Stock market today: Wall Street edges lower ahead of a highly anticipated jobs report

By STAN CHOE (AP Business Writer)

NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street drifted to a quiet shut Thursday as stress from the bond market remained excessive attributable to worries a couple of too-hot U.S. job market.

The S&P 500 slipped 5.56, or 0.1%, to 4,258.19, a day earlier than a extremely anticipated report on the job market that might sway the Federal Reserve’s view on rates of interest. The Dow Jones Industrial Average edged down by 9.98 factors, or lower than 0.1%, to 33,119.57. The Nasdaq composite dipped 16.18, or 0.1%, to 13,219.83.

Stocks have struggled for the reason that summer time below the load of hovering Treasury yields within the bond market, which undercut inventory costs and crimp company income. Yields have leaped as merchants acquiesce to a brand new regular the place the Federal Reserve is more likely to maintain its fundamental rate of interest at a excessive stage for a very long time, because it tries to extinguish excessive inflation.

Treasury yields wavered up and down Thursday after a report confirmed fewer U.S. staff utilized for unemployment advantages final week than economists anticipated. That’s an indication fewer staff are getting laid off than anticipated, which is generally a great signal.

But the fear now could be that too robust of a job market may put upward stress on inflation. That’s why the Fed has raised its fundamental rate of interest to the best stage since 2001, to deliberately gradual the job market.

“Even as the Fed has taken aggressive action to soften labor market conditions, businesses continue to hold on to workers,” mentioned Rubeela Farooqi, chief U.S. economist at High Frequency Economics.

A extra complete report on the general U.S. job market is due Friday, and economists anticipate it to indicate hiring slowed to a tempo of 163,000 jobs added in September from 187,000 in August.

After initially leaping on the jobless claims report, the yield on the 10-year Treasury later pulled again. The 10-year yield was at 4.71%, down from 4.73% late Wednesday. Earlier this week, it hit its highest stage since 2007.

The 10-year Treasury is the centerpiece of the bond market, and actions in its yield ripple throughout your complete economic system. Where it’s heading within the subsequent three to 6 months has a variety of potential outcomes, in accordance with Bruno Braizinha, charges strategist at Bank of America.

Braizinha mentioned the yield may drop again to 4% to 4.25% if upcoming experiences present the economic system weakening sufficient to undercut inflation however not a lot that it causes a pointy recession.

But he additionally mentioned in a BofA Global Research report that it may high 5.50% if financial information strengthen a lot that it pushes the Fed to maintain mountain climbing charges.

A current pullback within the value of oil has provided some reduction on the inflation entrance for each U.S. households and the Federal Reserve.

After charging from $70 in the summertime to greater than $93 final week, the worth of a barrel of benchmark U.S. crude has slumped sharply. It fell one other $1.91 to settle at $82.31, a day after tumbling greater than $5 for its worst drop in additional than a yr. Brent crude, the worldwide normal, misplaced $1.74 to $84.07 per barrel.

On Wall Street, Clorox fell 5.2% after the corporate described how massive a loss it expects to take for its newest quarter due to a beforehand disclosed cybersecurity assault. The firm mentioned its shipments had been in step with its expectations earlier than the assault prompted widespread disruptions.

Rivian Automotive sank 22.9% after the electrical car maker mentioned it should increase $1.5 billion by promoting debt that might later convert into inventory.

On the successful facet was Lamb Weston, which sells frozen fries, hash browns and different potato merchandise. It jumped 8% after reporting stronger revenue for its newest quarter than analysts anticipated. The firm additionally raised its revenue forecast for the fiscal yr, saying it’s benefiting after elevating costs for its merchandise.

In inventory markets overseas, indexes moved solely modestly throughout a lot of Europe and of Asia. Japan’s Nikkei 225 was an outlier and jumped 1.8%. It’s been one of many world’s higher inventory markets this yr.


AP Business Writers Yuri Kageyama and Matt Ott contributed.