Stocks waver on Wall Street following a 4-day losing streak
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks wavered between small gains and losses on Wall Street today, leaving prospects uncertain for the market to break a four-day losing streak.
The S&P 500 fell 0.2 percent as of 12:06 p.m. Eastern. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 16 points, or 0.1 percent, to 33,579 and the tech-heavy Nasdaq fell 0.6 percent.
Every major index is on track for weekly losses.
Treasury yields fell significantly. The yield on the 10-year Treasury slipped to 3.45 percent from 3.53 percent late Tuesday.
Investors have been dealing with a relative lack of news ahead of updates on inflation and consumer sentiment later this week and the Federal Reserve’s meeting next week.
China rolled back more of its strict COVID-19 rules that have hindered that nation’s economy and added more uncertainty to global supply chains.
Markets in Asia closed lower overnight and European markets were mostly lower. U.S. crude oil prices fell 2.3 percent.
Investors rewarded several companies for solid earnings reports. Campbell Soup rose 5 percent after reporting strong results.
Carvana plunged 30 percent after analysts at Wedbush Securities warned that the used vehicle chain’s bankruptcy risk is rising. The company has lost 98 percent of its value since the beginning of the year.
Inflation, the Fed’s aggressive interest rate increases and recession worries remain the big concerns for Wall Street. Economic updates later this week could give investors more insight into inflation’s path ahead and how the Fed will continue fighting high prices.
The U.S. will release data on weekly unemployment claims on Thursday. The jobs market has been a strong area of the otherwise slowing economy and that has made it more difficult for the Fed to tame inflation.
The government will release a report on wholesale prices Friday that will provide more details on how inflation is affecting businesses. The University of Michigan will release a December survey on consumer sentiment on Friday.
The reports do not typically move markets but are receiving elevated attention as they are some of the final data dumps before the Fed meets next week.
The central bank is expected to raise interest rates by a half-percentage point at its meeting next week. It has raised its benchmark rate six times since March, driving it to a range of 3.75 percent to 4 percent, the highest in 15 years. Wall Street expects the benchmark rate to reach a peak range of 5 percent to 5.25 percent by the middle of 2023.
Inflation has been easing and economists expect the upcoming data on wholesale and consumer prices to reflect that trend. The pace has been slow, though, and the Fed has been very clear about its intent to keep raising interest rates until it is sure that inflation is cooling. That has raised concerns that the central bank could hit the brakes too hard on the economy and cause a recession.
A growing number of analysts expect the U.S. economy to slip into a recession in 2023, but are unsure of its potential severity and duration.