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US Equities Fall Ahead of CPI Report and Debt Ceiling Talks

Market Update - Daniel Ang The Accidental Trader Traders Academy International 7

On Wednesday, May 10, 2023, the US equities market saw a decline as market participants eagerly awaited the release of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) report for April. Meanwhile, President Joe Biden is set to meet with several key members of Congress to discuss the path forward on the debt ceiling. This update will provide more information on these events and their potential impact on the market.

 

 

US Equities Market Update:
The US equities market experienced a dip overnight as investors eagerly anticipated the release of the CPI report for April. The CPI for April is likely to show a rise in the monthly rate to 0.4% from 0.1% the prior month, with the annual measure remaining steady at 5%. The Fed has been raising interest rates since March 2022 to combat inflation, and the CPI report could have a significant impact on future interest rate decisions.

Debt Ceiling Talks:
President Joe Biden is expected to meet with several key members of Congress to discuss the path forward on the debt ceiling. Biden is reportedly seeking an increase in the debt ceiling without spending cuts, but he is open to discussing cuts as a “separate matter.” The debt limit for the US is currently capped at $31.4 trillion, and officials must strike a deal soon as the clock is ticking. However, neither side seems to be willing to show flexibility, which could lead to a potential government shutdown or credit rating downgrade.

Small Business Confidence Falls:
According to the National Federation of Independent Business’ latest survey, small business confidence fell more than expected in April due to concerns about finding quality labor and inflation. This survey indicates that inflation is a significant concern for small business owners, and it may impact future decisions such as hiring and investment.

Market Performance:
The Nasdaq Composite dropped 0.6% to 12,179.6, while the S&P 500 lost 0.5% to 4,119.2. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 0.2% lower at 33,561.8. These declines could be due to the uncertainty surrounding the CPI report and debt ceiling talks.

Currency and Commodity Markets:
The US dollar gained against major currencies, with the Dollar Index up 0.168%. Oil prices ticked up after reversing a 2% drop earlier in the session due to US government plans to refill the nation’s emergency oil reserve and anticipated higher seasonal demand. Brent crude settled 0.6% higher at $77.44 a barrel, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude closed higher by 0.3% at $73.39. Brent crude was boosted by increased demand from major economies such as the United States and China.

Gold Rises Ahead of Inflation Data Release
Gold gained 0.5% to settle at $2,042.90/oz as investors awaited the release of U.S. inflation data for clues on the trajectory of interest rates. The release of this data will provide investors with a better understanding of the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy stance. If inflation remains high, it could lead to a rate hike, which would increase the opportunity cost of holding gold.

Cryptocurrencies Experience Volatility
As of the late New York session, most major cryptocurrencies have been experiencing volatility. Bitcoin (BTC) was trading below the key $28,000 level, changing hands at $27,604, up 0.6% in the past 24 hours. BTC swung between a day’s high of $27,821 and a day’s low of $27,310. Ethereum (ETH) traded 0.6% higher at $1,847. BTC and ETH lost 6.7% and 7.5% on Monday, respectively, but have both seen significant gains since the beginning of the year, up 66% and 54%.

Other cryptocurrencies saw mixed performance. Binance Coin (BNB) was down 0.1%, while XRP traded 0.5% higher. Cardano (ADA) and Dogecoin (DOGE) were up 0.5% and 1%, respectively. The recent volatility in the cryptocurrency market can be attributed to the increasing regulatory scrutiny from governments and central banks worldwide.

 

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