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    USD loses its downward momentum

    Today, the dollar index is trying to limit the falls of the last few days and is above 104.2. The EUR/USD exchange rate approached the 1.0900 mark.

    This is more of an emotional outburst. The markets are evaluating the new inflation figures in the US. Already today, emotions should subside, as traders will start analyzing the situation with a cool head.

    After the inflation publication, the head of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis confirmed that it will probably be necessary to keep the rate at the current level for some more time and expressed doubts about how much it is holding the US economy back.

    Experts at the Bank of America remain in the same position, believing that the first rate cut will not occur until December. To cut the rate in September, it is necessary that inflation slows further or labor market data weaken even more.

    Still, the yield on 10-year US Treasury bonds fell to 4.32% on Wednesday, the lowest level since early April, as softer inflation data gives the Fed more flexibility to cut rates this year.

    The dollar index has weakened over the past few days. The DXY is now near the price lows of April (103.95), which is the nearest support level. Perhaps within this range, the dollar's weakening will temporarily slow down. At least that is the picture we see now.

    When will the Fed cut rates?

    The main question is when the Fed will lower interest rates. This is of interest to analysts and financial market observers. According to analysis and forecasts, the likely month to start cutting rates is still September, as key elements of US inflation have started to show declines.

    DNB Markets writes that they believed that current data would not change the likelihood of a rate cut in the autumn, provided inflation data remained moderate and labor market conditions continued to improve. Their forecasts indicate that the market expects the first rate cut in September.

    According to inflation data released on Wednesday, overnight index swaps, which reflect traders' expectations of future interest rates, show that the market now fully appreciates the likelihood of a rate cut in September.

    Two weeks ago, the first cut was not expected until December.

    In 2024, expectations for a Fed rate cut have fallen significantly due to higher inflation in the first quarter of the year. Signals have emerged that some elements of the inflation basket will resist a change.

    This boosted US bond yields and the US dollar in currency markets. Such a situation could happen again.

    Until core inflation (excluding housing costs) and housing costs decline, the overall inflation rate will not be able to hold steady at the Fed's 2.0% target.

    Housing costs, which account for about 40% of the overall consumer price index, have risen as a result of steady increases in home prices and rents in recent years.

    However, PNC Bank says the April 2024 consumer price report may bring some relief to Fed policymakers, as the most stable housing and core services segments of the CPI showed the first signs of softening in a long time.

    The core CPI declined to 0.2% month-over-month, and house price growth was just +0.2% month-over-month, the lowest since January 2021 (+0.6%).

    PNC's forecast of two 25-basis-point rate cuts this year, in September and December, now seems more reasonable than earlier in 2024.

    Other analysts are expressing a similar view. Berenberg believes the current inflation data makes it slightly more likely that the Fed will start cutting rates sooner.

    "We continue to expect one 25-bp rate cut in December and three further such moves next year to bring the Fed funds target rate to 4.25–4.50%," Berenberg wrote.

    Economists at Wells Fargo and Pantheon Macroeconomics also share this view. It takes some favorable inflation indicators for the Fed to feel confident about a rate cut. The first rate cut is possible at the FOMC meeting in September.

    Pantheon Macroeconomics argues that the case for expecting a further slowdown in core inflation remains strong. Supply chains have stabilized, wage growth is slowing, and corporate margins remain strong, pointing to the outlook for the future.

    Economists also note the lack of threat from global food and energy prices, as well as subdued rent growth and lower car prices. This indicates a slowdown in auto insurance inflation.

    Thus, the stage is set for a further slowdown in the core CPI this summer, allowing the Fed to begin easing in September.

    With the market consensus increasingly leaning toward a September rate cut, all eyes will be on upcoming macroeconomic data that could confirm these expectations.
     
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    Wall Street Week: Key Events and Forecasts for the Days Ahead

    At the end of the day on the New York Stock Exchange, the Dow Jones index increased by 0.34%, reaching a new record level, while the S&P 500 rose by 0.12%. The NASDAQ Composite Index, on the contrary, decreased by 0.07%.

    Among the stocks included in the Dow Jones index, Caterpillar Inc (NYSE:CAT) stood out with a gain of 5.65 points (1.61%) to 356.37. JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE:JPM) shares rose 2.38 points (1.18%) to end at 204.85. Also worth noting is Boeing Co (NYSE:BA), whose shares rose 2.03 points (1.11%) to close the day at 184.99.

    On the other hand, Amgen Inc (NASDAQ:AMGN) shares were down 2.25 points (0.71%) to end the day at 312.47. Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) rose 0.20 points (0.62%) to close at 31.83, while Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE:VZ) fell 0.20 points (0.50%). ), ending the session at 40.05.

    Among the growth leaders among the components of the S&P 500 index are shares of Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO), which rose by 4.82%, reaching 166.14, shares of Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold Inc (NYSE:FCX), which increased by 4 .25% to 54.25, and Chubb Ltd (NYSE:CB), up 3.60% to 274.43.

    Meanwhile, Paramount Global Class B (NASDAQ:pARA) shares fell 4.91% to close at 12.02. Dollar Tree Inc (NASDAQ:DLTR) fell 3.29% to end the day at 117.31, while Lam Research Corp (NASDAQ:LRCX) fell 3.27% to finish at 912.07.

