Stock market news live updates: Stocks post a back-to-back session of gains as consumer confidence, 3Q GDP top estimates – Yahoo Finance

Stock market news live updates: Stocks post a back-to-back session of gains as consumer confidence, 3Q GDP top estimates – Yahoo Finance

Stocks traded higher on Wednesday to extend gain from Tuesday’s session, when the major equity indexes rallied after three consecutive sessions of declines. 

The S&P 500, Dow and Nasdaq rose in intraday trading after opening mixed, with the moves higher coming amid a slew of upbeat economic data. Third-quarter U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) was revised higher in the latest estimate from the Bureau of Economic Analysis to show a 2.3% annualized increase in economic activity from the 2.1% rise previously report. And consumer confidence jumped more than expected this month, and “expectations about short-term growth prospects improved” among Americans, according to the Conference Board’s latest report. 

With trading volume relatively light during the holiday-shortened week, investors have also continued to assess a multitude of developments on the Omicron variant and its potential impact on economic activity. These updates have come alongside expectations for tighter monetary policy next year from the Federal Reserve. 

Omicron has overtaken other coronavirus variants to become the dominant strain in the U.S., and now accounts for about three-quarters of new infections. Against this backdrop, President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced a series of new measures to address the virus, including opening additional federal COVID-19 testing and vaccination sites and sending 500 million at-home rapid tests to Americans for free beginning next month. 

“I think this is a perfect time to remind everybody that the market is a leading indicator. So the market is going to go down, the market is going to bottom before the bad news peaks,” Liz Young, SoFi head of investment strategy, told Yahoo Finance Live on Tuesday. “We likely haven’t heard all of the bad news yet. We certainly haven’t hit a peak in the Omicron cases.” 

“But what we’re seeing in the action [Tuesday] is that, we’ve had three days of a sell-off. And some of that I think was overdone, especially in a lot of these areas that are positioned to do well in a reopening environment,” she added. “You have to have some money in the market in areas that should do well in that particular way. Airlines are one of those, cyclicals are more of those. When we look at the pattern in the market today, I think this makes sense for what’s ahead for the next 6 to 12 months.”

Other strategists agreed that investors should brace for more choppiness heading into the end of the year. 

“I think you naturally are getting a little bit of this bounce after we’ve had a couple choppy sessions. But also the market is trying to price and digest the new information we’re getting here,” Anna Han, Wells Fargo securities equity strategist, told Yahoo Finance Live on Tuesday. “We had some news on Build Back Better getting delayed, we have more information on Omicron. These are the things you’re seeing combine with low liquidity as we get into year-end, so we’re not surprised to see the volatility.” 

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