Stock market live Tuesday: Dow best quarter since 1987, Nasdaq best since 1999, gold tops $1,800

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Stocks moved between gains and losses on Tuesday as a growing number of Covid-19 cases weighed on sentiment but then climbed into the close. All three major indexes finished the second quarter with their best quarterly performance in more than 20 years.

4:37 pm: Tuesday session, historic quarter by the numbers

  • S&P 500 closed up 1.54% for its third positive day in four
  • S&P 500 finished June up 1.84% for its third straight positive month
  • S&P 500 closed the quarter up 19.95% for its best quarter since Q4 1998 when the index gained 20.87%
  • S&P 500 is down 4.04% year to date
  • Dow closed up 0.85%, or 217 points, for its third positive day in four
  • Dow closed up 1.69% in June for its third straight positive month
  • Dow closed the second quarter up 17.77% for its best quarter since Q1 1987 when the Dow gained 21.56%
  • Dow is down 9.55% year to date
  • Nasdaq closed up 1.87% for its third positive day in four
  • Nasdaq closed June up 5.99% for its 3rd straight positive month
  • Nasdaq closed up 30.63% for the second quarter, its best quarter since Q4 1999 when it gained 48.18%
  • Nasdaq is up 12.11% year to date
  • Sectors: 11 out of 11 sectors were positive Tuesday, led by energy up 2.2% —Francolla

4:01 pm: Stocks climb into close

The market moved higher in the final hour of trade and closed near session highs. The Nasdaq led the way, rising 1.9%, while the S&P 500 rose 1.5%. The Dow rose 216 points, or 0.8%, to cap off its best quarter since 1987. —Pound

3:05 pm: Powell says he'd be open to retooling business lending program

The Federal Reserve's Main Street lending program may need some more tinkering. Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said Tuesday that "in the range of 300 banks" have expressed interest in the facility that is targeting small- and medium-sized businesses. Though Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren had said that there was strong interest in the program, Powell said there is not "a ton of interest from borrowers." The Boston Fed is running the program. Powell said he would be open to retooling the facility if necessary. "We've been very willing to learn from experience and learn from what we're hearing from different parts of the economy," he said. – Cox

3:03 pm: Gold settles above $1,800 for the first time since 2011

Gold futures jumped 1.1% to settle at $1,800.50 per ounce, marking the precious metal's first settlement above the $1,800 mark since September 2011. Gold also hit an intraday high of $1,804, its highest level since Nov. 8, 2011. —Imbert, Francolla

2:58 pm: Final hour of trading: Stocks rise to wrap up their best quarter in decades

The major averages were higher with roughly one hour left in the trading session as Wall Street concludes its best quarter in around 20 years. The Dow traded 30 points higher, or 0.1%, while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq advanced 0.9% and 1.4%, respectively. The Dow and S&P 500 were up 16.9% and 19.3%, respectively, for the quarter, their biggest quarterly gain since 1998. The Nasdaq was headed for its biggest one-quarter gain since 2001. —Imbert

1:30 pm: Mnuchin says economy is in a strong position to recover from coronavirus

Treasury Secretary Mnuchin said in his opening remarks to the House Financial Services Committee that the U.S. economy is in a strong position to recover thanks to steps taken by Congress and the White House.

"We are in a strong position to recover because the administration work[ed] with Congress on a bipartisan basis to pass legislation and provide liquidity to markets in record time. In addition, the PPP is keeping tens of millions of workers connected to their jobs. Economic impact payments are also helping millions of families and workers though these challenging months." — Franck

Mnuchin: We are in a strong position to recover

1:27 pm: Large banks move higher, except for Wells Fargo

Bank stocks bounced around on Tuesday, but most were solidly higher in afternoon trading. JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley, Citigroup and Bank of America all posted gains of less than 1% after trading in negative territory earlier in the session. Wells Fargo, which announced that it is likely to cut its dividend, was down 0.7% despite briefly trading in the green earlier in the day. — Pound

1:26 pm: Mnuchin sees more stimulus coming soon

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he expects more stimulus funding to be approved by the end of July. "We do support additional legislation and we look forward to working with the House and Senate on that," he said during a hearing before the House Financial Services Committee. While he did not have specifics, he said the effort would be focused on "re-purposing" $135 billion that remains available under the Paycheck Protection Program for businesses still in need. The PPP has doled out $519.6 billion in 4.8 million loans and expires Tuesday. – Cox

Mnuchin: We support additional legislation regarding PPP

12:45 pm: Powell, Mnuchin testify

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin began testimony before the House Financial Services Committee around 12:45 pm ET regarding each agency's response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Watch the testimony here, and we'll be posting highlights here in the blog. - Stevens

12:14 pm: Tesla jumps after Elon Musk email to employees leaks

Shares of Tesla jumped more than 7% on Tuesday, the morning after CEO Elon Musk sent an email to employees saying "Breaking even is looking super tight" for Q2. The e-mail, obtained by CNBC, did not make clear whether his break even comments were in reference to the company's profit margin or another metric such as vehicle production numbers relative to estimates. Tesla is expected to report its second quarter vehicle production and deliveries numbers this week, before the 4th of July weekend. Shares of the electric vehicle maker have more than doubled this year, surging 158%. – Kolodny, Stevens 

