Stocks Climb After Retail Sales as Options Expire: Markets Wrap

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(Bloomberg) — Stocks climbed after gauges of American retail sales and consumer sentiment rose, while traders braced for heightened volatility amid the expiration of equity options. The dollar fell.

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The S&P 500 rebounded from a three-day slide, led by gains in industrial and consumer companies. The benchmark was poised for its third weekly advance — the longest streak since late August. Pfizer Inc. rallied after saying it could seek emergency-use authorization for its Covid-19 vaccine in the U.S. by late November if the shot is shown to be effective. Boeing Co. jumped as Europe’s top aviation regulator said the 737 Max plane may return to the region’s skies by year-end. Hertz Global Holdings Inc. surged after the car rental giant arranged a new $1.65 billion debt package to help fund its bankruptcy case.

U.S. retail sales rose in September at the fastest pace in three months, while consumer sentiment ticked up in early October on an improved economic outlook — though confidence remained well below pre-pandemic. Meanwhile, manufacturing production unexpectedly declined last month. The figures underscore the uneven pace of the economic rebound that’s being threatened by a new acceleration in coronavirus infections and Congress’s failure to agree on a fresh stimulus package.

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Friday brings the expiration of monthly options on U.S. equities, indexes and exchange-traded funds and notes, and possibly a good dose of turbulence. While the pace of transactions is less frenzied than before, analysts have spotted a worrying pattern: Much of the action remains concentrated in bullish options in some of the world’s largest technology companies.

Investors also monitored negotiations between Britain and the European Union, which are set to continue next week even after Boris Johnson said he believes a trade deal is now unlikely.

These are some of the main moves in markets:

Stocks

The S&P 500 climbed 0.6% as of 10:12 a.m. New York time.The Stoxx Europe 600 Index gained 0.9%.The MSCI Asia Pacific Index fell 0.2%.

Currencies

The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index dipped 0.2%.The euro gained 0.2% to $1.1729.The British pound fell 0.1% to $1.29.The Japanese yen strengthened 0.1% to 105.32 per dollar.

Bonds

The yield on 10-year Treasuries fell less than one basis point to 0.73%.Britain’s 10-year yield decreased two basis points to 0.164%.Germany’s 10-year yield dipped two basis points to -0.63%.

Commodities

West Texas Intermediate crude slid 1.7% to $40.26 a barrel.Gold weakened 0.1% to $1,906.13 an ounce.

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