On Wednesday, in the premarket session the U.S. equities lost 150 points on the back of stronger-than-expected consumer prices while the dollar experienced gains.
The reaction was only seen as an instant reaction. U.S. consumer prices for January came out higher than forecasted as Americans paid more for gasoline, rental accommodation and healthcare, further raising inflation concerns and worries that the Federal Reserve may hike interest rates earlier than previously thought.
The surge in the U.S. shares on Wednesday marked a 4 – Day winning streak, with the Dow up 1% and the S&P 500 climbing 1.34%, as banks and tech carried major indexes higher. They rose despite a jump in bond yields.
The S&P 500 gained 1.3%, with financials and tech each rising more than 1.5%. Bank of America, J.P. Morgan Chase, Citigroup and Morgan Stanley all traded higher. S&P 500 also turned positive for 2018.
The NASDAQ Composite advanced 1.9% as shares of Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Alphabet and Apple rose.
The VIX index - Wall Street’s “fear gauge” and a measure of market volatility - has declined below 20, less than half the 50-point peak touched last week.
Other data on Wednesday showed U.S. retail sales fell 0.3 percent in January to mark the biggest decline in 11 months. This was well below forecasts for an increase of 0.2 percent, suggesting slower growth could accompany higher inflation.
Nevertheless, the gains in the U.S. markets yesterday set global markets to trade higher on Thursday. Asian stocks rose on Thursday, while European stocks were set to also open higher, with Britain’s FTSE seen rising 0.5%, Germany’s DAX gaining 1% and France’s CAC advancing 0.8%.