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Wall Street Opens Lower as Ukraine Peace Talks Fail; Dow Down 325 Pts

Stock Markets Mar 10, 2022 09:43AM ET
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By Geoffrey Smith 

Investing.com -- U.S. stock markets opened lower on Thursday on disappointment at the failure of ceasefire talks between the Russian and Ukrainian foreign ministers.

Negotiations between Sergey Lavrov and Dmytro Kuleba in Turkey, the highest-level contact between the two countries since Russia invaded two weeks ago, broke down quickly with no visible progress. 

The downbeat mood was reinforced later by U.S. consumer inflation data for February, which showed prices rising at their fastest in over 40 years, cementing expectations of a first interest rate hike in two weeks' time from the Federal Reserve. 

By 9:40 AM ET (1440 GMT), the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 325 points, or 1.0%, while the S&P 500 was down by a similar amount and the Nasdaq Composite was down by 1.4%. The three indices had gained between 2% and 3.6% on Wednesday in anticipation of the talks.

The annual rate of inflation accelerated to 7.9% in February, in line with expectations but the highest since January 1982. Core inflation also rose to a 40-year high of 6.4% as the extraordinary amount of liquidity created by the Fed during the pandemic seeped into an ever-broader cross-section of prices. 

"The Russia-Ukraine war adds further fuel to the blazing rate of inflation via higher energy, food, and core commodity prices that are turbo charged by a worsening in supply chain problems," said Kathy Bostjancic of Oxford Economics in a note to clients. "This will lead to a higher near-term peak in inflation and a slower descent through 2022 than previously envisaged."

Bostjancic expects inflation to average 6.5% this year, leading the Fed to raise rates by 175 basis points. 

Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) stock bucked the negative  trend in early dealings, rising 4.8% thanks to the announcement late on Wednesday of a new $10 billion buyback program and a 20-for-1 stock split that's aimed at making the stock more easily accessible to smaller investors. It had been down some 15% for the year as of Wednesday's close.

Amazon's e-commerce peers in China fell under a harsher spotlight, as JD.com reported its slowest sales growth in six quarters, along with an operating loss due to higher input costs. JD.com (NASDAQ:JD) ADRs fell 14%, dragging rival Pinduoduo (NASDAQ:PDD) down by a similar amount. Chinese online realtor Ke Holdings (NYSE:BEKE) fell an even bigger 16% after reporting a stubbornly wide net loss and a worsening operating margin in the fourth quarter. 

Elsewhere, business software group Asana (NYSE:ASAN) fell 24% after it forecast revenue growth would slow to 40% this year from 67% last year, when the pandemic and the spread of remote work had created more favorable conditions for it. The opposite was true for Crowdstrike  (NASDAQ:CRWD) stock, which rose 13% after the company posted strong quarterly numbers and predicted another good year ahead.

Defense stocks Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT), Raytheon (NYSE:RTX) and Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC) all also eked out gains after the House of Representatives approved a revised spending bill for the current year late on Wednesday which incorporated a last-minute hike hike in defense spending.

Wall Street Opens Lower as Ukraine Peace Talks Fail; Dow Down 325 Pts
 

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Ella Yassin
Ella Yassin Mar 10, 2022 1:53PM ET
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The issue market is not about succesful talk between them but is more to oil price inrease drasticaly worsen inflation worldwide lol
Elvis Durant
Elvis Durant Mar 10, 2022 10:31AM ET
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the name of the game now "Talks fail or talks improve".......boring headlines next couple of weeks....
Mitchel Pioneer
Mitchel Pioneer Mar 10, 2022 10:16AM ET
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And the magic show begins with the predictability of the rising sun.  More criminal intervention in broad daylight, as more losses are removed from the system.  Of course yesterday's "rally" was completely uninhibited.  THE BIGGGEST INVESTMENT JOKE IN THE WORLD.
Samer Diab
Samer Diab Mar 10, 2022 10:16AM ET
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u will never understand the market. u don't even know what the vix is lol
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lol. yeah sure all lies
 
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