Wall Street’s Mixed Trading: Stocks In Flux As Yields Fluctuate
Job Market Holds Strong as Interest Rate Worries Weigh on Wall Street
Stocks on Wall Street have been mixed as concerns about rising interest rates put pressure on technology and high-growth stocks, while strong job market data counterbalance worries of a recession. The S&P 500 was 0.1% lower, while the Nasdaq composite was 0.4% lower due to a rise in yields in the bond market. The Dow was up 0.5% due to Salesforce’s strong earnings report, which provided a stronger-than-expected forecast for upcoming results. Despite the optimism around employment, inflation remains a concern that could impact the economy’s future.
On Thursday morning, fewer workers applied for unemployment benefits for the third week, demonstrating the job market’s resilience despite the rising interest rates. However, stronger job data put upward pressure on inflation which has been stubborn to cool, according to a recent report. This follows other reports over the last month showing higher-than-expected job growth, consumer spending, and inflation at multiple levels of the economy, causing Wall Street to revise its forecasts for higher interest rates.
The rise in interest rates poses a risk of recession down the line. It hurts investment prices, particularly those considered the riskiest, most expensive, or those requiring investors to wait longer for growth, like technology and high-growth stocks. For example, Tesla’s announcement of its next generation of vehicles that will cost half as much led to a 6.5% drop in share price, and Hormel Foods’ weak profit and revenue reports caused it to fall 4.8% in value.
The bond market is where the swing in sentiment has been most evident, with Treasury yields rising, setting rates for mortgages and other loans that shape the economy, and near their highest level since November. As a result, the two-year yield rose to 4.92%, increasing further the risk of a recession in the future. Furthermore, despite inflationary concerns, the Fed has raised interest rates the fastest in decades, and traders expect the central bank to continue raising rates.
While the job market remains strong, the rise in interest rates is causing concerns for the economy’s future, potentially impacting inflation and increasing the risk of a recession. As a result, Wall Street has revised forecasts for higher interest rates, delaying hopes of upcoming rate cuts. Higher rates hurt investment prices, particularly those considered the riskiest or requiring long waits for growth, and the bond market continues to see rising yields, close to their highest since November.
- The S&P 500 fell by 0.1%, while the Nasdaq Composite lost 0.4%.
- The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 152 points or 0.5%.
- The yield on the 10-year Treasury rose to 4.05% from 4.00% late Wednesday and from less than 3.40% earlier this year.
- The two-year yield rose to 4.92% from 4.88%, close to its highest since 2007.
- Hormel Foods reported weaker profit and revenue than expected, while Salesforce topped forecasts for profit and revenue last quarter.
The job market has remained strong, but fears of inflation due to a resilient job market and rising interest rates are causing concerns for the economy’s future. Higher rates could potentially hinder growth and increase the risk of a recession in the future. As a result, investors are cautious, with the bond market seeing higher yields, indicating they believe rates will continue to rise. While some companies are doing well, such as Salesforce, with strong earnings, others, like Hormel Foods, have reported lower-than-expected revenue and profit figures.