US Market React to Federal Reserve Signals and Corporate Earnings
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US stock market futures were under some pressure today, following a minor correction yesterday. This comes as investors weigh the Federal Reserve’s potential timing for rate cuts against economic data that demonstrates strong resilience. Markets are currently anticipating a possible rate cut in May. Investors are also awaiting a new wave of earnings reports today, which could reinforce the market’s strong momentum.
In terms of sector performance, Materials and Utilities were the worst hit yesterday, declining by 2.52% and 2.03% respectively while most other sectors were in the red as well. The Materials sector was particularly impacted by Air Products and Chemicals, which dropped over 15.55% and became the top percentage loser on the S&P 500 after it reported disappointing earnings and reduced its FY24 forecast.
Conversely, the semiconductor industry saw gains, with NXP Semiconductors rising by 2% on better-than-expected results, and NVIDIA climbing over 4% as expectations regarding AI remain positive.
McDonald’s dropped more than 3% following weaker-than-expected global sales, partly due to boycotts in the Mideast.