US stocks drop after hot economic data dents Fed rate-cut prospects

A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., March 9, 2020.Bryan R Smith

US stocks traded mostly lower on Monday following the release of strong economic data.

The ISM manufacturing index rose to 50.3 in March, representing the first monthly expansion since 2022.

The data poured cold water on hopes for interest rate cuts in June.

Stocks dropped and bond yields spiked on Monday after solid economic data poured cold water on hopes of a June interest rate cut from the Federal Reserve.

Manufacturing activity as measured by the ISM Index jumped to 50.3 in March, well ahead of expectations. The data represented the first monthly expansion in manufacturing since 2022. Component prices also shot up in the ISM report, raising concerns about stubborn inflation.

If inflation reaccelerates, the Fed would likely err on the side of caution and postpone its planned interest rate cuts. The probability of a Fed interest rate cut in June fell below 50% immediately following the ISM report, according to data from Bloomberg.

Prospects for a June interest rate cut were initially higher on Monday as investors reacted to Friday’s release of PCE inflation data, which was in line with expectations.

Here’s where US indexes stood at the 4 p.m. closing bell on Monday: 

Here’s what else happened today: 

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In commodities, bonds, and crypto: 

West Texas Intermediate crude oil edged higher by 0.94% to $83.95 a barrel. Brent crude, the international benchmark, jumped by 0.70% to $87.61 a barrel.

Gold jumped 1.05% to $2,261.90 per ounce.

The 10-year Treasury yield rose 12 basis points to 4.33%.

Bitcoin dropped by 2.70% to $69,390.

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