    In Friday trading on the NASDAQ Composite stock exchange, shares of Fangdd Network Group Ltd (NASDAQ:DUO) showed significant growth, soaring by 309.76%, reaching a price of 1.68. Also, FLJ Group Ltd (NASDAQ:FLJ) rose 223.59% to finish the day at 1.55, and Jeffs Brands Ltd Unit (NASDAQ:JFBR) rose 109.03% to finish the day at 0. .65.

    At the same time, Blue Star Foods Corp (NASDAQ:BSFC) saw a significant decline of 45.19% to close at 0.08. SINTX Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:SINT) shares fell 39.29% to close at 0.09. Heart Test Laboratories Inc Unit (NASDAQ:HSCS) fell 38.37% to close at 6.97.

    On the New York Stock Exchange, the number of stocks whose prices increased (1,570) outnumbered the number of stocks that closed lower (1,256), while 85 stocks remained unchanged. On the NASDAQ stock exchange, the situation was less favorable: here shares of 1,790 companies lost value, 1,570 showed growth, and 125 remained at the same level.

    Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold Inc (NYSE:FCX) shares hit a new high, rising 4.25% or 2.21 points to finish the day at 54.25. Chubb Ltd (NYSE:CB) also set a record, rising 3.60% or 9.55 points to close at 274.43.

    JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE:JPM) shares hit a high, rising 1.18% or 2.38 points to finish at 204.85. While Heart Test Laboratories Inc Unit (NASDAQ:HSCS) shares fell to a record low, losing 38.37% or 4.34 points to end the day at 6.97.

    The CBOE Volatility Index, a measure of market expectations based on S&P 500 options trading, fell 3.46% to a three-year low of 11.99.

    Gold futures for June delivery rose 1.46%, or 34.85, to $2.00 a troy ounce. WTI crude oil futures prices for June rose 0.95%, or 0.75, to close at $79.98 a barrel. Brent crude futures for July delivery rose 0.80%, or 0.67, to $83.94 a barrel.

    On the Forex market, EUR/USD remained virtually unchanged, rising just 0.05% to hit 1.09, while USD/JPY rose 0.20% to hit 155.68.

    The U.S. dollar index, which measures its value against a basket of foreign currencies, advanced slightly by 0.02% to close at 104.37.

    Historical data indicates that the current recovery in the US stock market, which led to record highs this week, may continue into the future.

    A slowdown in economic growth eased inflation concerns in May, spurring the three major US stock market indexes to hit all-time highs. The S&P 500, which lost more than 4% in April, is now up 11% year-to-date.

    Market analysts who study historical data note that stocks tend to rise faster after corrections of comparable magnitude, and often continue to rise even after recovering lost ground.

    Following this pattern, the current recovery could herald further gains in stock prices. After past 5% declines in the S&P 500, the subsequent average gain has been 17.4%, according to Keith Lerner, co-chief investment officer at Truist Advisory Services. At the close of trading on Friday, the index was already up nearly 7% from its April lows.

    Investors are also expressing increased optimism about the economy's prospects for a so-called "soft landing" as well as forecasts for strong corporate profits, which could fuel further gains in stock prices.

    Market activity will be tested on Wednesday when Nvidia (NVDA.O), whose shares have jumped on a wave of interest in artificial intelligence, reports its quarterly financial results.

    Investors will also focus on durable goods data and consumer sentiment next week, expecting to see further evidence of slowing economic growth that could support the case for interest rate cuts this year.

    Sam Stovall, chief investment strategist at CFRA, noted that momentum plays a significant role in determining how different market segments will perform post-recovery. He pointed out that the S&P 500 sectors that led during the market's post-correction recovery outperformed the overall market 68% of the time. Stovall analyzed 35 market advances since 1990.

    Stovall's main takeaway is: "After recovering from a correction, it is important to allow your leaders to continue moving higher."

    The most recent market recovery was led by the technology (.SPLRCT), utilities (.SPLRCU) and real estate (.SPLRCR) sectors, which posted gains of 11.3%, 10.1% and 7.9%, respectively.

    Currently, all 11 S&P 500 sectors are ahead of their 200-day moving averages, said Willie Delwiche, an independent investment strategist and business professor at Lutheran College of Wisconsin.

    Delwiche found that when at least nine sectors beat these trend indicators, the average annual return of the S&P 500 index reaches 13.5%.

    However, a number of external factors can disrupt this growth. For example, despite recent data pointing to slowing inflation and tepid labor market growth, weak signs of a sustained cooling in the economy could reignite fears of an overheated economy, which could force the Federal Reserve to maintain high interest rates or even raise them.

    Despite the positive economic signals, Federal Reserve officials are not yet inclined to change their plans to cut rates, which many investors expect to begin this year.

    It's also worth noting that many stocks are highly valued, with the S&P 500 trading at a forward P/E ratio of 20.8, well above the historical average of 15.7, according to LSEG Datastream.

    Banking strategists advise focusing on possible short-term sell-offs, given that ultimately the economic context will be decisive. They predict the S&P 500 could rise about 4% to 5,500 over the course of the year.
     
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    Nasdaq records highs and S&P rises: All eyes on Nvidia

    The Nasdaq hit record highs on Monday, while the S&P 500 posted modest gains as technology stocks advanced, ahead of Nvidia's results. The market also assessed the likelihood of interest rate cuts by the Federal Reserve.

    Among the S&P's major sectors, technology .SPLRCT led the pack, rising 1.32%, led by gains from chipmakers including Nvidia, which rose 2.49% ahead of its quarterly earnings report.

