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Wed, Mar 15 20234:12 PM EDT Indexes are mixed at close The three major indexes were mixed when the market closed. The Dow and S&P 500 were down 0.9% and 0.7%, respectively. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite was up just under 0.1%. — Alex Harring Wed, Mar 15 20233:47 PM EDT […]

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Indexes are mixed at close

The three major indexes were mixed when the market closed.

The Dow and S&P 500 were down 0.9% and 0.7%, respectively. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite was up just under 0.1%.

— Alex Harring

Jeremy Siegel raises his forecast for 2024, expects slowdown in rate cuts

Wharton finance professor Jeremy Siegel thinks next year will be a better year for markets.

“I think there’s gonna probably be more softening in the second half of 2023, with earnings not being as good as I once thought,” Siegel said on CNBC’s “Closing Bell.” “But I think that not raising [interest rates] as much as [the Federal Reserve] wanted to makes 2024 look an awful lot better to me.”

Looking ahead to next week’s meeting, Siegel expects the Federal Reserve to implement a 0.25 percentage point interest rate increase and signal a “lightweight pause” in its inflation-fighting efforts, noting cooling inflation and the unexpected decline in wholesale prices in February.

“They won’t commit [to a pause] but I think the language is going to be totally different from the language we had after the last meeting,” Siegel said about the upcoming Fed meeting. A sooner-than-expected rate cut could happen by June, he added.

— Pia Singh

1-3 year U.S. Treasury ETF sees streak of daily moves larger than a quarter-percentage point longer than at any point in past two decades

The 1-3 year US Treasury ETF (SHY) moved more than 0.25% for the fourth straight session on Tuesday. That’s the longest streak of moves greater than a quarter of a percentage point since at the last two decades, according to Bespoke Investment Group.

Sept. 19, 2008 was the last time the fund notched three straight trading days of moves greater than 0.25% in either direction, Bespoke data shows. The ETF has not seen a four-day streak of moves above that size since at least 2002, the data shows.

The fund is on track to post another day of moves greater than 0.25% in Wednesday’s session. Here’s how the ETF has moved over the last five sessions:

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SHY ETF over the past five sessions

SNB: Will provide liquidity to Credit Suisse if needed

The Swiss National Bank said Wednesday that it will provide banking giant Credit Suisse with liquidity if needed.

In a joint statement, the SNB and Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority said: “FINMA confirms that Credit Suisse meets the higher capital and liquidity requirements applicable to systemically important banks. In addition, the SNB will provide liquidity to the globally active bank if necessary.”

Credit Suisse shares were under pressure Wednesday after the bank’s largest investor said it wouldn’t provide more financial assistance. U.S.-listed shares of Credit Suisse were last down more than 18%.

— Fred Imbert

Bank pressures grow as mindset within industry evolves, Peter Boockvar says

Peter Boockvar of Bleakley Financial Group said pressure on the financial sector was growing broadly because the bank failures have changed the mindset of the industry.

“What this is telling us is there’s the potential for just a large credit extension contraction that banks are going to embark on [to] focus more on firming up balance sheets and rather than focus on lending,” Boockvar said to CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Wednesday.

“It’s a balance sheet rethink that the market’s have,” Boockvar added, citing that many banks may have bought longer maturity bonds that have reduced in value since the Fed started raising rates. “Also you have to wonder with a lot of these banks if they’re going to have to start going out and raising equity.”

— John Melloy

Nasdaq outperforms as Big Tech stocks rise

Some technology stocks bucked the broader market selloff trend on Wednesday, offsetting some of the Nasdaq Composite‘s losses and helping the tech-heavy index outperform.

As of 3:05 p.m. the Nasdaq traded flat, with Netflix and Alphabet up 3.3% and 2.7%, respectively. Amazon and Meta Platforms added about 1% each, while Microsoft gained 1.8%. Some software stocks, including Jack Henry & Associates and Akamai Technologies also moved higher.

