US Stock Market News: U.S. stocks jumped on Monday after a deal to rescue Credit Suisse and central bank efforts to bolster confidence in the financial system relieved investors, while participants also weighed the likelihood of a pause in rate hikes from the Federal Reserve this week.
UBS (UBSG.S), late on Sunday agreed to buy rival Credit Suisse (CSGN.S), for $3.23 billion, in a merger engineered by Swiss authorities to avoid more turmoil in the banking group.
Also, major central banks moved on Sunday to bolster the flow of cash around the world.
The S&P Banking index (.SPXBK) was up 0.6 per cent and the KBW Regional Banking index (.KRX) was up 1.5 per cent following sharp losses last week.
The collapse of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank (SBNY.O) shook markets earlier this month, leading to a rout in banking stocks and worries that central bank monetary tightening would create a recession.
While some bank shares were still lower on Monday, the weakness appeared to be contained, said Quincy Krosby, chief global strategist at LPL Financial in Charlotte, North Carolina.
All of the major S&P 500 sectors ended higher, and the Cboe Volatility index (.VIX) – Wall Street’s fear gauge – fell.
Credit Suisse Share Price: Heavy Selling Pressure continues
U.S.-listed shares of Credit Suisse were down 53 per cent on Monday, while UBS Group shares rose 3.3 per cent.
Regional bank First Republic Bank (FRC.N) fell 47.1 per cent following a downgrade by S&P Global and a report of more fundraising that fueled fears about the bank’s liquidity despite a $30 billion rescue last week. Trading in shares of the bank was halted several times due to volatility.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average (.DJI) rose 382.6 points, or 1.2 per cent, to 32,244.58, the S&P 500 (.SPX) gained 34.93 points, or 0.89 per cent, to 3,951.57 and the Nasdaq Composite (.IXIC) added 45.03 points, or 0.39 per cent, to 11,675.54.
Helping optimism, New York Community Bancorp (NYCB.N) climbed 31.7 per cent after a unit of the bank agreed to buy deposits and loans from Signature Bank.
“Where it is another bank coming in, that is the kind of headline that helps underpin confidence in the banking system,” Krosby said. “It helps to halt the panic and fear.”
Among other regional banks, PacWest Bancorp (PACW.O) closed up 10.8 per cent after the bank said deposit outflows had stabilized.
Investors are also focused on the Fed’s decision when policymakers conclude a two-day meeting on Wednesday. Before the turmoil with the banks earlier this month, many market participants had been factoring in a 50 basis-point interest rate hike from the Fed at its March meeting.
Fed funds futures now show a 28.4 per cent probability of the Fed holding its overnight rate at 4.5 per cent-4.75 per cent, and a 71.6 per cent likelihood of a 25 basis-point increase, according to CME’s FedWatch Tool.
Shares of Amazon.com (AMZN.O) fell 1.3 per cent on the day following the company’s plans to slash another 9,000 jobs.
Volume on U.S. exchanges was 12.48 billion shares, compared with the 12.60 billion average for the full session over the last 20 trading days.
Advancing issues outnumbered declining ones on the NYSE by a 1.69-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 1.05-to-1 ratio favored advancers.
The S&P 500 posted 1 new 52-week high and 8 new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 33 new highs and 298 new lows.