Los Angeles Times

Stocks regain part of week’s losses


Technology companies and banks helped lift stocks on Wall Street broadly higher Wednesday, enabling the market to claw back some of its losses after a downbeat start to the week.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 0.9%, snapping a two-day slide.

Most of the companies in the benchmark index rose, with technology, financial and healthcare stocks accounting for a big share of the gains. Tesla, Amazon and other companies that rely directly on consumer spending also rose. Communicat­ion and utilities stocks fell.

Investors continued to work through company earnings reports while keeping an eye on bond yields, which eased lower.

Small-company stocks far outpaced the broader market after slumping a day earlier.

The S&P 500 rose 38.48 points to 4,173.42. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 316.01 points, or 0.9%, to 34,137.31. Both the S&P 500 and Dow hit all-time highs Friday. The technology-heavy Nasdaq added 163.95 points, or 1.2%, to 13,950.22.

The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks, which has been outpacing the broader market all year, led the way higher, climbing 51.42 points, or 2.3%, to 2,239.63.

The yield on the 10-year Treasury held steady at 1.56%.

Much of the market’s focus over the next two weeks will be on individual companies and how well their quarterly results turn out. This week roughly 80 members of the S&P 500 are due to report results, as well as 1 in 3 members of the Dow. On average, analysts expect quarterly profits across the S&P 500 to climb 24% from a year earlier, according to FactSet.

Railroad operator CSX said its first-quarter profit fell because of higher expenses, but it expects to benefit as the U.S. economy strengthen­s further over the rest of the year. The stock rose 4.3%

Healthcare stocks helped lead the broader market higher after several companies reported solid financial results. Surgical device maker Intuitive Surgical rose 9.9% after handily beating analysts’ first-quarter forecasts. Medical device maker Edwards Lifescienc­es rose 6.3% after also reporting strong financial results.

Netflix slumped 7.4% for the biggest decline in the S&P 500. The video streaming pioneer disappoint­ed investors with its latest report on subscriber additions, which came in below its own forecasts.

The gangbuster growth Netflix had seen during the pandemic appeared to be slowing as people start leaving their homes more and as competitio­n from rival services picks up.

Investors are looking to justify the market’s advance this year, despite the lingering pandemic and higherthan-normal unemployme­nt.

There are also signs of COVID infections increasing outside the U.S. in major economies such as India and Brazil once again.

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