    Investors are looking at Nvidia's earnings to see whether the artificial intelligence leader will maintain its rapid growth and advantage over rivals.

    Several brokerages increased their targets for Nvidia, and Micron Technology (MU.O) shares rose 2.96% after Morgan Stanley upgraded its rating to "equal weight" from "underweight." The PHLX Semiconductor Index (.SOX) rose 2.15%.

    Stephen Massocca, a senior vice president at San Francisco-based Wedbush Securities, said: "If Nvidia's results exceed expectations, it could cause a bit of a stir. However, given the high cost, significant growth is unlikely."

    "A Fed rate cut could spark a rally, but current data doesn't yet support that scenario."

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average (.DJI) fell 196.82 points, or 0.49%, to 39,806.77. While the S&P 500 Index (.SPX) rose 4.86 points, or 0.09%, to 5,308.13, and the Nasdaq Composite Index (.IXIC) rose 108.91 points, or 0.65%. , closing at 16,794.87.

    The Dow's decline came as JPMorgan (JPM.N) shares fell 4.5% after CEO Jamie Dimon expressed "cautious pessimism" and noted that the company has no plans to buy back shares at current prices.

    A strong earnings season and signs of slowing inflation have reignited expectations that the Federal Reserve will cut interest rates this year, pushing major indexes to record levels. Let's remember that last week the Dow Jones index (.DJI) exceeded 40,000 points for the first time.

    Fed officials' comments on Monday had little impact on interest rate forecasts, despite their insistence that inflation pressures were easing and emphasizing the importance of a cautious approach.

    The minutes of the Federal Reserve's latest monetary policy meeting are scheduled to be released on Wednesday. Markets estimate the chance of a rate cut of at least 25 basis points at the September meeting at 63.3%.

    The latest stock market rally has raised concerns about lofty stock valuations, with the S&P 500 trading at a P/E ratio of 20.8, well above its historical average of 15.9, according to LSEG.

    Deutsche Bank raised its end-2024 forecast for the S&P 500 to 5,500 from a previous 5,100, the highest expected level among leading brokerages. In turn, Morgan Stanley predicts that the index will reach 5,400 points by June 2025.

    Shares of the Norwegian cruise line (NCLH.N) rose 7.56% after the company raised its full-year profit forecast. On the New York Stock Exchange, advancing stocks outnumbered declining ones by a ratio of 1.14 to 1. At the same time, on the Nasdaq, declining stocks outnumbered advancing ones by a ratio of 1.01 to 1.

    The S&P 500 has recorded 58 new highs and four new lows over the past 52 weeks, while the Nasdaq has posted 222 new highs and 101 new lows. Trading volume on US exchanges reached 12.31 billion shares, exceeding the last 20 trading days' average of 11.82 billion.

    Asian markets were lower and the dollar held steady on Tuesday ahead of the release of minutes from the Federal Reserve's latest meeting, which could provide clues about the timing and extent of a potential interest rate cut this year.

    Gold prices retreated from Monday's record high and oil prices fell on concerns that U.S. interest rates could remain high for a long time due to the Federal Reserve's cautious approach to the recent decline in inflation.

    Cryptocurrencies including ether and bitcoin hit new six-week highs amid speculation the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) could approve a spot exchange-traded fund (ETF) for ether.

    MSCI's index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS was down 0.9% after the Hang Seng retreated 1.9% from its multi-month high hit on Monday.

    Japan's Nikkei (.N225), which tracks technology stocks, subsequently edged 0.1% lower after rising to record highs overnight.

    Nasdaq futures fell 0.06%, while S&P 500 futures remained steady after rising 0.1% the previous day.

    "Market sentiment continues to remain relatively stable with low implied volatility, supported by confidence in the possibility of US interest rate cuts this year," Kyle Rodda, senior markets analyst at Capital.com, said in an analysis.

    In addition, record price levels for metals such as gold and copper "act as indicators of a pick-up in economic activity around the world, which in turn could act as a headwind for inflation," Rodda added.

    Gold fell 0.3% to around $2,417 an ounce, after first rising to $2,450 overnight.

    The dollar held its ground against major currencies, with the dollar index remaining at 104.62, recovering from a five-week low of 104.07 recorded on Thursday.

    The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield was little changed at 4.4433% after rising 1.7 basis points on Monday.

    Brent crude fell 0.7% to $83.17 a barrel, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude fell 0.7% to $79.22 a barrel.

    At the same time, after the announcement that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) unexpectedly required exchanges wishing to trade Ethereum ETFs to update their regulatory documents, traders were actively purchasing cryptocurrencies. The development raised expectations that approval for trading could come as soon as this week, sending the market to new highs.

    Bitcoin hit $71,957 while Ethereum rose to $3,720.80, both setting highs not seen since April 9.

    "Expectations regarding the approval of the Ethereum ETF have significantly impacted market activity, adding to the already growing bullish trend in the cryptocurrency space. The move gained further momentum after lower-than-expected US CPI data was released last week," said IG analyst Tony Sycamore.

    Sycamore predicts that Bitcoin could soon again reach its all-time high of $73,803.25 and possibly even surpass the $80,000 mark.
     
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    Technical Analysis of Intraday Price Movement of AUD/JPY Cross Currency Pairs, Wednesday May 22, 2024.

