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Wall St drops as investor jitters climb before CPI data Friday

Economy Jun 09, 2022 06:42PM ET
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By Caroline Valetkevitch

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks sold off sharply Thursday as investor anxiety heightened ahead of data on Friday that is expected to show consumer prices remained elevated in May.

Selling picked up toward the end of the session. Mega-cap growth stocks led the drop, with Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Amazon.com Inc (NASDAQ:AMZN) falling 3.6% and 4.2%, respectively, and putting the most pressure on the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq.

Communication services and technology had the biggest declines among sectors, although all 11 S&P 500 sectors ended lower on the day.

Adding to nervousness, the benchmark U.S. 10-year Treasury yield climbed to as much as 3.073%, its highest level since May 11.

Recent sharp gains in oil prices also weighed on sentiment before Friday's U.S. consumer price index report.

"We're getting prepared for what the news might be regarding inflation tomorrow," said Peter Tuz, president of Chase Investment Counsel in Charlottesville, Virginia.

"I view it as mixed. If the total is high and the core number shows some sort of drop, I actually think the markets could rally on that because it'll show that things are kind of rolling over a bit."

The data is expected to show that consumer prices rose 0.7% in May, while the core consumer price index (CPI), which excludes the volatile food and energy sectors, rose 0.5% in the month.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 638.11 points, or 1.94%, to 32,272.79; the S&P 500 lost 97.95 points, or 2.38%, to 4,017.82; and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 332.05 points, or 2.75%, to 11,754.23.

All three of the major indexes registered their biggest daily percentage declines since mid-May. The S&P 500 is down 15.7% for the year so far and the Nasdaq is down about 25%.

Higher-than-expected inflation readings could increase fears that the U.S. Federal Reserve will raise interest rates more aggressively than previously expected.

The central bank has raised its short-term interest rate by three-quarters of a percentage point this year and intends to keep at it with 50 basis points increases at its meeting next week and again in July.

Alibaba (NYSE:BABA) Group shares slid 8.1% after its affiliate Ant Group said it has no plan to initiate an initial public offering.

Declining issues outnumbered advancing ones on the NYSE by a 5.51-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 2.79-to-1 ratio favored decliners.

The S&P 500 posted one new 52-week high and 31 new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 18 new highs and 127 new lows.

Volume on U.S. exchanges was 11.50 billion shares, compared with the 12.07 billion-share average for the full session over the last 20 trading days.

Wall St drops as investor jitters climb before CPI data Friday
 

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Nils Hullmann
Nils Hullmann Jun 10, 2022 3:37AM ET
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hopefully CPI will be close to 9% so dem rats will lose every bit of power they have in this country...laughed so hard after bhoudin blamed his failure on right-wing billionaires
Ghanshyam Hardev
Ghanshyam Hardev Jun 09, 2022 10:33PM ET
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as condition of globle update -interest rates hikes, Brent,cruise oil prices roses,fearness of inflation in short term, war impact of Ukraine and Russia etc.
Ghanshyam Hardev
Ghanshyam Hardev Jun 09, 2022 10:28PM ET
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It will be very safe strategy to our Investing that we should not have any new stock investing position til end of July.It may be possibility to take new position from the mid of August as trend,sentiment,and data of market onword.so now be causcious and wate and watch..
Ghanshyam Hardev
Ghanshyam Hardev Jun 09, 2022 10:28PM ET
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It will be very safe strategy to our Investing that we should not have any new stock investing position til end of July.It may be possibility to take new position from the mid of August as trend,sentiment,and data of market onword.so now be causcious and wate and watch..
Ken Roth
Ken Roth Jun 09, 2022 4:33PM ET
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The bears are in control selling the inflation song even though we all know that when the war in ukraine ends so does the ballistic inflation
Peter ONeill
Peter ONeill Jun 09, 2022 4:33PM ET
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BS. Ukraine is only one aspect of the inflation problem. The $5+ trillion in excess liquidity the Fed pumped into the market while keeping interest rates at 0% for over 2 years sure didn't help + continued Covid lockdowns in China. Inflation is also rising as the labor market is far too tight with unemployment at ~3.5%. Plus, even when the war ends it doesn't mean the sanctions will end anytime soon or grain can be replanted after the harvesting season. The fact is - you can expect high inflation for at least another 12-18 months and a lot of global economies will go into recession under such strain/supply chain shocks.
Mukund Jivraj
Mukund Jivraj Jun 09, 2022 4:06PM ET
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Huge rally tomorrow for Sure
Mukund Jivraj
Mukund Jivraj Jun 09, 2022 4:06PM ET
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Huge rally tomorrow for Sure
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Huge rally tomorrow for Sure
Mukund Jivraj
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Huge rally tomorrow for Sure
Anne Fanning
Anne Fanning Jun 09, 2022 3:21PM ET
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You'd rather have Trump?
Jerry Weber
Jerry Weber Jun 09, 2022 3:21PM ET
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Absolutely!
 
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