U.S. stocks mixed as rising yields pressure tech sector

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U.S. stocks mixed as rising yields pressure tech sector
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By Liz Moyer

Investing.com -- U.S. stocks were mixed as Treasury yields were on the rise, pressuring growth stocks and big tech.

At 9:42 ET (13:42 GMT), the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 15 points or 0.1%, while the S&P 500 was down 0.2% and the NASDAQ Composite was down 0.7%.

The yield on the 2-year Treasury rose above 4% to 4.017%, while the yield on the 10-year Treasury was 3.556%. Investors are less worried about the banking sector after the weekend deal by Raleigh, N.C.-based First Citizens BancShares Inc (NASDAQ: FCNCA ) to buy parts of the failed Silicon Valley Bank.

The news lifted bank stocks on Monday and fueled gains for the Dow.

Futures traders now see an even chance of the Federal Reserve lifting interest rates by a quarter of a percentage point or leaving them unchanged when it meets in May.

Later today, Fed Vice Chair for Supervision Michael Barr is scheduled to appear in the Senate to testify in the first of several hearings about the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank.

Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd ADR (NYSE: BABA ) shares rose 10% after the Chinese e-commerce firm said it plans to split into six units covering e-commerce, media and the cloud. Each unit will have the ability to raise funding and go public, the company said.

Shares of ride-hailing firm LYFT Inc (NASDAQ: LYFT ) rose 6% after it said its co-founders would step away from day-to-day management and former Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN ) executive David Risher would be its new CEO. 

Oil was mixed. Crude Oil WTI Futures were flat at $72.78 a barrel, while Brent Oil Futures crude was down 0.2% to $77.66 a barrel. Gold Futures were up 0.6% to $1982.

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