11:29 am: Nevada gaming revenue down 99% in May from prior year

The Nevada Gaming Control Board said in a press release that gaming revenue was down 99.4% statewide in May, including a 99.3% decline in the Las Vegas Strip district. Revenue is down more than 19% year to date for both the district and the state. Shares of major casino stocks, including MGM Resorts and Las Vegas Sands, were mixed on Tuesday. —Pound

11:06 am: Chip stocks just had their best quarter since the tech bubble

Shares of chipmakers have rebounded sharply from their first-quarter lows, and they're on track for their best quarterly performance since the tech bubble. The VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF, which tracks the 25 biggest chipmakers, is up almost 30% in the second quarter, marking its best quarter since the fourth quarter of 2001 when the exchange-traded fund gained 41%. The top performers this quarter include ON Semiconductor, Teradyne and Marvell, which have all gained more than 50% during the past three months.

CNBC PRO subscribers can read more here. - Li

10:12 am: Boeing shares slide after Norwegian Air cancellation

Shares of Boeing slid more than 6% during early trading on Tuesday after Norwegian Air canceled orders for nearly 100 Boeing jets. Additionally, the airline plans to claim compensation for the grounding of its Boeing 737 Max jets. Shares of Boeing are down 43% this year. – Stevens

9:57 am: Inovio hasn't provided critical data on its results, Stat says

Inovio Pharmaceuticals has not provided data needed to determine whether its vaccine is working, Stat, a medical news website reported Tuesday. The company put out a press release Tuesday morning claiming positive results in an early clinical trial, but it did not disclose how many patients produced antibodies that fight the coronavirus, the Stat report said. Inovio also said its vaccine candidate has been selected to participate in study as part of the government's Operation Warp Speed, aimed at fast-tracking development of vaccines. Inovio stock is up nearly 800% year to date. It was down about 7% in trading on Wednesday morning. - Lewis

9:30 am: Stocks open last trading day of the quarter in the red

Stocks moved lower on Tuesday, the last trading day of the month, the quarter, and the first half of 2020. The Dow Jones Industrial Average shed 87 points, for a loss of 0.3%. The S&P 500 was down 0.10%, while the Nasdaq Composite slid 0.06%. Still, the record rebound from March's low has the major averages on track for their best quarter in years. The Dow and S&P are on pace to post their largest quarterly gains since 1998, while the Nasdaq is on track for its best quarter since 2001. – Stevens

9:25 am: Investors must stay 'cautious and selective,' says portfolio manager

Katerina Simonetti, senior portfolio manager at UBS Private Wealth Management, said that with the number of Covid-19 cases rising, there's considerable uncertainty in the market and investors therefore need to be "cautious and selective" going forward. She believes volatility will persist for several months, and that risk-averse investors should consider diversifying their portfolios by adding gold. "We see opportunities in companies that enable and benefit from digital transformation, e-commerce, fintech, genetic therapies and food. Companies in factory automation and robotics are also set to benefit, as industrial firms are planning to shorten global supply chains," she said. UBS' base case forecast sees the S&P 500 trading around 3,300 by December. – Stevens

9:07 am: Inovio shares slip despite promising drug trial results

Stock of Inovio Pharmaceuticals was down more than 12% in early morning trading after the biotechnology company said its coronavirus vaccine candidate showed positive results in early clinical trials. Additionally, its vaccine candidate, INO-4800, has been selected to participate in a non-human primate study as part of the government's Operation Warp Speed, aimed at fast-tracking development of vaccines. Inovio stock is up more than 860% year to date. - Lewis

9:01 am: Goldman Sachs says a mask mandate could save economy from a 5% hit

Goldman Sachs told clients that a nationwide face mask mandate could both cut the daily growth rate of new confirmed cases of Covid-19, and also save the U.S. economy from taking a 5% GDP hit in lieu of additional lockdowns. Jan Hatzius, Goldman's chief economist, said a national mask mandate could raise the percentage of people who wear masks by 15 percentage points and found that the rule could substitute for a lockdown that would subtract nearly 5% from GDP growth. — Franck

8:51 am: Conagra jumps following quarterly beat

Shares of Conagra Brands jumped more than 3% during premarket trading after the company's fourth quarter results beat analyst estimates. The food producer posted a quarterly profit of 75 cents per share on an adjusted basis, which was nine cents ahead of estimates. Revenue also topped expectations, and the company gave upbeat guidance as the coronavirus pandemic has led to elevated demand. Shares have gained 19% in the last three months. - Stevens

8:07 am: Some banks stay silent on capital plans, dividends

On Monday night, major banks announced their dividend plans and stress capital buffers following the Federal Reserve's stress test. However, some smaller banks have not reported their plans. PNC Financial has not filed  an update with the Securities and Exchange Commission, according to the regulator's website. Capital One reported its stress capital buffer but did not mention dividends in the press release. —Pound 

