US stocks rebounded in a troubled session and ended the day lower as traders digested the latest job data and continued to weigh the prospect of a Federal Reserve rate hike, which would hike rates faster than expected to cool inflation.
St. Louis Fed President James Bullard said in a speech the first rate hike could come in March.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost over 170 points, or 0.5%, while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite were down 0.10% and 0.13%, respectively. Both cushioned the majority of the losses during the session.
|Me: DJI||DOW JONES AVERAGE VALUES||35957.79||-273.87||-0.76%|
|Me: COMP||NASDAQ COMPOSITE INDEX||14876.451042||-59.45||-0.40%|
Humana fell after cutting its outlook for Medicare inclusion, United Health fell into sympathy. Travelers and Disney saw gains.
|TO HUM||HUMANA INC.||384.43||+21.29||+ 5.86%|
|UNH||UNITEDHEALTH GROUP INC.||464.93||+6.32||+1.38%|
|TRV||THE TRAVELERS COS. INC.||163.38||-2.90||-1.74%|
|DIS||THE WALT DISNEY CO.||156.30||-1.61||-1.02%|
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Oil briefly hit the $ 80 a barrel mark, which gave ExxonMobil and Chevron a boost.
|USE||UNITED STATES OIL FUND LP||56.11||-0.56||-0.99%|
|XOM||EXXON MOBIL CORP.||68.30||-0.58||-0.84%|
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In the economic calendar, weekly jobless claims rose by 207,000, above the 195,000 estimates and slightly above the previous week’s 198,000.
On Friday, U.S. employers reportedly created 400,000 new non-farm jobs last month, nearly double the much weaker-than-expected number of 210,000 in November. The unemployment rate is expected to drop to 4.1%.
The yield on the 10-year Treasury, a benchmark for setting interest rates on mortgages and other loans, rose to 1.76%.
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For stocks, Facebook bucked continued sales among large-cap tech players like Google, Amazon, and Apple.
|FB||META PLATFORMS INC.||331.79||-0.67||-0.20%|
|AAPL||APPLE INC.||172.17||+0.17||+ 0.10%|
Bed Bath & Beyond continues to struggle with the turnaround. Comp sales were down 7% in the most recent quarter. Even so, the shares rose.
|BBBY||BED BATH & BEYOND INC.||13.80||-0.63||-4.37%|
Elsewhere in retail, Walgreen has raised its forecast for the year as it benefits from COVID-19 vaccines and home test kit sales.
|WBA||WALGREENS BOOTS ALLIANCE INC.||53.84||+1.40||+ 2.67%|
|CVS||CVS HEALTH CORP.||104.19||+1.60||+ 1.56%|
Ford and GM stocks made up for losses from the previous session.
|GM||GENERAL MOTORS CO.||60.94||-1.33||-2.14%|
|F.||FORD MOTOR CO.||23.77||-0.67||-2.72%|
In cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin slipped to the $ 42,000 level before climbing higher.
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Ken Martin and The Associated Press contributed to this report.