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Wall Street Opens Lower as Strong Jobless Claims Fuel Rate Fears; Dow Down 140 Pts

Stock MarketsNov 24, 2021 09:46AM ET
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By Geoffrey Smith 

Investing.com -- U.S. stock markets opened with fresh losses on Wednesday, after the strongest weekly jobless claims numbers in over 50 years stoked fears of an accelerated tightening of monetary policy and prompted investors to take money off the table ahead of the long holiday weekend.

Initial jobless claims plummeted to 199,000 last week, their lowest since 1969, in what was interpreted as a sign of an increasingly strong labor market where companies are having to work hard to keep staff. Continuing jobless claims rose, however.  Core durable goods orders also held up well in October, and September's numbers were revised moderately higher, although declines in the more volatile aerospace and defense segments meant that overall durable goods orders registered back-to-back monthly declines for the first time this year.

Meanwhile, core personal consumer expenditures - the Federal Reserve's preferred measure of inflation - rose 4.1% on the year in October, up from 3.7% in September and a fresh reminder of the increasing pressure on the Fed to reverse this year's spike in prices.

By 9:40 AM ET (1440 GMT), the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 143 points, or 0.4%, at 35,670 points. The S&P 500 was down 0.6% and the Nasdaq Composite, which had been hit harder than the other two indices on Tuesday by rising capital market rates, underperformed again with a drop of 1.0%.

On a heavy morning for data, gross domestic product growth in the third quarter was also revised down marginally to an annualized rate of 2.1% from an initial estimate of 2.2%, with an eye-catching rise in wholesale inventories that testified to the mad scramble for goods ahead of the holiday season. 

Even that scramble hasn't been enough to save some retailers, however. Gap (NYSE:GPS) and Nordstrom (NYSE:JWN) joined Urban Outfitters (NASDAQ:URBN), Best Buy (NYSE:BBY) and Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE:ANF) in falling heavily after reporting a quarter characterized by higher costs, thinner margins and risks of product shortages in the next few weeks. Gap stock fell 20% and Nordstrom stock fell 23%. Software company Autodesk (NASDAQ:ADSK) got similarly harsh treatment, the stock falling 15% after it lowered its billings guidance.

There was better news manufacturers, such as Deere & Co (NYSE:DE), whose upbeat profit forecast for the financial year just started dispelled concerns about the impact of a lengthy strike that resulted in a substantial wage hike for its UAW workforce. Deere stock rose 5.2%.

And the gains were even sharper among PC makers, whose quarterly numbers showed them continuing to cash in on pandemic-driven demand trends. HP (NYSE:HPQ) stock rose 10.6% to a six-month high, while Dell  (NYSE:DELL) stock rose 4.5%. Both companies issued guidance above Wall Street consensus.

 

 

Wall Street Opens Lower as Strong Jobless Claims Fuel Rate Fears; Dow Down 140 Pts
 

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Stan Smith
Stan Smith Nov 24, 2021 11:28AM ET
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To be honest bad news is really meaningless when the FED just pumps up any stock shortfalls by the end of the day/week. I wish we'd stop pretending we have real markets and real price discovery..
James Pattison
James Pattison Nov 24, 2021 11:08AM ET
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The current government debt will not allow interest rates to be increased… they will let inflation go craxy high before raising interest rates… this will lead to a policy mistake… markets will soar another 20% before crashing…
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dim dim Nov 24, 2021 11:06AM ET
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RED ALARM !! CAN I HAVE YOUR ATTAENTION MY FRIENDS ... *meanwhile, inflation is heading towards 15% ... be careful my friends investors, do not be left with 'no price' papers in hand ... "The wise children cook before they are hungry". !! * after removal from the cash desk no mistake is recognized.!!
James Pattison
James Pattison Nov 24, 2021 11:06AM ET
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The stock market is one of the best places to whether the inflation storm… but i agree this is not a good set up for economic growth… but sure does help the rich
Mark Manley
Mark Manley Nov 24, 2021 10:18AM ET
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Fed: The economy is doing greatLibs: Run for your life, the sky is falling
Casador Del Oso
Casador Del Oso Nov 24, 2021 10:17AM ET
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Imagine the nosedive stocks will take once rate increase "fears" become rate increase "realities".
taylor jason
taylor jason Nov 24, 2021 10:17AM ET
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market isn't going to crash over a 50bps rate increase over 2022. 0 rate is not normal, and shouldn't be perceived that way
Julien Guillod
Julien Guillod Nov 24, 2021 10:17AM ET
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"should not" going from 0.01 to 0.5 is still a massive increase, % wise
mario can
mario can Nov 24, 2021 10:17AM ET
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Rates dont go up, ever. You dont get interest on toilet paper but you can sell it.
James Pattison
James Pattison Nov 24, 2021 10:17AM ET
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mario can im interested in toilet paper
Steffen vdm
Steffen vdm Nov 24, 2021 10:16AM ET
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People going back to work. OMG! Where will this end?
Mox Mox
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more handouts so they go back to their caves to consume opioids, get into gang violence, defecate and sleep rough on the streets of Frisco and vote democrat
 
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