A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, July 13, 2022.
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Stocks rallied Tuesday, recovering losses incurred in the previous session, as traders bet on strong corporate earnings reports.
The Dow jumped 487 points, or 1.57%. The S&P 500 gained 1.89%, and the Nasdaq Composite rose 2.23%.
Investors assessed the latest round of earnings reports that showed businesses working through economic pressures better than feared in the second quarter, even as recession concerns persist.
“Both investors and the companies were expecting hot inflation, so companies talking about hot inflation having happened in that second quarter was not a surprise at all,” said Kim Forrest, founder and chief investment officer at Bokeh Capital Partners. “What was a surprise was that they were able to manage through it well.”
All sectors in the S&P 500 were higher Tuesday. Bank stocks outperformed with shares of Goldman Sachs rising more than 4% following a strong earnings report Monday. Bank of America climbed nearly 3%, and Wells Fargo gained about 3%.
Google was up more than 2% following a 20-for-1 stock split that took place Monday.
Hasbro shares climbed 2% after the toymaker’s earnings per share beat a Refinitiv forecast, though its revenue for the previous quarter came in a tad below expectations.
Shares of Netflix popped 3% ahead of the streaming company’s earnings report scheduled for after the close. Later in the week, Tesla, United Airlines, American Airlines, Snap, Twitter and Verizon are among those scheduled to report.
Meanwhile, Johnson & Johnson shares ticked lower after the pharmaceutical giant cut its full-year revenue and profit guidance, although the company reported better-than-expected top and bottom line results.
Market participants are at the front end of what’s expected to be a volatile earnings season. So far, roughly 9% of S&P 500 companies have reported calendar second-quarter earnings. Of those companies, about two-thirds have beaten analyst expectations, FactSet data shows.
Wall Street is betting that stocks have mostly priced in a downturn after their sharp declines this year, though some continued to advise investors to hold on to cash and prepare for more losses ahead.
“Trading is likely to remain very choppy, with more bear market rallies, in the months ahead,” Wolfe Research’s Chris Senyek wrote in a Tuesday note.
Late in Monday’s session, stocks were dragged down on a Bloomberg report that Apple would slow hiring and spending on growth next year to prepare for a potential economic downturn. Shares of the iPhone maker ended the day about 2.1% lower.