‘Relief rally’ pushes equity markets higher; bonds flat

The U.S. flag is seen outside of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City

By David Randall

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Global equity markets surged and the dollar fell from two-month highs on Monday as investors moved into beaten-down sectors such as banks and travel on the heels of last week’s sharp sell-off.

Asian shares gained, with Chinese shares boosted by data over the weekend showing China’s industrial firms grew for the fourth consecutive month in August.

“We’re seeing a bit of a relief rally,” said Jonathan Bell, chief investment officer at Stanhope Capital. “Things got oversold perhaps a little bit in the short term.”

“We saw quite a lot of exuberance in July and August, with prices particularly of tech stocks rising and that then has come off a little bit recently,” he said.

MSCI’s gauge of stocks across the globe gained 1.68% following broad gains in Asia and Europe.

The STOXX 600’s banking stock index was up 5.6%, after hitting a fresh all-time low on Friday.

On Wall Street, Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 410.1 points, or 1.51%, to 27,584.06, the S&P 500 gained 53.23 points, or 1.61%, to 3,351.69 and the Nasdaq Composite added 203.96 points, or 1.87%, to 11,117.53.

Hotels, banks and airline stocks all gained more than the broad market, with Delta Air Lines Inc up more than 5% and Bank of America Corp up nearly 2.5%.

The dollar index fell 0.295%, with the euro up 0.3% to $1.1665.

Investors remain cautious in light of rising new COVID-19 infections in Europe, which pose the risk of further restrictions on activity.

Spot gold added 1.2% at $1,881.49 an ounce. U.S. gold futures gained 0.89% at $1,874.30 an ounce.

Benchmark 10-year notes last fell 1/32 in price to yield 0.661%, from 0.659% late on Friday.

“You’re seeing a nice bounce for stocks, but it’s more of an oversold bounce, and the bond market is still apprehensive about totally buying in on this equity move,” given the uncertainty over additional U.S. fiscal stimulus and the Nov. 3 presidential election, said Ryan Detrick, chief market strategist at LPL Financial.

U.S. crude rose 0.82% to $40.58 per barrel and Brent was at $42.47, up 1.31% on the day.

(Reporting by David Randall; editing by Jonathan Oatis and Richard Chang)