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Equities extend gains with S&P 500 notching its first record high of 2014; Soybeans soar on Chinese demand, Oil higher on lower US investories

Equities rallied for a second day, staying in the green throughout the session with seven of ten sectors closing higher after the world bank raised its global GDP forecast to 3.2% from 3%. Crude oil jumped after a government report showed inventories in the US tumbled to its lowest level in nearly 22 months, with WTI solidly outpacing Brent on the day. Soybean prices took off today, rising the most in 5 weeks on signs of higher demand from China. In the precious metals realm, gold futures slumped the most in a week on speculation the Fed will continue tapering its asset purchases, which would boost the dollar and cut the metal’s appeal as an alternative investment. Treasuries declined for a second day amid signs of economic improvement…

Tech shares lead equities higher; S&P 500 posts best day of the year

Equities rebounded after Monday’s broad-based sell-off with the S&P 500 higher by +1.08% as technology outperformed; all ten sectors ended the day in the green. The SPX had its best day this year as better than anticipated retail sales and M&A activity signaled confidence in the economy. Treasuries closed on the lows as steady selling persisted throughout the session, led by the belly of the curve; fives added +5.8bps to 1.647% and tens were at 2.87% after testing the 50 DMA overnight.