The New York Stock Exchange ended the last session of a bumpy and volatile month in weak form on Tuesday, as inflation concerns continue to preoccupy investors.
The Dow Jones index of star stocks ended down 0.67% at 32,990.12 points. The tech-heavy Nasdaq dropped 0.41% to 12,081.39 points and the S
Over the month, after the market turbulence caused in particular by the first rate hike of half a percentage point decided by the American central bank (Federal Reserve, Fed) in early May, the Nasdaq was down 2%. The Dow Jones and the S
“The persistent inflation that prompted the Fed to adopt a tough monetary policy recently raises concerns about a slowdown in economic activity and the possibility of falling into recession,” Schwab analysts summed up.
It was the European consumer price index that again sounded the alarm on Tuesday by posting inflation at 8.1% over one year in May, a record, according to Eurostat.
The European stock markets took the hit and at the opening in New York, Wall Street reacted badly to this data before limiting the losses.
On the oil side, the prices of Brent (the benchmark European variety) pranced above 124 dollars a barrel, at a level not seen since the beginning of March, inflamed by the announcement of an embargo decided on most of the Russian oil by the European Union.
This jump in prices encouraged profit taking and oil prices then fell to end the session in disarray.
Sensitive to inflation, the price of Treasury bonds fell, while yields on 10-year notes rose significantly to 2.87% against 2.73% at the last close.
And “hawkish comments from Fed Governor Christopher Waller showed support for a 0.50% rate hike in upcoming meetings,” through September, noted Wells Fargo analysts.
So far, the markets are anticipating only two increases of this order, in June and July.
President Joe Biden's unusual meeting with Fed boss Jerome Powell on Tuesday in the Oval Office of the White House got the full attention of investors, with runaway inflation being on the menu of the meeting.
Two weeks before a meeting of the Fed's Monetary Committee and a very likely next sharp rate hike, Jerome Powell refrained from commenting.
As for the American president, he said he wanted to discuss inflation, "his highest priority", while promising to preserve the independence of the Fed.
Among the indicators, consumer confidence deteriorated slightly in May in the United States, with consumers expecting to spend less in the coming months due to persistently high inflation.
“Purchase intentions for cars, houses, major appliances, etc. have all slowed, which likely reflects rising interest rates,” said Lynn Franco, head of economic indicators at The Conference Board.
“Inflation remains a major concern for consumers,” she added.
Markets will get a taste of the state of the U.S. labor market on Wednesday with ADP's monthly private sector hiring survey, ahead of official jobs numbers for May due Friday.
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The Salesforce customer relationship management platform announced a drop in profit, but less than expected. The stock gained 5.62% in electronic trading after the close, while it ended down 2.94% at $160.24.
Computer and printer maker HP reported better-than-expected quarterly sales. The stock was down 0.21% after the close.
Chipmaker Qualcomm gained 2.48% to $143.22 as it bids for a stake in semiconductor group Arm in the British maker's IPO after it was bought by Softbank in 2016.