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U.S. stocks book worst day in about a month after strong services data puts Fed hikes back in focus

U.S. stock indexes posted their worst day in nearly a month on Monday as hotter-than-expected reading on the U.S. services sector fueled speculation that the Federal Reserve will hike interest rates more aggressively to subdue inflation. The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished 482 points lower, or 1.4%, to 33,947. The S&P 500 dropped 1.8% to close below 4,000-level for the first time in nearly a week, while the Nasdaq Composite slumped 1.9%. A barometer of U.S. business conditions at service-sector companies rose to 56.5% in November, a strong signal that the economy is still expanding at a steady pace but raising concerns that the central bank will continue hiking rate aggressively at its December 13-14 meeting. The yield on the 10-year note rose 9.6 basis points to 3.598% on Monday. 4:07 p.m. Dec. 5, 2022

U.S. stocks open lower as yields rise on hopes of China COVID policy relief

U.S. stock indexes opened lower on Monday as China began easing its COVID-19 restrictions in major cities, while investors awaited more economic data ahead of next week's Federal Reserve policy meeting. The S&P 500 fell 0.6%, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 0.7% and the Nasdaq Composite shed 0.5%. The 10-year Treasury yield advanced to 3.550% from 3.502% on Friday. Several Chinese cities relaxed movement curbs and testing mandates over the weekend, raising hopes for a broader scaling back of the world's most stringent anti-COVID controls. On Monday, commuters in Beijing and at least 16 other cities were allowed to board buses and subways without a virus test in the previous 48 hours for the first time in months. Shares of Chinese and Hong Kong stocks rallied on Monday, while the U.S.-traded Chinese stocks are on pace to book their biggest advance since at least March. 9:35 a.m. Dec. 5, 2022

U.S. stocks open sharply lower after stronger-than-expected jobs data

U.S. stock indexes opened lower on Friday after the November jobs report shows a sign of continued strength in the labor market, raising concerns that the Federal Reserve's policy will remain tighter for longer. The U.S. created a robust 263,000 new jobs in November, a historically strong pace of hiring that threatens to prolong a bout of high U.S. inflation. The unemployment rate held at 3.7%, while the average hourly earnings rose twice as much as forecast. The S&P 500 lost 1%, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 0.7% and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 1.3%. The policy sensitive 2-year Treasury yields jumped to 4.364% from 4.254% on Thursday. 10:03 a.m. Dec. 2, 2022

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U.S. stocks open mostly higher on key inflation data

U.S. stock indexes opened mostly higher on Thursday after inflation data closely watched by the Federal Reserve shows price pressures are easing. The personal consumption expenditures index showed the rate of inflation rose 0.3% in October, while the core gauge that strips out volatile food and energy costs, rose 0.2% last month, below the consensus estimate of 0.3% collected from economists by Dow Jones. The S&P 500 rose 0.3%, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average shed 0.2% and the Nasdaq Composite gained 0.4%. The 10-year Treasury yield decreased after the report. Elsewhere, reports suggested China is set to announce an easing of its COVID-19 quarantine protocols in the coming days and a reduction in mass testing.

9:36 a.m. Dec. 1, 2022
U.S. stocks open mixed on short trading day

U.S. stock indexes opened mixed on Friday as investors assessed Fed rate policy outlook and weighed China's key bank-reserve's rate cut as COVID-19 cases rose. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 57 points, or 0.2%, to 34,251. The S&P 500 lost 0.1%, while the Nasdaq Composite shed 0.6%. The latest meeting minutes from the Federal Reserve showed most policy makers expect a slower pace of interest rate increases ahead. In addition, China's central bank on Friday cut the ratio of deposits banks have to hold in reserve by 0.25 percentage point to an average 7.8%, saying the move would release roughly $70 billion of funds into an economy struggling with a COVID-19 outbreak. Markets will close at 1 p.m. ET on Friday.

9:37 a.m. Nov. 25, 2022
Gold futures settle at the lowest in over a week

Gold futures settled lower on Friday, with strength in the U.S. dollar and Treasury yields pulling prices to their lowest settlement in a week, after two senior Federal Reserve officials said higher interest rates are needed to bring inflation down. Gold for December delivery fell $8.60, or 0.5%, to settle at $1,754.40 an ounce on Comex, with most-active contract prices down 0.9% for the week. On Thursday, gold settled at $1,763, the lowest finish for a most-active contract since early Nov. 10, according to FactSet data.

