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U.S. Stock Futures Slip as Investors Mull Fed Policy Path

Stock Markets Oct 06, 2022 08:14AM ET
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By Scott Kanowsky

Investing.com -- U.S. stock futures dropped on Thursday, as traders looked ahead to crucial U.S. labor market data that may provide clues to the possible roadmap for monetary policy tightening by the Federal Reserve.

At 07:28 ET (11:28 GMT), the Dow Futures contract was down 138 points, or 0.46%, S&P 500 Futures traded more than 20 points, or 0.53%, lower, and Nasdaq 100 Futures slumped 54 points, or 0.46%.

The declines would extend losses on Wall Street registered in yesterday's session, which brought an end to a brief but strong two-day rally. Equity markets, as well as U.S. government bonds, fell amid concerns that the Fed will keep interest rates higher for a longer period of time after data on Wednesday showed resilient demand in the American job market.

Focus now turns to how upcoming U.S. nonfarm payrolls figures will potentially determine the path of monetary policy. Signs of labor market strength in Friday's key report are expected to give the Fed impetus to keep aggressively hiking borrowing costs, which would likely be a negative signal for risk-driven assets.

"The key to tomorrow’s jobs report will be whether it keeps the hopes for a Fed pivot alive. If the jobs report is 'Too Hot' that kills the idea of a Fed pivot, and we should expect the S&P 500 to drop back towards levels where we ended the third quarter," Sevens Report analysts said in a note.

Investors will also have fresh weekly unemployment claims figures later today to pick at before the release of the nonfarm payrolls numbers.

In corporate news, Peloton Interactive Inc (NASDAQ:PTON) shares were up in premarket dealmaking after the exercise equipment company reportedly told staff that it plans to slash 500 jobs as management looks to restructure the business.

Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) shares dipped in early hours trading as the drama over Elon Musk's $44 billion proposed buyout of the social platform continues to unfold, with negotiators reportedly now at work hashing out the details of the purchase.

Oil prices edged lower after nearing a three-week high. Brent Oil Futures for December fell 0.29% to $93.10 while Crude Oil WTI Futures also dropped by 0.33% to $87.47.

The moves come after the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies, which include Russia, agreed on Wednesday to slash production by 2 million barrels a day in a bid to support flagging oil prices. However, the decision could pour further fuel onto red-hot global inflation.

Elsewhere, gold futures rose by 0.25% to $1,725.05/oz, while EUR/USD exchanged hands at $0.9865.

U.S. Stock Futures Slip as Investors Mull Fed Policy Path
 

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RobinHdJr Oct 06, 2022 8:50AM ET
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Baloney. We already know exactly where the FED is going. The 0.75% rate hike was predicted with accuracy. Historically we are very spoiled. In the 1980s FFR was > 10%. Today it is around 4%, and inflation today is HIGHER than it was in the 1980s. Meanwhile earnings yields are very modest right now. Transportation sector has 11 p/e.  The 10 year note can't hold a candle even to the regular S&P 500. But lets face it, fundamentals are not driving the markets, and they haven't for quite some time. No one invests anymore, the entire stock market is one big casino, and people are picking which meme stock they want to place their bets on
 
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