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US close: Stocks higher as traders digest comments from Fed speakers

By Iain Gilbert

Date: Wednesday 23 Nov 2022

US close: Stocks higher as traders digest comments from Fed speakers

(Sharecast News) - Wall Street stocks closed higher early on Tuesday as market participants digested comments from a pair of central bankers.
At the close, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 1.18% at 34,098.10, while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite advanced 1.36% to 4,003.58 and 11,174.41, respectively.

The Dow closed 397.82 points higher on Tuesday, easily reversing losses recorded in the previous session.

China was in focus on Tuesday after the country reported its first Covid-related deaths on the mainland since May, sparking fears that it may reinstitute restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the virus and pushing investors away from growth stocks and into defensive sectors. China's three-week Covid case tally has topped 253,000 and the government stated the daily average is increasing.

Elsewhere, the Federal Reserve's Loretta Mester stated that lowering inflation remained the bank's primary goal but indicated that the Fed was ready to downshift from its 75 basis point rate hikes.

However, Esther George said ample US savings would assist in buffering households but may also lead to higher interest rates needing to be implemented in order to calm spending. George noted that if savings were concentrated in wealthier households it would likely fail to provide any real boost to spending.

On the macro front, the Richmond Federal Reserve's manufacturing index edged slightly higher in November, jumping to -9 from October's print of -10, which was the lowest reading since May 2020.

Investors also patiently awaited the publication of minutes from the Federal Reserve's November meeting on Wednesday, with traders preparing for policymakers to announce that they'll likely continue to raise rates as part of an effort to tame inflation.

In the corporate space, Best Buy traded higher after the retailer posted an earnings beat and raised its full-year guidance, while Dick's Sporting Goods delivered a quarterly revenue and profit beat, as well as better-than-expected Q3 sales.

HP reported an 11% drop in quarterly sales and issued earnings guidance that came up short of analysts' expectations as the tech giant announced it would cut as many as 6,000 jobs in an effort to cut costs in what it called "a challenging environment".

Reporting by Iain Gilbert at

Dow Jones - Risers

Intel Corp. (INTC) $29.82 3.04%
Salesforce.Com Inc. (CRM) $149.25 3.04%
Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (WBA) $41.79 2.96%
Dow Chemical Co. (DOW) $51.58 2.79%
Chevron Corp. (CVX) $185.89 2.57%
Home Depot Inc. (HD) $324.88 2.56%
Caterpillar Inc. (CAT) $237.26 2.19%
Nike Inc. (NKE) $105.97 2.06%
Visa Inc. (V) $210.33 1.94%
International Business Machines Corporation (CDI) (IBM) $149.10 1.65%

Dow Jones - Fallers

Walt Disney Co. (DIS) $96.21 -1.40%
Amgen Inc. (AMGN) $287.05 -0.39%
Boeing Co. (BA) $172.50 -0.25%
Honeywell International Inc. (HON) $0.00 0.00%
Dowdupont Inc. (DWDP) $0.00 0.00%
McDonald's Corp. (MCD) $274.82 0.09%
Walmart Inc. (WMT) $151.69 0.36%
Coca-Cola Co. (KO) $62.35 0.43%
Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) $176.84 0.48%
3M Co. (MMM) $128.60 0.76%

S&P 500 - Risers

Best Buy Co. Inc. (BBY) $79.88 12.78%
Agilent Technologies Inc. (A) $156.86 8.07%
CF Industries Holdings Inc. (CF) $109.68 6.72%
Nordstrom Inc. (JWN) $22.65 6.49%
Fidelity National Information Services Inc. (FIS) $65.19 5.90%
Analog Devices Inc. (ADI) $168.43 5.77%
Apache Corp. (APA) $47.78 5.54%
Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC) $126.54 5.23%
Helmerich & Payne Inc. (HP) $53.90 5.17%
Mattel Inc. (MAT) $17.72 5.16%

S&P 500 - Fallers

Dollar Tree Inc (DLTR) $152.37 -7.79%
Rollins Inc. (ROL) $39.54 -6.13%
Medtronic Plc (MDT) $77.94 -5.30%
Foot Locker Inc. (FL) $36.08 -2.80%
J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. (JBHT) $176.88 -2.66%
Walt Disney Co. (DIS) $96.21 -1.40%
Equifax Inc. (EFX) $194.00 -1.34%
CME Group Inc. (CME) $174.25 -1.27%
Illumina Inc. (ILMN) $222.17 -1.00%
Digital Realty Trust (DLR) $109.50 -0.99%

Nasdaq 100 - Risers

Qurate Retail Inc. (QRTEA) $2.19 13.47%
Analog Devices Inc. (ADI) $168.43 5.77%
Nvidia Corp. (NVDA) $160.38 4.71%
Intuit Inc. (INTU) $392.23 4.59%
Charter Communications Inc. (CHTR) $385.55 4.49%
Dish Network Corp. (DISH) $15.48 4.24%
Microchip Technology Inc. (MCHP) $75.18 4.06%
Hasbro Inc (HAS) $61.26 3.57%
Expedia Group Inc. (EXPE) $100.28 3.31%
Intel Corp. (INTC) $29.82 3.04%

Nasdaq 100 - Fallers

Dollar Tree Inc (DLTR) $152.37 -7.79%
J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. (JBHT) $176.88 -2.66% Group Limited (TCOM) $26.77 -2.65%
Vodafone Group Plc ADS (VOD) $11.37 -1.98%, Inc. (JD) $51.56 -1.79%
NetEase Inc. Ads (NTES) $65.50 -1.18%
Illumina Inc. (ILMN) $222.17 -1.00%
Paypal Holdings Inc (PYPL) $79.91 -0.89%
DENTSPLY Sirona Inc. (XRAY) $30.33 -0.75%
Verisk Analytics Inc. (VRSK) $178.65 -0.72%


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