NEW YORK — US stock indexes rose Thursday morning, led by banks and other financial companies which stand to make bigger profits with expectations of higher interest rates on the way. The dollar continued to climb against other currencies after the Federal Reserve raised its forecast for interest-rate increases next year.
KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 10 points, or 0.5
GO GREENBACK: The ICE U.S. Dollar index, which tracks the value of the dollar against the euro, Japanese yen and four other currencies, jumped more than 1
The dollar's value has been generally climbing since 2014 because the U.S. economy seemed to be in better shape than those in Europe, Japan and elsewhere, even though U.S. growth was still only modest. It's jumping more now after the Federal Reserve on Wednesday raised short-term interest rates and forecast three more increases next year.
The dollar rose to 118.36 Japanese yen from 116.37 late Wednesday, which follows a 1
BANKING ON BIGGER PROFITS: Financial stocks in the S&P 500 jumped 1.6
DIVIDEND APPEAL DULLED: Stocks that pay big dividends dragged behind the rest of the market on fears that higher interest rates will push income investors away from them and into bonds. Utility stocks in the S&P 500 fell 0.5
BREACHED: Yahoo fell $1.30, or 3.2
MARKETS ABROAD: In Europe, Germany's DAX rose 0.5
ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude fell 68 cents, or 1.3
METALS: Gold sank $32.30, or 2.8