Market Morning Sentiment - June 21st
US stocks bounced back on Monday as the S&P500, DJIA and Nasdaq gained 0.58%, 0.73% and 0.77% respectively. US Treasury yields logged their largest daily increase since May 18 amid the stock rally. Oil benefitted from a weaker dollar (US dollar index down 0.6%) as the price of WTI crude rose 2.8% from $47.98 per barrel to $49.37 per barrel.
Sentiment concerning a Brexit has shifted back towards the 'stay' side over the weekend. A poll released on Monday that was commissioned by The Telegraph indicated that 53% of voters polled would vote to 'stay', while 43% would vote to 'leave'. With more polls set to come out before the Brexit vote on Thursday, markets will likely remain fragile as sentiment can change overnight with the release of a new poll.
Fed Chair Janet Yellen's biannual testimony before Congress as well as her address to the Senate Banking Committee begins today. She will speak to the House Financial Services Committee on Wednesday.
Market sentiment on the S&P500 has turned slightly more positive as a result of decreased expectations of an eventual interest rate hike in 2016, but still remains negative. Nervousness about a Brexit and the concerns surrounding the strength of the US economy will likely restrict the upside of markets going forward.
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