Stock market news for May 16, 2022
S&P 500: 4,008.01,-15.88(-0.39%)
Dow 30: 32,223.42,+26.76(+0.08%)
Russell 2000: 1,783.43,-9.24(-0.52%)
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“U.S. stocks ended mixed on Monday, with equities struggling for direction as concerns over the growth outlook persisted amid elevated inflation.
The S&P 500 ended a choppy session lower, dropping 0.4% to close at 4,008.01.The Nasdaq dropped by 1.2% to end at 11,662.79, as mega-cap technology companies including Apple (AAPL) fell and dragged the index lower. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed slightly higher to reach 32,223.42.
U.S. crude oil prices (CL=F) erased earlier losses and rose even after new economic data from China came in weaker-than-expected, as the latest wave of virus-related restrictions in the country curbed mobility. China’s retail sales dropped by 11.1% in April over last year, marking the worst decline since March 2020, while industrial production unexpectedly dropped by 2.9% compared to the same month last year.
The move lower in risk assets on Monday extended a recent stretch of volatility across markets. Stocks closed out last week with a sixth consecutive weekly loss, bringing the S&P 500 a total of 16.1% below its record high from Jan. 3. This has come, in turn, as investors weighed the risks of a deeper economic downturn as the Federal Reserve looks to curb inflation running near its hottest level in four decades, geopolitical turmoil continues in Ukraine, and China grapples with its largest COVID outbreak since 2020.
And amid these concerns, Wall Street analysts have struck a more cautious tone on stocks. Goldman Sachs slashed its year-end price target on the S&P 500 to 4,300 from 4,700 in a new note. The lowered target reflects “higher interest rates and slower economic growth than we previously assumed,” according to David Kostin, Goldman Sachs chief U.S. equity strategist. And in a recession scenario, Kostin added, the S&P 500 would likely fall even further to 3,600.
Other strategists also underscored the plethora of current risks to equities, and cautioned against reading too deeply into one-day bounces.”
Stock market source: Yahoo Finance