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Stocks Fall Amid Bank Selloff as Nvidia 2% Sink

June 11, 2024
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Stocks experienced a decline as the Federal Reserve's decision loomed, with concerns over political uncertainties in Europe prompting investors to seek refuge in safe havens like Treasuries and the dollar.

The market saw a retreat from record highs, notably in the banking sector, evidenced by a 2% drop in the KBW Bank Index, impacting major players like JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Citigroup Inc. Additionally, semiconductor companies, including Nvidia Corp., faced losses amidst reports of potential further restrictions on China's access to AI-related chips. Conversely, Apple Inc. reached a new high following its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, where it highlighted AI-related features.

Investors adopted a cautious stance amid expectations of increased market volatility, especially with the Fed likely to maintain its two-decade high borrowing costs. However, uncertainty surrounds the central bank's quarterly rate projections, known as the "dot plot," ahead of the upcoming announcement. Additionally, a fresh inflation report is anticipated, suggesting a cooling trend in prices but still above the Fed's comfort level.

Anthony Saglimbene of Ameriprise anticipates Fed Chair Powell to emphasize that rate cuts hinge on further progress in addressing inflationary pressures.

Meanwhile, concerns over political instability in Europe escalated, with Emmanuel Macron affirming that the French presidential position remains unaffected despite rumors of his resignation, leading to a bond market sell-off in France. This resulted in a spike in the yield on 10-year notes, with the spread over German bonds reaching its highest level since 2020.

The S&P 500 dipped to around 5,345 amid these developments, while Treasury 10-year yields experienced a slight decrease to 4.45% before a scheduled $39 billion auction. The dollar strengthened against major currencies, and Bitcoin dropped below $67,000.

HSBC strategists caution that sentiment and positioning indicators suggest a potential short-term correction in stock markets due to uncertainty surrounding interest rate forecasts, but they recommend buying on any downturns.

Bank of America Corp. observed significant net buying of US equities by clients, particularly retail investors and hedge funds, reversing a six-week trend. Investors purchased $1.9 billion worth of US stocks, including single shares and exchange-traded funds.

Chris Senyek of Wolfe Research notes investors' persistent optimism, driven by expectations of economic improvement or Fed rate cuts.

While some Fed officials have hinted at no rush to cut rates, a Bloomberg survey indicates divided expectations among economists regarding the central bank's "dot plot," with a plurality predicting two cuts. Chris Zaccarelli of Independent Advisor Alliance suggests that although the stock market has rallied without cuts, lower rates may become necessary in the future to sustain current market multiples, impacting both financial markets and the real economy.

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