Wall St propped up by bank stocks as Treasury yields rise

US stocks edged higher on Friday as banks gained after 10-year US Treasury yields topped 3%, but gains were capped by way of a stop by the rate-sensitive utilities, real-estate and telecom sectors.

Financial stocks rose 0.73%, the most one of the 11 major S&P 500 sectors, following your benchmark government yield broke back across the key technical level at last since the oncoming of Aug. 2.

Helping drive yields was an upward revision in US retail sales for July, which kept intact expectations of strong economic boost in another quarter. August sales, however, recorded their smallest gain in several months.

“Routine living costs yields will likely put some pressure on equities, so everybody will center on treasury markets for direction on equities,” said Tom White, chief market strategist at TradeWise Advisors in Chicago, Illinois.

With yields moving higher, the property index fell 1.24% and utilities 0.78%. Telecoms declined 0.75%.

Also weighing on utilities was NiSource, which tumbled 9.1% after fire investigators said they suspected the company’s unit, Columbia Gas, was linked to a number of gas explosions in Boston suburbs on Thursday.

“We’re going to a back-and-forth movement, which is something we got all over the week, (as) valuations are pretty high for starters,” said Scott Brown, chief economist at Raymond James in St. Petersburg, Florida.

“But it’s healthy undertake a little a pause to it’s probably welcome.”

At 11:37 am ET the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 53.92 points, or 0.21%, at 26,199.91. The S&P 500 was up 2.48 points, or 0.09%, at 2,906.66 and also the Nasdaq Composite was up 12.23 points, or 0.15%, at 8,025.94.

Energy stocks rose 0.76% as US crude oil prices jumped a lot more than 1%.

The consumer discretionary sector fell 0.18%, overwhelmed by Walmart, which dropped 0.6% after Goldman Sachs raised questions throughout the investment in a majority stake in India’s Flipkart.

L Brands Inc jumped 5.3% as soon as the owner of Victoria’s Secret claimed it would close all 23 of the company’s Henri Bendel stores and the Henri Bendel e-commerce website in January.

Adobe Systems rose 3.2% as soon as the company topped quarterly revenue and profit expectations.

Advancing issues outnumbered decliners by way of 1.18-to-1 ratio about the NYSE plus a 1.87-to-1 ratio for the Nasdaq.

The S&P index recorded 42 new 52-week highs no new lows, whilst the Nasdaq recorded 92 new highs and 39 new lows.?