S&P Negative as Bond Yields Jump

Tech stocks dragged down the S&P 500 Wednesday amid rising bond yields, while names tied to an economic recovery provided the market with some support.

The Dow Jones Industrials regained130.78 points to pause for lunch Wednesday at 31,522.30, supported by a 3% jump in Boeing shares.

The S&P 500 demurred 6.35 points to 3,863.94. The energy sector rose 2%.

The NASDAQ Composite dumped 108.36 points to 13,250.42.

Growing optimism over the vaccine rollout sparked a rally in cyclical stocks and reopening plays. American Airlines popped 4%, while Carnival and Norwegian Cruise Line jumped about 6% each.

President Joe Biden said late Tuesday that the U.S. will have a large enough supply of coronavirus vaccines to vaccinate every adult in the nation by the end of May. That would be two months ahead of schedule. The vaccine rollout is seen as key part in getting Americans back to work and for the economy to recover.

On the data front, private companies added 117,000 new jobs in February, according to a report Wednesday from payroll processing firm ADP. Economists polled by Dow Jones expect 225,000 private jobs were added last month.

Meanwhile, the pace of growth in the services side of the U.S. economy decelerated in February. The Institute for Supply Management Non-Manufacturing Index showed a reading of 55.3 for last month, down 3.4 percentage points from January and below the 58.7 Dow Jones estimate.

Prices for 10-Year Treasurys thundered lower, raising yields to 1.48% from Tuesday’s 1.41%. Treasury prices and yields move in opposite directions.

Oil prices jumped $1.64 to $61.39 U.S. a barrel.

Gold prices dropped $12.10 to $1,721.50.