Markets React: U.S. Stocks Open Higher on Surprising Inflation Data
On Wednesday morning, the stock market in the United States experienced a boost when the latest consumer-price index data showed an increase in inflation in August. This could potentially change the Federal Reserve’s plans for interest rates.
How are stock indexes trading
- The value of the S&P 500 index, also referred to as SPX, rose by 6 points or 0.2%, reaching 4,468.
- The value of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, alternatively referred to as DJIA, rose by 19 points or 0.1%, reaching a total of 34,662.
- The Nasdaq Composite index went up by 42 points, representing a growth of 0.3% and reaching a total value of 13,816.
On Tuesday, the Dow industrials fell by 18 points, equivalent to a 0.05% decrease, reaching a value of 34,646. Likewise, the S&P 500 decreased by 0.6%, settling at 4,462, while the Nasdaq saw a decline of 1.04%.
On Wednesday, the stock market in the United States experienced a rise following the publication of the consumer-price index for August. This index indicated that the annual inflation rate had increased by 3.7% the previous month, slightly surpassing Wall Street’s forecast of 3.6%. The consumer-price index, which tracks the cost of different goods and services, saw a substantial monthly rise of 0.6%, the highest in 14 months. However, even after excluding the prices of energy and food, the core inflation still climbed by a larger margin (0.3%) compared to the expected increase of 0.2%.
Nigel Green, a financial advisor at deVere Group, believes that the recent U.S. CPI data will not greatly influence the Federal Reserve’s decision to maintain interest rates at their upcoming meeting. The financial markets have already taken this decision into account. Nevertheless, the rise in inflation gives the U.S. central bank an extra incentive to proceed cautiously in the future. As a result, it is anticipated that the Fed will start preparing the market for a potential rate increase during their November meeting.
Based on the information from the CME Fed Watch Tool, traders in the market for fed funds futures have a strong belief that the Federal Reserve will not increase interest rates in their next policy meeting next week, with a 95% probability. Additionally, there is a 37% probability of a 25 basis point increase in rates at the November meeting, which has not changed significantly compared to the previous day.
The interest rate on the 10-year Treasury note BX:TMUBMUSD10Y in English language increased by 1 basis point to 4.279%, whereas the interest rate on the 2-year Treasury BX:TMUBMUSD02Y decreased by 3 basis points to 4.999%.
Chris Zaccarelli, the chief investment officer at Independent Advisor Alliance, stated that the report released on Wednesday did not meet investors’ expectations, as the core inflation rate only increased by 0.3% monthly. Despite this, Zaccarelli noted that the market can still remain stable within this range. He also mentioned that although inflation is at a level that keeps the Federal Reserve involved, it is not substantial enough to completely change the belief that the Federal Reserve’s actions are nearing completion. These thoughts were conveyed through email comments.
Zaccarelli suggests that as long as the economy stays robust and inflation doesn’t resurface as a worry, the stock market has the chance to experience a surge until the conclusion of the year, especially following the traditionally sluggish months of September and October.
Investors will closely observe ARM Holding’s expected price for its initial public offering later today, which could potentially assign a value of up to $55 billion to the chip designer. If the IPO of this British company is successful, it might stimulate activity in the IPO market, which often reflects a positive outlook for the stock market as a whole.
Among the various economic updates anticipated on Wednesday is the release of the federal budget report for August, which is scheduled to be made public at 2 p.m.
Companies in focus
- On Wednesday, the stock prices of Nio and Li Auto declined by 3% and 0.8% correspondingly, in response to the European Union reporting its inquiry into the Chinese government’s financial assistance to electric vehicle makers.
- The shares of Apple, identified as AAPL, dropped by 0.67% with a decrease of 0.3% in its share price. A spokesperson from the Chinese government denied any allegations of banning foreign smartphones, but admitted the existence of “security incidents” involving the iPhone.
- Spirit Airlines Inc., with the ticker symbol SAVE, experienced a decrease of 1.4% in its shares on Wednesday. This decline came as a response to the budget airline’s updated outlook for the third quarter. The revised forecast was influenced by the company’s increased advertising campaigns for travel during the later months of the year, as well as the recent rise in fuel expenses.