Stock market today: World shares are mixed after Wall Street slips to its worst loss in 4 months

Feb 1, 2024, 12:19 AM | Updated: 2:06 am

BANGKOK (AP) — World shares were mixed on Thursday after Wall Street fell to its worst loss since September as the Federal Reserve indicated cuts to interest rates are not imminent.

Germany’s DAX slipped 0.3% to 16,857.43 and the CAC 40 in Paris sank 0.8% to 7,594.59. Britain’s FTSE 100 gave up 0.4% to 7,658.84.

The future for the S&P 500 gained 0.3% while that for the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 0.1%.

In Asian trading, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng advanced, but ceded much of its early gains. It was up 0.5% at 15,566.21, while the Shanghai Composite index lost 0.6% to 2,770.74.

Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 sank 0.8% to 36,011.46 and the Kospi in Seoul climbed 1.8% to 2,542.46.

India’s Sensex edged 0.1% lower to 71,662.39 after the government announced a short-term budget to cover spending until national elections are held by May. The plan increases spending on construction projects and building homes for poor villagers. It cuts the government’s deficit by reducing subsidies.

In Australia, the S&P/ASX 200 skidded 1.2% to 7,588.20.

Bangkok’s SET rose 0.4%.

On Wednesday, Big Tech stocks burned by the downside of high expectations triggered a sharp slide, dragging the Nasdaq composite to a market-leading loss of 2.2%.

The S&P 500 dropped 1.6% for its worst day since September. The Dow industrials fell 0.8%.

Alphabet was one of the heaviest weights on the market, shedding 7.5% despite reporting stronger profit and revenue for the latest quarter than analysts expected. Underneath the surface, analysts pointed to some concerning trends in how much Google’s parent company is earning from advertising.

Microsoft fell 2.7% even though it delivered stronger profit and revenue than expected. One analyst, Dan Ives of Wedbush Securities, even called its quarterly report “a masterpiece that should be hung in the Louvre.”

Tesla, another member of the group of tech stocks nicknamed the “Magnificent Seven,” fell 2.2%. A judge in Delaware ruled a day earlier that its CEO, Elon Musk, is not entitled to the landmark compensation package earlier awarded to him.

Three more Big Tech stocks will report results on Thursday: Amazon, Apple and Meta Platforms, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram.

The Fed on Wednesday left its main interest rate steady and made clear it “does not expect it will be appropriate” to cut rates “until it has gained greater confidence that inflation is moving sustainably toward” its goal of 2%.

“We’re not declaring victory at all,” said Fed Chair Jerome Powell.

Powell also said Fed officials just need to see more months of data confirming that inflation is heading sustainably lower. “We have confidence,” he said. “It has been increasing, but we want to get greater confidence.”

Treasury yields in the bond market swung up and down following the Fed’s announcement. They had been lower earlier following softer-than-expected reports on the economy.

One report said growth in pay and benefits for U.S. workers was slower in the final three months of 2023 than economists expected. While all workers would like bigger raises, the cooler-than-expected data could further calm what was one of the Fed’s big fears: that too-big pay gains would trigger a vicious cycle that ends up keeping inflation high.

The yield on the 10-year Treasury was at 3.95% early Thursday, up from 3.92% late Wednesday. It was at 4.04% late Tuesday. In October, it was above 5% and at its highest level since 2007.

In other trading Thursday, U.S. benchmark crude oil gained 72 cents to $76.57 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

Brent crude, the international standard, advanced 71 cents to $81.26 per barrel.

The U.S. dollar slipped to 146.83 Japanese yen from 146.92 yen. The euro fell to $1.0801 from $1.0817.


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