S&P rally looks like a one-shot risk adjustment
Investors traded risk hedges in for stocks most exposed to systemic risk, following reassuring French election results
Financials are up 3% in the first half hour of trading. Most of the declines are in bond-equivalent equities such as REITS. That corresponds to an 8 basis point rise in the US 10-year yield.
US Treasuries are the market’s preferred safe-harbor investment of late, and the tame outcome of the French elections prompted a lot of liquidation of risk hedges. The sector of the stock market most exposed to systemic risk did the best. European bank stocks performed even better. Bond-like stocks did the worst.