• Will Worries About Credit Card Borrowing and CPI Data Impact Market Sentiment?
• How significant is restricting U.S. tech investments in China's sensitive sectors for global economic relations?
• What's happening with the U.S. government's creditworthiness?
Opening price as of 08/10/2023 compared to last close
IN THE HEADLINES
Wall Street ends lower as investors await U.S. inflation data
On August 9, U.S. stocks closed lower due to worries about credit card borrowing and upcoming CPI inflation data, with Dow down 0.54%, S&P 500 down 0.70%, and Nasdaq down 1.20%. The $1 trillion credit card debt and uncertainty about the Fed's interest rate decision led to an 86.5% chance of no September rate hike. Energy stocks rose 1.22%, Penn Entertainment surged 9.1% from a sports betting deal, but Lyft shares fell 10% due to competitive pricing plans. Around 78.6% of S&P 500 firms beat expectations, and both S&P 500 and Nasdaq hit new highs and lows. Read more
Biden orders ban on certain U.S. tech investments in China
President Joe Biden has signed an executive order limiting new U.S. investments in China's sensitive tech sectors, including computer chips and AI, aiming to prevent support for China's military development. China has expressed deep concerns about the move, which requires Treasury approval for certain transactions and is set to take effect next year after public comment. The order reflects efforts to curb China's tech advancement and adds to existing tensions in the U.S.-China economic relationship. Read more
Market gains momentum, eyes on 10-year auction, Lyft’s fall, Penn-ESPN deal, Disney's earnings – key points to understand
Stock futures are on the rise, with investors focusing on a 10-year Treasury auction and inflation data. However, concerns persist over China's post-Covid recovery. Lyft's shares have tumbled as the ride-sharing company acknowledges a price war with Uber that could impact near-term profits, despite delivering better-than-expected Q2 earnings. On the other hand, Penn Entertainment is experiencing a surge in its shares after striking a $2 billion sports betting deal with ESPN. Meanwhile, all eyes are on Disney's upcoming earnings report, where attention will be directed toward subscriber gains in its streaming services and trends in its Parks division. Read more
The federal government has been outspending its revenues and compensating for this by borrowing. The creditworthiness of the federal government is under evaluation. According to Fitch, the U.S. had always maintained a AAA highest rating, but it has now been lowered to AA+, suggesting slightly reduced confidence in the U.S.'s ability to consistently repay its debt. Fitch is one of the three major credit agencies, all of which provide credit ratings for the U.S. government. While S&P downgraded their rating in 2011, two out of three credit agencies have now lowered the rating due to federal debt concerns. This indicates a belief that the risk of default isn't high but has increased somewhat due to the substantial debt, ongoing borrowing, political challenges, and difficulties in reaching spending agreements.
—Keith Hall, Former Director of the U.S. Congressional Budget Office
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