Wall Street gyrates, Treasury yields fall amid mixed data, earnings

  • Core PCE inflation hotter than expected
  • Uncertain outlook from Amazon.com weighs on Nasdaq
  • BOJ maintains easy policy; Fed, ECB seen hiking
  • Oil prices poised for monthly decline

SINGAPORE, April 28 (Reuters) – U.S. stocks oscillated on Friday and benchmark Treasury yields dipped as market participants digested a spate of mixed corporate earnings and data that confirms that while inflation is cooling, it remains well above the Federal Reserve’s target.

The S&P 500 and the Dow were modestly higher but Amazon.com (AMZN.O) pulled the Nasdaq into negative territory, with each index poised to notch modest weekly gains.

Economic data released before the bell confirmed that inflation is falling but remains more than double the Federal Reserve’s average annual goal of 2%, and did little to move the needle regarding market expectations of another 25 basis-point interest rate hike when the central bank meets next week.

Meanwhile, the economic outlook is uncertain, with a weaker than expected first-quarter GDP reading and Amazon.com Inc warning of a potential slowdown echoing those uncertainties and weighing on the stock.

“We’re receiving conflicting information,” said Michael Green, chief strategist at Simplify Asset Management in New York. “The labor market is strong and we’ve seen decent earnings, all of which is set against the backdrop of increasing fear of recession.”

“It’s clear that inflation is coming down but what we’re struggling with is trying to assimilate this information and trying to figure out what the Fed is going to do with this information.”

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (.DJI) rose 70.64 points, or 0.21%, to 33,896.8, the S&P 500 (.SPX) gained 4.27 points, or 0.10%, to 4,139.62 and the Nasdaq Composite (.IXIC) dropped 25.39 points, or 0.21%, to 12,116.85.

European shares gained ground, rebounding from an initial sell-off attributed to weakness in European banks.

The pan-European STOXX 600 index (.STOXX) rose 0.32% and MSCI’s gauge of stocks across the globe (.MIWD00000PUS) gained 0.17%.

Emerging market stocks rose 0.41%. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan (.MIAPJ0000PUS) closed 0.48% higher, while Japan’s Nikkei (.N225) rose 1.40%.

Treasury yields fell across the board on signs of cooling inflation.

Benchmark 10-year notes last rose 21/32 in price to yield 3.4484%, from 3.528% late on Thursday.

The 30-year bond last rose 43/32 in price to yield 3.6803%, from 3.756% late on Thursday.

The greenback was nominally higher against a basket of world currencies on the heels of the inflation data, and benefitting from a falling yen in the wake of the Bank of Japan maintaining its low policy rate.

The dollar index rose 0.07%, with the euro up 0.07% at $1.1035.

The Japanese yen weakened 1.59% versus the greenback at 136.14 per dollar, while Sterling was last trading at $1.2564, up 0.62% on the day.

Oil prices rose but remained on track for a monthly decline amid signs of an economic slowdown.

U.S. crude rose 1.38% to $75.79 per barrel and Brent was last at $79.40, up 1.51% on the day.

Gold prices were essentially flat after economic data cemented the likelihood of another rate hike from the Fed.

Spot gold added 0.3% to $1,993.63 an ounce.

Reporting by Ankur Banerjee
Editing by Shri Navaratnam

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