By Yasin Ebrahim
Investing.com – The S&P 500 climbed Wednesday, led by energy and financials as the broader market looked to find its footing following recent weakness ahead of the Federal Reserve decision.
Energy climbed more than 3%, underpinned by rising oil prices following data showing weekly U.S. oil supplies fell by a more than expected last week.
Crude oil inventories fell by 4.7 million barrels last week, compared with analysts’ expectations for a draw of 2.4 million barrels.
Sentiment on oil has also been supported by “news that the OPEC countries of Nigeria and Angola, and OPEC+ member Kazakhstan, have lasting difficulties expanding their production due to a lack of investment,” Commerzbank (DE:CBKG) said in a note.
In a further boost to sentiment on cyclical stocks – those that move in tandem with the economy – China contagion fears subsided after Evergrande agreed to settle interest payments on a domestic bond on Wednesday, and the central of China pumped further liquidity into the financial system.
The broader market’s attempt at mounting a rebound comes just ahead of the Federal Reserve monetary policy decision, with the Fed’s plan on tapering its bond purchases likely to dominate investor attention.
“The FOMC will conclude its 2 day meeting this afternoon (9/22) with most expecting the Fed to begin to signal (or least give hints) to the start of tapering in November,” Credit Suisse (SIX:CSGN) said in a note.
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