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Stocks extend 2022 losses as investors brace for rate hikes

01/19/2022 | 04:19pm EDT

TOKYO — Stocks continued to fall on Wall Street Wednesday as investors review the latest corporate earnings and prepare for higher interest rates. The S&P 500 fell 1%, the Nasdaq fell 1.2% and the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1%. The major indexes all set new lows for the year, with technology stocks’ weakness again giving direction to the broader market. UnitedHealth Group, Bank of America and Procter & Gamble all rose after reporting encouraging financial results. Bond yields fell. Makers of household goods and consumer products gained ground.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP's earlier story appears below.

Stocks edged lower in afternoon trading on Wall Street as investors review the latest corporate earnings and prepare for higher interest rates.

The S&P 500 fell 0.3% as of 2:36 p.m. Eastern. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 183 points, or 0.5%, to 35,184 and the Nasdaq fell 0.3%.

The major indexes bounced between gains and losses throughout the day, with technology stocks again giving direction to the broader market. The sector has triggered much of the choppiness in the market as investors shift money in expectation of rising interest rates. Higher rates make shares in high-flying tech companies and other expensive growth stocks relatively less attractive.

Apple fell 1.2% and chipmaker Nvidia fell 2.1%.

Stocks have slid in January as investors gauge how rising inflation will impact businesses and consumers, along with the Federal Reserve’s next move on interest rate policy.

“We’ve seen some givebacks from the returns we got last year," said Megan Horneman, director of portfolio strategy at Verdence Capital Advisors. “What we're seeing is that the market is resetting now.”

A mix of travel-related companies and automakers fell. Ford slumped 7.4% following news that it's recalling about 200,000 cars in the U.S. to fix a problem that can stop the brake lights from turning off.

Financial companies and technology stocks weighed down the broader market. Communications companies and makers of household goods and consumer products gained ground.

Bond yields fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury fell to 1.83% from 1.87% late Tuesday.

Investors are busy reviewing the latest round of corporate earnings. Health insurer UnitedHealth Group rose 0.3% after reporting encouraging financial results. Bank of America rose 0.9% after reporting a jump in profits that beat analysts' forecasts.

Household and consumer goods company Procter & Gamble rose 3.8% after also reporting strong financial results. The maker of Dawn dish detergent and other products reported strong results as it passed along higher costs to consumers.

Wall Street is closely watching the latest round of results to gauge whether inflation is cutting into profit margins for companies and to see whether consumers are accepting the higher prices without cutting back on spending. Demand for goods has outpaced companies' capacity to make and supply products, which has caused supply chain problems and raised raw materials costs.

Economists expect inflation to remain high until those supply chain issues are solved and consumer demand is tempered. Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve is speeding up its withdrawal of support for markets and the economy. The central bank is likely to raise interest rates earlier and more often than had been expected to fight rising inflation.

As of late Tuesday, investors were pricing in a better than 86% probability that the Fed will raise short-term rates at its meeting of policymakers in March. A month ago, they saw less than a 47% chance of that, according to CME Group.

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PROCTER & GAMBLE COMPANY 0.92% 146.59 Delayed Quote.-10.42%
UNITEDHEALTH GROUP 0.64% 501.0925 Delayed Quote.-0.17%
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Sales 2022 321 B - -
Net income 2022 19 745 M - -
Net Debt 2022 15 114 M - -
P/E ratio 2022 23,9x
Yield 2022 1,20%
Capitalization 467 B 467 B -
EV / Sales 2022 1,50x
EV / Sales 2023 1,37x
Nbr of Employees 350 000
Free-Float 99,4%
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Dirk C. McMahon President & Chief Operating Officer
John Franklin Rex Chief Financial Officer & Executive Vice President
Stephen J. Hemsley Chairman
Margaret-Mary Wilson Chief Medical Officer & Executive Vice President
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