U.S. Stocks Move Mostly Higher After Seeing Early Weakness

(RTTNews) - Stocks moved mostly lower in early trading on Tuesday but have shown a notable turnaround over the course of the session. The major averages have bounced well off their worst levels of the day and into positive territory.

Currently, the major averages are hovering near their highs of the session. The Dow is up 250.31 points or 0.7 percent at 39,040.74, the Nasdaq is up 61.54 points or 0.4 percent at 16,164.99 and the S&P 500 is up 22.94 points or 0.5 percent at 5,172.36.

The turnaround on Wall Street partly reflects a rebound by Nvidia (NVDA), as the AI darling's performance has recently been a key drive of activity on Wall Street.

After tumbling as much as 3.9 percent early in the session, shares of Nvidia are currently jumping by 1.2 percent.

The recovery by Nvidia comes after traders digest news out of the chipmaker's first-ever GTC Conference on Monday, when the company unveiled its latest line of AI chips, called Blackwell.

Meanwhile, traders also continue to look ahead to the Federal Reserve's highly anticipated monetary policy announcement on Wednesday.

While the Fed is widely expected to leave interest rates unchanged, the central bank's accompanying statement and economic projections could have a significant impact on the outlook for rates.

Recent hotter-than-expected inflation readings have reduced optimism about the likelihood of the Fed's first rate cut coming in June.

On the U.S. economic front, a report released by the Commerce Department showed a substantial rebound in new residential construction in the U.S. in the month of February.

The Commerce Department said housing starts spiked by 10.7 percent to an annual rate of 1.521 million in February after plunging by 12.3 percent to a revised rate of 1.374 million in January.

Economists had expected housing starts to surge by 7.1 percent to a rate of 1.425 million from the 1.331 million originally reported for the previous month.

The report also said building permits shot up by 1.9 percent to an annual rate of 1.518 million in February after dipping by 0.3 percent to a revised rate of 1.489 million in January.

Building permits, an indicator of future housing demand, were expected to jump by 1.7 percent to a rate of 1.495 million from the 1.470 million originally reported for the previous month.

Sector News

Oil service stocks have moved significantly higher over the course of the session, driving the Philadelphia Oil Service Index up by 1.9 percent to its best intraday level in well over four months.

The strength among oil service stocks comes amid a sharp increase by the price of crude oil, with crude for April delivery jumping $1.06 to $83.78 a barrel.

Considerable strength has also emerged among housing stocks, as reflected by the 1.6 percent gain being posted by the Philadelphia Housing Sector Index.

Steel, biotechnology and natural gas stocks have also moved to the upside, while gold stocks are seeing continued weakness amid a modest decrease by the price of the precious metal.

Other Markets

In overseas trading, stock markets across the Asia-Pacific region turned in a mixed performance during trading on Tuesday. Japan's Nikkei 225 Index climbed by 0.7 percent, while China's Shanghai Composite Index slid by 0.7 percent.

Meanwhile, the major European markets all moved to the upside over the course of the session. While the French CAC 40 Index advanced by 0.7 percent, the German DAX Index and the U.K.'s FTSE 100 Index rose by 0.3 percent and 0.2 percent, respectively.

In the bond market, treasuries are regaining ground after trending lower over the past several sessions. As a result, the yield on the benchmark ten-year note, which moves opposite of its price, is down by 3.4 basis points at 4.306 percent.

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