    On the 4 hour chart, Silver commodity asset is appear, although the price is moving above WMA 20 which indicates that there are still a lot of buyers of this commodity asset. But if we pay attention, the level of 32,444 failed to be broken a few times which shows that in the near future Silver has the potential to corrected downwards where level 31,033 has the potential to be tests. If it managed to break, then Silver willgo to level 30,320 as the main target and if the momentum and volatility are supportive then level 29,615 will be the next target, but if on its way to these target levels it suddenly strengthens again and breaks above level 32,444 then all the weakening correction scenarios that have been described will become invalid and cancel itself.

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    To be noted: the title seems not match with the content of the article, I only follow the source text.
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    Ups and downs: market reaction to the Fed and Nvidia's success

    American stock markets fell on Wednesday, caused by investors' reaction to the published minutes of the latest Federal Reserve meeting. At the same time, Nvidia shares rose sharply, rising 6% in after-hours trading after announcing earnings that beat analysts' expectations.

    The announcement also boosted share prices of other companies in the chip manufacturing sector. Investors' attention has been focused on Nvidia's (NVDA.O) ability to meet strong first-quarter guidance and the potential to sustain growth in artificial intelligence stocks.

    Nvidia shares, which ended the trading day lower, are up about 90% this year, following an impressive 240% gain in 2023.

    "The market is looking for confirmation from Nvidia that they are able to maintain leadership despite their current successes... and what will happen to their strategic vision in the future and how they justify current estimates of their value," commented Megan Horneman, chief investment officer at Verdance Capital Advisors in Hunt Valley, Maryland.

    "The most important thing is company valuations. Regardless of how the market reacts to the news, we must look closely at the financial statements and valuations offered for these companies' shares to understand how overvalued they may be," she added.

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI lost 201.95 points, or 0.51%, to close at 39,671.04. The S&P 500 Index (.SPX) was down 14.40 points, or 0.27%, at 5,307.01. And the Nasdaq Composite Index .IXIC fell 31.08 points, or 0.18%, to finish the day at 16,801.54.

    Stocks fluctuated throughout most of the trading session, but lost ground after the release of Federal Reserve meeting minutes revealed that central bankers still expect inflation to slow but admit it will be a long process, prompting disappointment due to latest inflation data.

    The Fed's meeting, held from April 30 to May 1, followed a quarter of stable inflation but came ahead of later data indicating a potential easing in price pressures.

    Stocks hit record highs this month, thanks in part to optimism in artificial intelligence, a strong earnings season and renewed expectations of a Fed rate cut this year.

    Analysts expect the S&P 500 to remain near current levels of around 5,302 by year's end, but caution that significant gains in the index could lead to a correction in the coming months.

    According to CME's FedWatch Tool, the likelihood of the Fed cutting rates by 25 basis points by the September meeting is estimated by markets at 59%, down from the previous level of 65.7%.

    Shares of Analog Devices (ADI.O) rose 10.86% after announcing it expected third-quarter revenue to beat estimates.

    The energy sector (.SPNY) was the worst performer, down 1.83%, as oil prices continued to decline for a third straight session.

    Retail chain Target (TGT.N) shares fell 8.03% as its quarterly earnings and guidance for the current quarter fell below expectations.

    While TJ Maxx parent TJX Companies (TJX.N) shares rose 3.5% on improved full-year profit forecasts.

    Decliners outnumbered advancers by a 2.75-to-1 ratio on the New York Stock Exchange and 1.5-to-1 on the Nasdaq.

    Mixed quarterly results from Target (TGT.N) and TJX (TJX.N) sparked discussions about the stability of US consumer activity.

    Nvidia's upcoming quarterly report presents a new test for the US stock rally, which is heavily dependent on the outlook for artificial intelligence technology.

    Investor sentiment has strengthened, according to Bassuk: "The market as a whole, the semiconductor sector and especially Nvidia, may have grown too fast and too much. We believe there is excessive hype around Nvidia and investors should approach their stock purchases with greater caution."

    Statistics showed that the volume of real estate sales in the United States was below experts' expectations. At the same time, unexpectedly high core inflation figures in the UK have led investors to abandon bets on a possible interest rate cut by the Bank of England next month.

    British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced elections on July 4. His Conservative Party is expected to concede to the Labor Party.

    "Sunak is probably counting on a surprise effect... but this is unlikely to have much impact on markets," said Jane Foley, head of currency strategy at Rabobank in London. "It doesn't change the fact that Labor is 20 points ahead in the polls."

    European shares retreated on reports of high inflation in the UK and news that China could impose tariffs on imported cars.

    The pan-European STOXX 600 Index (.STOXX) was down 0.34% and the MSCI Global Share Index (.MIWD00000PUS) was down 0.39%.

    Emerging market shares rose 0.12%. MSCI's broad index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS ended the session 0.31% higher, while Japan's Nikkei .N225 fell 0.85%.

    The 10-year US Treasury yield rose from session lows following the release of Fed minutes.

    At the last meeting, the 10-year Treasury note fell 4/32 in price, yielding 4.4276%, up from 4.414% at the end of the previous day.

    The price of the 30-year US Treasury note rose to 4.5443% after rising 5/32 from 4.554% recorded Tuesday evening.

    The US dollar strengthened against major world currencies. The dollar index (.DXY) rose 0.26%, while the euro weakened 0.29% to $1.0823.

    The Japanese yen lost 0.39% to trade at 156.78 per dollar. The British pound was up 0.05% on the day, trading at $1.2713.

