US stock markets opened the week broadly flat, with the technology sector acting as a drag as bond yields in the US topped 1.6%.
The Nasdaq was flat despite a weak start on Monday. Both the S&P 500 and Dow Jones fared comparatively better, also finishing where they started as US earnings season enters its final few weeks.
The third quarter of 2021 has seen record dividend payments showing the swift recovery from the pandemic, according to Janus Henderson, with payouts topping US$1.46 billion.
Boeing orders jump
On the positive side was aircraft maker Boeing (NYSE: BA) which gained over 5% after announcing it had seen a surge in demand for its 737 freight planes from the likes of Icelease, DHL and Emirates. This comes as companies seek to ramp up investment ahead of surging demand.
Infrastructure bill set to pass
The long awaited but watered-down infrastructure bill is set to be passed into law on Monday afternoon. Shortly before President Biden meets virtually with Xi Jinping in a meeting that is expected to focus on China’s ‘economic coercion’ of trading partners like Australia.
The ECB flagged interest rates will remain low and that whilst prices may take longer to decline than expected, inflation will eventually moderate.
Chinese economy recovers
The Chinese economy appears to be navigating strict pandemic policies with both the industrial and retail sectors growing ahead of expectations in October.
Experts had predicted 3.1 and 3.5%, with industrial output jumping 3.5% and retail sales nearly 5% as confidence grows.
US stock market movers
These popular US stocks were among the biggest movers on Monday.
- Rivian (NASDAQ: RIVN) up 14.9%
- Dollar Tree (NASDAQ: DLTR) up 14.3%
- Zoom (NASDAQ: ZM) up 3.4%
- CrowdStrike (NASDAQ: CRWD) down 10.6%
- Confluent (NASDAQ: CFLT) down 11.1%
- Splunk (NASDAQ: SPLK) down 18.1%