US stocks fall after lackluster consumer data
Wednesday, September 27, 2023       03:44 WIB

New York, Sept 26, 2023 (AFP)
Wall Street stocks resumed their descent Tuesday, with weak consumer data adding to unease over how elevated interest rates could weigh on growth.
US consumer confidence fell to 103 from 108.7 in August, according to the Conference Board. The report showed a bigger drop than expected, reflecting the drag from higher gasoline and food prices.
Markets have been on defense since last week's Federal Reserve meeting, in which the central bank held interest rates steady but signaled the possibility of more hikes in 2023.
The three major indices broke a multi-day losing streak on Monday, but found themselves once again in the red a day later.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1.1 percent to 33,618.88.
The broad-based S&P 500 tumbled 1.5 percent to 4,273.53, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index lost 1.6 percent at 13,063.61.
Investors are worried the Fed will keep rates high too long and "break something," said Art Hogan from B. Riley Wealth Management.
Other sources of angst include a possible government shutdown and the ongoing United Auto Workers strike.
Among individual companies, Amazon shed 4.0 percent after the US Federal Trade Commission sued the online retail behemoth, charging it with running an illegal monopoly by strong-arming sellers and stifling potential rivals.
Amazon pledged to mount a robust defense, saying the lawsuit "is wrong on the facts and the law."
Cintas, which provides uniforms and safety and maintenance equipment to businesses, sank 5.3 percent despite reporting a jump in quarterly profits. Analysts at said the results, while solid, did not match the level of recent reports.

Sumber : AFP