U.S. stocks traded mostly lower Tuesday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 index pulling back from record levels, as investors returned from a three-day weekend, extending a decline after a larger-than-expected fall in the June Institute for Supply Management’s service sector index.
Investors were also keeping tabs on oil prices, which pulled back after surging to six-year highs when talks by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies failed to come to an agreement on a proposal to boost output in coming months.
What are major benchmarks doing?
The Dow Jones Industrial Average
dropped 407.20 points, or 1.2%, to 34,379.15.
The S&P 500
declined 29.44 points, or 0.7%, to 4,322.90.
The Nasdaq Composite
edged down 4.40 points, or less than 0.1%, to 14,634.93.
U.S. markets were closed Monday in observance of Independence Day, which fell on Sunday. On Friday, the S&P 500 closed at its seventh consecutive record — its longest such streak since 1997 — and the Nasdaq Composite and Dow also finished at all-time highs.
What’s driving the market?
Stocks have slowly pushed further into record territory in recent weeks as investors focused on a strengthening economy as fears of inflation appeared to ease, though supply-chain bottlenecks are seen slowing down the recovery.
The Institute for Supply Management on Tuesday said its service sector purchasing managers index fell to 60.1% in June from a record 64% in May. A reading of more than 50% indicates an expansion in activity.
“The drop in the ISM services index in June suggests that shortages and price increases are becoming an increasing drag on hiring and economic activity,” said Michael Pearce, senior U.S. economist at Capital Economics, in a note.
Meanwhile, U.S. Treasury prices rallied, pushing down yields, with the rate on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note falling back below 1.40%. Falling yields can be a boon to technology and other growth stocks more sensitive to interest rates, while undercutting shares of banks that tend to benefit from higher long-term rates.
Still, analysts said the overall backdrop remains positive as the second half of the year gets under way.
“Sentiment towards risk remains positive as we enter the second half of the year after a positive end to Q2. The S&P 500 and other U.S. indices hit repeated new all-time highs, with investors happy to buy every dip in the markets,” said Fawad Razaqzada, analyst at ThinkMarkets, in a note.
Accelerating COVID-19 vaccinations around the world and central bank stimulus are seen contributing to strong economic growth, while fears that inflation will hit uncomfortably high levels have been kept at bay as the Federal Reserve and other central banks insist that increased price pressures are a temporary phenomenon resulting from supply-chain bottlenecks, he said.
Oil prices were back in focus, with crude benchmarks pulling back after hitting levels last seen in 2014.
Talks were called off Monday after the United Arab Emirates stuck to its call to increase the baseline used to determine its output level and objected to a plan to extend the framework for the existing program of supply cuts from April 2022 through the end of next year.
Which companies are in focus?
Shares of popular meme stock AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc.
rose 1.7% after the movie theater chain said it would no longer ask for shareholder approval to sell more shares.
Shares of Chinese ride-hailing app Didi Global Inc.
dropped nearly 24% after the Cyberspace Administration of China prevented new users for signing on to DiDi’s ride-hailing app over security concerns.
Full Truck Alliance
shares skidded more than 19%, and Kanzhun Ltd.
shares lost 11.5%, as their apps also were restricted. Existing users of the apps are still allowed to use their services.
Nextdoor Inc. is set to go public as the neighborhood network company announced Tuesday a merger agreement with special-purpose acquisition company Khosla Ventures Acquisition Co. II
in a deal that values the combined company at about $4.3 billion. KVSB shares rose more than 6%.
How are other markets trading?
The yield on the 10-year Treasury note
dropped 7.8 basis points to 1.357%. Yields and debt prices move in opposite directions.
The ICE U.S. Dollar Index
a measure of the currency against a basket of six major rivals, rose 0.3%.