U.S. stocks rose on Wednesday as investors cheered cooling inflation in the U.K. and looked ahead to a kickoff in tech earnings due at the close of New York trading.
After hours, shares of Netflix fell after a third-quarter sales forecast missed estimates. Tesla wavered after a second-quarter earnings beat. And International Business Machines initially fell after missing sales estimates.
During the regular session, Apple had gained after a Bloomberg report on its efforts to build AI tools, while Alphabet and Microsoft fell. Elsewhere, a profit slump at Goldman Sachs Group stood in contrast to beats earlier in the week from peer investment firms.
In bonds, U.S. Treasuries joined a worldwide rally as price pressures in the U.K. dropped to the lowest in 15 months. The latest inflation report bolstered hopes central banks can go easier on raising interest rates. However, shaky economic data have made clear the Federal Reserve is far from claiming victory. The price of commodities, including wheat, spiked midday on Wednesday after a warning from Russia that any ships to Ukraine would be seen as carrying arms.
“The risk of recession has receded dramatically,” said Neil Dutta, head of economics at Renaissance Macro Research, on Bloomberg TV. “I think the markets are right to allocate a little bit more to the soft landing story, but I think you can make a good case that maybe we’re getting a little bit over our skis here and we should probably put some more potential on the resurgence of the inflationary-boom scenario.”
Carvana gained 40% after the used-car retailer reached a deal to restructure its debt and filed to sell as much as $1 billion in stock.
AT&T rose 8.5% after the telecommunications company reassured investors by saying less than 10% of its nationwide copper-wire telecom network had lead-clad cables.
And Kering rose 7.0% in New York after it was said to be speaking to defense advisers as activist investors including Bluebell Capital Partners circle the French luxury group.
In Asia, shares in Hong Kong and mainland China fell while the offshore yuan slid to the weakest level in more than a week.
Investors see no easy fix to China’s economic slump, with fresh signs of financial stress among the nation’s dollar-bond issuers. Meanwhile, Rio Tinto Group said second-quarter shipments of iron ore fell 1% from a year earlier, as China’s faltering economic recovery continued to weigh on demand.
Gold declined, the dollar strengthened and WTI crude fell after earlier gains.