Wall Street Opens Lower, Reversing After Fed Ends Bank Loophole; Dow Down 260 Pts

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img width="985" height="500" src="https://marketbuzz.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Untitled-design-3.png" alt="federal reserve bank" class="wp-image-2554" srcset="https://marketbuzz.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Untitled-design-3.png 985w, https://marketbuzz.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Untitled-design-3-300x152.png 300w, https://marketbuzz.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Untitled-design-3-768x390.png 768w" sizes="(max-width: 985px) 100vw, 985px"><figcaption>(Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)</figcaption></figure><p>(Investing.com) &mdash; U.S. stock markets headed lower for a second straight day on Friday, reversing overnight gains after the Federal Reserve said it would close a potentially significant loophole in banking regulation.&Acirc;&nbsp;</p> <p>The&nbsp;Fed said that from March 31, banks will again have to count their Treasury bond and cash holdings towards their Supplementary Leverage Ratio. It had exempted such holdings in the first wave of the pandemic to allow the financial system to absorb a massive injection of liquidity as it slashed interest rates and started buying bonds in huge volume.</p> <p>By 9:45 AM ET (1345 GMT), the&Acirc;&nbsp;<a href="https://www.investing.com/indices/us-30" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Dow Jones Industrial Average</a>&Acirc;&nbsp;was down 267 points, or 0.8%, at 32,595 points. The&Acirc;&nbsp;<a href="https://www.investing.com/indices/us-spx-500" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">S&amp;P 500</a>&Acirc;&nbsp;was down 0.6% while the&Acirc;&nbsp;<a href="https://www.investing.com/indices/nasdaq-composite" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Nasdaq Composite</a>&Acirc;&nbsp;was outperforming with a drop of only 0.2%.&Acirc;&nbsp;</p> <p>Some &acirc;&#128;&#147; but not all &acirc;&#128;&#147; analysts have argued that the ending of this exemption will reduce banks&rsquo;&nbsp; willingness to hold Treasuries in a year when federal government borrowing is set to skyrocket. If that thesis is proved, it would put significant upward pressure on bond yields, which are already rising amid fears of a return of inflation.&nbsp;</p> <p>The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to an intraday high of 1.74% in response to the news.&nbsp;</p> <p>However, the Fed indicated that it would take action to mitigate any mechanistic pass-through into yields that could choke off an economic recovery.</p> <p>&ldquo;Because of recent growth in the supply of central bank reserves and the issuance of Treasury securities, the Board may need to address the current design and calibration of the SLR over time to prevent strains from developing that could both constrain economic growth and undermine financial stability,&rdquo; the central bank said in its statement.</p> <p>Bank stocks were among those hardest hit by the news. JPMorgan (NYSE:<a href="https://www.investing.com/equities/jp-morgan-chase">JPM</a>) stock fell 3.0%, while Bank of America (NYSE:<a href="https://www.investing.com/equities/bank-of-america">BAC</a>) stock fell 3.1%. Higher effective capital requirements would mean, at least on paper, that banks won&rsquo;t have as much money for share buybacks and dividends.&nbsp;Wells Fargo&nbsp;(NYSE:<a href="https://www.investing.com/equities/wells-fargo">WFC</a>) stock lost 2.6% and&nbsp;Citigroup&nbsp;(NYSE:<a href="https://www.investing.com/equities/citigroup">C</a>) stock lost 1.8%.</p> <p>Elsewhere,&nbsp;Nike&nbsp;(NYSE:<a href="https://www.investing.com/equities/nike">NKE</a>) stock fell 5.0% after the company warned that supply chain bottlenecks, including port congestion and a lack of available shipping containers had weighed on sales in the quarter through February and would continue to do so for the time being.&nbsp; FedEx (NYSE:<a href="https://www.investing.com/equities/fedex-corp">FDX</a>) stock rose 5.6%, after its quarterly results suggested it would be able to pass on the costs of such bottlenecks to its customers.&nbsp;</p> <p>Tesla (NASDAQ:<a href="https://www.investing.com/equities/tesla-motors">TSLA</a>) stock fell 4.0% after reports that China will stop state and military personnel from using them owing to fears that the data they collect could leak information related to state security.&Acirc;&nbsp;&Acirc;&nbsp;The news came after a day of bruising exchanges between Chinese and U.S. diplomats at their first face-to-face meeting since President Joe Biden took office. The talks continue on Friday in Alaska.</p> <hr class="wp-block-separator"><p>&acirc;&#128;&#148; <em>Article originally <a href="https://www.investing.com/news/stock-market-news/wall-street-opens-lower-reversing-after-fed-ends-bank-loophole-dow-down-260-pts-2451871" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">published</a> by Investing.com</em></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://marketbuzz.ca/federal-reserve-ends-bank-loophole/">Wall Street Opens Lower, Reversing After Fed Ends Bank Loophole; Dow Down 260 Pts</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://marketbuzz.ca">Market Buzz - Get informed about the companies early investors are buzzing about</a>.</p></body></html>
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