US stocks edge higher as big tech firms reap gains

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US stocks edge higher as big tech firms reap gains

 US stocks edge higher as big tech firms reap gains
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Benchmark US indices bounced back strong to close higher on Tuesday, October 5, boosted by robust gains in the technology sector. Economy-linked stocks also saw significant gains.

The S&P 500 was up 1.05% to 4,345.72. The Dow Jones rose 0.92% to 34,314.67. The NASDAQ Composite rose 1.25% to 14,433.83, and the small-cap Russell 2000 was up 0.49% to 2,228.36.

The Commerce Department said on Tuesday that the US trade deficit hit a record high of US$73.3 billion in August. US goods exports were US$149.7 billion in the same month, the data showed.

Traders will now eagerly wait for the Labor Department’s payroll data on Friday. It gives a weekly analysis of the labor market’s progress, one of the key metrics  to gauge the economic recovery.

Technology, financial, and communication stocks were the top movers on S&P 500. Nine of the 11 index segments stayed in the green. Real estate and utility stocks were the bottom movers.

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PepsiCo, Inc. (PEP) stock gained 1.02% after reporting quarterly results on Tuesday. It reported revenue of US$20.18 billion in Q3, FY21, while its net income was US$2.24 billion. It now expects its organic revenue growth to be 8%, up from its previous forecast of 6%.

Shares of Ocugen, Inc. (OCGN) rose 1.56% after it signed an agreement with Indian biotech firm Bharat Biotech for a Covid-19 vaccine. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) is expected to finalize on the emergency use of Covaxin developed by Bharat Biotech and Ocugen.

SmileDirectClub, Inc. (SDC) stock rose over 14% after the oral care company announced that it might get a patent for its SmileBus concept from the US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO).

In the financial sector, Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK.B) rose 2.12%, JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) rose 1.48%, and Bank of America Corporation (BAC) gained 2.48%. Wells Fargo & Company (WFC) and Morgan Stanley (MS) advanced 2.49% and 2.23%, respectively.

In technology stocks, Apple Inc. (AAPL) gained 2.16%, Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) rose 2.42%, and NVIDIA Corporation (NVDA) rose 4.38%. Adobe Inc. (ADBE) and Oracle Corporation (ORCL) gained 2.01% and 2.81%, respectively.

In the communication sector, Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL) increased by 2.62%, Facebook, Inc. (FB) rose 2.19%, and The Walt Disney Company (DIS) gained 1.39%. Netflix, Inc. (NFLX) and Twitter Inc. (TWTR) jumped 6.02% and 3.14%, respectively.

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Technology, financial, and communication stocks were the top movers on S&P 500.

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Nine of the 11 S&P 500 segments stayed in green. Real estate and utility stocks were the bottom movers.

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Futures & Commodities

Gold futures were down 0.38% to US$1,760.90 per ounce. Silver decreased by 0.08% to US$22.625 per ounce, while copper fell 1.31% to US$4.1830.

Brent oil futures increased by 1.71% to US$82.65 per barrel and WTI crude was up 1.78% to US$79.00.

Bond Market

The 30-year Treasury bond yields was up 2.59% to 2.101, while the 10-year bond yields rose 3.61% to 1.534.

US Dollar Futures Index increased by 0.21% to US$93.977.

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