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Wall St climbs on megacap boost; inflation and earnings are in focus

People walk around the Financial District near the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., December 29, 2023. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz/File Photo
People walk around the Financial District near the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S.,... People walk around the Financial District near the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., December 29, 2023. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz/File Photo
People walk around the Financial District near the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., December 29, 2023. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz/File Photo
People walk around the Financial District near the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S.,... People walk around the Financial District near the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., December 29, 2023. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz/File Photo

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Wall St. climbs on a megacap boost; inflation and earnings are in focus. The strength in several megacaps helped Wall Street’s major indexes rise during Wednesday’s erratic trading. However, market confidence was managed with caution ahead of inflation figures and significant bank results later in the week.

In advance of a much-awaited government bond auction, the yield on the benchmark 10-year note crept down, sending Microsoft (MSFT.O), Alphabet (GOOGL.O), and Amazon.com (AMZN.O) up 0.4% to 1.4%.

Nvidia (NVDA.O), a megacap stock, had a 2.1% rise and reached a new high following TSMC’s (2330. TW), the world’s largest contract chipmaker, exceeding sales projections for the fourth quarter.

With Meta Platforms (META.O) rising 3.1% to reach a two-year high, communication services stocks (SPLRCL) led sectors to advance by 0.7%.

Since the beginning of the year, equity gains have been constrained as expectations of early rate cuts—a significant factor in the rally at the end of 2023—have decreased in response to conflicting economic data and ambiguous statements from Federal Reserve officials.

The December producer and consumer inflation data, expected on Thursday and Friday, respectively, are the focus of attention as they may provide insight into the central bank’s future course for monetary policy.

When John Williams, the president of the New York Fed, speaks later in the day, investors will also pay great attention to his remarks.

Regan Capital’s chief investment officer, Skyler Weinand, thinks that any significant surprise on the inflation front might lead to a sell-off in bonds and stocks.

According to the CME FedWatch Tool, market players have lowered their expectations for at least a 25 basis point rate decrease in March. They now anticipate a near 67% possibility, down from an approximate 86% chance in the last week of 2023.

Financial behemoths JPMorgan Chase (JPM.N), Bank of America (BAC.N), Citigroup (C.N), and Wells Fargo (WFC.N) are anticipated to release their fourth-quarter earnings figures on Friday with a decrease.

“Banks are going to be in a very large hole for at least the next two years, unless yields drop tremendously,” Weinand stated.

The S&P 500 bank index (.SPXBK) hit a one-week low on Wednesday as the lenders fell between 0.8% and 1.0%. The S&P 500 (.SPX) was up 6.87 points, or 0.14%, at 4,763.37, the Nasdaq Composite (.IXIC) was up 39.59 points, or 0.27%, at 14,897.30, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average (.DJI) was up 32.42 points, or 0.09%, at 37,557.58 at 11:36 a.m. ET.

Due to the decline in Bitcoin prices following the U.S. securities regulator’s announcement that a phony social media statement on the much-anticipated approval of exchange-traded funds had been posted on its account, cryptocurrency equities such as Coinbase (COIN.O), Bitfarms, and Riot Platforms (RIOT.O) had declines of more than 2.1% apiece.

Following a 9.3% loss over the previous two sessions, Boeing (BA.N.) gained 1.3%. CEO Dave Calhoun said the American aircraft manufacturer made mistakes as over 170 planes stayed grounded for a fourth day.

Following the disclosure of a short position by Fuzzy Panda Research on the health services company’s stock, DocGo (DCGO.O) saw a 34.1% decline.

On the NYSE, advances exceeded decliners by a ratio of 1.07 to 1, while on the Nasdaq, the ratio was 1.39 to 1. While the Nasdaq registered 52 new highs and 68 new lows, the S&P index posted 23 new 52-week highs and no new lows.


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