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S&P 500 Slips as Inflation-Fueled Spike in Yields Triggers Tech Wreck

Stock MarketsNov 10, 2021 03:14PM ET
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By Yasin Ebrahim

Investing.com – The S&P 500 fell Wednesday, led by tech after data showing consumer prices rose at their fastest pace in more than three decades stoked fresh concerns about elevated inflation and sooner-than-expected rate hikes from the Federal Reserve.

The S&P 500 fell 0.9%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 0.70%, or 254 points, the Nasdaq slipped 1.8%.

The Labor Department said Thursday its consumer price index rose 0.9% last month after edging up 0.4% in September, lifting the year-on-year increase in the CPI to 6.2%, the fastest pace since 1990.

The faster pace of inflation stoked expectations for a faster pace of tightening from the Fed, supporting a jump in Treasury yields.

“The December FOMC meeting is likely to see the dot plot pull forward the first hike into 2022,” Soctiabank Economics said in a note.

“While the FOMC has pre-committed to the taper path in December, inflation and nonfarm readings like we’ve received may also indicate a bias on the committee toward expediting tapering over 2022H1 at the same meeting.”

Consumer spending, which is a key contributor to economic growth and has so far been resilient, will likely run out of steam should elevated inflation continue.

“I don't think the level of consumer spending is very sustainable," Sean O'Hara, president of Pacer ETFs, told Investing.com in an interview on Wednesday. "The most concerning thing is that the rise in everyday items people depend upon, will force them to cut back their discretionary spending somewhat."

The backdrop of rising rates and inflation, which soured investor sentiment on growth stocks, weighed on the technology stocks.

Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL) was one of the biggest decliners in the big tech group after the European Union's General Court upheld the European Commission’s 2017 order that it pay a $2.8 antitrust fine.

Energy also weighed on the broader market, pressured by a slip in oil prices following a rise in weekly crude stockpiles. The increase in inventory was 1 million barrels last week, compared with analysts' expectations for a build of 2.1 million barrels.

Coinbase Global (NASDAQ:COIN) was down 7%, but cut some of its losses as some on Wall Street continued to tout optimism on the cryptocurrency exchange platform despite third-quarter results that missed on both the top and bottom lines.

“Despite the quarterly miss, we point to a number of positive quarterly metrics: Both trading volumes and MTUs exceeded Street's expectations; the mix from nontrading revenues was up from the prior quarter's 5% to 13%; and assets on the platform ($255B) were up 600%+, also in-line with expectations,” Wedbush said in a note.

Poshmark (NASDAQ:POSH) delivered fourth-quarter revenue guidance that fell short of Wall Street expectations after reporting a wider than expected loss in the third quarter amid weaker than expected revenue. Its shares slid 28%.

In other news, electric-truck maker Rivian Automotive (NASDAQ:RIVN) made its public market debut in style, surging 30% above its $78 IPO price. Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Ford own a 20% and 12% stake in Rivian, respectively.

S&P 500 Slips as Inflation-Fueled Spike in Yields Triggers Tech Wreck
 

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Kim Gay
Kim Gay Nov 10, 2021 3:39PM ET
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This economy is not sustainable with high inflation, taxation, and the printing of another 5-10 trillion dollars on top of our current National Debt!
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US has depleted the brain power to handle the mess. Dont get me wrong, there are countless smart people out there but they are all busy with these “politically right things”. And i dont see the future of the country with the kids all led into the so called “leadership” and forgot about how to calculate 1+1……
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I think tech got the word on Powell's plans. He's about to lose his job and he knows his replacement will not taper. He's gonna' have to slash and burn.
Al Gore
Al Gore Nov 10, 2021 2:53PM ET
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dont worry fed will stop taper and increase purchases
Miles Mathewson
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Here is CPI result of the $15/hour wage hike of this administration. Worst administration EVER !!!!!!
Matt Kay
Matt Kay Nov 10, 2021 2:45PM ET
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Thats too many exclamation points. Adjust your bot settings.
Miles Mathewson
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Matt Kay  what about adjusting your expectations ? Trump will be back and I'll laugh so much !!!
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stop fed purchases
 
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