Stock market today: Live updates


Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on April 1, 2024.

Brendan Mcdermid | Reuters

Dow Jones Industrial Average futures pointed to a second day of losses to start the new quarter as bond yields increased and traders lowered the odds that the Federal Reserve would cut interest rates in June.

Futures tied to the 30-stock Dow fell 243 points, or 0.6%, as shares of UnitedHealth declined. Futures tied to the S&P 500 ticked lower by 0.4%, while Nasdaq 100 futures dipped 0.5%.

The second quarter for stocks is off to a rough start as sticky inflation data to end last week and some strong economic data Monday sends yields higher and reduces odds the Fed will cut rates in June. Oil prices also hit a five-month high on Tuesday, adding to inflationary pressures.

February’s core personal consumption expenditures price index released Friday showed a 2.8% annual increase, about even with December and January’s 2.9% rate and still a ways to go from the Fed’s 2% inflation target.

On Monday, the Institute for Supply Management’s manufacturing gauge showed expansion after contracting for 16 straight months. The 10-year Treasury yield was last at 4.34%, the highest in two weeks and almost the highest levels of the year. Odds for a June rate cut based on fed futures trading are now down to about 58.8%, off from about 70% a week ago. The question now is if the momentum to start 2024 can continue if the Fed stands pat on rates.

Health insurers slid in the premarket after the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services finalized the 2025 rate announcement for Medicare Advantage and prescription drug coverage. In 2025, payments from the government toward these plans are expected to rise 3.7% year over year, unchanged from an earlier proposed rate. Humana lost 9%, while UnitedHealth dropped 4% and CVS Health tumbled 5.5%.

The S&P 500 is coming off a 10% gain for the first quarter, its best start to a year since 2019, as investors bet that inflation would come down enough for the Fed to start cutting rates, while the economy keeps growing. The Nasdaq gained 9% in the first quarter on the back of a run in artificial intelligence-related stocks like Nvidia.

On the economic front, traders will be looking for the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey from February, out Tuesday at 10 a.m. ET. Durable orders for February are also on deck Tuesday morning. The main event this week will be March’s big payrolls report due Friday.



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