S&P 500 Snaps 4-Day Losing Streak
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The S&P 500 snapped a four-day losing streak as upbeat retail earnings reports provided investors with some relief from the constant Federal Reserve tapering chatter plaguing markets worldwide. Treasuries were also stabilizing Tuesday.
Investors hope to gain more insight into the Fed's stimulus reduction plans through the Federal Open Market Committee's July minutes to be published Wednesday as well as from any key developments out of the Kansas City Fed's annual Jackson Hole Economic Symposium, which begins on Thursday.
The benchmark 10-year Treasury was rising 18/32, diluting the yield to 2.819% and taking a breather from the steep, tapering-fear triggered selloffs of the prior sessions as the emerging market equities sank overnight on these anxieties and triggered a flight to quality.
"We need a little more hard data and a lot more information from the Fed before this wave of uncertainty will die down," Andrew Wilkinson, the New York-based chief economic strategist at Miller Tabak wrote in a note. "Regardless of whether or not the September FOMC meeting delivers the onset of tapering, which we think it will, what we do know is that the Fed wants to dispense with the program at some point during 2014."
December gold futures rose $6.90 to settle at $1,372.60 an ounce and October crude oil futures fell $1.75 to $105.11 a barrel.
-- Written by Andrea Tse and Joe Deaux in New York
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