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The Federal Reserve’s signal that it will soon unwind its bond buying program is bolstering the case in financial markets for the so-called reflation trade, which lifted Treasury yields and boosted shares of banks, energy firms and other economically sensitive companies in the early months of 2021. Though monetary tightening is frequently seen as a drag on stocks, some investors view the Fed’s stance as a vote of confidence for the U.S. economy. "Normally, a hawkish turn would be bad for risk-on assets, particularly equities... the fact the Fed is putting this out there signals to the market that the economy is on pretty firm footing," said Ralph Bassett, head of North American equities at Aberdeen Standard Investments.
More than half of companies in the S&P 500 now use a common standard from the Value Reporting Foundation to report on topics like carbon emissions and energy management, indicating executives are paying more attention to an area likely to face new regulations soon, a foundation official said. "The market has already got a lot of momentum in the direction the SEC (U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission) is pushing for," Neil Stewart, director of corporate outreach for the global nonprofit organization, said in an interview. As of Aug. 31, 324 companies in the S&P 500 used the foundation's standard, up from 201 companies at the end of 2020, according to the group, which is backed by large asset managers including BlackRock Inc and State Street Corp.