S&P 500 – S&P500: Dow closes lower following bank earnings, inflation data

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The S&P 500 pared early losses to close modestly lower on Thursday after investors digested disappointing quarterly results from two large U.S. banks and hotter-than-expected inflation data.

In the first quarter, all three major U.S. Stock Indexes were sold off quickly due to second-quarter earnings. JPMorgan Chase & Co and Morgan Stanley. Both firms reported declining profits and warned of an economic slowdown.

As the session progressed, microchip stocks helped to nudge the sessions along, the losses decreased. NasdaqComposite Index to a Nominal Gain

“There was an unrational response to the JPMorganJay Hatfield is chief executive officer at InfraCap, New York. “It was not surprising that investment banking was so weak.”

“JPMorgan warned there was uncertainty in market. But if you are alive and breathing, you will know that there is uncertainty in market.”

Jamie Dimon, JPMorgan CEO, took a cautious view of the global economy as Morgan Stanley’s investment banking unit struggles to adapt to a slumping in global dealmaking.

Shares of JPMorgan Chase and Morgan Stanley fell 3.5% and 0.4%, respectively, while the S&P Banks index shed 2.4%.

Slowdown worries were made worse by the Labor Department’s Producer Price Index report echoing Wednesday’s Consumer Price Index data. It showed higher-than-expected inflation for June.

After the sale, the selling began to slow down FedGovernor Christopher Waller stated that he supports an additional 75 basis point interest rate hike in July. This will ease jitters and make it more attractive than a 100 basis point increase.

Hatfield stated that the Fed will raise rates by 75, but it shouldn’t. “The Fed has done a lot already to lower inflation, but they won’t realize it until they look in the rearview mirror.”

Hatfield said, “The important thing to remember is that the Fed almost seems to have a third mandate to be behind the curve.”

After Wednesday’s CPI report, the chances of a higher hike increased. This was due to the central banks intention to aggressively address decades-high inflation. This prospect increases the chance of an economic recession.

Oliver Pursche, Senior Vice President at Wealthspire Advisors in New York, stated that “there will be a recession, but it will not be severe.” “The key ingredient is the continued strength of the labor market. It’s not an immediate threat, given the current state of the employment picture.

While core inflation, which excludes food prices and energy prices from the calculation, has continued to decline since the March peak, it still exceeds the central bank’s 2% annual target.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 142.62 points, or 0.46%, to 30,630.17, the S&P 500 lost 11.4 points, or 0.30%, at 3,790.38 and the Nasdaq Composite added 3.60 points, or 0.03%, at 11,251.19.

Eight of the 11 major sectors of the S&P 500 ended the day in negative territory, with financials suffering the largest percentage loss, dropping 1.9%.

Tech was the largest gainer.

With earnings season officially underway, analysts expect aggregate S&P 500 second-quarter year-on-year profit growth of 5.1%, far less than the 6.8% estimate at the beginning of the quarter, according to Refinitiv.

Following the positive guidance from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing, U.S. shares of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing climbed 2.9%

Conagra Brands fell 7.2% following a lower-than-expected annual earnings forecast.

On the NYSE, decliners outnumbered advancers by a 3.11-to-1 ratio. On Nasdaq, a 1.12-to-1 ratio favors decliners.

The S&P 500 posted one new 52-week high and 44 new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded nine new highs and 294 new lows.

Volume on U.S. Exchanges was 10.86Billion shares, which is compared to 12.48B average volume over the last 20 days.

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