* Auto stocks up on Senate approval of bill with EV funding
* Nvidia slides as slump in gaming demand hits Q2 revenue
* Dow closes up 0.09%, Nasdaq down 0.1%, S&P 500 0.12%
Aug 8 (Reuters) - Wall Street closed mostly flat on Monday
after blockbuster jobs data last week reinforced expectations
the Federal Reserve will crack down on inflation, while a
revenue warning from chipmaker Nvidia reminded investors of a
slowing U.S. economy.
Stocks retreated from earlier highs as last week's blowout
labor market report was initially seen as a sign the economy
could withstand aggressive interest rate hikes by the Fed to
tame inflation running at four-decade highs.
Investors now await consumer price data on Wednesday to
gauge whether the Fed might ease a bit in its inflation fight
and provide better footing for the economy to grow.
"The CPI data will help to confirm if the Fed's tightening
efforts have been successful in starting to tame inflation or if
continued Fed tightening is needed," said Robert Schein, chief
investment officer at Blanke Schein Wealth Management.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 29.07 points,
or 0.09%, to 32,832.54, while the S&P 500 lost 5.13
points, or 0.12%, to 4,140.06 and the Nasdaq Composite
dropped 13.10 points, or 0.1%, to 12,644.46.
Volume on U.S. exchanges was 11.01 billion shares.
The S&P 500 has bounced back 14% from mid-June lows. But
signs of inflation running too hot could cement the Fed's case
for aggressive monetary policy tightening.
Anthony Saglimbene, chief market strategist at Ameriprise in
Troy, Michigan, said the market was due to pull back at some
point as traders test the recent rebound.
"Maybe we can get a little bit higher by year end, but
that's if everything lines up perfectly," he said, adding that
the University of Michigan's preliminary consumer sentiment
survey for August on Friday also will be closely watched.
"That's the tug of war between these data sets that tell the
story about, 'Hey, are we going to turn into a recession or
U.S. rate futures have priced in a 67.5% chance of a
75-basis-point hike at the Fed's next meeting in September, up
from about 41% before the labor market data beat market
The information technology sector fell 0.9% as
chipmaker Nvidia Corp slid 6.3% after the company said
it expects second-quarter revenue to decline 19% from the prior
quarter to about $6.7 billion, due to weakness in gaming.
The Philadelphia SE Semiconductor index slid 1.6%,
while value stocks rose 0.1% to outpace a 0.4% drop in
Tesla rose 0.8% as the U.S. electric-car maker
signed contracts worth about $5 billion to buy battery materials
from nickel processing companies in Indonesia, according to a
Shares of U.S. automakers jumped after the U.S. Senate on
Sunday passed a $430 billion bill to fight climate change that
created a $4,000 tax credit for used electric vehicles and
provides billions in funding for their production.
Rivian Automotive Inc rose 6.78%, Ford Motor Co
gained 3.14%, General Motors Co added 4.16% and
Lordstown Motors Corp advanced 3.17%.
Signify Health Inc shot up 11.0% on a media report
that CVS Health Corp was looking to buy the health
Palantir Technologies Inc dropped 14.2% after the
data analytics software company lowered its annual revenue
forecast as the timing of some large government contracts
Tyson Foods Inc fell 8.4% after missing quarterly
Advancing issues outnumbered declining ones on the NYSE by a
2.28-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 1.67-to-1 ratio favored advancers.
The S&P 500 posted eight new 52-week highs and 29 new lows;
the Nasdaq Composite recorded 104 new highs and 27 new lows.
(Reporting by Bansari Mayur Kamdar and Aniruddha Ghosh in
Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta and Cynthia Osterman)