Other rate-sensitive growth stocks also benefitted Wednesday as bond yields tumbled, with names like Zoom Video and Coinbase last up 2.5% and 3.2%, respectively.

— Samantha Subin

Credit default swaps on banks jump, led by big move in Credit Suisse

The price to insure against defaults in the banking sector rose Wednesday, with the 5-year credit default swaps on Credit Suisse bonds doubling in one day.

The 5-year CDS on Credit Suisse rose 102% at a record 983.66 Wednesday afternoon, much higher than those for other banks. For instance, UBS 5-year CDS climbed 31% to 101.77, and JP Morgan was up 8.6% at 98.17.

–Patti Domm

Citi upgrades Truist to buy

Citi Analyst Keith Horowitz upgraded Truist Financial to buy from neutral, saying investors are wrong about the deposit outlook at Truist. He expects shares can jump 60% after their recent drop.

“The TFC bear case is all about high HTM [held-to-maturity] losses relative to equity and we believe this thesis is flawed. Our view is that the deposit outlook is fine, meaning that securities can be held to maturity at par without realizing losses (just lower net interest margin over time from opportunity cost),” Horowitz wrote to clients on Wednesday.

— Sarah Min

Stocks remain down heading into final trading hour

The three major indexes remained in the red as investors entered the final hour of trading.

The Dow was down 1.1%, while the S&P 500 shed 0.9%. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite was down just 0.1%.

All three indexes came off lows in afternoon trading.

— Alex Harring

Swiss regulators and Credit Suisse are reportedly discussing ways to stabilize the bank

Swiss regulators and Credit Suisse are in talks about options to stabilize the bank, Bloomberg News reported Wednesday afternoon, citing people familiar with the matter.

The ways being discussed included a potential liquidity backstop, the report said, adding that Credit Suisse has asked the Swiss central bank and regulators for public statements of support.

— Yun Li

Goldman Sachs cuts GDP forecast because of stress on small banks

Goldman Sachs on Wednesday lowered its 2023 economic growth forecast by 0.3 percentage points to 1.2%, citing a pullback in lending from small- and medium-sized banks amid turmoil in the broader financial system. 

Analysts expect that small banks will attempt to preserve liquidity in case they need to meet depositor withdrawals, leading to a substantial tightening in bank lending standards that could weigh on aggregate demand. “Small and medium-sized banks play an important role in the US economy,” they wrote.

Banks with less than $250 billion in assets comprise about 50% of U.S. commercial and industrial lending, the firm noted. Click here to read more.

— Pia Singh

Cathie Wood’s innovation ETF reels in $400 million in one day

Cathie Wood’s flagship Ark Innovation ETF (ARKK) reeled in $397 million in new money just Tuesday alone, notching the biggest one-day inflow since April 2021, according to FactSet.

Investors could be piling into the innovation fund under the belief that the current banking chaos could make the Fed pause its rate hike campaign, which would benefit growth stocks. Wood’s disruptive tech darlings were among the hardest hit by rising rates over the past year.

— Yun Li

VIX spikes again as Credit Suisse turmoil worries markets

The CBOE Volatility Index, a closely monitored fear gauge and measure of volatility, jumped 18%, or more than four points, as Credit Suisse‘s woes spooked broader financial markets.

The measure, commonly referred to as the VIX, was last at 28, spiking again after jumping earlier in the week to levels not seen since at least 2022.

A VIX value greater than 30 is often associated with high volatility and risk.

— Samantha Subin

Energy stocks fall as oil tumbles 6% to lowest level in over a year

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Oil drops more than 6% to lowest level since December 2021

— Samantha Subin, Gina Francolla

Bank stocks making some of the biggest moves midday

S&P 500 briefly turns negative for year in Wednesday’s session

The S&P 500 briefly dipped below its flatline for the year.

Wednesday’s slide brought the index within a percentage point of its flatline for most of the session, giving up most ground after an early 2023 rally pushed it up. The broad index at one point traded down so much that it was in the red for the year.

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Utilities bucks broader market downturn

Utility stocks in the S&P 500 have side-stepped the broader market’s fall in Wednesday’s session.

