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QQQ   387.12 (-1.70%)
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FB   310.60 (-4.27%)
GOOGL   2,821.03 (-0.60%)
AMZN   3,443.72 (-1.81%)
TSLA   1,095.00 (-4.35%)
NVDA   314.35 (-3.80%)
BABA   122.49 (-3.95%)
NIO   38.31 (-2.10%)
CGC   9.94 (-7.19%)
AMD   149.11 (-5.85%)
GE   93.00 (-2.09%)
MU   85.15 (+1.37%)
T   22.23 (-2.63%)
F   19.58 (+2.03%)
DIS   142.15 (-1.90%)
PFE   54.68 (+1.77%)
AMC   28.57 (-15.82%)
ACB   6.01 (-6.39%)
BA   188.19 (-4.88%)
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DOW   34,022.04 (-1.34%)
QQQ   387.12 (-1.70%)
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MSFT   330.08 (-0.15%)
FB   310.60 (-4.27%)
GOOGL   2,821.03 (-0.60%)
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TSLA   1,095.00 (-4.35%)
NVDA   314.35 (-3.80%)
BABA   122.49 (-3.95%)
NIO   38.31 (-2.10%)
CGC   9.94 (-7.19%)
AMD   149.11 (-5.85%)
GE   93.00 (-2.09%)
MU   85.15 (+1.37%)
T   22.23 (-2.63%)
F   19.58 (+2.03%)
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AMC   28.57 (-15.82%)
ACB   6.01 (-6.39%)
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Asian stocks down after Fed says ready to act on inflation

Wednesday, November 24, 2021 | Joe Mcdonald, AP Business Writer


A currency trader watches monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021. Asian stock markets fell Thursday after Federal Reserve officials indicated they were ready to raise interest rates sooner than expected if needed to cool inflation.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets fell Thursday after Federal Reserve officials indicated they were ready to raise interest rates sooner than expected if needed to cool inflation.

Market benchmarks in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Seoul and Sydney declined. Tokyo advanced.

Wall Street's benchmark S&P 500 index gained 0.2% before markets closed for a U.S. holiday. They reopen Friday for a shortened trading session.

Fed officials at their October policy meeting said they “would not hesitate” to respond to inflation, according to notes released Wednesday. They foresaw the possibility of raising rates “sooner than participants currently anticipated."

That fueled investor fears the Fed and other central banks might feel pressure to withdraw economic stimulus that has been boosting stock prices. Fed officials earlier indicated they might raise rates late next year.

Higher prices combined with stronger U.S. hiring suggest the attitude at the next Fed meeting might be “unabashedly more hawkish,” said Tan Boon Heng of Mizuho Bank in a report.

The Shanghai Composite Index fell 0.3% to 3,581.32 while the Nikkei 225 in Tokyo gained 0.7% to 29,500.57. The Hang Seng in Hong Kong shed 0.2% to 24,633.67.

The Kospi in Seoul retreated 0.5% to 2,979.39 and Sydney's S&P-ASX 200 gave up less than 0.1% to 7,379.30. New Zealand and Jakarta advanced while Singapore declined.

On Wall Street, the S&P 500 advanced to 4,701.46. Gains in technology, real estate and energy stocks outweighed a slide in banks and materials companies.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped less than 0.1% to 35,804.38. The Nasdaq composite gained 0.4% to 15,845.23.

The Fed notes showed officials still believe this year's inflation spike is likely to be temporary but acknowledged prices rose more than expected.

The notes covered the October meeting at which Fed board members voted to take the first steps to roll back easy credit and other measures to support an economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

A wide range of industries have been hit by inflation pressures and disruptions in supplies of raw materials and components. Forecasters worry consumers might cut spending if retail prices keep rising.

Consumer spending rose 1.3% in October, slightly more than double the previous month's rise, according to the Commerce Department.

The Labor Department reported the number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell last week to its lowest level in more than half a century.

In energy markets, benchmark U.S. crude rose 10 cents to $78.49 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude, used to price international oils, gained 14 cents to $81.19 per barrel in London.

The dollar fell to 115.37 yen from 115.48 yen. The euro advanced to $1.1219 from $1.1199.


7 Retail Stocks to Buy After Strong Quarterly Earnings

Earnings season follows a predictable pattern. Bank stocks report first; then big tech stocks weigh in. And now, late in earnings season, we hear from the retail sector. Investors were expecting strong numbers and, for the most part, retailers delivered.

However, for some retailers, this may become a “sell the news” event.

That’s because on August 16, before the big-name retailers reported, the U.S. Retail Sales Report showed a 1.1% decline in retail sales in July from June. So while retail sales for the last two quarters will be strong, investors are wondering if the sector is entering a period of slowing growth. Concern about the Delta variant perhaps bringing more restrictions to the retail sector adds to the concern.

However, sectors don’t move in lockstep. In every market, there are strong performers even in tough economic conditions. This was true during the pandemic. And it’s true in the recovery. Summer is traditionally a slower season overall for retail. The July numbers probably do not reflect all of the back-to-school purchases. And, of course, stores are already beginning to prepare for the holiday season.

View the "7 Retail Stocks to Buy After Strong Quarterly Earnings".


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