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Iran-Israel tensions: What's there beyond the war?
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Market in the Red After Treasury Yields Climb, Geopolitical Tensions Escalate | Wall Street Today

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Market in the Red After Treasury Yields Climb, Geopolitical Tensions Escalate | Wall Street Today
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Indexes opened green after an Iranian strike on Israel failed to cause widespread damage Saturday night, but stocks sold off big time in the afternoon on news that Israel would respond soon. Investors pulled back after 1 PM EST, and Treasury yields jumped by nearly 5% while the market sank.
With preliminary closing numbers, the $S&P 500 Index fell 1.20%, the $Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.65%, and the $Nasdaq Composite Index fell 1.79%.
MACRO
Treasury Yields Rise as U.S. Data Remain Solid
The U.S. bond market's sharp selloff on Monday might be a surprise, given that Middle East tensions as recent as Friday were credited with sparking a flight to safe-haven assets.
Analysts worry that rising oil prices and war in the middle east would make inflation harder to tame.
"It's kind of curious when there's a military conflict in the Middle East, and 10-year yields are back up," said Julie Biel, chief market strategist at Kayne Anderson Rudnick. There is probably a recognition that, given the good retail sales, the Fed is going to continue holding off on cutting rates."
Investors are digesting macroeconomic inflation data from last week, including a hotter-than-expected CPI and PPI that was on the trend lower.
Investors can expect a wealth of commentary from Fed members through speeches and appearances this week. The boring Fed beige book, a report highlighting economics updates from each Federal Reserve district, comes out Wednesday.
SECTORS
Oil futures fell slightly after the conflict in the Middle East did not ignite after Iranian drone and missile strikes aimed at Israel did not damage the country. The attack came two weeks after an Israeli attack stuck an embassy in Syria, killing Iranian military Leaders. The U.S. Secretary of State office said that 99% of the 300 missiles and drones were successfully shot down by the U.S., French, UK, and Jordan Air defenses before hitting targets.
Market in the Red After Treasury Yields Climb, Geopolitical Tensions Escalate | Wall Street Today
Though Iran has announced the retaliation has ended, for now, Israeli leaders stated they would respond in kind, and the market awaits further conflict.
On news of war and conflict, gold futures hit an all-time high again, settling at $2,383 an ounce.
MOOVERS
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