Wall Street markets remain cautious ahead of big inflation data

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Wall Street markets remain cautious ahead of big inflation data

On April 16, 2021, a Wall Street sign is pictured outside the New York Stock Exchange in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York City, USA. Carlo Allegri File Photo Retir Carlo Allegri

The early stocks of the United States, up largely on Wednesday, were driven by gains in key technology stocks. However, investors avoided large bets this week ahead of big inflation data and an upcoming Federal Reserve meeting.

Buying into so-called meme stocks by small retail investors continued, with new favorite Clover Health reaching a record 138% to a record high. The company was the most closely linked to the retail rally this year -- when the quarterly results fell 1.3% after the bell was placed.

The so-called meme stocks have dominated the retail trade volumes over the past few weeks, as short traders are taking to hyping up stocks with the highest number of short positions.

It is going to be good and the participation is consistent, but there is a risk of high speculation and market manipulation within these meme stocks, said Rob Sechan, managing partner and co-founder of NewEdge Wealth.

The major bank stocks including Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs came down to 0.2% and 0.9% as the US Treasury yields sank to a record low more than a month earlier.

Small gains in the capital stock, particularly the FAANG Group, gave the Nasdaq a slight boost

But Wall Street indexes had little this week amid a dearth of cues, with most investors sticking to the sidelines before key inflation data on Thursday.

I think we are going to remain in a grinding pattern for a bit with investors trying to figure out if inflation is to be more persistent or transient, the analyst Sechan says.

The Fed meeting in Seattle on dreaded Monday is also expected to shed more light on the policy tapering plans by the Bank. Although the inflation has stayed high in recent months, a weak labor market is expected to keep the bank dovish for at least some time.

At 9 a.m., the opening of the station will begin at 44:39! The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 29.83 points or 0.09% at the 34,569. 99, and the S&P 500 was down 5.17 points or 0.12% at 4,232. 43 The Nasdaq Composite was 58.02 points or 0.42% up at 13,982. 93

Chinese stocks showed little reaction to a sweeping package of legislation intended to improve the United States' capability to compete with China technology, even as the move drew some criticism from Beijing. Campbell Soup Co slashed 5.6% after it reported a lower income than expected and reported negative third-year earnings forecast because of high costs. Drugmaker Merck Co rose 1.9% after it said that the U.S. government agreed to buy about 1.7 million courses of its experimental COVID 19 treatment molnupiravir for about $1.2 billion if it is authorized in the country. Advancers outnumbered the decliners at the NYSE by a 1.19 ratio to 1. Assumptions decliners beat advancers by a 1.55 to 1 ratio on Nasdaq.

The Nasdaq posted 15 new 52-week highs and two new lows while the S&P index reported 73 new highs and two new lows.

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