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S&P 500 ends choppy session nearly flat, a day after sell-off

Economy Jan 06, 2022 06:11PM ET
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By Caroline Valetkevitch

NEW YORK (Reuters) -The S&P 500 ended a volatile session close to unchanged on Thursday, as technology shares fell but financials lent support a day after the market sold off on a hawkish slant in Federal Reserve minutes.

The S&P 500 financials index rose 1.6%, extending this week's strong gains. Other economically sensitive sectors also advanced. Energy gained 2.3% and is up more than 9% since Dec. 31.

Banks were among top performers among financials, with the S&P 500 bank index up 2.6% following a rise in the benchmark U.S. 10-year Treasury yield, which touched its highest level since April 2021. [US/] Higher interest rates can increase profit margins for banks and financial firms.

Shares of Meta Platforms jumped 2.6%, the biggest boost to the S&P 500 and Nasdaq.

The Dow ended down 0.5% and the heavily weighted S&P 500 technology sector also eased 0.5%. The tech sector was biggest drag on the S&P 500 on Wednesday when minutes from the Fed's December meeting signaled the possibility of sooner-than-expected interest rate hikes.

The Fed minutes cited a "very tight" job market and unabated inflation, increasing investor unease ahead of Friday's monthly jobs report from the U.S. Labor Department.

"We have a jobs report tomorrow, which continues to be a focal area for the market in terms of the progression of the labor market," said Bill Northey, senior investment director at U.S. Bank Wealth Management.

A private payrolls report on Wednesday was stronger than expected.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 170.64 points, or 0.47%, to 36,236.47, the S&P 500 lost 4.53 points, or 0.10%, to 4,696.05 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 19.31 points, or 0.13%, to 15,080.87.

Investors this week have mostly rotated out of technology-heavy growth shares and into more value-oriented stocks that tend to do better in a high interest-rate environment.

The S&P 500 value index was up 0.1% on Thursday compared with a 0.3% decline in its growth counterpart.

Netflix Inc (NASDAQ:NFLX) ended down 2.5% after J.P. Morgan cut its price target on the movie streaming platform's stock.

Data on Thursday showed the number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose last week. Separately, U.S. services industry activity slowed more than expected in December, but supply bottlenecks appeared to be easing.

Advancing issues outnumbered declining ones on the NYSE by a 1.07-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 1.13-to-1 ratio favored decliners.

The S&P 500 posted 32 new 52-week highs and 2 new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 78 new highs and 492 new lows.

Volume on U.S. exchanges was 11.10 billion shares, compared with the 10.4 billion average for the full session over the last 20 trading days.

S&P 500 ends choppy session nearly flat, a day after sell-off
 

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Marco cuevas
Marco cuevas Jan 06, 2022 2:38PM ET
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im sure powells buddies made out like bandits before yesterdays shakeup.
Ron Love
Ron Love Jan 06, 2022 2:38PM ET
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That’s a Federal crime, FYI.
Joel Schwartz
Joel Schwartz Jan 06, 2022 2:38PM ET
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Ron Love Powell has a personal account with BlackRock. Look it up. It’s worth millions.
Casador Del Oso
Casador Del Oso Jan 06, 2022 1:47PM ET
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I'll buy back SPY when VIX is around 60.
Al Ose
Al Ose Jan 06, 2022 1:47PM ET
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So never then….-
Mitchel Pioneer
Mitchel Pioneer Jan 06, 2022 1:18PM ET
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Looks like they're having trouble propping the entire Ponzi scheme, so they turn their attention to the NASDAQ to stop bleeding, leaving the DOW less supported.  The flagrant 10AM pump and subsequent propping has the laughable NADAQ in the green, along with the S&P.  A global farce in living color, defrauding America in broad daylight.
Ron Love
Ron Love Jan 06, 2022 1:18PM ET
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Ahhh, so what happened to your elaborate conspiracy theory? Finished red. 🤦‍♂️
Shujat Kh
Shujat Kh Jan 06, 2022 12:39PM ET
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Markets down in initial hour - Investing.com reports "Markets in Green" Market recovers and in green - Investing.com reports "Wall street falls" Good morning..
Ronald Warren
Ronald Warren Jan 06, 2022 12:35PM ET
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The megladump should come tonight.
Matt Kay
Matt Kay Jan 06, 2022 11:51AM ET
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Multi-Trillion dollar companies can not survive without government handouts. Thanks Reagan.
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yeah apple, google, Amazon,.... will definitely go bankrupt without the fed.
 
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