At noon, the Dow Jones Industrial Average continued to climb, gaining 188 points, or 0.5% at 36,472 points, while the broader S&P 500 and tech-laden stock index Nasdaq Composite both dropped by 0.1% and 0.7%, respectively
12:05pm: Wall Street mixed
US stocks were mixed at the midday point as investors mulled fresh data on the labour market and inflation.
At noon, the Dow Jones Industrial Average continued to climb, gaining 188 points, or 0.5% at 36,472 points, while the broader S&P 500 and tech-laden stock index Nasdaq Composite both dropped by 0.1% and 0.7%, respectively.
“The data today looks a mixed bag on the face of it, with jobless claims coming in a little higher than expected, which may be down to seasonal adjustments,” said Craig Erlam, senior market analyst, UK and EMEA, OANDA. “The overall trend remains positive and continues to point to a tight labor market.”
Erlam noted that the producer price index (PPI) data on the other hand will be welcomed, with the headline number slipping to 0.2% month on month. “Perhaps a sign of supply-side pressures finally starting to abate which will come as a relief after inflation hit a near-40 year high last month.”
Experts are, however, turning to the earnings season for respite.
“Perhaps earnings season will bring some welcome normality to the markets after a period of fear, relief, and speculation,” said Erlam. “The fourth quarter is expected to have been another strong quarter, although the emergence of omicron will likely have had an impact during the critical holiday period for many companies.”
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9.42am: US stocks start on front foot
US stocks started ahead as investors digested the latest producer price inflation (PPI), which showed a slowing in prices for goods following the hot consumer data earlier this week.
In early deals in New York, the Dow Jones Industrial Average added over 179 points to stand at 36,470. The broader-based S&AP 500 gained around 12 at 4,738, while the tech-laden Nasdaq Composite Index advanced 52 at 15,241.
US producer price inflation (PPI) slowed in December to 0.2% (the smallest increase for 13 months) compared to consensus of 0.4% as costs fell, indicating that inflation may have peaked and supply chains were starting to ease.
In the 12 months through December, PPI increased 9.7% after accelerating 9.8% in November. Reportedly, that’s still one of the biggest 12-month increases since the index started back in 2009.
“The December U.S. reading likely marks the peak,” said Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, in a note.
“Core PPI services inflation bumped up to a new high in December, at 7.9% y/y, thanks to an unfavorable base effect and a rebound in airline fares m/m, but this too should be the peak, given that the 3m/3m rate is now only 5.3% and falling. In short, PPI inflation is very elevated, but this report probably represents the high-water mark.”
6.30am: US stocks seen opening up
US stocks are expected to open higher as attention shifts to US earnings season after consumer inflation data provided no additional shocks to interest-rate expectations.
Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.15% in Thursday pre-market trading, while the broader S&P 500 index added 0.11% and those for the tech-heavy Nasdaq 100 gained 0.12%.
Stocks closed higher on Wednesday after the December reading for the consumer price index, a gauge of prices across a broad spectrum of goods, showed a year-on-year gain of 7%. While that is the biggest jump since 1982, it was in line with predictions.
The Dow rose by 38 points, or 0.11%, to 36,290 and the S&P 500 increased 13 points to 4,726, while the Nasdaq increased 0.23% to 15,188.
“US stock indices reacted positively to the four-decade high inflation read yesterday. The S&P 500 gained the most among the three major US indices thanks to a strong energy sector performance, and closed the session only 0.28% higher,” commented Ipek Ozkardeskaya, senior analyst at Swissquote.
“There is potential for further recovery in US equities given that the Federal Reserve hawks went ahead of themselves at the start of the year.”
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