S&P 500 Continues Holding Pattern Ahead of Inflation Data

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By Yasin Ebrahim

Investing.com – The S&P 500 ended flat Tuesday, as the humdrum action continued amid a lack of investor conviction to make bets on stocks ahead of inflation numbers that are expected to show the economy is running hot.  

The rose 0.02%, the was down 0.09%, or 30 points, and the was up 0.31%.

Tech, which is on a three-week winning streak, ended flat as mixed performance in megacap tech despite falling   and weakness in semiconductors stocks weighed on the sector.

Google-parent Alphabet (NASDAQ:), Amazon.com (NASDAQ:), Microsoft (NASDAQ:), and Facebook (NASDAQ:) ended mostly in the red.

The move lower in yields comes ahead of the Thursday’s consumer inflation report, which many on Wall Street expect to reflect pent-up demand from consumers awash with cash.  

Not everyone agrees.

Morgan Stanley (NYSE:) noted that there is too much hype on inflation spiraling out of the control the recent strength in the CPI have not been broad-based, and the strong reflation in the sectors that had experienced pandemic blues could likely fade.

“Consumer balance sheet strength cannot be taken for granted – there are already signs that consumers are balking at the idea of buying cars or furniture as prices rise,” Morgan Stanley said in a note.

Energy was among the biggest sector gainers on the day, led by Diamondback Energy (NASDAQ:), Exxon Mobil (NYSE:) and Nov (NYSE:).

Aircraft maker Boeing (NYSE:), a major Dow component, was marginally higher after delivering 17 planes in May including 10 737 MAX jets.

Biogen (NASDAQ:), meanwhile, was unable to replicate its surge from a day earlier even as Wall Street analysts upgraded their outlook on the stock after the Food and Drug Administration approved the company’s Alzheimer’s drug on a conditional basis.

Biogen needs to complete a post marketing clinical trial to confirm the drug can improve cognition, the FDA said.

Oppenheimer upgraded its price target on the stock to $450 from $325 prior and maintained its outperform rating, citing expectations for an 80% probability of approval for the drug.

In the meme trade, Clover Health Investments (NASDAQ:) became the most mentioned stock on Reddit’s WallStreetBets forum on Tuesday, according to QuiverQuant, pushing its share price 85% higher.

AMC Entertainment (NYSE:) was flat, while GameStop (NYSE:), BlackBerry (NYSE:), and Bed Bath & Beyond (NASDAQ:) traded mixed.

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