May 16, 2021

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Stocks trade mixed, Microsoft and Boeing shares weigh on Dow

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Stocks were mixed Wednesday, with each of the three major indexes trading close to the flat line as investors digested an onslaught of corporate earnings results and a monetary policy decision from the Federal Reserve.

The S&P 500 ticked higher, after the index ended just short of a record high during the regular trading day on Tuesday. Shares of Alphabet (GOOGL) gained after the company posted first-quarter sales and profit that easily exceeded estimates, fueled by a resurgence in advertising spending among customers. Shares of peer tech giant and Dow component Microsoft (MSFT), however, declined even after earnings topped expectations across virtually all major metrics. Apple (AAPL) and Facebook (FB) are poised to report results after market close on Wednesday. 

A monetary policy decision from the Federal Open Market Committee punctuated what has otherwise been a busy week full of corporate earnings results. The central bank left rates on hold near zero and their asset purchase program unchanged at a monthly rate of $120 billion, as had widely been expected on both fronts. The FOMC maintained its language saying it was looking to see “substantial further progress” made toward the central bank’s goals for maximum employment and price stability before adjusting its policies. However, it also acknowledged the improvement seen in the economy since the last Fed meeting in March. 

“Amid progress on vaccinations and strong policy support, indicators of economic activity and employment have strengthened,” the FOMC said in its April statement. “The sectors most adversely affected by the pandemic remain weak but have shown improvement. Inflation has risen, largely reflecting transitory factors.”

But the uneventfulness of the April FOMC decision belies the significant role the central bank has continued to play in underpinning markets over the course of the pandemic. As a result, even the slightest hints at tweaks to current policies – whether in the form of tapering the central bank’s $120 billion per-month asset purchase program or raising rates – have been closely eyed by market participants. 

“The main directional driver for equities is the fact that the Fed continues to pump money into the market,” Interactive Brokers’ Steve Sosnick told Yahoo Finance on Tuesday. “That is what’s putting a floor under things and that’s what’s providing the ammunition so to speak for the market rally that we’re seeing.”

But in the very near-term, many noted that the economy, at least, remains well positioned to continue on its current, stimulus- and vaccine-fueled trajectory. 

“I think right now we’re seeing the perfect equation for near-term growth. We see trillions of dollars in stimulus flooding into the economy, creating a stimulus-fueled consumer that’s anxious to rush into the markets and businesses that are anxious to open up and welcome those consumer back in with open arms,” Lindsey Piegza, Stifel chief economist, told Yahoo Finance on Tuesday. “So what we’re seeing is this flurry of demand prompting a flurry of production, and in fact production now is falling short of that surge in demand which is likely to continue to carry growth forward, not only through the first quarter, but much of 2021.” 

2:07 p.m. ET: Fed keeps interest rates on hold, quantitative easing in place at current rate 

The Federal Reserve voted to keep interest rates on hold near zero and its asset purchase program in place at the current rate of $120 billion per month, as had widely been expected by market participants.

Central bank officials did, however, upgrade their assessment of the economy, saying “indicators of economic activity and employment have strengthened.” They also noted that inflation has risen but reflected “transitory factors.”

Stocks were little changed following the release of the statement, with both the Dow and Nasdaq lower while the S&P 500 ticked above the flat line. Bond yields pared some gains, with the benchmark 10-year Treasury yield rising just 1.9 basis points to 1.641%.

1:47 p.m. ET: Dow, Nasdaq hold lower as investors await Fed decision

Here’s where markets were trading shortly before the Federal Open Market Committee releases its monetary policy decision at 2 p.m. ET: 

  • S&P 500 (^GSPC): +1.00 point (+0.02%) to 4,187.72

  • Dow (^DJI): -140.41 points (-0.41%) to 33,844.52

  • Nasdaq (^IXIC): -14.90 points (-0.11%) to 14,074.87

  • Crude (CL=F): +$1.06 (+1.68%) to $64.00 a barrel

  • Gold (GC=F): -$6.40 (-0.36%) to $1,772.40 per ounce

  • 10-year Treasury (^TNX): +2.6 bps to yield 1.648%

10:49 a.m. ET: U.S. goods trades deficit hits record high in March 

The U.S. trade deficit in goods yawned to a record high in March, data from the Commerce Department showed Wednesday morning.

