US stocks slip from record highs as investors mull weak retail-sales data ahead of Fed decision
- US stocks slipped from record highs as investors mulled the disappointing retail sales ahead of the FOMC's two-day meeting.
- The 10-year Treasury yield has hovered near 1.5% for most of the day.
- Crude oil traded at the highest level since 2018, while lumber,
gold, and copper slipped.
US stocks slipped from record highs Tuesday as investors mulled the disappointing retail sales ahead of the Federal Open Market Committee's two-day meeting.
Spending at US retailers for the month of May slumped for the first time since February as more economic restrictions were reversed and Americans settled into a new sense of normal.
US retail sales fell 1.3% in May, the Census Bureau. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg held a median estimate for a 0.7% decline. The decline places monthly sales at $620 billion and just below the record-high seen in April.
Meanwhile, investors continue to weigh inflationary pressures ahead of the FOMC decision due Wednesday. Most economists are anticipating that the central bank will leave its policy mostly unchanged. Investors will be focusing on tapering discussions, the latest economic projections, and inflation.
"Despite the 'transitory' message regarding inflation, some on the Committee must be twitching a little uncomfortably," said Marcus Dewsnap, head of fixed income strategy at IGM, which is part of Informa Financial Intelligence.
Hard data so far hasn't quite suggested the sort of second-quarter that will force economic growth to hit the Fed's 2021 projection, Dewsnap added.
The 10-year Treasury yield hovered near 1.5% for most of the day.
In March, Fed officials saw consumer prices rising 2.4% in the fourth quarter of 2021 from a year earlier. That pace, they said, would be consistent with their goal of 2% average annual inflation over the long run.
Here's where US indexes stood at the 4:00 p.m. ET close on Tuesday.
- S&P 500: 4,246.79, down 0.20%
- Dow Jones industrial average: 34,299.33, 0.27% (94.42 points)
- Nasdaq composite: 14,072.86, 0.71%
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Meanwhile, short-sellers betting against meme stock AMC Entertainment lost $512 million on Monday when the movie theater chain rallied 15%, according to Reuters, citing data from analytics firm Ortex.
Still, a new survey found that hedge fund bosses are planning to ramp up their holdings of cryptocurrencies, predicting that an average of 7.2% of their assets under management will be held in digital tokens by 2026.
Gold slid 0.45% to $1,858.92 per ounce.
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