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September 28, 2022

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Dow up 300 points as stocks hit 3-month highs on optimistic inflation data


U.S. stocks traded at fresh three-month highs Thursday after another batch of July data suggested inflation may be easing.

How stocks are faring
  • S&P 500
    SPX,
    +0.96%

    rose 42 points, or 1%, to 4,250.

  • Dow Jones Industrial Average
    DJIA,
    +0.88%

    climbed 305 points, or 0.9%, to 33,615.

  • Nasdaq Composite
    COMP,
    +1.06%

    added 137 points, or 1.1%, to 12,992.

On Wednesday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average
DJIA,
+0.88%

rose 535 points, or 1.63%, to 33310, the S&P 500
SPX,
+0.96%

increased 88 points, or 2.13%, to 4210, and the Nasdaq Composite
COMP,
+1.06%

gained 361 points, or 2.89%, to 12855. The S&P 500 is up 14.8% from its 2022 closing low hit in mid-June but remains down 11.7% for the year to date.

What’s driving markets

Stocks surged to their highest levels since early May after the July producer-price index fell 0.5%, compared with expectations for a 0.2% advance.

See: U.S. producer price inflation moderates in July

Thursday’s optimistic inflation report followed a similarly cooler-than-expected reading on U.S. consumer-price growth released a day earlier. That data also helped send stocks soaring, with the Nasdaq exiting bear-market territory and the Dow exiting correction territory.

Hopes that inflation has peaked helped encourage investors to pile back into equities based on the view that slowing inflation could allow the Federal Reserve to hike interest rates less aggressively.

However, some market strategists are urging caution as rising housing costs could keep core inflation elevated, even as a drop in oil prices, and the prices of other commodities, have helped to reduce inflation expectations.

See: Don’t be fooled by a drop in U.S. headline inflation. Markets will be attuned to another figure on Wednesday

“Our view is that this is a rally that really deserves a lot of scrutiny because when we think about what has happened since the mid-June low, the market outlook hasn’t really changed,” said Jake Jolly, senior investment strategist at BNY Mellon Investment Management.

“Historically, the Fed delivers more hikes than the market anticipates. And this is clearly a hiking cycle that is far from over,” Jolly said.

Also supporting the upbeat tone was a well-received earnings report from Walt Disney
DIS,
+7.23%
,
which helped the media group’s shares rise 8%.

Overall, the second quarter earnings season has helped underpin the market. With companies representing 91% of S&P 500 market capitalization having reported, sales growth has been 15.1% and earnings growth 7.9% – surprising by plus 3.5% and plus 3.6%, according to Evercore ISI.

However, the latest surge in stocks may have left the market overextended and vulnerable to a pullback. The CBOE Vix index
VIX,
+1.32%
,
an options-based gauge of expected S&P 500 volatility, has dipped below its long-run average of 20, suggesting traders may be getting a tad complacent.

In addition, the S&P 500’s 14-day relative strength index, a closely watched momentum gauge, is around 74, where any reading above 70 is considered overbought territory. The RSI for market behemoth Apple
AAPL,
+0.58%

is 76, the highest since December.

Companies in focus
How are other assets faring
  • Oil was seeing modest gains, with West Texas Intermediate crude for August delivery up $1.15, or 1.3%, to $93.08 a barrel.

  • The 10-year Treasury yield
    TMUBMUSD10Y,
    2.829%

    fell 1.2 basis points to 2.777%.

  • The ICE Dollar index
    DXY,
    -0.40%

    fell 0.4% as traders priced in a less aggressive Fed. But a softer buck did not help gold
    GC00,
    -0.18%
    ,
    which was marginally lower.

  • Bitcoin
    BTCUSD,
    +3.01%

    advanced 2.3% to $24,410.

  • Asia markets mostly got a lift from Wall Street’s overnight surge with Hong Kong’s Hang Sang
    HSI,
    +2.40%

    adding 2.2%, though Japan missed out because of the Mountain Day holiday. In Europe the Stoxx 600
    SXXP,
    +0.19%

    was roughly flat.



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