    Oil prices extended their decline for a third straight day amid concerns that the US Federal Reserve's tight monetary policy could dampen demand.

    The price of US WTI crude oil fell by 1.39%, reaching $77.57 per barrel, while Brent crude oil traded at $81.90 per barrel, down 1.18% from the previous value.

    Gold prices also fell, moving away from recent record highs. The spot gold price fell 1.8% to $2,379.22 an ounce.
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    The yen may have already executed a long-term reversal. Overview of USD/JPY

    Business activity in Japan is growing at its fastest pace in almost a year, indicating that economic growth may recover in the second quarter after a decline in the first three months of the year. However, inflationary pressure continues to ease, raising doubts about the Bank of Japan's ability to continue raising rates without plunging the economy back into deflation.

    The Jibun Bank Japan flash composite PMI index rose to 52.4 in May, marking the fastest growth in activity since August 2023.

    At the same time, the general recovery is accompanied by rates of input cost and output price inflation both easing in May. According to S&P Global, this preludes "softer inflationary pressures across official gauges." Just an hour after the report was released, the BOJ announced that purchases of Japanese government bonds will remain unchanged in upcoming operations, refraining from making a further reduction. Earlier this month, markets had expected the BOJ to both raise rates and reduce bond purchases, so this news represents a small change in previous forecasts, thereby increasing bearish pressure on the yen.

    The nationwide Consumer Price Index for April was set to be published on Thursday night, and core inflation was expected to slow from 2.6% to 2.2%. If the data's results are close to forecasts, the USD/JPY pair may rise, as this will reduce the likelihood of a BOJ rate hike amid easing inflation.

    The net short JPY position has decreased to -10.5 billion, marking the third consecutive week of decline. Regardless, speculative positioning remains firmly bearish, and it is still too early to count on a long-term reversal. The price is below the long-term average and is heading downwards.

    The likelihood that USD/JPY formed a long-term high of 160.20 on April 29 is increasing. The pair stopped rising due to a powerful currency intervention by the BOJ (reportedly involving $60 billion). However, over the past three weeks, the yield on 10-year Japanese bonds has closely approached 1%, reflecting the market's reassessment of its prospects on the future interest rate.

    We expect the pair to reverse before it approaches 160, so the most reasonable strategy at this stage is to sell on rallies in anticipation of a long-term reversal. The nearest target is 153.40/60, with a local low at 151.78. Consolidation below this level will reinforce the bearish sentiment.
     
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    Nasdaq red flags: Salesforce drops index 1%

    U.S. stock indexes ended lower on Thursday, with the Nasdaq losing more than 1% and tech stocks leading the decline after a disappointing outlook from Salesforce.

    Investors also weighed data showing the U.S. economy grew more slowly than expected in the first quarter. A separate report showed weekly jobless claims rose more than expected. Salesforce (CRM.N) shares fell 19.7% a day after the company forecast second-quarter profit and revenue below market expectations, citing weak customer spending on its cloud and enterprise products.

    The S&P 500's technology sector (.SPLRCT) fell 2.5%, leading the decline in the benchmark index. The communications services sector (.SPLRCL) fell 1.1%, while other S&P 500 sectors ended the day higher.

    The Commerce Department's report showed that first-quarter economic growth was revised down as consumer spending and equipment investment slowed, as well as a key inflation measure fell ahead of the April personal consumption expenditure report.

    "Typically, a downward revision to GDP would be expected to lift the market, as it would signal that the economy is slowing and signal that the Fed has accomplished its mission, which could lead to rate cuts. "But today we're seeing a different reaction," said Mark Hackett, head of investment research at Nationwide. "I'm a little surprised, but not too surprised, given that after six weeks of rallying, the situation looks pretty healthy.

    The expectation is that we'll see some consolidation or sideways movement in the market in the near term." The S&P 500 (.SPX) fell 31.47 points, or 0.60%, to end the session at 5,235.48. The Nasdaq Composite (.IXIC) lost 183.50 points, or 1.08%, to end at 16,737.08.

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average (.DJI) fell 330.06 points, or 0.86%, to 38,111.48. U.S. Treasury yields fell after the data, while the chance of a rate cut of at least 25 basis points in September rose to 50.4% from 48.7%, according to CME's FedWatch tool. Bond yields hit multi-week highs earlier in the week.

    In after-hours trading, Dell Technologies (DELL.N) shares fell more than 12% after the company reported its quarterly results. The stock ended the session down 5.2%.

    HP (HPQ.N) shares rose 17% in the regular session after second-quarter revenue beat expectations. Tesla (TSLA.O) shares added 1.5% after it said it was preparing to register its self-driving software in China.

    Best Buy (BBY.N) shares jumped 13.4% after the company beat quarterly profit estimates. Meanwhile, shares of department store chain Kohl's (KSS.N) fell 22.9% after cutting its full-year sales and profit forecasts.

    Advancing stocks outnumbered decliners 2.57-to-1 on the NYSE and 1.41-to-1 on the Nasdaq. The S&P 500 posted 14 new 52-week highs and 10 new lows, while the Nasdaq Composite posted 51 new highs and 95 new lows.

    U.S. exchanges reported trading volume of 12.10 billion shares, slightly below the 20-day average of 12.39 billion shares.

    The U.S. economy grew more slowly than expected in the first quarter, according to a Commerce Department report that showed consumer spending weakened. Gross domestic product increased 1.3% year-over-year, compared with initial estimates of 1.6%.

