Futures contracts tied to the DJIA and S&P 500 declined nearly 0.1%, while Nasdaq 100 futures dropped 0.2%
U.S. stock index futures fluctuated in early morning trading on Wednesday after the Dow ended at a record high a day before.
Futures contracts tied to the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 declined nearly 0.1%. Nasdaq 100 futures dropped 0.2%.
Verizon was among the biggest gainers in premarket trading after Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway revealed a stake in the telecom giant. The shares gained 4% in premarket trading as the latest filing showed Berkshire bought more than $8 billion worth of the stock in Q4, making Verizon one of the conglomerate’s top six largest holdings.
Chevron shares advanced 3% in premarket trading as filings showed Berkshire added a large stake in the energy company during the last quarter.
The muted trade comes after the Dow finished at a record high during regular trading on Tuesday, the 30-stock average’s eighth record this year. The index also hit an all-time intraday high, fuelled by strength in shares of Salesforce. The S&P 500, meanwhile, dropped 0.06% during a volatile session of trading, while the Nasdaq Composite slipped 0.34%. Apple had the most negative impact on the tech-heavy index, dropping 1.6%.
If you look at any historical norms, valuations are stretched. But we’ve never seen the long bond at 1.3% and so we’re in unchartered waters here so higher P/Es are justified based on lower interest rates, said Scott Black, founder and president at Delphi Management. The other thing is the Fed’s going to be highly accommodative, they’re going to keep interest rates low, and so you have the wind to your back.
Meanwhile, the 10-year Treasury yield topped 1.30% on Tuesday, for the first time since February 2020. The 30-year rate also hit its highest level in a year. Some on Wall Street believe higher rates could prompt investors to move into bonds, while also putting pressure on areas of the market, including tech, which have benefited from the low-rate environment.
But others, including LPL Financial’s Jeff Buchbinder, believe these fears might be overblown.
Our preference for stocks over bonds — supported by low interest rates — is one of our highest conviction recommendations for 2021, the equity strategist said. Several segments of the equity market — particularly the energy sector and banks — offer higher yields than traditional high-quality bonds and offer attractive capital appreciation potential as interest rates rise, he added.