Stock Market Update: Indexes Rise Amid Fed Chair Powell's Speech and Volatile Trading
Read about stock market resilience during Powell's speech and volatile trading. Get insights into market trends and key events.
The stock market managed to close on a positive note. The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed by 247.48 points (0.73%) to reach 34,346.9. Similarly, the S&P 500 showed a gain of 29.4 points (0.67%), settling at 4,405.71, while the Nasdaq Composite ended with a rise of 126.67 points (0.94%) at 13,590.65.
The focus of the day was on the remarks made by Jerome Powell, the Chair of the Federal Reserve. Powell highlighted the potential need for further interest rate increases to control inflation during his much-anticipated speech at the Jackson Hole Economic Policy Symposium in Wyoming. He also noted that inflation pressures had eased somewhat, adding to the market's volatility as investors digested his insights.
Throughout the trading session, the main indexes showed resilience, switching between extending gains and undergoing corrections. This was felt across various sectors, with those related to consumer goods, technology, and energy standing out as the top performers within the S&P 500.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average demonstrated strength, recording a rise of 247.48 points (0.73%) to reach 34,346.9. Similarly, the S&P 500 displayed its tenacity by climbing 29.4 points (0.67%) to close at 4,405.71. The Nasdaq Composite exhibited a promising increase of 126.67 points (0.94%) to settle at 13,590.65.
For the week's performance, both the S&P 500 and Nasdaq showed positive trends. Notably, the Nasdaq managed to recover, showing a gain of about 2.3% and ending a three-week losing streak. The anticipation of Nvidia's second-quarter results contributed to this improvement, as the company's expertise in AI-driven chips excited the market.
Following Powell's comments, market expectations regarding an upcoming interest rate hike in November experienced a surge compared to prior projections. This shift was reflected in CME Group's FedWatch tool. However, a prevailing belief among traders remains that the Federal Reserve will likely delay rate hikes until September.
The retail sector also saw significant movement. Gap Inc. gained attention with a 7.2% surge in its shares after strong performance surpassed second-quarter profit estimates. In contrast, Nordstrom Inc. faced a 7.7% decline as the company opted to maintain its existing forecasts.
In another highlight, Hostess Brands witnessed a remarkable 21.7% increase in its shares. This surge followed reports suggesting that the company might explore a potential sale of its renowned Twinkies brand.
On the flip side, Marvell Technology Group Ltd. experienced a 6.6% decline after reporting a fall in second-quarter revenue, impacting investor sentiment in the chipmaking sector.
Hawaiian Electric Industries also made headlines, experiencing a significant decrease of 18.5%. This decline followed increased scrutiny over the company's potential involvement in the Hawaii wildfires. Legal action initiated by the county of Maui further compounded the challenges faced by the power utility.
Throughout the trading session, the total volume on U.S. exchanges reached 9.15 billion shares, slightly below the average of 10.82 billion over the last 20 trading days.
In terms of market performance, the number of advancing issues outweighed declining ones on the NYSE with a ratio of 1.51-to-1. A similar trend was seen on the Nasdaq, where a ratio of 1.24-to-1 favored advancing stocks.
Regarding new highs and lows, the S&P 500 reported 6 new 52-week highs and 7 new lows. In comparison, the Nasdaq Composite recorded 23 new highs and 202 new lows, highlighting the recent market dynamics.