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07/05/24 Briefing

Wed 8 May 2024 at 5:25 AM BST·2-min read

Photo taken on Nov. 5, 2020 shows the U.S. Federal Reserve in Washington, D.C., the United States.Ting Shen/Xinhua/Getty Images

  • The recent equity rebound stalled as investor rate cut bets were made uncertain by Fed commentary.

  • Fed President Neel Kashkari said rates might not be restrictive enough to clamp down on inflation.

  • Earnings continued to roll in, with Disney and Palantir dropping sharply following first-quarter reports.

US stocks were mostly higher Tuesday, with the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average continuing to pull slightly higher.

The Dow hit its fourth straight day of gains, adding to a rebound that started last week. The rally was slowed during Tuesday's session as doubt about rate cuts crept back up following comments from Minneapolis Federal Reserve President Neel Kashkari, who noted that interest rates may not yet be restrictive enough to clamp down on inflation.

His remarks followed similar hawkishness from Fed President Tom Barkin on Monday, who indicated that the economy will need to slow down more before policy can pivot.

Still, futures markets see two 25-basis point interest cuts this year, better than what was expected in April.

Investors will tune in to further commentary this week as Fed Governor Lisa Cook and Chicago President Austan Goolsbee are lined up to speak on Wednesday and Friday.

Meanwhile, earnings data continues to flow in and has helped keep indices afloat. However, weak reports sent shares in Disney and Palantir plunging 10% and 15% on Tuesday.

Here's what else happened today:

In commodities, bonds, and crypto: 

  • West Texas Intermediate crude oil increased 0.6% to $78.52 a barrel. Brent crude, the international benchmark, inched up 0.1% to $83.22 a barrel.

  • Gold slipped by 0.31% to $2,313.23 per ounce.

  • The 10-year Treasury yield slid two basis points to 4.465%.

  • Bitcoin was essentially flat at $63,142.

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