Dow Jones Recovers Losses on Wall Street After Recent Declines

Dow Jones rebounds, global shares rise as investors focus on U.S. earnings reports. Tech stocks lead the way, while the Fed warns of high interest rates to curb inflation.

Shivani Chauhan
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Dow Jones Recovers Losses on Wall Street After Recent Declines

Dow Jones Recovers Losses on Wall Street After Recent Declines

The Dow Jones Industrial Average recovered losses on Wall Street after recent declines, according to a German market report on April 23, 2024. Global shares rose on Tuesday, driven by the recovery on Wall Street, where investor focus is on earnings reports from U.S. megacaps.

The Dow Jones index rebounded following a six-day streak of declines for the S&P 500. The S&P 500 gained 0.5%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.7%, and the Nasdaq composite jumped 1.1%, with technology stocks leading the way. The rally was widespread, and most stocks across Wall Street rose.

Investors scaled back safe-haven bets on Monday as worries over a wider Middle East conflict eased, boosting world equities and pressuring gold, oil, and bond prices. The Japanese yen hit a new 34-year low against the U.S. dollar, prompting a warning from Japanese officials.

Why this matters: The recovery of the Dow Jones and other major U.S. stock indexes has global implications, as investors worldwide closely monitor the performance of Wall Street. The rebound also reflects a shift in investor sentiment, with reduced geopolitical tensions and optimism in corporate earnings driving the market upturn.

This week is a big one for earnings reports, with around 30% of the companies in the S&P 500 scheduled to report their first-quarter results. Analysts expect the 'Magnificent Seven' tech companies, which were responsible for the majority of the S&P 500's big gain last year, to see slower earnings growth compared to last year. The difference in growth between the 'Magnificent Seven' and the rest of the S&P 500 is expected to close by the end of the year.

The Federal Reserve has warned that interest rates may need to remain high to ensure inflation is heading down to their 2% target, disappointing financial markets that had hoped for rate cuts this year. Oil prices also rose, with U.S. benchmark crude gaining 80 cents to $82.70 per barrel and Brent crude gaining 79 cents to $87.79 per barrel.

The recovery in U.S. stocks came as global markets were mostly higher. The FTSE 100 in London hit a record high, while the German DAX and French CAC 40 also gained. In Asia, the Nikkei 225 in Japan rose 0.3% despite the country's manufacturing activity contracting for 11 straight months. The Hang Seng in Hong Kong added 1.9%, while the Shanghai Composite slipped 0.7%.

"The U.S. stock market, including the S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrial Average, and Nasdaq composite, rebounded on Monday, recovering more than a quarter of last week's losses," the German market report stated. "Technology stocks led the way as bond yields stabilized, and bank stocks also performed well after better-than-expected profits from Truist Financial."

Key Takeaways

  • Dow Jones, S&P 500, and Nasdaq rebounded after recent declines.
  • Investor focus on earnings reports from U.S. megacaps drove the rally.
  • Reduced geopolitical tensions and optimism in corporate earnings boosted market.
  • Analysts expect slower earnings growth for tech 'Magnificent Seven' in Q1.
  • Fed warns interest rates may need to remain high to curb inflation.