(Bloomberg) -- Technology shares led gains in U.S. stocks as investors awaited earnings from some of the biggest companies.
The Nasdaq 100 climbed amid gains for Apple Inc., Tesla Inc. and Microsoft Corp. The S&P 500 Index ended higher, though gains were limited after the top Senate Democrat said lawmakers said an aid package was unlikely before mid-March and a U.S. health official expressed concern about vaccination delays. GameStop Corp. extended its extreme volatility, more than doubling before paring most of the gains.
The picture was more negative in Europe, with equity benchmarks in France, Spain and the U.K. ending lower. The Stoxx 600 Travel & Leisure index lost 1.9% amid news France may go into another lockdown, the U.K. may tighten border controls and as Israel moved to bar foreign flights from entering the country.
The S&P 500 is coming off its best week since November, and investors are looking for fresh catalysts to push the index higher or at least justify current valuations. That could come from a slate of earnings reports due this week that will shed light on how the biggest tech companies are faring and whether retailers, travel companies and restaurants are seeing any meaningful pickup in business.
“You’ve got 65% of market cap reporting in the next two weeks,” Stuart Kaiser, head of derivatives research at UBS Group AG, said in a Bloomberg Television interview. “The market had rotated into cyclical/value stocks at the end of last year and early into this year, and as earnings have started, I think they’ve been sort of reminded why they liked the leaders to begin with from last year.”
In Asia, stocks gained. Chinese internet firm Tencent Holdings Ltd. jumped 11%, the biggest gain since 2011, as mainland traders sparked a buying frenzy.
Elsewhere in markets, crude oil in New York climbed toward $53 a barrel and the dollar gained. Sovereign bond yields dipped while Bitcoin rebounded above $34,000 before paring the advance.
These are some key events coming up in the week ahead:
- Microsoft Corp., Apple Inc., Tesla Inc., Facebook Inc., UBS Group AG and Samsung Electronics Co. are among companies reporting results.
- Data on U.S. home prices and consumer confidence come Tuesday.
- The Federal Open Market Committee monetary policy decision and briefing by Chair Jerome Powell are scheduled for Wednesday.
- Fourth-quarter GDP, initial jobless claims and new home sales are among U.S. data releases Thursday.
- U.S. personal income, spending and pending home sales come Friday.
These are the main moves in markets:
- The S&P 500 Index rose 0.4% as of 4 p.m. New York time.
- The Stoxx Europe 600 Index declined 0.8%.
- The MSCI Asia Pacific Index advanced 1%.
- The MSCI Emerging Market Index climbed 1.2%.
- The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index rose 0.2%.
- The euro decreased 0.3% to $1.2141.
- The British pound fell 0.1% to $1.3668.
- The Japanese yen was little changed at 103.77 per dollar.
- The yield on 10-year Treasuries declined five basis points to 1.04%.
- Germany’s 10-year yield decreased four basis points to -0.55%.
- Britain’s 10-year yield fell five basis points to 0.26%.
- West Texas Intermediate crude rose 1% to $52.80 a barrel.
- Gold was little changed at $1,855.01 an ounce.
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