.
Stocks closed out a losing September and third quarter on Friday. The S&P 500 fell 4.9% in September to post its worst month of 2023 and declined 3.7% for the quarter. The Dow and Nasdaq also suffered quarterly declines.
Stocks are facing headwinds from the threat of higher interest rates, as Treasury yields on Monday continued to climb toward some of their highest levels in at least a dozen years.
The selloff in U.S. government debt was particularly strong in long-term securities. The rate on the 10-year note
jumped almost 13 basis points to 4.7% on its way to the highest closing level since Aug. 15, 2007, and the 30-year rate rose 10 basis points to 4.81%, headed for its highest since April 6, 2010.
Stopgap legislation that averted a potentially economy-damaging government shutdown provided some early support during Asian trading hours. But Treasury yields moved steadily higher as the session progressed, with investors reasoning it was now more likely the Fed would raise borrowing costs again this cycle.
Fed-funds futures traders priced in a 30.9% probability of a quarter-point rate increase on Nov. 1, up from around 18% on Friday.
“Federal lawmakers secured a 45-day extension of current spending levels to dodge a government shutdown. However, the agreement is hardly a long-term solution, as tensions over government budgets are unlikely to dissipate,” said Jason Pride, Michael Reynolds and Ilona Vovk of the investment strategy team at Glenmede, which manages $42 billion in assets. “All else equal, each tightening of the government’s purse strings should act as a headwind to the economy and profits.”
Monday’s session kicks off the final quarter of 2023, a seasonal period that tends to see gains for stocks, particularly as the year draws to a close.
It follows a tough September, though, when the S&P 500 endured its worst month of the year, down 4.9%, as the 10-year Treasury yield surged to its highest level since 2007 amid concerns that sticky inflationary pressures would cause the Federal Reserve to keep interest rates higher for longer.
On Monday, the Institute for Supply Management’s manufacturing survey rose to 49.0% last month from 47.8% in August. Economists polled by the Wall Street Journal had forecast the index to register 48% in September. Numbers below 50% signal contraction. The index has been negative for 11 months in a row for the first time since the Great Recession of 2007 to 2009.
Better news from China, where official data over the weekend showed the country’s manufacturing sector expanded in September for the first time in six months, initially helped the mood across global markets — though not in China itself, which was shut for the Golden Week holiday.
Tom Lee, the head of research at Fundstrat, said he was constructive on stocks given that the U.S. consumer and economy remain healthy, and this should help corporate profits to rise over coming quarters.
“We remain comfortable with the view that equities can rally into the end of 2023. There has been significant technical damage over the past 8 weeks, and this breakdown is not instantly reversed as we move into October. But … the price level of the S&P 500 is approaching an area of attractive risk/reward,” Lee said in a note.
There are a number of Fed speakers to start the week. New York Fed President John Williams is due to speak at an environmental economics conference at 1:30 p.m. Eastern time on Monday, and Cleveland Fed President Loretta Mester is slated to talk at 7:30 p.m.
Companies in focus
Class A shares of AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc.
fell 2.1%, giving up initial gains. Variety reported over the weekend that the makers of a concert film of Beyoncé’s Renaissance World Tour are in advanced talks to distribute the film directly through AMC, following its deal to distribute the concert film “Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour” starting Oct. 13. Shares of Marcus Corp.
rose 0.4% after Marcus Theatres announced that it would show the Renaissance World Tour concert film.
Shares of Tesla Inc.
ticked up 0.5% even after the electric-vehicle giant reported third-quarter deliveries that were well below already-lowered expectations.
Rivian Automotive Inc.
said Monday that it delivered 15,564 vehicles in the third quarter, more than double the 6,584 vehicles the electric-vehicle maker delivered in the same period a year ago. Its shares rose 0.9%.
Nio Inc.’s American depositary receipts
were off 2.1%, after the China-based electric-vehicle maker reported a big jump in deliveries for both September and the third quarter, amid the launch of its new EC6 coupe SUV.
Shares of Kellanova
formerly known as Kellogg Co., and the new North America cereals business WK Kellogg Co.
were off to a soggy start, with the new stocks falling in their first day of trading following the completion of their separation into two independent public companies.
SmileDirectClub Inc.’s Class A shares
plummeted 62% after the teeth-straightening company voluntarily filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as its founders committed to help recapitalize the company.
Jamie Chisholm contributed.