The sector is up 1%, despite the broad index falling nearly 1.75% at the same time.

Axel Energy is leading the way for the sector, up 2.8%. Other top performers include American Electric Power, WEC Energy and Southern Company, which have all gained more than 2%.

Communication services was the only other of the 11 sectors to advance in Wednesday’s session, as advances of more than 1% in Alphabet, T-Mobile and Netflix helped push the sector up a relatively modest 0.2%.

On the other hand, energy and materials were the two worst performing sectors, dropping 6.2% and 4.4%, respectively.

— Alex Harring

Some Big Tech, software stocks outperform

Some technology and software stocks outperformed Wednesday as troubles at Credit Suisse spooked investors and the broader market.

The bright spots included Microsoft and Netflix, up 0.6% and 1.8%, respectively. Alphabet shares were modestly higher.

SentinelOne shares surged nearly 9% after posting a smaller-than-expected loss for the latest quarter. Akamai Technologies and Jack Henry & Associates also moved slightly higher.

Rate-sensitive technology stocks have benefitted recently from the downtick in yields. Higher rates typical means valuations are less attractive for tech stocks, by making future profits less valuable.

— Samantha Subin

High-yield not showing deep stress as investors rush into safe haven Treasurys

High yield corporate bond spreads to Treasurys are at the widest they’ve been this year, but still well below last year’s highs.

Peter Boockvar of Bleakley Financial Group said the Bloomberg Corporate High Yield Bond Index was yielding 8.87% Tuesday, compared to a high of 9.88% last October.  Yields move opposite price.

Investors watch high-yield debt among other things for signs of credit stress in times of concern.

“We’re around the widest since Jan. 3, so it’s given back all the spread narrowing we’ve seen this year,” he said.

The spread of the high yield index to Treasurys was about 470 basis points Tuesday. Boockvar said it began the year at about 470 basis points, but dipped to about 385 in February. A basis point equals 0.01 of a percentage point.

“We’re still 100 basis points narrower than last July,” he said. “Treasury yields collapsed so also part of this is the drop in Treasurys.”

Boockvar noted that the prices of both iShares iBoxx $ High Yield ETF, HYG and the Invesco Senior Loan ETF, BKLN were near the lows of 2023, but still above last year’s lows.

At the same time, investors are pouring into the safety of Treasurys. The 2-year yield fell to 3.81%. It was at about 4.24% late Tuesday.

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Mohamed El-Erian says the Fed’s credibility is at stake as pressure mounts on the banking sector

The Federal Reserve failed to slow down its aggressive rate hikes in time, and now as a series of bank crises mount, the central bank’s credibility is on the line, said economist Mohamed El-Erian. 

His comments come as the U.S.-traded shares of Credit Suisse sank to an all-time low in trading Wednesday. The massive sell-off comes after the Swiss bank, already embattled by a series of regulatory scandals, said its largest investor, Saudi National Bank, could not provide it with any further financial assistance. This news renewed the rout in U.S. bank stocks that began last week with troubles at Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank.

As the Federal Reserve continues to digest new economic data indicating where it stands on the fight against inflation, El-Erian sees the institution’s credibility at stake after it “didn’t slow down in time [and] slammed on the brakes.” 

CNBC Pro subscribers can read more about his insights here.

— Hakyung Kim

Two bond ETFs are popping as spooked investors run for safety

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BND and AGG are on track for their best day since last year.

The gains for these two ETFs coincide with a broad selloff for stocks amid global worries about the banking sector. Treasury yields have also fallen as investors snap up these U.S. government bonds.

Both BND and AGG offer broad exposure to U.S. investment grade bonds. They also have hefty allocations toward U.S. Treasurys and issues from the Federal National Mortgage Association and the Government National Mortgage Association – known as Fannie Mae and Ginnie Mae.

Darla Mercado, Gina Francolla

Credit Suisse bond yields jump, credit default swaps race higher

Credit Suisse Group bonds sold off sharply, as the price of insuring those bonds also raced higher.

