By Geoffrey Smith
Investing.com — U.S. stock markets opened slightly lower on Tuesday, consolidating after their surge to new all-time highs on Monday on optimism about the economic recovery.
The market is still basking in the afterglow of the March employment report on Friday, which showed that employment in the key services sector roared back as states across the country started to relax their restrictions on businesses and on social gatherings. The survey showed that 916,000 jobs were created through mid-March, with February’s number also being revised up by nearly 80,000.
By 9:40 AM ET (1340 GMT), the was down 49 points, or 0.2%, at 33,478 points. The was down 0.1% and the was essentially flat.
Sentiment was underpinned by a firm bond market, which was reassured about any potential inflationary threat by a clear slowdown in average weekly wages in the report. The slowdown was in large part due to the preponderance of lower-paid services workers rejoining the workforce. The U.S. Treasury yield stayed resolutely below 1.70% in response, having traded as high as 1.77% in recent weeks.
Among individual stocks, there were few egregious moves. Tesla (NASDAQ:) stock fell 1.2% after the market’s enthusiasm for its quarterly deliveries number cooled a bit – even though it remained some 12% higher than its level before the numbers. Tesla had reported better-than-expected sales volumes for the three months through March at the weekend, but some fretted that the sales mix was skewed toward its lower margin Model 3 product.
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