By Yasin Ebrahim
Investing.com — The Dow closed higher Wednesday as tech and consumer discretionary stocks chalked up gains to offset a stumble in financials after JPMorgan kicked off the quarterly earnings season with underwhelming results.
Technology was in the ascendency, supported by rising megacap stocks, with Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), both up more than 2% leading the charge as Treasury yields slipped for a second-straight day.
Chip stocks were also doing the heavy lifting for the tech sector, led by Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA) after New Street Research upgraded the chipmaker to buy from neutral and raised its price target on the stock $280 from $255, citing the strength of its data center business.
Sentiment in the sector was also boosted by Bloomberg data showing that investors have been piling into chip stocks. Investor inflows into semiconductor ETFs jumped to $6.8 billion, topping the $5.2 billion of inflows seen in all of 2021.
Consumer discretionary stocks were also among the sectors leading the broader market higher, underpinned by a rally in travel-related stocks including Marriott International (NASDAQ:MAR), and Carnival (NYSE:CCL), after better than feared results from Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) pointed to strong travel demand.
Delta forecast a return to profit in the second quarter after reporting a smaller-than-expected first-quarter loss.
Financials, however, bucked the trend higher, ending the day marginally lower amid pressure from a 3% decline in JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM).
JPMorgan reported first-quarter earnings fell short of Wall Street estimates owing to higher than expected provisions for bad debt, with the bank citing “higher probabilities of downside risk.”
Asset management firm BlackRock (NYSE:BLK) reported quarterly results that beat expectations on both the top and bottom lines, supported by a jump in assets under management.
Energy stocks were boosted by ongoing climb in the oil prices after The International Energy Agency forecast a slight deficit in supplies this year amid weaker demand and the impact of sanctions on Russia oil.
The forecast of a deficit comes in the wake of the weekly data showing U.S. crude stockpiles rose by a more than expected 9.4 million barrels last week.
In other news, Gap (NYSE:GPS) jumped 8.4% following a report that the retailer has attracted attention from activist investors.
Stock Market Today: Dow Rides Tech Higher After JPMorgan Q1 Falls Short