US stocks fell on Wednesday, weighed down by Wall Street Earnings warning from retail pioneers Take aim for government retail sales data which showed strong consumer spending ahead of the main holiday season.
The Commerce Department said on Wednesday Retail sales jumped 1.3% in October While Americans shelled out for food, gas and expensive items last month despite inflationary pressures. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg had expected a headline increase of 1.0% after activity was flat during the previous month.
Strong typography It may hinder the uptrend of the marketwith investors potentially interpreting the aggressive spending as a signal to Fed policymakers that aggressive interest rate increases could continue.
All eyes were on the target (TGT) falling 13% after a third-quarter earnings report that brought in a wide margin and weak guidance for the holiday quarter. The retailer has been pressured by a slowdown in consumer spending on discretionary goods and store looting Gross margin reduced by $400 million so far this year.
“In the final weeks of the quarter, sales and earnings trends eased significantly, as guests’ shopping behavior was increasingly impacted by inflation, rising interest rates and economic uncertainty,” Chairman and CEO Brian Cornell said in the earnings release. Third-quarter earnings performance was well below our expectations.”
In other pockets of the market, the US dollar lost ground while oil rose slightly as geopolitical tensions had yet to fade A Russian-made missile hit Poland On Tuesday, he renewed fears of an escalation of the Russian war in Ukraine. President Joe Biden met with NATO allies on Wednesday at the G20 meeting in Bali, Indonesia Defuse fears while affirming US officials will support Poland as it investigates whether the missile was launched from Russia.
Back in home territory, stocks have held up so far this week after a softer CPI reading on Thursday spurred a rally. The producer price index for October, another key measure of inflation, Ignite this optimism in Tuesday’s session, along with comments from Federal Reserve members in recent days that indicated a possible slowdown in rate hikes.
“We should all keep in mind that Fedspeak is pretty divergent right now, and you can get a hawkish or a dovish view depending on which official you ask,” Mike Lowengart, head of model portfolio creation at Morgan Stanley’s global investment desk, said. on a note. “The market is also grasping for the impact of inflation on the consumer, with headline retail earnings beating expectations and retail sales coming in.”
On the earnings front, non-Target retail earnings have beat analyst estimates so far.
megastore walmart (wmt) took advantage of Increase the value of spending by customers due to inflation and a “noticeable” improvement in the inventory glut, while higher prices helped offset fewer transactions at Home Depot (HD). and TJ Maxx parent companies TJX (TJX) raised its sales forecast After reporting strong demand in the third quarter.
Alexandra Semenova is a correspondent at Yahoo Finance. Follow her on Twitter @employee
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