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Nasdaq Dips and Dow Climbs – Will Inflation Reports Flip the Fed’s Next Move?

Market Update - Daniel Ang The Accidental Trader Traders Academy International 5

The Nasdaq Composite wavered, giving up its early session gains to close lower, failing to sustain momentum after briefly surpassing its record closing high from November 2021. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, on the other hand, experienced modest gains, as market participants anticipate pivotal U.S. inflation reports due this week, which could significantly influence the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy decisions. The S&P 500, having recently breached the 5,000-point threshold, saw a marginal decline, reflecting a cautious stance among traders ahead of key economic data releases.

Major Indices Performance:

  • The S&P 500 edged down by 0.08%, closing at 5,022.49 points.
  • The Nasdaq Composite dropped by 0.27%, finishing at 15,947.92 points.
  • The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose by 0.35%, ending at 38,807.45 points.
  • The Russell 2000 index, representing small-cap stocks, climbed 1.9%.

Upcoming Economic Data:
Investors are keenly awaiting the release of January’s Consumer Price Index (CPI) and Producer Price Index (PPI) data, alongside figures on industrial production, retail sales, and the preliminary University of Michigan consumer sentiment index. These reports are crucial for gauging inflation trends and the potential timing for adjustments to the Federal Reserve’s interest rate policy.

Currency Markets:

  • The U.S. Dollar Index experienced a slight increase of 0.1%, standing at 104.12.
  • The EUR/USD pair dipped by 0.1% to 1.0771, retracting from a 10-day peak achieved earlier in the day.
  • The GBP/USD remained relatively stable at 1.2624, as markets await the release of significant economic data from the U.K., including inflation and GDP figures.

Japanese Yen:
The Japanese Yen has seen fluctuations, initially strengthening on expectations of early U.S. rate cuts, followed by weakening as these expectations were deferred. Notably, Japan intervened in the currency market in late 2022 to support the Yen. The USD/JPY pair was last unchanged at 149.32.


  • Brent crude futures slightly declined by 0.2% to $82.00 a barrel, while WTI crude futures marginally rose by 0.1% to $76.92 a barrel.
  • Gold prices fell by 0.2% to $2,020.97 per ounce ahead of anticipated CPI data and potential insights from Federal Reserve officials regarding future interest rate directions. Silver increased by 0.6% to $22.73 per ounce.

Digital Assets:
Bitcoin’s price revisited the late 2021 high of $50,000 overnight before facing a pullback due to profit-taking. However, with positive momentum indicators, there remains a potential for the price to surpass the $50,000 mark decisively, with an eye towards the $60,000 level, indicating a significant 20% increase from current levels. Bitcoin is currently trading at $50,177 in the Asia session.

In summary, financial markets showed mixed signals on Tuesday, February 13, 2024, as investors awaited key U.S. inflation reports to gauge the Federal Reserve’s next moves. The Nasdaq pulled back from near-record levels, while the Dow saw modest gains, highlighting a cautious optimism among traders. Upcoming CPI and PPI data are critical for interest rate expectations, with the Dollar strengthening and global markets closely watching for potential central bank actions in the U.S., U.K., and Japan. Commodities like oil and gold showed muted reactions, and Bitcoin’s fluctuation reflects the broader uncertainty. Investors remain focused on macroeconomic indicators and central bank guidance to navigate the evolving financial landscape.

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