    The U.S. dollar index weakened after hitting a two-week high the day before. U.S. Treasury yields also fell Thursday after two days of gains on weak debt auction results.

    "The initial reaction to the data was that the likelihood of a Fed rate cut has increased as the slowdown in the economy and consumption could help ease inflation," said Chris Zaccarelli, chief investment officer at Independent Advisor Alliance. However, he views rates as one of many factors weighing on the market.

    The MSCI World Equity Index (.MIWD00000PUS) was down 3.22 points, or 0.41%, at 780.94.

    While investors digested the GDP data, they were eagerly awaiting Friday's April report on the core U.S. personal consumption expenditures (PCE) price index, a key inflation gauge for the Fed.

    Earlier in Europe, the STOXX 600 (.STOXX) rose 0.6% after a big drop on Wednesday, driven by data showing German inflation rose more than expected in May. Investors were eyeing key euro zone inflation data due on Friday.

    The yield on 10-year U.S. Treasury notes fell 7.6 basis points to 4.548%, from 4.624% late Wednesday. The yield on 30-year notes fell 6.3 basis points to 4.6814% from 4.744%, and the yield on 2-year notes, which typically reflects interest rate expectations, fell 5.6 basis points to 4.929% from 4.985%. In the foreign exchange market, the dollar index, which measures the dollar against a basket of currencies including the yen and the euro, fell 0.34% to 104.77.

    The euro gained 0.26% to $1.0828, while the dollar weakened 0.47% against the Japanese yen to 156.86 yen.

    In energy, oil prices fell for a second day after the U.S. government reported weak fuel demand and an unexpected increase in gasoline and distillate inventories.

    U.S. crude fell 1.67% to $77.91 a barrel, while Brent crude futures fell 2.08% to $81.86 a barrel. Spot gold prices rose 0.13% to $2,341.94 an ounce, led by lower dollar and Treasury yields.
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    Wall Street Sliding: S&P 500, Nasdaq Fall Ahead of Jobs Data

    The S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite ended Thursday with small losses ahead of a major jobs report, retreating from record highs hit the day before. The Dow, however, edged up slightly.

    The S&P 500 and Nasdaq started the day higher and hit intraday records, but then retreated as tech stocks slid.

    Utilities and industrials also contributed to the S&P 500's decline, with consumer discretionary and energy leading the gains.

    Nvidia shares fell 1.1%, falling to third place in the world's most valuable companies, behind Apple, which regained the second spot.

    Investors are eyeing a key U.S. nonfarm payrolls report on Friday. The latest weekly jobless claims report points to a softening labor market that could allow the Federal Reserve to begin cutting interest rates. The European Central Bank cut its interest rate for the first time since 2019.

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 78.84 points, or 0.20%, to 38,886.17. The S&P 500 lost 1.07 points, or 0.02%, to 5,352.96, while the Nasdaq Composite fell 14.78 points, or 0.09%, to 17,173.12.

    Among the Dow Jones components, Salesforce Inc. was the top gainer, up 6.23 points (2.63%) to close at 242.76. Amazon.com Inc. was up 3.72 points (2.05%) to close at 185.00.

    Nike Inc. was up 1.40 points (1.48%) to close at 95.72.

    Intel Corporation was the top loser, down 0.36 points (1.17%) to 30.42. 3M Company shares added 0.84 points (0.85%) to close at 98.22, while Goldman Sachs Group Inc shares fell 3.58 points (0.78%) to end at 458.10.

    Among the S&P 500 index's top gainers were Illumina Inc shares, which rose 7.42% to close at 114.72. PayPal Holdings Inc shares rose 5.49% to close at 67.02, while MarketAxess Holdings Inc shares increased 4.86% to end at 205.97.

    NRG Energy Inc shares showed the biggest decline, losing 4.56% to close at 77.83. Hubbell Inc shares fell 4.11% to end at 365.94. Eaton Corporation PLC fell 4.02% to 313.46.

    The biggest gainers on the NASDAQ Composite were Virax Biolabs Group Ltd, up 85.85% to 1.97. SilverSun Technologies Inc rose 68.61% to close at 220.00, while Fibrobiologics Inc rose 53.88% to 10.31.

    Cue Health Inc was the worst performer, down 79.95% to 0.01. Plutonian Acquisition Corp fell 58.10% to close at 2.43. Actelis Networks Inc fell 47.04% to 1.97.

    The rise of Nvidia and other AI-related stocks has been a key factor in supporting Wall Street's rally this year. The chipmaker has contributed significantly to the S&P 500's gain of more than 12% for the year.

    Traders are pricing in a 68% chance of a rate cut in September, according to CME's FedWatch tool, and are pricing in two rate cuts this year, according to LSEG data. Forecasters polled by Reuters also expect two rate cuts.

    "We're in a period of uncertainty between now and tomorrow," said Thomas Hayes, chairman of Great Hill Capital in New York. "But overall, we're seeing the beginning of a global, coordinated easing policy from central banks in the West, with the exception of Japan, which is tightening," he added.

    GameStop shares jumped 47% after a popular online influencer known as "Roaring Kitty" announced on YouTube that she would be livestreaming on Friday.

    Lululemon Athletica shares rose 4.8% after the company beat first-quarter earnings and revenue estimates.

    U.S.-listed shares of Chinese electric vehicle maker NIO (9866.HK) fell 6.8% after reporting a quarterly net loss.

