On Thursday, the major US stock indexes finished trading below the zero mark, as the growth of the industrial goods sectors and conglomerate sectors was offset by the financial results of JPMorgan and Citigroup, which did not inspire investors.
Meanwhile, some support for the market was provided by data on the United States. The number of Americans applying for new unemployment benefits fell during the second consecutive week in early October, although recent hurricanes continued to affect data in the South of the United States. Initial applications for unemployment benefits, the indicator of layoffs in the US, decreased by 15,000 to 243,000, seasonally adjusted for the week ending October 7, the Ministry of Labor said. Economists were expecting 251,000 new applications last week.
At the same time, the producer price index in September increased by 0.4%, which was in line with the forecast of economists. Another measure preferred by economists, the basic PPI, increased by 0.2%. The basic PPI excludes food, energy and trade margins. The increase in the PPI pushed the 12-month rate of wholesale inflation to 2.6% (maximum since February 2012). Most of the increase in wholesale prices in September was due to the increase in gasoline prices after Hurricane Harvey violated the work of several large oil refineries. Another growth factor is a higher margin for retailers
Oil prices have partially recovered after the publication of data on oil products from the US Department of Energy, but continue to show a decline of more than 1% against the backdrop of today’s report from the International Energy Agency (IEA). The US Energy Ministry reported that last week oil reserves fell sharply, exceeding forecasts of analysts, while gasoline stocks increased significantly. According to the data, in the week of September 30 – October 6, oil reserves fell by 2.747 million barrels, to 462.216 million barrels. Analysts had expected a fall of 1.991 million barrels.
Most components of the DOW index finished trading in the red (20 of 30). Outsider were shares of The Walt Disney Company (DIS, -1.69%). Caterpillar Inc. was the growth leader. (CAT, + 1.05%).
The S & P sector showed mixed dynamics. The largest decrease was in the services sector (-0.5%). The industrial goods sector grew most (+ 0.3%).
DJIA -0.14% 22.841.01 -31.88
Nasdaq -0.18% 6,591.51 -12.04
S & P -0.17% 2.550.93 -4.31