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US STOCKS-Wall Street set to open lower on inflation, rate hike angst

US STOCKS-Wall Street set to open lower on inflation, rate hike angst

reuters.com · 06/09/2022 09:04
US STOCKS-Wall Street set to open lower on inflation, rate hike angst

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Tesla gains on surge in China sales, UBS upgrade

10-Year Treasury yield up at 3.06%; Brent above $123 a barrel

Futures down: Dow 0.09%, S&P 0.13%, Nasdaq 0.22%

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By Devik Jain and Mehnaz Yasmin

- U.S. stock indexes were set to open lower on Thursday as rising bond yields pressured technology and growth stocks, while concerns around surging inflation and the path for interest rate hikes sapped risk appetite.

The benchmark U.S. 10-year Treasury yield US10YT=RR climbed to 3.06%, its highest level since May 11. A spike in Brent crude prices LCOc1 above $123 a barrel made investors anxious ahead of the U.S. consumer price index report on Friday.

Market participants fear a hot reading on inflation could keep the U.S. Federal Reserve on its path to raise interest rates aggressively against the backdrop of a volatile stock market, strong consumer spending and tight labor market.

In the previous session, the S&P 500 snapped a two-day winning streak, dragged lower by chipmakers after a bearish brokerage report by Citi Research on Intel Corp INTC.O.

"We're not going to see the market enjoy a robust recovery until there is a sense the inflationary pressures are easing as that will suggest the Fed has been moving in the right direction and the weakening of the economy has not been drastic," said Quincy Krosby, chief equity strategist at LPL Financial.

"The market has been in a tight trading range. The volume in either scenario, buying or selling, has been weak and that is indicative of a market without commitment."

The U.S. central bank has raised its short-term interest rate by three-quarters of a percentage point this year and intends to keep at it with 50 basis points increases at its meeting next week and again in July. nL1N2XN28A

At 8:42 a.m. ET, Dow e-minis 1YMcv1 were down 29 points, or 0.09%, S&P 500 e-minis EScv1 were down 5.25 points, or 0.13%, and Nasdaq 100 e-minis NQcv1 were down 28.25 points, or 0.22%.

Rate-sensitive growth stocks like Microsoft Corp MSFT.O, Nvidia Corp NVDA.O, Alphabet Inc GOOGL.O, Meta Platforms META.O and Netflix Inc NFLX.O fell between 0.2% and 0.8% in premarket trading.

Tesla Inc TSLA.O rose 2.5% as the electric automaker sold 32,165 China-made vehicles last month, up sharply from 1,152 in April. Brokerage UBS upgraded the stock to "buy" and raised its profit estimates for the next three years. nL4N2XW1P7 nL1N2XW0HP

Alibaba Group BABA.N slipped 4.1% even as Reuters reported China's central leadership has given a tentative green light to Jack Ma's Ant Group to revive its initial public offering in Shanghai and Hong Kong. nL4N2XW2A1

Bloomberg News reported that Chinese financial regulators have started early-stage discussions on a potential revival of Ant Group's IPO. nL4N2XW1XW



(Reporting by Devik Jain and Mehnaz Yasmin in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila and Arun Koyyur)

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