New York stocks avoid shutdown, but fall… Dow dropped 159

The 10-year bond yield is around 1.51%… still rising pressure
Shutdown avoided, but political uncertainty ‘continues’
Bed Bath & Beyond plunges 22% due to poor earnings

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The New York stock market ended sharply lower despite fears of a shutdown.

On the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 33,843.92, down 546.80 points (1.59%) from the previous day. This is the biggest monthly drop since October last year.

The Standard & Poor’s (S&P) 500 index fell 52.02 points (1.19%) to close at 4307.44, and the Nasdaq Composite Index fell 63.86 points (0.44%) to close at 14,448.58.

As a result, the S&P 500 fell 4.8% in one month, its worst decline since March of last year. During the same period, the Dow and Nasdaq fell 4.3% and 5.3%, respectively. The Dow posted its biggest decline since October of last year, and the Nasdaq posted its biggest decline since March of last year.

Investors paid attention to the move in the U.S. Treasury rate and negotiations on a provisional budget for Congress. The 10-year Treasury bond yield traded near 1.54% at the beginning of the market, and lowered its rise in the afternoon to drop to the 1.51% level. As concerns over inflation persist, upward pressure on interest rates remains.

The federal government’s shutdown (partial suspension) could be avoided as the House and Senate passed a budget for provisional spending to the federal government by December 3 just hours before the end of the fiscal year. Political uncertainty is expected to continue as there is still a $1 trillion infrastructure investment plan, a $3.2 trillion social welfare budget, and negotiations on the debt ceiling.

The U.S. Department of Labor reported that the number of claims for unemployment insurance rose 11,000 on a seasonally adjusted basis to 362,000 for the week ending March 25, up 11,000 from the previous week. This was higher than the 335,000 expected by experts compiled by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ).

The number of unemployment insurance claims rose for the third straight week in September alone. The number of claims for unemployment insurance for the week ending on the 18th remained at 351,000.

The finalized GDP growth rate for the second quarter of the US was 6.7% year-over-year, higher than the 6.6% increase expected by the preliminary estimate and market. U.S. growth in the first quarter was 6.3%.

The Chicago Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) in September was 64.7, down from the previous month (66.8). This is lower than the analyst’s estimate of 65.0 compiled by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ).

By company, the stock price of Bed Bath & Beyond, a household goods company, fell by 22%. The result was significantly lower than expected.

By sector, industrial, consumer staples, finance, real estate, and health-related stocks all fell more than 1%, and all 11 sectors of the S&P 500 fell.

Eunbit Koh, reporter at [email protected]

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