Wall Street shares end higher after choppy trade

Washington | Updated on August 05, 2020 Published on August 05, 2020

Investors focussed on U.S. non-farm payrolls (file photo)   -  Reuters

Wall Street shares ended higher after choppy trade as hopes mounted US leaders would agree on another coronavirus stimulus package. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.62%, the S&P 500 rose 0.36% and the Nasdaq Composite added 0.35%.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 164,07 points, or 0.62%, to 26,828.47, while the Nasdaq gained 41.46 points to 11,096.54 at the end of the day’s session.

White House negotiators late Tuesday vowed to work “around the clock” to reach a spending deal by the end of the week, but the Treasury Secretary warned they were not “going anywhere close” to the $3.4 trillion Democratic leaders sought.

U.S. lawmakers missed a deadline last week to extend the $600 per week enhanced unemployment payments. The payments are key element of the Democrats' proposal, but Senate Republicans have proposed to significantly slash the benefits.

“U.S. consumer spending was stalling in July with the extra unemployment payments. Without the extra payments, U.S. consumer spending could fall in August,” Commonwealth Bank of Australia economists said in a note.

The stimulus expectations on Tuesday sent gold prices above the key $2,000 mark for the first time in history and lifted crude oil futures to their highest since March.

Asia shares were set to open lower on Wednesday, following a choppy trading session on Wall Street and losses in Europe.

Hong Kong futures edged down 0.07%. Australian shares were also poised to open lower as COVID-19 rose in the country. Nikkei futures were trading 0.3% below the Nikkei 225 index's previous close.

Spot gold rose in early trade and touched a fresh record of $2,025.76 per ounce. Prices have soared 33% so far this year.

Bullion also got a boost as treasury bond yields fell to new lows, National Australia Bank analysts said on Wednesday. The five-year treasury yield hit a record low and the benchmark 10-year Treasury yield dropped to a five-month trough, indicating dim investor outlook for the U.S. economic recovery.

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Published on August 05, 2020
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