Stocks Up Friday, but Down for the Week07/01 15:49
Stocks on Wall Street shook off a downbeat start and ended broadly higher
Friday, though the rebound was not enough to erase their losses for the week.
(AP) -- Stocks on Wall Street shook off a downbeat start and ended broadly
higher Friday, though the rebound was not enough to erase their losses for the
The S&P 500 rose 1.1% after having been down 0.9% in the early going. The
gain snapped a four-day losing streak for the benchmark index, which still
posted its fourth losing week in the last five.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 1%, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq gained
0.9% after a sell-off in technology stocks eased.
The latest choppy trading comes a day after the S&P 500 closed out its worst
quarter since the onset of the pandemic in early 2020. Its performance in the
first half of 2022 was the worst since the first six months of 1970.
The S&P 500 has been in a bear market since last month, meaning an extended
decline of 20% or more from its most recent peak. It's now down 20.2% from the
peak it set at the beginning of this year.
Bond yields fell significantly. The yield on the 10-year Treasury, which
helps set mortgage rates, fell to 2.89% from 2.97% last Thursday. The yield on
the 2-year Treasury slipped to 2.83% from 2.92%.
The market's deep slump this year reflects investors' anxiety over surging
inflation and the possibility that higher interest rates could bring on a
"What we're seeing today is reflective of really what we're going to see
here in July, which is continued pressure on the markets, unless we see
outsized economic reports on jobs or inflation, or some more meaningful change
in Fed policy," said Greg Bassuk, CEO at AXS Investments.
The S&P 500 rose 39.95 to 3,825.33. Roughly 85% of the stocks in the index
The Dow gained 321.83 points to 31,097.26, while the Nasdaq rose 99.11
points to 11,127.85. The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies rose 19.77
points, or 1.2%, to 1,727.76.
The market's latest gyrations precede a long holiday weekend. Financial
markets in the U.S. will be closed on Monday for Independence Day.
Wall Street remains concerned about the risk of a recession as economic
growth slows and the Federal Reserve aggressively hikes interest rates. The Fed
is raising rates to purposefully slow economic growth to help cool inflation,
but could potentially go too far and bring on a recession.
Economic data over the last few weeks has shown that inflation remains hot
and the economy is slowing. The latter has raised hopes on Wall Street that the
Fed will eventually ease off its aggressive push to raise rates, which have
been weighing on stocks, especially pricier sectors like technology. Analysts
don't expect much of a rally for stocks until there are solid signs that
inflation is cooling.
The latest economic update on Friday for the manufacturing sector shows a
continued slowdown in growth in June that was sharper than economists expected.
On Thursday, a report showed that a measure of inflation that is closely
tracked by the Fed rose 6.3% in May from a year earlier, unchanged from its
level in April.
Earlier this week, a worrisome report showed that consumer confidence
slipped to its lowest level in 16 months. The government has also reported that
the U.S. economy shrank at an annual rate of 1.6% in the first quarter and weak
consumer spending was a key part of that contraction.
Kohl's dove 19.6% after the department store's potential sale fell apart
amid the shaky retail environment as consumers lose confidence and cut
spending. Kohl's had entered exclusive talks with Franchise Group, the owner of
Vitamin Shop and other retail outlets, for a deal that was potentially worth
about $8 billion.
Other retailers, restaurant chains and companies that rely on direct
consumer spending helped lead the market rally. Amazon rose 3.2%, Home Depot
gained 1.8% and Starbucks rose 3.8%.
Banks and health care stocks also notched gains. Wells Fargo rose 1.9% and
Johnson & Johnson closed 1.1% higher.
Technology stocks largely bounced back from their broad morning slump,
though many still closed lower. Chipmaker Micron slid 3% after giving investors
a disappointing profit forecast amid concerns about falling demand. That
weighed heavily on other chipmakers. Nvidia fell 4.2% and Qualcomm lost 3.3%.