    Five Below shares fell 10.6% after the discount store operator lowered its full-year net sales forecast.

    Advancing stocks outnumbered declining stocks on the NYSE by a 1.05-to-1 ratio. On the Nasdaq, 1,729 stocks ended higher and 2,445 ended lower, for a 1.41-to-1 ratio in favor of decliners.

    The S&P 500 posted 25 new 52-week highs and five new lows, while the Nasdaq Composite posted 57 new highs and 110 new lows. Total equity trading volume on U.S. exchanges was about 10.4 billion, below the 20-day average of 12.7 billion.

    August gold futures rose 0.69%, or 16.50, to $2.00 a troy ounce. WTI crude oil futures for July delivery rose 2.01%, or 1.49, to $75.56 a barrel. Brent crude futures for August delivery rose 1.87%, or 1.47, to $79.88 a barrel.
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    Investors disappointed as no U.S. rate cut expected

    Wall Street stocks ended slightly lower on Friday amid turbulence after strong U.S. jobs data confirmed the resilience of the economy but also raised concerns that the Federal Reserve may keep interest rates high longer than many investors had expected.

    The U.S. Labor Department said it added about 272,000 jobs in May, well above analysts' forecasts of 185,000. The unemployment rate rose to 4%.

    The S&P 500 (.SPX) fell sharply after the report, while Treasury yields rose as traders revised down their expectations for a rate cut in September. The index then rebounded and briefly hit a new intraday record as investors viewed the data as confirmation of a healthy economy.

    Utilities (.SPLRCU), materials (.SPLRCM) and communications (.SPLRCL) were the biggest losers. Financials (.SPSY) and technology (.SPLRCT) were the best performers.

    For the week, the S&P 500 rose 1.32%, the Nasdaq gained 2.38% and the Dow Jones gained 0.29%.

    "This shows that a rate cut is not coming anytime soon. Rising bond yields are putting significant pressure on risk assets, including small-caps," said Sandy Villere, a portfolio manager at Villere & Co in New Orleans.

    "It's all about interest rates. They may stay higher longer than expected, and investors will have to adjust to the new environment," he added.

    Markets reacted to the employment data by changing expectations for the timing of the Fed's rate cut. After the data was released, traders speculated that the Fed's rate cut from the current level of 5.25% to 5.5% may not begin until November. According to Fedwatch LSEG, the probability of the Fed cutting rates by 25 basis points in September has fallen to 56% from about 70% the day before.

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average (.DJI) fell 87.18 points, or 0.22%, to 38,798.99, the S&P 500 (.SPX) lost 5.97 points, or 0.11%, to 5,346.99, and the Nasdaq Composite (.IXIC) fell 39.99 points, or 0.23%, to 17,133.13.

    GameStop (GME.N) shares fell 39% in volatile trading that coincided with popular blogger Roaring Kitty's first livestream in three years. The company announced a possible stock offering and a cut in quarterly sales.

    Other names popular with retail investors, such as AMC Entertainment (AMC.N) and Koss Corp (KOSS.O), also suffered significant losses, falling 15.1% and 17.4%, respectively.

    Nvidia (NVDA.O) shares extended their losses from the previous session, pushing their market cap back below the $3 trillion mark.

    Lyft (LYFT.O) shares rose 0.6% after the company forecast 15% growth in total bookings by 2027, announced after the close of trading on Thursday.

    Declining stocks outnumbered advancing stocks on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) by a 2.72-to-1 ratio. On the Nasdaq, 1,177 stocks advanced and 3,064 declined, giving decliners a 2.6-to-1 ratio.

    The S&P 500 posted 17 new 52-week highs and five new lows, while the Nasdaq Composite posted 34 new highs and 149 new lows. Total volume of shares traded on U.S. exchanges was about 10.75 billion, compared with an average of 12.7 billion over the past 20 trading days.

    Lower expectations for quick Fed action weighed on stocks, which ended lower. The MSCI World Share Index (.MIWO00000PUS) was down 0.3% after hitting a record high of 797.48.

    The yield on two-year notes, a proxy for interest rate expectations, rose nearly 17 basis points to 4.8868% after six straight days of declines. The rise in yields comes as bond prices have fallen.

    Rate changes had been expected in September, especially after the European Central Bank cut its deposit rate to 3.75% from a record 4% on Thursday, in line with expectations.

    The Bank of Canada on Wednesday became the first G7 bank to cut its key rate, following Sweden's Riksbank and the Swiss National Bank.

    The employment report also changed the dynamics of eurozone rate expectations, with traders now forecasting a 55 basis point cut this year, up from 58 bps before the data.

    The European Stoxx 600 (.STOXX), which has gained almost 10% since the start of the year, fell 0.2%.

    The euro zone bond market also showed weakness, with German 10-year yields up 8 basis points to 2.618%.

    In currency markets, the U.S. dollar rose 0.8% against a basket of major currencies, reversing a week of losses ahead of the employment data. The euro fell 0.8% to $1.0802 after a small gain the previous day.

    Brent crude futures fell 0.6% to $79.36 a barrel. The stronger dollar weighed on spot gold, which fell 3.6% to $2,290.59 an ounce.
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    S&P 500, Nasdaq hit new highs: What to expect from Fed meeting, CPI data

    The S&P 500 and Nasdaq both hit new record closing highs on Monday, despite investor caution ahead of consumer price data and the Federal Reserve's policy announcement this week.

