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U.S. stocks steady as traders await Fed minutes

U.S. stock indexes are struggling to find direction on Wednesday as Wall Street struggles to maintain its latest rally with investors adopting a cautious stance ahead of the publication of the minutes of the Federal Reserve’s June policy meeting.

How are stock indexes trading
  • The Dow Jones Industrial Average

     gained 27 points, or 0.1%, to around 30,993;

  • The S&P 500

     lost 5 points, or 0.1%, to around 3,827.

  • The Nasdaq Composite

     lost 17 points, or 0.2%, to 11,301.

On Tuesday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average

fell 129 points, or 0.4%, to 30,968, the S&P 500

rose 0.1% to 3,831 and the Nasdaq Composite

rose 1.7% to 11,322.

What’s driving markets

The positive tone from the previous session’s sharp rebound was dissipating in Wednesday’s early trade.

In particular, falling Treasury bond yields of late are seen as a reason to move back into some of the high growth technology stocks that received such a shellacking over the past year or so. The popular, but recently battered ARK Innovation fund

run by investment manager Cathie Wood, jumped more than 9% on Tuesday.

With interest rates in mind, traders will be keeping an eye on the minutes of the Federal Reserve’s June meeting, due for release at 2 p.m. Eastern. Clues to the likely pace of Fed monetary policy tightening may also come from the S&P Global June purchasing managers service sector survey at 9.45 am ET and the Institute for Supply Management’s services index report for June, due 10 a.m. Eastern.

Earlier, Asia delivered a somewhat curmudgeonly response to Wall Street’s overnight recovery. Japan’s Nikkei 225

lost 1.2% and China’s Shanghai Composite

shed 1.4% after it emerged Beijing was once again tacking COVID-19 outbreaks in several regions of the country.

The dollar index

was holding hear 19-year highs as the euro

eyed parity and sterling

traded sub $1.20 amid political worries in the UK, where Prime Minister Boris Johnson is again facing pressure to stand down.

Companies in focus
  • Kornit Digital Ltd.

    shares plunged 34% Wednesday after the company slashed its forecast for the second quarter Tuesday and suggested the third quarter isn’t expected to be much better.

Other markets
  • Crude prices were up after the previous session’s sharp drop. West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures


    added 0.6% to $100.14 a barrel amid concerns that despite a slowing global economy the market remains tight.

  • Gold futures

    were down 0.1% at $1,761.5 an ounce . The yellow metal sometimes struggles when the dollar rallies and it fell sharply on Tuesday, to leave it changing hands near an eight-month low.

  • Silver

    tends to track gold and is up just 0.4% to $19.20 an ounce, near is cheapest since July 2020. The grey metal has also been suffering from concerns slowing economic activity will reduce demand from hi-tech hardware producers.

  • Bitcoin

    is off 2.3% to $19,979.

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