Stock traded mixed Monday at the start of another busy week for corporate earnings and fresh economic data as investors continue to assess the Federal Reserve’s path forward for monetary policy.
The S&P 500 was little changed after posting its best weekly gain of the year last week. The Dow also hugged the flat line, while the Nasdaq gained.
After last week’s rollercoaster trading — with stocks sliding following Meta Platforms’ (FB) disappointing outlook, and then rebounding sharply following Amazon’s (AMZN) earnings beat — investors are poised to receive another hefty batch of corporate earnings results. Companies including Disney (DIS) to Uber (UBER), Lyft (LYFT), Pfizer (PFE) and Coca-Cola (KO) are each set to report quarter results in the coming days. Peloton (PTON) will also post results amid reports that companies including Amazon and Nike (NKE) are considering making bids to purchase the fitness technology company.
Heading into this week, just over half of S&P 500 companies had reported actual quarterly earnings results. The expected growth rate for aggregate S&P 500 earnings stood at 29.2%, according to data from FactSet on Friday. If maintained for the next several weeks of the earnings season, this would mark the fourth straight quarter that earnings grow by more than 25%.
And on the economic data front, this week’s Consumer Price Index (CPI) due out Thursday will serve as one key report helping market participants determine the next moves from the Federal Reserve to curb rising prices.
Consensus economists are looking for the CPI to rise by 7.2% on an annual basis for January, marking the fastest rise in prices since 1982. Such a result would further add fuel to the narrative that the US economy has recovered sufficiently, and is now running hot enough, to warrant an aggressive pivot to tightening from the Fed. Last week’s much better-than-expected jump in payrolls in the Labor Department’s January jobs report also underscored the extent of the recovery.
“Following the stunning performance of the January employment report, the coming week’s key release is likely to be Thursday’s January CPI report as it will provide policymakers and market participants insight about inflation amid furthering signs of persist, elevated price pressures that, in turn, support expectations for hawkish monetary policy actions initiating in March,” Sam Bullard, Wells Fargo senior economist, wrote in a note on Sunday.
“Further increases in inflation expectations, particularly longer-term expectations, would only add more pressure on the Fed to act in March and uncertainty over the path of rate hikes,” he added.
And indeed, market participants have increasingly priced in the likelihood that the Federal Reserve will ultimately raise interest rates five times in 2022, marking an increase from the just three interest rate hikes the central bank itself had telegraphed in December. Some investors have also suggested that the Fed might hike rates by 50 basis points after its March policy-setting meeting rather than by a quarter-point, which would mark the first move of such a magnitude since 2000.
10:16 am ET: Bitcoin prices extend gains, topping $43,000
Bitcoin prices (BTC-USD) rose for a fifth straight day on Monday, heading for its longest winning streak since early September as a rebound in equities and other risk assets extended to cryptocurrencies.
Prices for the largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization were up 5% to more than $43,400 Monday morning in New York. This brought Bitcoin to its highest level since January 15, according to Bloomberg data.
Other smaller cryptocurrencies also rallied. Prices for the same coin Shiba Inu (SHIB-USD) jumped nearly 40% Monday morning, while Solana (SOL-USD) gained nearly 8%.
9:38 am ET: Peloton shares gain 27% amid acquisition reports
Peloton (PTON) shares rose by nearly 30% just after market open Monday morning amid reports that the fitness technology company had attracted interest among several major companies for a potential takeover.
The Financial Times and Wall Street Journal reported Friday that both Nike and Amazon were considering making bids to purchase Peloton. Peloton shares have fallen 83% over the past 52 weeks as the company signaled demand was beginning to wane for its connected at-home stationary bike and treadmill products. The company has also recently received a sharp rebuke from activist investment firm Blackwells Capitals, which called for Peloton CEO John Foley to be removed amid the stock’s slide.
Despite the stock pop following reports of the deal, some Wall Street analysts expressed skepticism that such a deal would actually go through.
“We believe any deal is unlikely given (i) PTON’s dual class share structure, with a handful of insiders holding the vast majority of super-voting shares; (ii) co-founder / CEO Foley’s long-term vision for capturing burgeoning Connected Fitness TAM [total addressable market] is still in early innings, with expansion across verticals & geos in coming years, as well as likely higher penetration of broader home fitness market over time; and (iii) poor potential fit with reported suitors, including Amazon,” Cowen analyst John Blackledge wrote in a note early Monday.
9:31 am ET: Stocks rise at the open
Here’s where stocks were trading just after the opening bell:
S&P 500 (^GSPC): +6.67 (+0.15%) to 4,504.12
Dow (^DJI): +57.38 (+0.16%) to 35,147.12
Nasdaq (^IXIC): +15.79 (+0.11%) to 14,113.80
Raw (CL=F): -$0.81 (-0.88%) to $91.50 a barrel
Gold (GC=F): +$8.70 (+0.48%) to $1,816.50 per ounce
10-year Treasury (^TNX): -1.3 bps to yield 1.919%
7:34 am ET: Monday: Stock futures mostly higher
Here’s where markets were trading Monday morning:
S&P 500 futures (ES=F): +3 points (+0.07%), to 4,495.50
Dow futures (YM=F): -4 points (-0.01%), to 34,974.00
Nasdaq futures (NQ=F): +23.25 points (+0.16%) to 14,708.75
Raw (CL=F): -$0.69 (-0.75%) to $91.62 a barrel
Gold (GC=F): +$6.30 (+0.35%) to $1,814.10 per ounce
10-year Treasury (^TNX): -0.7 bps to yield 1.925%
Emily McCormick is a reporter for Yahoo Finance. Follow her on Twitter