S&P 500 Rises for a Seventh Straight Day as Traders Await Key Inflation Report
CNBC 10/07/2024 21:32

The S&P 500 rose slightly on Wednesday as investors looked ahead to a major U.S. inflation report.

The broad market index traded 0.2% higher, reaching a fresh record high and on track for its seventh straight day of gains. The Nasdaq Composite advanced 0.5%, also hitting an all-time high. The Dow Jones Industrial Average hovered around the flatline.

Wall Street is coming off fresh record-highs for the Nasdaq Composite and S&P 500 as Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell cautioned that keeping rates elevated for too long could stunt economic growth. The S&P 500 edged up 0.07%, while the Nasdaq added 0.14%. The 30-stock Dow ticked down 52.82 points, or 0.13%.

“Reducing policy restraint too late or too little could unduly weaken economic activity and employment,” said Powell, speaking to the Senate Banking Committee as part of his semiannual address to Congress on Tuesday. He continues his testimony Wednesday before the House Financial Services Committee. “More good data would strengthen our confidence that inflation is moving sustainably toward 2%,” Powell added.

Wednesday marks a light day for economic data, with a final wholesale inventories reading for May due ahead of the June consumer price index reading on Thursday. The June producer price index will follow on Friday.

Many view the upcoming CPI print as a key test for the market and the outlook for rate cuts.

“If we get a cooler print on CPI this week and if get a cooler print on PPI, September will get priced in as a lock,” Liz Young Thomas, SoFi’s head of investment strategy, said on CNBC’s “Closing Bell” on Tuesday, cautioning that at some point, cooler data may become too cool.


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