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Stock market today: Indexes slide as investors assess weak economic data

Filip De Mott   

Stock market today: Indexes slide as investors assess weak economic data
  • Markets continued to edge lower after Monday's ISM Manufacturing data fell below estimates.
  • "While a pull-back in US economic data helps bolster the likelihood of Fed rate cuts, it does so for all the wrong reasons."

US stocks slumped lower on Tuesday as early June data left investors uncertain about strength in the economy.

The market retreat began Monday, after the ISM Manufacturing index report came in lower than expected, and below the previous month's figure.

"While a pull-back in US economic data helps bolster the likelihood of Fed rate cuts, it does so for all the wrong reasons. If this were to continue, then investors will be encouraged to take money out of stocks and seek out alternatives," Trade Nation's Senior Market Analyst David Morrison said.

Concerned investors will turn their attention toward job data later in the week, with job openings data set to be published on Tuesday. Economists anticipate a drop in openings for the third consecutive month.

The crucial labor report will come on, when May's payroll numbers are set to be released. Economists expect 178,000 added jobs that month, about in line with April's figure. Bank of America said in a note on Monday that a reading of 125,000-175,000 would be a Goldilocks scenario for the stock market, as it hints at continued strength in the labor market while leaving the door open for the Fed to ease monetary policy.

Here's where US indexes stood shortly after the 9:30 a.m. opening bell on Tuesday:

Here's what else happened today:

In commodities, bonds, and crypto:

  • West Texas Intermediate crude oil dropped 1.3% to $73 a barrel. Brent crude, the international benchmark, slumped by 1.6% to $77.09 a barrel.
  • Gold slid 0.59% to $2,329 per ounce.
  • The 10-year Treasury yield dropped four basis points to 4.359%.
  • Bitcoin inched up 0.28% to $68,989.



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