Stock market news live updates: Stock futures open mixed, Nvidia jumps after earnings – Yahoo Finance

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Stock futures opened mixed Wednesday evening after dropping during the regular trading day, with investors giving back some gains as jitters over inflation remained and overshadowed the latest batch of solid corporate earnings results. 

Contracts on the S&P 500 were flat as the overnight session kicked off. Though the index ended Wednesday’s session lower, it remained up by 1.8% for November to date, and was less than 0.7% below its all-time intraday high. 

Nvidia (NVDA) shares jumped in late trading after the semiconductor company posted record quarterly revenues and strong full-year guidance, suggesting it was effectively navigating a lingering global shortage and meeting elevated demand. Cisco (CSCO), however, saw results dented by components shortages, and the computer networking equipment company posted a disappointing current-quarter forecast. Meanwhile, retailer Victoria’s Secret (VSCO) saw shares surge in late trading after delivering much better-than-expected third-quarter profits and suggesting sales would grow by as much as 3% in the current period. 

The broader equity market drop on Wednesday coincided with a set of new economic data showing a surprise drop in new-home construction last month. Commentary about inflation also mounted and added to investors’ concerns over elevated price pressures. Target (TGT) executives flagged rising labor and other input costs during their earnings call on Wednesday and added to a chorus of other company mentions of inflation. 

The possibility that elevated inflation will stick around longer than previously anticipated remained a central focus for investors, both for its potential dampening effect on consumer spending, and as a potential catalyst for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates sooner than previously telegraphed. The U.S. central bank has so far maintained its accommodative tilt and telegraphed that an initial interest rate hike could take place sometime next year, depending on the evolution of the economic recovery. Investors also continue to await a formal announcement from President Joe Biden about his nominee for Fed chair, with the most likely candidates being current Fed Chair Jerome Powell, and current Fed Governor Lael Brainard.

The Fed’s present still-accommodative leaning has helped support equity markets and capped Treasury yields, which has in turn further kept investors focused on riskier assets like stocks over bonds. 

“The yield question is kind of global in nature,” Uma Pattarkine, CenterSquare senior analyst, told Yahoo Finance Live on Wednesday. “We still see [central] banks being very, very accommodative. So it seems like we might be kind of in this ‘lower rate for a longer time’ environment. 

“At this point investors really need to be looking at yields, where they can get it elsewhere in the market if they’re not planning on getting it through fixed income in the near future, until we see that movement in the global rate market,” Pattarkine added.   

6:17 p.m. ET Wednesday: Stock futures open mixed 

Here’s where markets were trading Wednesday evening:

  • S&P 500 futures (ES=F): +0.5 points (+0.01%), to 4,686.75

  • Dow futures (YM=F): -34 points (-0.09%), to 35,833.00

  • Nasdaq futures (NQ=F): +18 points (+0.11%) to 16,329.5

A man walks past the New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street on May 10, 202 in New York City. – Wall Street stocks were mixed early May 10, 2021 ahead of key consumer price and retail sales data expected to influence the outlook for US monetary policy. Major stock indices closed at records Friday following a disappointing April jobs report that bolstered expectations the Federal Reserve will keep interest rates low for a long period of time to support the economic recovery. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)

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