    Nvidia (NVDA.O) shares provided some support to the Nasdaq and S&P 500, rising 0.7% after a 10-for-one stock split. Some investors now believe the chipmaker could be added to the Dow.

    The May CPI report is due Wednesday, coinciding with the end of the Fed's two-day meeting.

    The central bank is expected to leave interest rates unchanged while issuing updated economic and policy forecasts. Investors will be watching closely for any hints of a possible rate cut down the road.

    "It's a big week for the market in terms of Fed commentary and statements," said Quincy Crosby, chief global strategist at LPL Financial in Charlotte, North Carolina.

    "Additionally, the CPI report is due Wednesday morning. Everything related to the economy and inflation is viewed through the prism of the Fed's actions by the market," he added.

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average (.DJI) rose 69.05 points, or 0.18%, to 38,868.04. The S&P 500 (.SPX) rose 13.8 points, or 0.26%, to 5,360.79, and the Nasdaq Composite (.IXIC) added 59.40 points, or 0.35%, to 17,192.53.

    Traders trimmed their expectations for a September rate cut after stronger-than-expected May employment data on Friday, leaving the chance of a cut at 50%.

    Apple (AAPL.O) shares fell 1.9% on the first day of its annual iPhone developer conference, with investors eagerly awaiting news on how the company will integrate artificial intelligence into its products.

    Among the day's best performers were Southwest Airlines (LUV.N), which jumped 7% after activist investor Elliott Investment Management acquired a $1.9 billion stake in the company.

    Diamond Offshore Drilling (DO.N) rose 10.9% after oilfield services company Noble (NE.N) announced it was buying a rival for $1.59 billion. Noble also rose 6.1%.

    Advancing stocks outnumbered declining stocks 1.06-to-1 on the New York Stock Exchange, while gainers were outnumbered 1.01-to-1 on the Nasdaq.

    The S&P 500 posted 19 new 52-week highs and five new lows, while the Nasdaq Composite posted 56 new highs and 177 new lows.

    Trading volume on U.S. exchanges totaled 10.39 billion shares, below the 20-day average of 12.80 billion.

    MSCI's global share index rose on Monday, despite investor expectations for key U.S. inflation data and an upcoming central bank meeting. The euro, however, slipped after French President Emmanuel Macron announced an early election.

    U.S. Treasury yields rose as investors digested Friday's labor market data and looked ahead to consumer price data and a Federal Reserve statement this week. Eyes were also focused on the Bank of Japan's possible decisions.

    Adding to the uncertainty was political instability in the euro zone's second-largest economy. Far-right gains in the European Parliament elections on Sunday prompted Macron to call a national election.

    The euro hit a one-month low against the dollar, while European stocks also suffered.

    "The uncertainty is coming from multiple sources. "The European elections over the weekend added volatility to the markets," said Chad Oviatt, director of investment management at Huntington National Bank.

    The STOXX 600 index, which covers pan-European stocks, closed down 0.27%. France's blue-chip CAC 40 index fell 1.4%, hitting a more than three-month low.

    However, the MSCI Global Equity Index (.MIWD00000PUS) turned from bearish to bullish territory by the end of the day, and Wall Street partially recouped its gains. As a result, the global index rose 0.75 points, or 0.09%, to 794.99.

    Huntington National Bank's Oviatt said investors are eagerly awaiting the release of U.S. consumer price index (CPI) inflation data on Wednesday morning, ahead of the Federal Reserve's policy decision Wednesday afternoon.

    Adding to the uncertainty about the impact of economic data on the Fed's interest rate policy was Friday's jobs report, which showed the U.S. economy added significantly more jobs in May than expected and annual wage growth accelerated again.

    "Everyone seems to be hoping for a rate cut, but so far that hasn't been the case. "So everyone is looking to the CPI data on Wednesday morning, hoping that will give us more information and commentary from the Fed in the afternoon to clarify the situation," said Jim Barnes, director of bonds at Bryn Mawr Trust in Berwyn, Pennsylvania.

    U.S. Treasury yields, which move inversely to prices, rose Monday, reflecting expectations for higher, longer-term U.S. rates.

    The benchmark 10-year Treasury yield rose 4.1 basis points to 4.469%, up from 4.428% late Friday. The 30-year yield also rose, up 4.8 basis points to 4.5958%.

    The 2-year yield, which typically responds to changes in interest rate expectations, rose 1.5 basis points to 4.8846% from 4.87% late Friday.

    In the foreign exchange market, the euro fell to its lowest since May 9 against the U.S. dollar, down 0.37% to $1.076. Earlier, the euro hit a near two-year low against sterling.

    The dollar index, which measures the greenback against a basket of currencies including the euro and the Japanese yen, rose 0.08% to 105.14. Against the Japanese yen, the dollar strengthened 0.21% to 157.03.

    The Bank of Japan (BOJ) is holding a two-day monetary policy meeting this week and may offer new guidance on tapering its massive bond purchases.

    In commodities, oil prices hit a one-week high on hopes for a pickup in fuel demand this summer. However, a stronger dollar and fading expectations for a U.S. rate cut capped gains.

    U.S. crude rose 2.93% to $77.74 a barrel, while Brent crude rose 2.52% to $81.63 a barrel.

    Gold prices pared their losses after their biggest drop in 3.5 years in the previous session, as investors awaited inflation data and a policy statement from the Federal Reserve.

    Spot gold rose 0.72% to $2,309.15 an ounce.
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