Wall Street stocks struggled to advance on Monday, as the Federal Reserve’s “higher for longer” interest rate strategy continued to pile on pressure as a US government shutdown loomed.
At the opening bell, the S&P 500 (^GSPC) and the Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) were both down about 0.3%, after losing grip of earlier gains as 10-year Treasury yields (^TNX) jumped to their highest levels since 2007. The Nasdaq Composite (^IXIC) fell about 0.4%.
Oil prices have resumed their rally, raising the prospect of inflation staying high — and that has fired up debate about whether the Fed will find itself restricted from cutting rates in the near term. Investors are now getting ready for a fresh read on PCE inflation due out Friday for more insight.
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With less than a week left to avert a government shutdown, investors are starting to assess its potential impact on the economy, given there’s little sign of progress on a budget agreement by lawmakers. A reading on second quarter GDP is scheduled for Thursday.
Meanwhile, Sunday’s tentative deal to end the Hollywood writers’ strike lifted media stocks in the early going. But there’s less optimism around the autoworkers’ strike after Ford (F) said despite progress in some areas, there are “significant gaps to close” before it can reach a new labor agreement with the UAW.
Elsewhere, signs of growing debt woes at Chinese property developers — Evergrande, in particular — rattled nerves about the impact on the world’s second-biggest economy.
In individual stocks, Amazon (AMZN) has signed a deal to invest up to $4 billion in startup Anthropic, pulling in a crucial partner in its push to become a major player in AI.
Eyes are also on Booking Holdings (BKNG), whose brands include Booking.com and Priceline after its proposed $1.7 billion buy of ETraveli was blocked by the EU antitrust regulator.
The writers strike that froze much of the entertainment world for almost 150 days appears to be nearing an end.
Hollywood writers reached a…