Credit Suisse 5-year credit default swaps reached a record high 694.83 Wednesday, according to Refinitiv. UBS’ 5-year CDS was at about 88 Tuesday, while JP Morgan Chase 5-year CDS was at about 83.

By comparison, Credit Suisse reached a high of about 255 during the financial crisis in March, 2009, according to Refinitiv.

Credit Suisse’s 10-year corporate bond was yielding more than 9% Wednesday. The bank’s stock was also down about 17%.

A credit default swap allows investors to protect their holdings in a company or sovereign’s bonds, against the chances of a default. 

–Patti Domm

Euro on pace for worst day in almost three years

The Euro is down 1.84% against the dollar, falling to $1.0535 as of 11:05 a.m. ET. It is currently on track for its worst day since Mar. 19, 2020 when it fell 2.043% against the dollar.

The dollar index is up 1.28%, on pace for its best day since Mar. 7, when the index gained 1.21%. It is up 0.2% week-to-date and its sixth positive week in seven weeks.

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Euro falls against the dollar

Dow hits session low coming out of first hour of trading

The Dow briefly notched a new session low as investors entered the second hour of trading.

The 30-stock index was down just over 610 points, or 1.9%, shortly after 10:45 a.m. ET. The Dow previously hitting a session low of 602 points down.

The S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite, meanwhile, also continued trading in the red. The S&P 500 slide brought the broad index within 0.3% of its flatline for the year.

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WTI hits lowest level since December 2021

U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude hit its lowest level in more than a year as troubles at Credit Suisse spooked markets.

WTI hit a low of 67.93, its the lowest level since Dec. 20, 2021, when it traded as low as 66.04.

Oil rose earlier in the session after data showed economic activity improve in China in the first two months of the year.

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WTI hits lowest level since December 2021

— Samantha Subin, Gina Francolla

Treasury yields plummet as expectations for a Federal Reserve rate hike fade

Treasury yields fell at a stunning pace, as futures showed sharply reduced expectations the Federal Reserve would raise interest rates next week.

“Liquidity has been poor the last couple of days, but volumes have been high, which tells me a lot of people are doing trades they feel compelled to do, rather than ones they want to do,” said Michael Schumacher, director rates strategy at Wells Fargo.

The 2-year yield Treasury yield, which most reflects Fed policy, was at 3.78%. It was at 4.24% in late U.S. trading Tuesday, before new worries about the banking system emerged. Credit Suisse shares tanked after reports that Saudi National Bank could provide no further financial support. Stocks fell sharply as that reignited concerns across the banking sector.

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“It’s extraordinary,” Schumacher said of the 2-year yield. “It’s gapping. It can go almost anywhere. If you try to take a view right now, the vol [volatility] is just so high, you can’t do it.” The 10-year was at 3.39%.

He said fed funds futures briefly priced in as little as 9 basis points of a Fed rate hike for the central bank’s meeting next week but futures were volatile and were pricing in about 12 basis points just after 9:30 a.m. ET. On Tuesday, the market pricing suggested investors mostly expected a quarter point hike, or 25 basis points.

“The ECB, which meets tomorrow is still priced for 32 basis points, which seems whacky,” Schumacher said, referring to pricing in overnight index swaps.

The European Central Bank has been expected to raise rates by a half percent, but after worries swirled around Credit Suisse many traders expect a smaller hike of 25 basis points. A basis point equals 0.01 of a percentage point.

-Patti Domm

Credit Suisse shares open down more than 23% in heavy volume

Credit Suisse shares fell more than 23% in heavy volume as the market opened. Shares sank to a fresh all-time low of $1.75.

Troubles at the Swiss bank have reignited the turmoil among financial stocks, with pressure especially acute for mid-size U.S. banks. The bank’s largest investor, Saudi National Bank, said it can’t provide the company with further financial assistance.

—Christina Cheddar Berk

First Republic shares slide as Credit Suisse woes rattle sector

Shares of First Republic slid 15% on Wednesday as news that Credit Suisse’s biggest backer wouldn’t provide anymore financial support rattled the broader market.