2:00 p.m. Nov. 18, 2022
Dow futures jump 700 points, 10-year Treasury yield drops below 4% on softer-than-expected CPI

U.S. stock futures surged to the upside on Thursday after softer-than-expected consumer price data. Up just 83 points ahead of the data, Dow Jones Industrial Average futures were up 900 points, or 2.7%, to 33,434. S&P 500 futures surged 118 points, or 3.1%, to 3,873.25, with those futures up just 11 points ahead of the data. Nasdaq-100 futures surged 390.50 points, or 3.6%, to 11,215. Bond yields were tumbling, with that of the 10-year note plunging 21 basis points to 3.939% and that of the two-year off 23 basis points to 4,399%. The ICE Dollar Index slid 0.8%, while gold surged $21 to $1,735.90 an ounce. The CPI report showed headline October inflation cooling more than expected to 7.7%, which has encouraged investors hoping the Federal Reserve can begin easing up on interest rate hikes sooner than later.

8:43 a.m. Nov. 10, 2022
Bitcoin trades above $20,000 for first time in 2 weeks as Treasury yields pull back

Bitcoin is trading above $20,000 Tuesday to the highest level since Oct. 6, amid renewed hopes among investors that the Federal Reserve may slow the pace of its aggressive rate hikes by year-end. Bitcoin went up 5% Tuesday while Ether rallied 11% to around $1,500, the loftiest level since Sept. 15, according to CoinDesk data. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note went down 15 basis points on Tuesday to 4.098%. Major stock indexes climbed on Tuesday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average rising to a six-week high. The S&P 500 gained 1.6% Tuesday and the Nasdaq Composite advanced 2.2%.

3:41 p.m. Oct. 25, 2022
U.S. stocks end sharply lower after strong jobs report keeps Fed on hiking path, but post gain for week

U.S. stocks finished the week in the red after a still-strong September jobs report Friday suggested the central bank would not alter the course of monetary policy soon. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 630 points, or 2.1%, to finish at 29,297. The S&P 500 lost 2.8%, while the Nasdaq Composite slid 3.8%. Friday's employment report showed the U.S. economy added 263,000 new jobs in September, slightly lower than Dow Jones' forecast of 275,000 jobs, and well below the 315,000 new positions added in August. The unemployment rate, meanwhile, declined to 3.5% from an August reading of 3.7%. Despite the selloff, the S&P booked a 1.5% weekly gain after back-to-back rallies earlier in the week, while the Dow gained 2% and the Nasdaq was up 0.7%, according to Dow Jones Market Data.

4:11 p.m. Oct. 7, 2022
U.S. stocks rebound from new bear market lows, with Dow jumping over 550 points, S&P 500 aiming to snap longest losing streak since February 2020 in final hour of trade

U.S. stock indexes traded higher in the final hour of trading on Wednesday with Dow climbing over 550 points and S&P 500 attempting to snap its longest losing streak since February 2020. The Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced by 2% and the S&P 500 gained 2.1%, while the Nasdaq Composite rose 2.1%. The rally received some support from a sharp fall in Treasury yields and the surprise intervention from the Bank of England to help stabilize roiling markets following last Friday's government budget announcements. The U.K. central bank Wednesday committed to buying long-term bonds and "restoring orderly market conditions".

3:31 p.m. Sept. 28, 2022
U.S. stocks extend losses in final hour of trading, Dow down nearly 200 points

U.S. stocks traded lower in the final hour of trading on Wednesday with three indexes turning lower after morning gains. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 184 points and the S&P 500 lost 0.4%, while the Nasdaq Composite declined by 0.1%. Investors were struggling to find their footing after three benchmark indexes Tuesday saw their worst daily losses since June 2020 as August's disappointing inflation data likely implied another historically large interest-rate hike from the Federal Reserve. Earlier Wednesday, the August producer-price index, or PPI, which measures the cost of wholesale goods and services, dropped 0.1% in August, mostly due to lower gasoline prices. Core PPI, a separate measure of wholesale prices that excludes volatile food and energy costs, rose by 0.2% in August.

3:28 p.m. Sept. 14, 2022

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