A rising 10-year Treasury note yield now signals both an improvement in the economy and tightening Fed’s policy. Traders struggled to assess the conflicting signals arising from rising interest rates as the stock market pulled back from recent highs. Following the fact fundamentals have changed, investors are dumping their rate-averse growth stocks favouring higher-yielding blue-chip stocks and dividend-growth companies.
Data from Tuesday, including a look at consumer confidence:
It increased by 19 points in the most recent survey, 13 points more than expected, pointing to a strong spring season. On the other hand, investors are eagerly awaiting details regarding a multi-trillion dollar infrastructure plan that is sure to be accompanied by tax increases.