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Stocks are mixed as regulators 'pause' J&J vaccine rollout

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 | Damian J. Troise And Alex Veiga, AP Business Writers

In this Tuesday, March 23, 2021 file photo, the Fearless Girl statue stands in front of the New York Stock Exchange in New York's Financial District. Stocks are off to a sluggish start on Wall Street as the market loses more momentum following its rise to records last week. The S&P 500 was wavering between small gains and losses in the early going Tuesday, April 13 while gains for several Big Tech stocks pushed the Nasdaq up 0.8%. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

Stocks were choppy and mixed in afternoon trading Tuesday as a drop in bond yields hurt bank stocks but helped big technology stocks.

The S&P 500 index was up 0.3% as of 2:54 p.m. Eastern. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 61 points, or 0.2%, to 33,683 and the Nasdaq was up 0.9%. The divergence was largely due to the fact the Dow has more bank stocks while the Nasdaq is heavily weighted with technology companies.

Dow component Johnson & Johnson fell 1.5% after U.S. regulators recommended a pause in using its single-dose COVID-19 vaccine to investigate reports of possibly dangerous blood clots. Moderna, which also makes a COVID-19 vaccine, rose 6.8%.

The potential loss of a vaccine option is casting a shadow over many companies that are relying on ramped up distribution to recover from the pandemic. American Airlines slipped 2.2% and Delta Air Lines fell 1.6%. A broad mix of retailers and travel-related companies like hotels were also weighed down.

“The response today has been very muted and isolated,” said, Scott Knapp, chief market strategist at CUNA Mutual Group. “Markets don't expect lockdowns. The recovery may be delayed, but not a return to pandemic conditions.”

Despite the choppy trading, the benchmark S&P 500 was on track for another record high. The broader market has been mostly notching gains this month, reflecting cautious optimism among investors that the economy will strengthen and corporate profits will improve as the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine paves the way for businesses to fully reopen.

The yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury fell to to 1.63% from 1.67% the day before. JPMorgan Chase fell 0.9% and Wells Fargo lost 2.3%.

Investors will get a chance to look over the books of the big banks starting Wednesday, when JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo report their quarterly results. Bank of America and Citigroup report their results on Thursday.

Big technology stocks, which have fallen when bond yields have risen, were moving solidly higher. Apple rose 2.4% and Amazon rose 1.1%. Technology stocks rose sharply in 2020 as investors bet that stay-at-home Americans would shift even more to online buying and electronic entertainment to keep themselves busy in the pandemic.

Investors had little reaction to a report that showed U.S. consumer prices increased a sharp 0.6% in March, the most since 2012, while inflation over the past year rose a sizable 2.6%. The big gains are expected to be a temporary blip and not a sign that long dormant inflation pressures were emerging. The index rose 0.4% in February.

The Fed has been trying to reassure markets that any increase in inflation would be temporary as the economy recovers.

“It looks like the market is starting to internalize that point of view,” Knapp said.

Traders in cryptocurrencies pushed up the price of Bitcoin above $63,000 for the first time Tuesday. It was up 5.4% to $63,139 in late-afternoon trading, according to the tracking site CoinDesk. The rally comes as cryptocurrency exchange and digital wallet operator Coinbase is set to make its stock market debut Wednesday.

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7 Sports Betting Stocks That Will Shine Beyond March Madness

One of the many consequences of the novel coronavirus was the shutdown of live sports. For sports-minded individuals, one of the events that were missed the most was the NCAA Basketball Tournament affectionately known as March Madness.

But in addition to missing the entertainment that sports provide, cities and states realized, if they didn’t already, that sports are an economic necessity.

Live sports may also be a key to their post-pandemic future. But this goes beyond hotels and restaurants.

Sports betting has become big business. Currently, 25 states and the District of Columbia have legalized sports betting either by statute or by ballot initiative. That list is likely to grow. Many states face budget deficits and want to legalize sports betting for the revenue that it could receive.

And this is about more than allowing gamblers to place bets via a sportsbook in a casino. The real driver for this is mobile sports betting. According to the American Gaming Association, over 47 million people are expected to place bets during the NCAA basketball tournament, with approximately one-third of those bets (17.8 million) being placed online.

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Companies Mentioned in This Article

CompanyMarketRank™Current PricePrice ChangeDividend YieldP/E RatioConsensus RatingConsensus Price Target
Wells Fargo & Company (WFC)2.0$46.96flat0.85%126.92Buy$40.45
JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM)2.5$164.01flat2.19%21.44Buy$147.99
Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)2.3$170.22flat2.37%26.76Buy$185.70
Citigroup (C)2.7$76.56flat2.66%15.22Buy$76.40
Bank of America (BAC)2.4$42.36flat1.70%20.97Buy$37.84
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