October 16, 2018 / 1:12 AM / 10 months ago

Stocks rebound with earnings in focus; oil little changed

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Stocks bounced back on Tuesday across the world, supported by strong earnings expectations, while oil prices were wobbly as evidence of higher U.S. production was overshadowed by a tighter global supply outlook as Iran prepares for U.S. sanctions.

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., October 16, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Despite the rally in stocks, U.S. Treasury yields were steady.

European shares pulled up from Monday’s 22-month lows , partly on expectations that the reporting season will deliver double-digit earnings growth. A rebound in Italian assets helped battered equities find firmer ground as well.

On Wall Street, tech shares led the way a day after a decline in Apple weighed on the Nasdaq, while the healthcare sector also rose after earnings reports from Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) and UnitedHealth Group (UNH.N).

“A couple of inputs that caused a sell-off in the last two weeks, such as rising interest rates, higher oil prices and the dollar, have calmed down to rational levels,” said Art Hogan, chief market strategist at B. Riley FBR in New York.

“The market may be able to positively respond to that as we work our way through the earnings season.”

The Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI rose 412.38 points, or 1.63 percent, to 25,662.93, the S&P 500 .SPX gained 42.59 points, or 1.55 percent, to 2,793.38 and the Nasdaq Composite .IXIC added 155.66 points, or 2.09 percent, to 7,586.40.

The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index .FTEU3 rose 1.41 percent and MSCI's gauge of stocks across the globe .MIWD00000PUS shed 0.45 percent.

Emerging market stocks lost 0.86 percent. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS closed 1.11 percent lower.


Crude futures oscillated as concerns about tightening global supplies ahead of U.S. sanctions on Iran were offset by higher U.S. shale production and inventories.

U.S. crude CLc1 fell 0.13 percent to $71.69 per barrel and Brent LCOc1 was last at $80.98, up 0.25 percent on the day.

Sterling rose against the dollar GBP= after data showed basic wages of workers in Britain rose at their fastest pace in nearly a decade. The British currency was last trading at $1.3188, up 0.29 percent on the day.

Meanwhile, a survey showed German investor morale darkened more than expected in October.

The euro EUR= rose 0.04 percent to $1.1582, while the Japanese yen weakened 0.34 percent versus the greenback at 112.15 per dollar. The dollar index .DXY fell 0.05 percent.

Investors waited for Washington’s view on China in the U.S. Treasury’s semiannual currency report due this week, after media reports last week that it has not labelled Beijing a currency manipulator.

Benchmark 10-year Treasury notes US10YT=RR last rose 1/32 in price to yield 3.1614 percent, versus 3.163 percent late on Monday.

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The 30-year bond US30YT=RR last rose 3/32 in price to yield 3.3364 percent, from 3.341 percent late on Monday.

“Following the extraordinary volatility in both stocks and bonds, we are seeing a bit of a calming here as traders are looking for new ranges,” said John Canavan, market strategist at Stone & McCarthy Research Associates in New York.

Investors scaled back bearish bets on longer-dated U.S. government debt this week, suggesting less selling pressure on Treasuries, according to a survey released by J.P. Morgan Securities on Tuesday.

Reporting by Rodrigo Campos, Karen Brettell, Devika Krishna Kumar and Richard Leong in New York; additional reporting by Medha Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Nick Zieminski and Dan Grebler

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