Friday, April 3, 2009

Market Reflections 4/2/2009

The U.S. Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) offered new guidance that immediately gives companies more leeway on mark-to-market valuations, news that triggered an inflow into the stock market where the S&P 500 rose 2.9 percent to 834.38. News out of the G-20 also boosted the stock market. World leaders pledged more than $1 trillion in emergency aid for undeveloped countries.

The dollar fell 2-1/2 cents after the ECB defied both expectations and G-20 calls for stimulus and cut rates by an incremental 25 basis points, half of what was expected.

Commodities were mostly lower especially gold which had been benefiting from the scramble of stimulus efforts, all of which as some warn are certain to lead to inflation down the road. Gold fell about $15 to end at $905 after briefly dipping below $900. Oil ended above $52.

Money moved into the stock market and out of the Treasury market where yields backed up from 7 to 10 basis points with the belly of the curve hit by the most selling. The yield on the 3-year note rose 10 basis points to 1.23 percent.

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