7:49 am: Powell and Mnuchin to testify before the House Financial Services Committee

Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will testify before the House Financial Services Committee at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The joint hearing will address the Fed and Treasury's response to the coronavirus pandemic. In remarks prepared ahead of the hearing, Powell said that despite a recent uptick in economic activity as lockdown measures are eased across the world's largest economy, the outlook is "extraordinarily uncertain" and will rely on both containing the virus and government support for the recovery. "A full recovery is unlikely until people are confident that it is safe to reengage in a broad range of activities," Powell said. "The path forward will also depend on the policy actions taken at all levels of government to provide relief and to support the recovery for as long as needed." –Li

7:46 am: Wells Fargo down, other banks move higher following capital plan announcements

Shares of Wells Fargo slipped 0.4% in premarket trading after the bank announced that it expected to announced a dividend cut next week. The banks that announced they were maintaining dividends, including JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup, trended higher on light trading volume, with JPMorgan shares rising 1.2%. —Pound

7:38 am: Biden tells donors he will scrap most of Trump's tax cuts

Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden told potential donors his administration would roll back many of President Donald Trump's tax cuts, telling them "a lot of you may not like that." "We have to think as big as the challenge we face. But this is America, there is nothing we cannot do if we do it together," Biden said. "But I think the country is ready." —Imbert

7:35 am: Market's month & quarter in review

It's the final trading day of June, and the final trading day of the second quarter. Here's where the market stands.

  • The Dow is up 0.84% this month, on pace for its third positive month in a row
  • The Dow is up 16.78% this quarter, on pace for its best quarterly performance since the fourth quarter of 1998 when it gained 17.07%, and fifth positive quarter in six
  • For the first half of 2020 the Dow is down 10.31%
  • The S&P 500 is up 0.29% this month, on pace for its third positive month in a row
  • The S&P is up 18.13% this quarter, on pace for its best quarterly performance since the fourth quarter of 1998 when it gained 20.87%, and fifth positive quarter in six
  • For the first half of 2020 the S&P is down 5.5%
  • The Nasdaq Composite is up 4.05% this month, on pace for its third straight positive month
  • The Nasdaq Composite is up 28.23% this quarter, on pace for its best quarterly performance since the fourth quarter of 2001 when it gained 30.13%, and second positive quarter in three
  • The Nasdaq Composite is up 10.05% for the first half of 2020
  • The Russell 2,000 is up 1.95% this month, on pace for its third positive month in a row 
  • The Russell 2,000 is up 23.25% this quarter, on pace for its best quarterly performance since the first quarter of 1991 when it gained 29.37%, and second positive quarter in three
  • The Russell 2,000 is down 14.82% this year    
  • Seven out of 11 sectors are negative for June, led to the downside by utilities. Tech is the best performer
  • All 11 sectors are positive for the quarter, led by consumer discretionary, which is up 30.32% and on pace for its best quarterly performance ever
  • For the year, nine out of 11 sectors are negative, led to the downside by energy, which has shed 38.38%. Tech is the top performer after gaining 12.06%. – Hayes, Stevens

7:30 am: Micron shares jump after earnings

Micron traded more than 5% higher in the premarket after the chip manufacturer posted better-than-expected results for the previous quarter. The company posted an adjusted profit of 82 cents per share, topping a Refinitiv estimate of 77 cents. Revenues rose to $5.44 billion, beating an estimate of $5.31 billion. Micron also issued better-than-expected revenue guidance for the current quarter. —Imbert

7:25 am: China says its manufacturing sector expanded in June

Chinas's official Purchasing Manager's Index came in at 50.9 for June, beating expectations and showing a growing sector. The expectation was for a reading of 50.4, according to economists polled by Reuters. In PMIs, readings above 50 represent expansion. A private survey PMI from Caixin and IHS Markit is scheduled to be released later this week. — Pound, Tan

7:20 am: FedEx rises ahead of earnings

Shares of FedEx rose 1% in premarket trading as the company prepares to release its fourth quarter earnings results after the market closes on Tuesday. According to consensus estimates from FactSet, analysts are expecting the company to earn $1.58 per share on $16.41 billion in revenue. In a recent note to clients UBS said it's expecting a "very weak" report for the shipping company, although the firm still has a buy rating on the stock.  "FDX's potential for multi-year margin improvement and EPS growth can make it attractive to investors," UBS said. Shares of FedEx are down 11% this year. – Stevens 

7:20 am: Stock futures flat

Stock futures pointed to a flat open in early trading Tuesday following a strong rally in the previous session. Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average futures dipped 40 points, implying a loss of 10 points at the open. S&P 500 and Nasdaq-100 futures traded just below the flat line. Tuesday's session marks the last day of June and the second quarter. Investors will monitor Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's testimony before the House Financial Services Committee at 12:30 p.m.— Li

— CNBC's Fred Imbert, Christopher Hayes, Thomas Franck, Al Lewis and Huileng Tan contributed reporting.

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