Stock Market Seesaws Amid Geopolitical Tensions and Rising Bond Yields

Last updated: November 19, 2023

In a rollercoaster trading day, the stock market ended mostly flat, with the NASDAQ Composite Index taking a wild ride. The tech-heavy index dipped 34 points, continuing its recent trend of ups and downs.

Stock Market Seesaws Amid Geopolitical Tensions and Rising Bond Yields
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Over the past week, the NASDAQ has seen an average drop of 85 points, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 stayed steady.

The tech sector felt the heat as bond yields rose. The 2-year Treasury yield hit 5.212%, its highest since July 2006, and the 10-year and 30-year yields also reached their highest since 2007.

The day kicked off on a high note, fueled by a sizzling retail sales report and a slew of strong earnings. But the early rally fizzled out as investors reacted to geopolitical developments. With President Joe Biden set to visit Israel, there’s a cloud of uncertainty over the financial markets.

Investors are eyeing US-listed military stocks, which helped lift the NYSE Composite index by 56 points. The US stock markets are currently riding a wave of volatility, with the spotlight shifting to US policy on the escalating Middle East conflict.

This geopolitical tension could shake up international trade and market dynamics. It’s also overshadowing issues like bank contagions, struggles of US tech stocks, and the Federal Reserve’s interest rate hikes.

The shifting sands in the Middle East, coupled with Biden’s Israel visit, have added a new layer of uncertainty that could reflect in the US stock market performance. Investors are keeping a close watch on global events and their potential ripple effects on the financial scene.

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