स्टॉक मार्केट: वॉल स्ट्रीट थम गई, ब्याज दरों में कटौती की आशा कम।

स्टॉक मार्केट: वॉल स्ट्रीट थम गई, ब्याज दरों में कटौती की आशा कम।

Stock Market Today: Wall Street Dips as Hopes Dim for an Imminent Cut to Interest Rates

Wall Street slows as hopes rise for interest rate cuts.

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  • 18, Jan, 2024
Jivika Chawla
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Stock Market Today: Wall Street Dips as Hopes Dim for an Imminent Cut to Interest Rates

Wall Street experienced a decline on Wednesday, with the S&P 500 falling 0.6% to 4,739.21. This comes after the index had just completed its 10th winning week in the last 11, finishing near its all-time high. The Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 0.3% to 37,266.67, and the Nasdaq composite slumped 0.6% to 14,855.62.

The drop in stocks can be attributed to rising yields in the bond market. Yields increased after a report revealed stronger-than-expected sales at U.S. retailers, signalling a robust economy. However, this positive economic data also raises concerns about inflation, potentially leading the Federal Reserve to delay interest rate cuts that traders had anticipated.

The yield on the 10-year Treasury rose to 4.10% from 4.06% after the retail-sales report. Higher yields can impact company profits and make investors less willing to pay high prices for stocks. High-growth stocks, including Tesla and Amazon, were among the most affected, contributing to the S&P 500's decline.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average, which has a lesser emphasis on tech and high-growth companies, experienced smaller losses relative to the rest of the market.

Investors adjusted their expectations for the Fed's rate cut, as reflected in the higher yield on the two-year Treasury. Traders are now less certain about a rate cut in March, with the probability dropping to below 60%.

The European Central Bank also weighed in on the discussion, cautioning against cutting rates too soon. These developments highlight the uncertainty surrounding the timing of interest rate cuts, impacting investor sentiment.

In addition to concerns about interest rates, corporate earnings reports contributed to the market's slip. U.S. Bancorp, Big 5 Sporting Goods, and Charles Schwab reported weaker-than-expected results, influencing their respective stock prices.

The global market also faced challenges, with stock indexes falling in Europe and Asia. Worries about the recovery of the world's second-largest economy and comments from the head of the European Central Bank contributed to the sell-off in financial markets worldwide.

स्टॉक मार्केट: वॉल स्ट्रीट थम गई, ब्याज दरों में कटौती की आशा कम।

Jivika Chawla

Jivika Chawla

  • @JivikaChawla