Stocks fell back toward session lows in the last hour of trading Monday as investors assessed the latest signs of economic malaise in the US and China.
The S&P 500 dropped, dragged lower by a slide in megacaps including Tesla Inc., Amazon.com Inc. and Apple Inc. The tech-heavy Nasdaq 100 dropped more than 1%. Equity markets gave up earlier gains in a seesaw session amid data showing China’s industrial output and consumer spending hit the worst levels since the pandemic began, hurt by Covid lockdowns. New York state manufacturing activity unexpectedly contracted in May, stoking concerns of slowing economic activity that may complicate the Federal Reserve’s policy path.
Adding to those growth concerns, New York City is preparing to hit a high Covid-transmission level in the coming days that would have it reconsidering mask requirements in public places.
The risk of an economic downturn amid price pressures and rising borrowing costs remains the major worry for markets. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Senior Chairman Lloyd Blankfein urged companies and consumers to gird for a US recession, saying it’s a “very, very high risk.” That said, while the US market is pricing in 40% odds of a recession, history shows the S&P 500 tended to rally in the absence of the worst case, according to a study by UBS Group AG.
In corporate news, Twitter Inc. shares fell Monday, erasing all the gains the stock made since Elon Musk disclosed his stake in the social media platform. JetBlue Airways Corp. made a hostile $3.3 billion cash bid for Spirit Airlines Inc., appealing directly to shareholders to prevail over a rival offer for the discount carrier. Verizon Communications Inc. plans to raise prices on its wireless bills for the first time in two years. McDonald’s Corp. said it will pull out of Russia after more than 30 years of operation in the country and will take a write-off of $1.2 billion to $1.4 billion for the move.
What to watch this week:
- Fed Chair Jerome Powell among slate of Fed speakers Tuesday
- Reserve Bank of Australia releases minutes of its May policy meeting Tuesday
- G-7 finance ministers and central bankers meeting Wednesday
- Eurozone, UK CPI Wednesday
- Philadelphia Fed President Patrick Harker speaks Wednesday
- China loan prime rates Friday
Some of the main moves in markets:
- The S&P 500 fell 0.4% as of 4 p.m. New York time
- The Nasdaq 100 fell 1.2%
- The Dow Jones Industrial Average was little changed
- The MSCI World index fell 0.1%
- The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index fell 0.3%
- The euro rose 0.2% to $1.0432
- The British pound rose 0.4% to $1.2317
- The Japanese yen was little changed at 129.12 per dollar
- The yield on 10-year Treasuries declined three basis points to 2.88%
- Germany’s 10-year yield declined one basis point to 0.94%
- Britain’s 10-year yield declined one basis point to 1.73%
- West Texas Intermediate crude rose 3.2% to $114.08 a barrel
- Gold futures rose 0.9% to $1,825.10 an ounce
–With assistance from Michael Msika, Andreea Papuc, Robert Brand and Isabelle Lee.