First Republic and other regional bank stocks have been volatile in recent days as investors grapple with the fallout from the failure of Silicon Valley Bank.

Other regional bank stocks also fell Wednesday, including Western Alliance, last down about 4%.

— Samantha Subin

Stocks open lower

The three major indexes all traded lower as investors entered the new trading session.

The Dow was down 1.2%, while the Nasdaq Composite dipped 0.9% about 15 minutes after the market opened. The S&P 500 was down 1.2%, a drop that pulled the index’s year-to-date gain within one percentage point of its flatline.

— Alex Harring

First Republic trades down along with regional banks

First Republic Bank turned negative in the premarket despite trading up earlier, joining regional banks in the red.

The stock has been closely followed after feeling whiplash in recent sessions as investors focused on banks following the closure of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature bank. Shares popped nearly 27% in Tuesday’s relief session after closing down nearly 62% on Monday.

Shares of First Republic were last down 5.3% in the premarket, meaning it was performing worse than the SPDR S&P Regional Banking ETF (KRE), which was down 4.7%

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First Republic and the regional banks ETF over the past five trading sessions

BlackRock’s Larry Fink says more bank seizures could come

BlackRock CEO Larry Fink issued a somber warning on the state of the financial markets, saying the banking crisis brought on by the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank could spread, but it was too early to determine.

“We don’t know yet whether the consequences of easy money and regulatory changes will cascade throughout the U.S. regional banking sector (akin to the S&L Crisis) with more seizures and shutdowns coming,” Fink said in his annual chairman letter to investors.

Fink, 70, said it now seems “inevitable” that some banks will need to pull back on lending to shore up their balance sheets, and there might be stricter capital standards for banks going forward.

— Yun Li

Producer price index posts unexpected decline

West Texas Intermediate crude oil slides to lowest price since Dec. 2021

West Texas Intermediate crude oil reversed course in early trading Wednesday, falling as low as $69.76 a barrel, the lowest since shortly before Christmas of 2021.

WTI is now down about 4.6% week-to-date and on pace for its fourth weekly decline in five weeks.

Follow United States Oil ETF (USO) for a decent proxy.

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U.S. Oil Fund year to date

— Scott Schnipper, Gina Francolla

Stocks making the biggest moves premarket

Check out the companies making headlines before the bell on Wednesday.

  • Credit Suisse — Shares of Credit Suisse were down 21.5% after the firm’s biggest backer, Saudi National Bank, said it won’t provide it with further financial help. Credit Suisse and several other European banks, including Societe Generale, Italy’s Monte dei Paschi and UniCredit, were halted from trading as prices plummeted.
  • PacWest Bancorp, Comerica, KeyCorp— Several regional banks led Wednesday’s fall after rallying on Tuesday. PacWest and Comerica lost 7.7% and 3.4%, respectively. KeyCorp’s stock price dropped 1.4%, Regions Financial was down 4.2% and Zions Bancorp lost 5.5%. Shares of San Francisco-based First Republic bucked the trend, gaining 3.8%.
  • Lennar — Shares of the homebuilder rose more than 1% in premarket trading after Lennar beat estimates on the top and bottom lines for its fiscal first quarter. The company reported $2.06 in earnings per share on $6.49 billion of revenue. 

Read here to see which other companies are making moves before the open.

S&P 500 futures slide nearly 2%, putting the index’s year-to-date gain at risk

S&P 500 futures slid nearly 2% around 8:10 a.m. ET, indicating that the broad market index could lose its year-to-date gain at the open.

The S&P 500 finished the Tuesday trading session up 1.65% at 3,919.29 with a year-to-date gain of 2.08%.

Futures tied to the broad index were last lower by 1.85%.

— Tanaya Macheel

Wells Fargo files ‘shelf registration’ to sell up to $9.5 billion in various securities

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Wells Fargo shares in past five days

Large U.S. bank stocks under pressure

Shares of large U.S. banks were under pressure in premarket trading as traders monitored Credit Suisse’s struggles.

