© Reuters. Quiver Morning Wrap: U.S. Economic Growth Boosts Wall St
Quiver Quantitative – The stock market witnessed another day of robust trading as Wall Street’s main indexes soared, fueled by encouraging economic data. The Commerce Department’s report showed the U.S. economy grew at a faster pace than expected in the fourth quarter, with a 3.3% growth rate driven by strong consumer spending. This upbeat data bolstered investor confidence, countering fears of a looming recession in the wake of the Federal Reserve’s aggressive interest rate hikes. Despite concerns about future rate cuts, this positive economic performance signaled potential stability and growth in the coming months.
However, Tesla’s (NASDAQ:) stock took a hit, dropping to an eight-month low following the company’s warning of a significant slowdown in growth. This decline in Tesla shares, down by 9.2%, had a ripple effect on the consumer discretionary sector, which fell by 1.1%. Other electric vehicle makers like Rivian Automotive (NASDAQ:) and Lucid Group (NASDAQ:) also saw their stocks tumble, reflecting the broader market’s sensitivity to Tesla’s performance and growth projections. Analysts highlighted the challenges Tesla faces, including increased competition and pressure on operating margins, underscoring the complexities in the EV market.
-US GDP surprises with robust growth, fueling hopes for a soft landing and boosting overall sentiment.
-Tesla plunges on growth slowdown warning, dragging down consumer discretionary stocks.
-Health insurers tumble on Humana’s (NYSE:) weak forecast, while American Airlines (NASDAQ:) lifts off on upbeat outlook.
-A 3.3% Q4 GDP growth defies recession fears, providing relief to investors and potentially delaying Fed rate cuts.
-Tesla’s anticipated production cuts and competitive pressures send its stock reeling, but other consumer plays like airlines see gains.
-Mixed corporate earnings reports, highlighted by Comcast’s (NASDAQ:) positive surprise and Humana’s disappointment, keep market activity diverse.
-Investor attention shifts to upcoming earnings from tech giants and their impact on the “Magnificent 7” rally.
-Balancing robust economic data with sector-specific challenges like Tesla’s woes will be crucial for maintaining market momentum.
-The Fed’s next move remains in focus, with a “soft landing” scenario potentially encouraging further market advances.
Despite Tesla’s setback, the overall market mood remained buoyant. American Airlines and Comcast reported positive outcomes, with American Airlines forecasting an upbeat annual profit and Comcast exceeding quarterly revenue estimates. This good news contributed to the market’s upward trajectory, with the , S&P 500 (SPY), and (QQQ) all registering gains. The healthcare sector, however, experienced a downturn, led by Humana’s disappointing profit forecast, which dragged the sector down and highlighted the volatility in the health insurance industry.
The trading session closed with advancing issues outnumbering decliners, showcasing the market’s resilience and investor optimism. With 31 new 52-week highs recorded in the S&P index and 54 in the Nasdaq, the market demonstrated its capacity for growth and recovery, even amidst individual company setbacks and ongoing economic challenges. This positive close sets a hopeful tone for future trading sessions, as investors continue to navigate the complex interplay of economic data, corporate earnings, and Federal Reserve policies.
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