Stocks up as bull hits 6, Apple Watch details eyed

Adam Shell and Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY1:27 p.m. EDT March 9, 2015

After months of hype, the Apple Watch is almost ready for launch. Jefferson Graham reports. VPC


Stocks are mostly higher Monday as the aging bull market turns 6 and Apple investors ponder the launch of the tech titan’s “Watch.”

As of 1:25 p.m. ET, the Dow Jones industrial average and S&P 500 are up 0.7% and 0.4%, respectively — a triple-digit gain for the Dow. The Nasdaq composite, which has been crisscrossing the break-even mark, is 0.2% higher.

10-year Treasury yields are declining, but still north of the 2% mark. Oil sold on the U.S. market, which has edged above $50 a barrel, is rising.

More details on the Apple Watch are coming at an ongoing company event in San Francisco. It’s been previously announced that the smartwatch — the company’s first big rollout since the iPad — goes on sale in April, with three editions starting at $350.

UH-OH: Is the aging bull in ‘late innings?’

The stock bull market, the one Wall Street predicted would have a short life span when it was born in the shadow of the worst downturn since the Great Depression, turns 6 Monday.

Ironically, despite tripling in value and clocking in as the fourth-longest and fifth-best performing bull market ever, the bull is again facing questions about its longevity amid fears that a key plank of the bull thesis – historically low interest rates driven by Federal Reserve stimulus policies – may be nearing an end.

In corporate news:

GM announced a $5 billion stock buyback program. GM shares climbed on the news.

Alcoa said it plans to buy RTI International Metals for $1.5 billion. The deal, aimed at boosting the Pittsburgh icon’s aerospace business, gave a 40%-plus rocket boost toRTI shares.

McDonald’s announced worse-than-expected February results, with same-store sales dropping 4% in U.S. stores. Despite that news, MCD shares are up a bit.