- US futures hovered near record highs after Joe Biden struck a $1 trillion infrastructure deal.
- Oil prices extended their rally as the package helped brighten the demand outlook.
- Yet investors will be watching the core PCE inflation reading closely for signs of strong price rises.
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S&P 500 futures hovered near a record high on Friday after President Joe Biden struck a deal with Republicans on a $1 trillion infrastructure package, which includes $579 billion of new spending.
Futures for the benchmark S&P 500 were up 0.05%, while Nasdaq 100 futures rose 0.04%, after both indices hit a record high on Thursday. Dow Jones futures rose 0.26%, with industrial firms more likely to benefit from infrastructure spending.
President Biden’s deal would see over $1 trillion spent on upgrading the US’s infrastructure over the next eight years. Roads, bridges and rail networks would be particular priorities.
Biden pushed Congress to pass the bill on Thursday, saying: “We have to move and we have to move fast.”
Richard Hunter, head of markets at Interactive Investor, said: “News of the infrastructure plan also spilled over to the oil price in anticipation of further energy demand.”
Bank shares also rose on Thursday after the Federal Reserve said lenders had passed stress tests and could resume stock buybacks and dividend payments.
Elsewhere, falling bond yields suggested investors are becoming comfortable with the central bank’s management of the economy and markets.
The yield on the key 10-year US Treasury note, which moves inversely to the price, was roughly flat on Friday at 1.488%, down sharply from a high of more than 1.75% touched at the end of March. The dollar index was down 0.1% to 91.72.
One possible obstacle for markets is the release of the May core personal consumption expenditures price index, the Fed’s preferred measure of inflation, due at 8.30 a.m. ET. Analysts expect a 3.4% increase from 3.1% in April.
“While Fed officials have assured us that all of this is likely to be transitory, a high number could well give the markets pause,” Michael Hewson, chief market analyst at trading platform CMC Markets, said.
Bitcoin slipped 1.8% to $34.226, according to Bloomberg data. The cryptocurrency fell below $30,000 on Tuesday, but investors have since shown willingness to buy the dip.