Today’s Stock Market Outlook: US Equities Poised For Recovery Following Inflation Impact


US stock markets showed a mixed performance on Wednesday as they attempted to stabilize following a sell-off triggered by hotter-than-expected inflation data, which dampened hopes for early spring interest rate cuts.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) hovered just below the flat line, recovering from a 500-point plunge, marking its worst day since March 2022 on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the S&P 500 (^GSPC) gained nearly 0.3%, and the Nasdaq Composite (^IXIC) rose by over 0.3%, following significant declines in the previous session.

In the fixed-income market, the 10-year Treasury yield (^TNX) slightly retreated from the previous day’s surge, trading around 4.27%.

The market appears to be regaining composure after the unexpected spike in consumer inflation data rattled investors. There is growing acknowledgment that the Federal Reserve may delay rate cuts until later in the year, with concerns emerging about the US economy’s potential to smoothly navigate through the situation without a significant downturn.

During a Wednesday speech, Fed official Austan Goolsbee cautioned against overreaction to a single inflation report, emphasizing that the underlying trend still indicates inflation is “approaching” the Fed’s 2% target.

Investor attention was also captured by the tumultuous aftermath of a typo in Lyft’s (LYFT) financial update late Tuesday. The ride-hailing company’s shares initially surged by 67%, but the momentum waned after Lyft rectified an error in its statement, which had artificially inflated its profit outlook. Despite the correction, the stock maintained a more modest 30% increase during Wednesday’s trading session.