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Market Snapshot: U.S. stocks pull back with Fed decision on future interest rates due

U.S. stocks are extending loses Tuesday, as oil prices and bond yields rise ahead of the Federal Reserve’s interest rate decision Wednesday.

How stocks are trading

The S&P 500 dropped 29 points, or 0.6%, to 4,424

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 260 points, or 0.7%, to 34,364

The Nasdaq Composite declined 111 points, or 0.8%, to 13,599

On Monday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average
rose 6 points, or 0.02%, to 34624, the S&P 500
increased 3 points, or 0.07%, to 4454, and the Nasdaq Composite
gained 2 points, or 0.01%, to 13710.

What’s driving markets

The central bank is widely expected by the market to leave its policy interest rates at a range of 5.25% to 5.50% after its meeting on Wednesday. The trouble is guessing what comes next.

Traders are wary about accompanying guidance on any future rate rises amid stubborn inflationary pressures, a concern that sees 10-year benchmark Treasury yields
holding near their highest level since 2007.

Markets “are looking for certainty and the Fed doesn’t want to give it to them,” Eugenio Alemán, Raymond James chief economist, said in a phone interview.

Raymond James is expecting one more rate hike in 2023 and the first rate cut to occur in 2024’s third quarter, Alemán noted. Inflation threats remain, most of all with the price of oil. Oil and gas prices are some of the most important determinants of consumer inflation expectations, Alemán noted.

It’s possible that oil gets back to $100 a barrel, Chevron CEO Mike Wirth predicted Monday. West Texas Intermediate crude for October delivery rose to more than $92 a barrel on Tuesday. Gas prices averaged $3.88, up from $3.67 a year ago, according to AAA.

In another look at economic conditions Tuesday morning, U.S. housing starts fell 11.3% in August after a revised 2% gain in July. Starts dropped to their lowest level since June 2020, with demand crimped by mortgage rates over 7%.

“We’re on the cusp of a monetary policy inflection,” Ronald Temple,Chief MarketStrategist at Lazard wrote in a Tuesday note. “This week, the Fed, BoE, BoJ, and a dozen other central banks set monetary policy. After these decisions, It should be more apparent that most developed economies are at or near the end of the rate hike cycle, other than the BoJ. But with inflation that might be structurally more persistent than before the pandemic, it’s highly unlikely rates will return to zero, much less negative levels.”

At Vanguard, Chief Global Economist Joe Davis said a “soft landing is still possible, but not probable in our view, as it would require an unlikely ‘painless disinflation process,’ toward target without a slowing of demand in the economy.” Davis is expecting another Fed pause on Wednesday but it make take up to three more interest rate hikes before the Fed is truly done tightening, he said.

Read also: 4 things to watch for at this week’s Fed monetary-policy meeting

Investors will be keen to see later Tuesday whether Instacart can follow Arm Holdings’

example and get a positive reception after pricing its IPO towards the top of the mooted range. Shares for the grocery-delivery app are being priced at $30.

So far, the company seems poised to fetch a price above that that point. It may still be hours before the first trade, but one indication says the opening trade could be around $39.

Companies in focus

Nio Inc.

 shares are down more than 12% after the Chinese electric vehicle maker announced a convertible bond offering. Half of the $1 billion debt offering will come due in 2029 and the other half in 2030. Money from the bonds is intended buy back a portion other debt securities, while also strengthening the balance sheet.

Block Inc.

shares are off nearly 3% after an announcement reshuffling leadership. Alyssa Henry, who lead’s Block’s Square merchant business is stepping down, according to a company filing. Jack Dorsey, Block’s co-founder and CEO — as well as Twitter’s co-founder and onetime CEO — is adding the position to his duties.

Carnival Corp.

shares are mostly unchanged after an stock upgrade from analyst who has been bearish on the cruise operator. Strong booking trends and signs of strength in the cruise market were reason for Truist analyst Patrick Scholes’ upgrade.

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