Shares of Wells Fargo and Citi fell about 4% each, while Bank of America dipped 3%. JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs shed about 2%.

The larger U.S. bank stocks have mostly held their ground in recent days relative to regional bank stocks, which were seen as more risky in the wake of the Silicon Valley Bank collapse.

— Jesse Pound

Regional banks slide

Credit Suisse shares tumble

ADR shares of Swiss lender Credit Suisse tumbled 21% in premarket trading.

Saudi National Bank said it could not provide more funding, Reuters reported. “We cannot because we would go above 10%. It’s a regulatory issue,” Saudi National Bank Chairman Ammar Al Khudairy told Reuters Wednesday.

The troubled Swiss bank said earlier this week it had found “material weaknesses” in its financial reporting for 2022 and 2021.

— John Melloy

Several European banking stocks halted after in swift selloff

Several European banking names were halted Wednesday, as a sharp drop in Credit Suisse shares dragged down the sector — along with the broader market.

Shares of Societe Generale, along with Italy’s Monte dei Paschi and UniCredit, have been halted. Credit Suisse, meanwhile, fell 20% after its largest investor said it would not provide further assistance for the embattled bank.

These moves come as traders around the world grapple with the fallout from Silicon Valley Bank’s failure.

“The failure of Silicon Valley Bank has spilled into the European equity market,” wrote Citi strategist Beata Manthey. “While US authorities have stepped in to limit contagion risks, ongoing volatility in bank shares means broader spillovers may still be in play.”

Manthey noted that conditions were already ripe for profit taking in European markets. “However, investors remain net long on European Banks, despite cutting their position from max longs only one month ago. This means positioning could still unwind further.”

— Fred Imbert, Michael Bloom

European equity markets open lower

European equity markets opened lower, with banking stocks still in negative territory following the global Silicon Valley Bank fallout.

The pan-European Stoxx 600 index was down 0.4% toward the start of trade, with most sectors and major bourses trading in the red. Retail stocks led losses with a 1.9% drop, followed by oil and gas stocks, which were down 1.4%. Banking stocks were down 0.5%.

— Hannah Ward-Glenton

BMW lifts margin forecast, expecting higher deliveries as it ramps up electric rollout

German carmaker BMW on Wednesday said it expects an EBIT (earnings before interest and taxes) margin of between 8-10% for its automotive range in 2023, with deliveries set to rise slightly from 2022. Selling prices are targeted to remain at a “stable” level.

The company reaffirmed the full-year 2022 results reported last week, including an EBIT of 10.6 billion euros ($11.4 billion) for its automotive segment, which had an 8.6% margin last year.

BMW is carrying out an extensive rollout of battery-electric vehicles and anticipates it will reach more than 50% BEV share well ahead of 2030. The company’s BEV share is slated to reach 15% in 2023.

Ruxandra Iordache

China’s industrial output, retail sales rise in January to February period

China’s industrial output rose 2.4% in the January to February period, official data showed.

Retail sales rose 3.55% for the same period, in line with expectations.

China’s fixed asset investment in the first two months of the year saw a rise of 5.5%, higher than expectations from economists polled by Reuters that predicted to see growth of 4.4%.

China’s onshore yuan weakened after the data was released and traded at 6.8822 against the U.S. dollar.

The People’s Bank of China kept the rate on 481 billion yuan of one-year medium-term lending facility loans at 2.75%.

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Japanese banks rise following Wall Street banks rebound

Japan financials rose in Wednesday’s morning trade, reversing the direction seen earlier in the week and following Wall Street banks’ rebound.

Tokyo-listed shares of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group rose 3.25%, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group gained 2.73% and Mizuho Financial Group was also up 2.04%. Nomura Holdings also rose 1.7%.

Technology giant SoftBank Group meanwhile continued to see marginal losses of 0.62%.

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Health-care, technology stocks lead Hong Kong rally

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index led gains in the Asia-Pacific region as it climbed 2.35% on Wednesday, powered by health-care and technology stocks.

