Fed Hangover Hits Stock Market

Here is a daily recap of the S&P 500 broken down by sector followed by sector heat map as Fed hangover hits stock market. Stocks in heat map are based on the top 10 holdings of each sector ETF. Click on each picture to zoom in. Below is a summary of today’s action on Wall Street provided by CNBC:

US stock futures signal a muted open as Wall Street digests Powell comments

U.S. stock index futures pointed to a slow start to Thursday’s session, as market participants digested comments from the Federal Reserve. Around 8:39 a.m. ET, Dow Jones Industrial Average futures indicated a loss of 22 points while S&P 500 pointed to a flat open. Nasdaq 100 futures pointed to slight gains.

The S&P 500 (SPY) lost -0.21% today. Sector decliners led advancers 7 to 4 as shown below in the sector graph. Energy (XLE) -1.74% led decliners down. Communication services (XLC), consumer staples (XLP), industrials (XLI), materials (XLB), technology (XLK) and utilities (XLU) each had minor losses of less than 1%. Consumer discretionary (XLY), financials (XLF), healthcare (XLV) and real estate (XLRE) each had small gains of less than 1%.

The Dow Jones index dropped 122 points (-0.46%) to close at 26,307. The Nasdaq gave back 12 points (-0.16%) to settle at 8,036.

Fed Hangover Hits Stock Market

Stocks fell for the second consecutive day as investors felt a Fed hangover. Fed Chair Powell said low inflation was “transitory,” implying an interest rate cut might not be in the future, disappointing investors. When reading the above CNBC article, I came across this quote regarding monetary stimulus, “I think investors need to get into their heads that the period of low inflation, low interest rates and monetary policy continuing to provide nothing but stimulus is over,” Abby Joseph Cohen, senior U.S. investment strategist at Goldman Sachs, told CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street. ” “Markets instead should be looking at the economy and profits. It’s a good picture and one we think makes sense.”

Key Takeaways…

I took the following CNBC screenshots today regarding the risks to the rally and missing from the rally:

Fed Hangover Hits Stock Market

Fed Hangover Hits Stock Market

Notable S&P Movers…

Below I’ve highlighted some notable S&P movers (both winners & losers).

Credit: Sector Graph provided by Sector SPDR app. Sector breakdown provided by Charles Schwab. Sector heat map provided by finviz. Information Credit: News Headlines and quotes were taken from CNBC in the writing of this post.

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5/2/19

S&P 500 Sector Graph

Fed Hangover Hits Stock Market

S&P 500 (SPY)

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Communication Services (XLC)

Fed Hangover Hits Stock Market

Consumer Discretionary (XLY)

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Consumer Staples (XLP)

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Energy (XLE)

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Financials (XLF)

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Real Estate (XLRE)

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Healthcare (XLV)

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Industrials (XLI)

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Materials (XLB)

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Technology (XLK)

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Utilities (XLU)

Fed Hangover Hits Stock Market

S&P 500 Sector Heat Map

Fed Hangover Hits Stock Market

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