U.S. stocks rose, paring the biggest weekly drop for the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index since November, amid better-than-estimated earnings and Group of 20 nation talks aimed at bolstering the global economy.
Global stocks fell amid losses in industrial metals and disappointing earnings from Bank of America Corp. and others. The euro weakened as Germany’s central bank chief Jens Weidmann reportedly said European policy makers may cut rates if needed.
Even bulls are taking steps to protect profits after gains in U.S. stocks added $10 trillion to equity values, convinced the first decline in earnings since 2009 will spur losses in the historically weak second quarter.
Corporate profits that doubled since 2009 have left the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index cheaper than at all 34 peaks since 1989, even as options traders push the cost of protecting against losses to the highest in four years.