Some of the top gainers on the index were search engine company Baidu, which gained 6.28%, Alibaba Health Information Technology rose 5.59%, and internet company Netease, which saw shares climb 4.02%.

However, the top gainer on the HSI was Orient Overseas (International), which jumped 9.49%. The company is the parent company of container shipping firm Orient Overseas Container Line.

— Lim Hui Jie

Indicators confirm to BofA that U.S. is in downturn and cash beats stocks

Quantitative market indicators watched at Bank of America by a team led by cross-asset and quant strategist Alex Makedon and equity and quant strategist Savita Subramanian confirm that the U.S. economy fell “deeper” into a downturn (from a late economic cycle phase) for a second straight month in February, a report out Tuesday said.

Going back to 1990, similar conditions prevailed seven times, with the downturn lasting an average 12 months (but ranging between six months in 1995-1996 and 19 months during the Global Financial Crisis), BofA said.

What’s more, “Cash IS the alternative now,” BofA said, adding “we see cash as more attractive than equities given our expectation for only 2% to 3% S&P 500 total return this year” compared with a cash yield bear 5% on short-term Treasury bills and the bank’s economists “still expecting a terminal rate of 5.25%-5.5% even after recent developments.”

The best equity investment strategies revolve around those that are based on companies’ cash flow, the team wrote. Those strategies, stressing free cash flow to enterprise value or price to free cash flow ratios, “outperformed the index in previous downturns, especially outside of the zero interest rate policy (ZIRP) era, when cash had little value. These factors remain underowned by active managers and inexpensive vs. history.”

The BofA idea is that stocks offering free cash flow and dividends represent a “bird in hand,” while high P/E, growth stocks are “buy the dream” ideas. Unfortunately for those counting on a revival of leaders from the past, “Long equity duration stocks (`buy the dream’ growth stocks that are most sensitive to funding costs) may have more room to falter,” said BofA.

— Scott Schnipper

Lennar, First Republic among stocks moving after hours

Lennar — The homebuilding stock gained about 3% in extended trading. Lennar beat analysts’ earnings and revenue expectations for the recent quarter, according to Refinitiv. The company posted earnings of $2.06 a share on revenue of $6.49 billion.

First Republic — Shares of the regional bank stock were on the move once again after the bell, last up 8.9%. Other bank names Western Alliance and KeyCorp also rose, gaining about 5% and 3%, respectively.

Read the full list of stocks moving after hours here.

— Samantha Subin

3M — at lowest in 10 years — among 15 new S&P 500 52-week lows on Tuesday

Among the 15 stocks in the S&P 500 that touched fresh 52-week lows on Tuesday was 3M, which fell to its lowest point since Feb. 2013. Once known as Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing, 3M is the only stock in the 15 that’s also in the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

  • Dish Network (DISH), lowest since 2009
  • Hasbro (HAS), lowest since March 2020
  • VF Corp. (VFC), lowest since 2011
  • Hormel (HRL), lowest since 2019
  • Devon Energy (DVN) , lowest since Jan. 2022
  • Centene (CNC), lowest since Oct. 2021
  • CVS Health (CVS), lowest since April 2021
  • Southwest (LUV), lowest since May 2020
  • 3M (MMM), lowest since 2013
  • Gen Digital (GEN), lowest since March 2020
  • CF Industries (CF), lowest since Feb. 2022
  • WestRock (WRK), lowest since August 2020
  • Advance Auto Parts (AAP), lowest since May 2020
  • Organon (OGN), lowest since spin-off from Merck in June, 2021
  • Boston Properties (BXP), lowest since 2009

Three stocks in the S&P 500 touched new 52-week highs on Tuesday:

  • Arista Networks (ANET), all-time high back to 2014 IPO
  • Cadence Design Systems (CDNS), all-time high back to when ECAD went public in 1987
  • GE Healthcare Technologies (GEHC), all-time high back to GE spinoff in Dec. 2022

— Scott Schnipper, Christopher Hayes

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