The goods trade deficit increased by 4.0% to $90.6 billion in March, coming in wider than the $88 billion expected. The prior month’s goods trade deficit was also revised to $87.1 billion, from the $86.7 billion previously reported. 

The increase came as goods imports increased 6.8% to $232.6 billion, outpacing an 8.7% rise in exports to $142 billion. 

9:32 a.m. ET: Stocks trade mixed 

Here’s where markets were trading after the opening bell:

  • S&P 500 (^GSPC): +4.02 points (+0.1%) to 4,190.74

  • Dow (^DJI): -111.81 points (-0.33%) to 33,873.12

  • Nasdaq (^IXIC): -16.78 points (-0.15%) to 14,068.57

  • Crude (CL=F): +$0.71 (+1.13%) to $63.65 a barrel

  • Gold (GC=F): -$9.00 (-0.51%) to $1,769.80 per ounce

  • 10-year Treasury (^TNX): +0.3 bps to yield 1.625%

8:42 a.m. ET: Boeing shares dip as losses mount in Q1, free cash flow burn comes in greater than expected

Boeing (BA) posted first-quarter results that still reflected a deep hit in the company’s commercial airplanes business, with the ongoing pandemic and lingering fallout from its 737 Max crisis weighing on results. Losses and negative free cash flow were larger than expected.

“While the global pandemic continues to challenge the overall market environment, we view 2021 as a key inflection point for our industry as vaccine distribution accelerates and we work together across government and industry to help enable a robust recovery,” Boeing CEO David Calhoun said in a statement.

Negative adjusted free cash flow for the first three months of the year totaled $3.68 billion, with this cash burn coming in greater than the $3.34 billion expected. Revenue of $15.22 billion was greater than expected, but was still down 10% over last year. This came as commercial airplanes revenue fell 31%, more than outweighing a 19% gain in defense, space and security revenue. 

Core losses per share were $1.53, whereas a loss of 90 cents per share had been expected. On the 737 Max jet specifically, Boeing said it has delivered more than 85 of these aircraft since it was given approval to fly by the Federal Aviation Administration in November. 

7:23 a.m. ET: Mortgage applications resume declines as low inventory weighs on purchases 

U.S. mortgage applications sank during the week ended April 23, with tight housing inventory weighing on purchase activity even as mortgage rates dipped in recent weeks.

Mortgage applications fell 2.5% week-on-week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. This followed a jump of 8.6% last week, which had marked the first rise in seven weeks. Refinance applications were down 1% week-over-week and were 18% lower year-over-year. Purchase applications were down 4% on an unadjusted basis, but were still 34% higher than the same week last year. 

“Even with a few weeks of lower rates, most borrowers have likely already refinanced, which is why activity has decreased in seven of the last eight weeks,” Joel Kan, MBA’s associate vice president of economic and industry forecasting, said in a press statement. “The purchase market’s recent slide comes despite a strengthening economy and labor market. Activity is still above year-ago levels, but accelerating home-price growth and low inventory has led to a decline in purchase applications in four of the last five weeks.”

7:18 a.m. ET Wednesday: Stock futures drift sideways 

Here’s where markets were trading ahead of the opening bell Wednesday morning: 

  • S&P 500 futures (ES=F): 4,183.50, up 4.50 points or 0.11%

  • Dow futures (YM=F): 33,848.00, down 35 points or 0.1%

  • Nasdaq futures (NQ=F): 12,943.75, down 9.25 points or 0.07%

  • Crude (CL=F): +$0.39 (+0.62%) to $63.33 a barrel

  • Gold (GC=F): -$12.70 (-0.71%) to $1,766.10 per ounce

  • 10-year Treasury (^TNX): +1.9 bps to yield 1.641%

6:13 p.m. ET Tuesday: Stock futures edge higher

Here’s where markets were trading late Tuesday: 

  • S&P 500 futures (ES=F): 4,180.75, up 1.75 points or 0.04%

  • Dow futures (YM=F): 33,817.00, down 66 points or 0.19%

  • Nasdaq futures (NQ=F): 12,966.75, up 13.75 points or 0.1%

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MARCH 09: The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) stands in lower Manhattan on March 09, 2021 in New York City. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rallied more than 300 points Tuesday as tech stocks surged and optimism over the recently passed Covid relief bill cheered investors. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Emily McCormick is a reporter for Yahoo Finance. Follow her on Twitter: @emily_mcck

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