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2024.02.12 21:15
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LIVE MARKETS-S&P 500, Nasdaq dip with cooling CPI in the forecast

U.S. stocks closed mixed on Monday, with the S&P 500 and Nasdaq dipping ahead of a key inflation report. Tech shares dragged the Nasdaq down, while utilities fared better. The Dow ended slightly green, while small caps outperformed. The market is adjusting bets on the timing and extent of interest rate cuts based on economic data. The Labor Department's consumer price index (CPI) data is expected to shed 50 basis points to 2.9%.

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S&P 500, NASDAQ DIP WITH COOLING CPI IN THE FORECAST

U.S. stocks closed mixed on Monday, having shown little conviction throughout the session as folks on the eastern seaboard battened down the hatches ahead of a big snow storm and investors hunkered down ahead of a key inflation report.

Tech shares (.SPLRCT) dragged the Nasdaq (.IXIC) to a loss, while utilities (.SPLRCU) fared better than most ahead the nor’easter.

The Dow (.DJI) ended slightly green, while the S&P 500 (.SPX) inched lower.

Small caps were among outperformers, with the Russell 2000 (.RUT) advancing about 1.8%.

AI continues to be flavor of the month, with chipmaker Nvidia (NVDA.O) surpassing Amazon.com (AMZN.O) in market cap. Even so, the new technology was identified by Christopher Smart of Arbroath group as one possible recession trigger as it appears poised to start replacing workers.

The S&P 500 managed to hover above the 5,000 level it breached for the first time last week, while the Nasdaq briefly poked its head above its all-time closing high/bull market confirmation.

Against the backdrop of a better-than-expected fourth-quarter earnings season, market participants have been adjusting their bets regarding the timing and extent of interest rate cuts from the Federal Reserve this year, as policymakers continue to eye economic data to determine their next move.

A big slice of data arrives tomorrow in the form of the Labor Department’s consumer price index (CPI).

Economists polled by Reuters expect year-over-year headline CPI to shed a welcome 50 basis points to 2.9%, bringing it within one percentage point of Powell & Co’s 2% target.

Core CPI, which strips away volatile food and energy items, has proven stickier; although it, too, is seen easing to 3.7% from December’s 3.9%.

Here’s your closing snapshot:

(Stephen Culp)


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Closing snapshot