By Yasin Ebrahim
Investing.com – The S&P 500 fell Tuesday, as sea of red washed over economically-sensitive stocks after plunging U.S. bond yields pointed to fears the reopening-led boost to the economy is nearing a peak.
Services activity, accounting for nearly 80% of U.S. private-sector gross domestic product, slipped more than expected, stoking fears that the pace of the economic recovery is running out of steam.
The June headline ISM Services PMI slipped to 60.1 from 64.0 the previous month. Economists expected a narrower decline to a reading of 63.5.
"The reopening of the service sector across the country continues to support strong readings in these diffusion indexes. However, momentum has faded somewhat in the states that reopened the earliest," Jefferies (NYSE: JEF ) said in a note.
U.S. bond yields fell sharply across the yield curve. The benchmark 10-year yield fell to its lowest level since February and faces a key test ahead that could spell trouble for the sectors of the market that move in tandem with the economy like cyclicals, but may also boost growth sectors like tech.
"If the TNX does in fact continue to press lower toward this 200-day in sessions ahead, then we would fully expect the reflationary themes noted above to continue to underperform on a relative basis (so watch tech / large-caps to continue dominating)," Janney…
Energy was the biggest loser on the day, as oil prices went on a wild ride, hitting a multi-year high after OPEC+ failed to reach a consensus on a output deal. Gains were reversed as oil prices turned negative amid concerns infighting poses a risk to the overall production accord.
Tech, meanwhile, struggled to take advantage of the fall in yields, to slip into the red.
Amazon.com jumped 3% after the Pentagon said it would cancel the $10 billion cloud computing contract awarded exclusively to Microsoft and let Microsoft and Amazon bid again after the latter challenged the initial awarding of the contract.
Sentiment on U.S.-listed China tech stocks were hurt following a slump in shares of Didi after Chinese regulators announced a cybersecurity review of the ride-hailing company amid data privacy concerns.
The move sparked fears that Beijing is looking to adopt a more heavy handed approach to Chinese tech companies abroad that may impend their ability to raise funds through an initial public offering in the U.S.
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