US stocks fell on Monday as Wall Street plunged into a holiday-shortened trading week.
The stock and bond markets remain closed Thanksgiving on Thursday and trading ends Friday at 1:00 p.m. ET.
Investors rated more Fedspeak in the final hour of Monday’s session. President of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Mary Daly said officers could pick it up Federal Reserve rate above 5% if inflation doesn’t ease. Daly also noted that writing off a 75 basis point hike in December is “premature” and “nothing is off the table.”
“I tend to be on the more hawkish side of the distribution,” Daly said on a conference call, referring to her peers’ spectrum from the most aggressive to the least harsh policies.
Oil extended losses after reports from Saudi Arabia and other OPEC countries Discussion about a performance increase. A Series of COVID-related deaths Fears also resurfaced in China that the country could introduce new restrictions to stem recent outbreaks. Both events fueled concerns about demand, with West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil futures falling below $80 a barrel.
The US dollar strengthened against other currencies on concerns over the COVID picture in China.
Disney (DIS) roared 6% despite a bad day elsewhere in the market after the media giant made a surprise announcement late Sunday Former CEO Bob Iger will return to lead the company as CEO with immediate effect.
Monday trains come to a lackluster week on Wall Street, with renewed concerns about higher interest rates weighing on sentiment. The benchmark S&P 500 lost about 0.7% and the Nasdaq 1.6% over the period, while the Dow was roughly flat.
Historically, Thanksgiving week has tended to be bullish. Over the past half-century, the S&P 500 has gained an average of 0.5% during the holiday week, posting a positive return 68% of the time, according to Bitcoin Evolution Data from Schaeffer’s Investment Research. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving was positive 78% of the time with an average gain of 0.3%, while the day after saw an average gain of 0.2% 66% of the time.
“The stock market’s ‘lower inflation wave’ lost some momentum last week, but bulls hoping for the rally to get back on track may be looking to historical trading tendencies around Thanksgiving,” said Chris Larkin, Morgan Stanley’s managing director of trading E* TRADE said in a note. “While people are taking Thanksgiving off, the stock market isn’t as inclined: Even in the midst of a shortened trading week, the SPX has moved almost as much during Thanksgiving week as it has during its average five-day trading period since 1950.”
Investors are in for a few quiet days. Minutes from the November Federal Reserve meeting, due on Wednesday, are the culmination of a light economic calendar this week. On the corporate side, there are a few more earnings lines to be released, including Dell Technologies (Dell), PS (HPQ), money tree (DLTR) and North Stream (JWN).
The reading of the FOMC minutes, which set monetary policy, is likely to show officials planning a half-point rate hike at their December meeting.
DataTrek’s Nicholas Colas points out that the odds of more aggressive monetary policy next year have increased over the past week, both in terms of where the federal funds rate will peak and where it will end next year.
About a week ago, futures were pointing to an 81% to 19% chance of a 50 basis point rate hike versus 75 basis points next month after a lighter CPI. After hawkish claims by officials about the need for more rate hikes, the odds of a 0.75% hike edged up slightly to 24%.
Alexandra Semenova is a reporter for Yahoo Finance. Follow her on Twitter @alexandraandnyc