Reuters
2024.02.12 15:21
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US STOCKS-Wall St muted ahead of data-heavy week; Nvidia beats Amazon's market value

Wall Street's main indexes were muted as investors awaited crucial inflation reports to determine the interest-rate cut outlook. Nvidia surpassed Amazon in market value, becoming the fourth-most valuable US company. Megacaps with exposure to AI have led the rally, fueled by hopes of rate cuts and positive business outlook. Traders are closely watching CPI and PPI data this week for insights into monetary policy easing. The Dow Jones rose slightly, while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq also saw modest gains. Diamondback Energy jumped 7% after announcing a $26 billion shale deal. Citigroup slipped 0.8% on regulatory concerns. Joby Aviation gained 3.5% with plans to launch air taxi services.

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(Updated at 9:51 a.m. ET/1451 GMT)

By Johann M Cherian and Ankika Biswas

Feb 12 (Reuters) -

Wall Street’s main indexes were muted on Monday, with investors gearing up for two crucial inflation reports during the week for clues on the interest-rate cut outlook, while Nvidia surpassed Amazon in market value for the first time in two decades.

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Amazon.com (AMZN.O) in market capitalization, as the euphoria around artificial intelligence catapulted the chipmaker to the fourth-most valuable U.S. company. Their shares were up 0.5% and 0.1%, respectively.

Megacaps with greater exposure to AI have spearheaded a Wall Street rally, also riding on hopes of imminent rate cuts and an upbeat outlook from businesses.

The latest milestone in a four-month rally among Wall Street’s main indexes was the S&P 500 closing above the psychological 5,000-point level on Friday. The Nasdaq briefly surpassed the 16,000 mark for the second straight session on Monday, bringing it closer to its all-time high hit in November 2021.

“We are at hefty levels and the real question out there is how much longer can this market continue to rally without any new serious catalyst on the way,” said Peter Cardillo, chief market economist at Spartan Capital Securities.

“We’ll begin to shift towards the macro news with CPI that could set the stage whether the market continues to rally.”

Traders await January’s Consumer Price Index (CPI) and Producer Price Index (PPI) this week to determine the timeline for monetary policy easing this year. Other data through the week also include industrial production, retail sales and preliminary University of Michigan consumer sentiment.

With growing data reflecting a robust economy, central bankers have effectively pushed back against traders’ bets for early rate cuts. The odds for at least a 25-basis-point rate reduction in May have dropped to 61%, from over 95% at the start of 2024, as per the CME FedWatch Tool.

Remarks from Federal Reserve officials including Richmond President Thomas Barkin and Minneapolis chief Neel Kashkari, scheduled through the day, will be scrutinized for any hints on the timing for rate cuts.

At 9:51 a.m. ET, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (.DJI) was up 21.04 points, or 0.05%, at 38,692.73, the S&P 500 (.SPX) was up 1.20 points, or 0.02%, at 5,027.81, and the Nasdaq Composite (.IXIC) was up 5.72 points, or 0.04%, at 15,996.38.

Among other movers, Diamondback Energy (FANG.O) jumped 7%, helping energy (.SPNY) to top the 11 S&P 500 sectors with a 0.8% gain, after announcing a $26-billion deal to buy the largest privately held oil and gas producer in the Permian basin, Endeavor Energy Partners.

Citigroup (C.N) slipped 0.8% after Reuters reported U.S. regulators have asked the lender for urgent changes to how it measures default risk of trading partners and its own auditors have found a plan to improve internal oversight to be lacking.

Joby Aviation (JOBY.N) gained 3.5% as the electric-powered aircraft maker signed an agreement to launch air taxi services in the Emirate by early 2026.

Advancing issues outnumbered decliners by a 3.18-to-1 ratio on the NYSE and by a 2.36-to-1 ratio on the Nasdaq.

The S&P index recorded 25 new 52-week highs and no new lows, while the Nasdaq recorded 93 new highs and 13 new lows.