Yields hit fresh two-month lows early Wednesday, then turned mixed as investors digested the government's second Q3 GDP estimate. Growth rose more than analysts had expected but consumer was shy of forecasts, a possible conundrum. PCE inflation data tomorrow looms.
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There were signs of strong holiday shopping over the weekend as several additional retailers prepare to report this week, but stocks felt pressure early Monday from weak Chinese industrial profits data. Several Treasury auctions run today and Fed speakers return tomorrow.
Today’s a shortened session, but investors will be digesting Friday’s Black Friday retail reports with their turkey dinners. Next week’s attention turns to key housing data and Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE), the Fed’s favorite inflation indicator.
There's a bunch of fresh news this morning including a surprise delay by OPEC of its weekend meeting, the return of Sam Altman to OpenAI, and an Nvidia earnings report that mostly impressed. Volume could lighten as the day continues ahead of tomorrow's U.S. holiday closure.
Artificial intelligence is front and center today as investors watch for new developments in the storm centering around OpenAI even as Nvidia’s earnings are expected after the close. Fed minutes are also in the picture and several big retailers reported today.
The shortened holiday week offers plenty of action, including an OPEC meeting, Nvidia earnings, and Treasury auctions. The dollar index is near three-month lows, which could provide support for equities. Microsoft shares rose in premarket trading on a key new hire.
Wall Street got a boost open from falling Treasury yields as the futures market built in growing chances of a Fed rate cut as soon as Q1 of 2024. Much depends on data between now and then, however. Next week is short, but includes Fed minutes, Nvidia earnings, and Leading Indicators.
The bill will keep the federal government running into early 2024, but it likely increases the risk of a shutdown in February.
The long rally could be at risk as Walmart and Cisco both expressed caution in their guidance. Shares of both companies lost ground ahead of the open, and the weakness appeared to spread to the major indexes. Treasury yields, however, remain near the bottom of their range.
Inflation cooled on the wholesale side in October, helped by falling gas prices, but retail sales remained hotter than expected. This could mean consumers stayed healthy amid low unemployment. Treasury yields got an initial bounce from the retail sales data.
The October Consumer Price Index (CPI) report this morning showed flat headline growth month-over-month and the lightest yearly gain in core prices in two years. Stocks immediately lifted off after the data as investors dialed down chances of near-term rate hikes to practically zero.
A critical week lies ahead as Washington, D.C., counts down to a possible shutdown, Biden meets Xi, and market awaits key inflation data starting Tuesday. Stocks lost some traction early Monday and volatility could increase amid the data and headline focus ahead.
Wall Street's long winning streak ended yesterday as Treasury yields spiked, but things got quieter this morning on a day featuring little in the way of important data or earnings. It changes next week as investors await October Consumer Price Index data and Retail Sales.
The major indexes enter Thursday on their longest win streaks in nearly two years, but data and earnings are thin. Settlement of the actors' strike lifted studio stocks early, while investors await Fed Chairman Powell's remarks this afternoon.
Remarks by Fed Chairman Jerome Powell this morning put the focus back on Fed policy after its rate pause last week, but the spotlight turns to Disney earnings after the close. Crude hit 3-month lows today after a large U.S. supply gain, and there's a 10-year Treasury auction later.
Stocks came under pressure early Tuesday, threatening the six-day S&P 500 rally as investors contemplated a Fed speaker's hawkish tone and await more remarks from central bank officials. The 10-year yield fell slightly but remains above 4.6%, while Uber's results stopped short.
Wall Street enjoyed its best week of the year last week but an encore might be tough amid a dearth of major earnings and data. Fed speakers, including Chairman Powelll, dominate the calendar, along with earnings from Disney at mid-week. The 10-year yield bears close watching.
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