U.S. Stocks Waver at Start of Busy Week -- Update

Date : 07/22/2019 @ 5:29PM
Source : Dow Jones News

U.S. Stocks Waver at Start of Busy Week -- Update

By Avantika Chilkoti and Jessica Menton 

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell Monday, as investors prepared for a week filled with fresh economic data and more corporate earnings reports.

The blue-chip index lost 45 points, or 0.2%, to 27108. The S&P 500 ticked up 0.1% as technology stocks advanced 1%, offsetting losses elsewhere. The Nasdaq Composite rose 0.5%.

Investors braced for fresh economic data this week as expectations for interest-rate cuts from major central banks grow. Reports on new-home sales and durable-goods orders are on tap Wednesday and Thursday. Meanwhile, the U.S. Commerce Department will report second-quarter growth figures on Friday.

As central banks across the globe are expected to undertake fresh stimulus measures in the coming months, investors are looking ahead to policy meetings from the Federal Reserve next week and the European Central Bank on Thursday.

"In the next six months we are looking for evidence that either 'Goldilocks' continues or we get greater evidence that the global economy is slowing down," said Paul Brain, head of fixed income at Newton Investment Management, the BNY Mellon subsidiary, referring to the period when the global economy has been neither too hot nor too cold.

Earnings season is in full swing, with Google parent Alphabet, e-commerce giant Amazon and social-networking company Facebook among notable companies reporting quarterly results later in the week. Second-quarter earnings for S&P 500 companies are expected to fall 2.1% from a year earlier, according to FactSet.

"We need to see a pretty big improvement in corporate earnings to justify any further price appreciation from where we are right now," said Sam Stovall, chief investment strategist at financial-research company CFRA. "Expectations for earnings growth is coming in softer than previously expected for next year and heading into 2020."

In Monday's action, shares of Dow component Boeing fell 1.2% after Fitch Ratings issued a negative outlook for the company, citing the impact of the aerospace giant's grounded 737 Max jetliners.

Shares of Equifax edged up 0.5% after the credit-reporting company said it would pay $700 million to settle a nationwide class-action lawsuit related to a breach in 2017 that exposed the data of close to 150 million Americans.

Meanwhile, Halliburton topped analysts' profit estimates in the second quarter, but the oil-field-services company said its business in North America slowed down. Halliburton shares jumped 5.4%.

In commodities, Brent crude, the global benchmark, rose 0.9% to $63.05 a barrel as tensions mounted in the Persian Gulf. Iran seized a British-flagged tanker in the Persian Gulf on Friday.

Elsewhere, the Stoxx 600 in Europe slipped 0.1%. In Asia, China's benchmark Shanghai Composite Index and Hong Kong's Hang Seng fell 1.3% and 1.4%, respectively.

--Joanne Chiu contributed to this article.

Write to Avantika Chilkoti at Avantika.Chilkoti@wsj.com and Jessica Menton at Jessica.Menton@wsj.com


(END) Dow Jones Newswires

July 22, 2019 12:14 ET (16:14 GMT)

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