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Stock Market Today: What to Watch

by Clarence Jones

Bond prices remained near their lows as the yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury reached its highest level since 2007. This development was accompanied by declines in stock and Brent crude oil futures, indicating a broader trend of market volatility.

The surge in bond yields has been a cause for concern among investors, as it suggests a higher cost of borrowing for businesses and consumers alike. This can potentially dampen economic activity and stall the recovery from the pandemic-induced recession.

This week, fresh economic data will be released, offering insights into how these higher rates are impacting various sectors of the economy. Consumer confidence and home sales data, scheduled to be released at 10 a.m. ET today, will be closely watched to gauge the sentiment and spending patterns of consumers. A decline in consumer confidence or weaker home sales could signal that higher interest rates are denting economic activity.

On Thursday, an updated reading for second-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) will be published, providing a comprehensive view of the overall economic performance. Economists will examine this data closely to assess the impact of rising bond yields on the economy. If GDP growth is lower than expected, it could be an indicator that higher rates are starting to have a negative effect on economic growth.

Friday will bring key data on consumer spending and the Federal Reserve’s preferred inflation gauge. These indicators will shed light on the current inflationary pressures in the economy and whether higher bond yields are translating into higher prices for consumers. If inflation is rising rapidly, it could further fuel concerns about the impact of higher rates on the purchasing power of consumers.

Overall, the recent surge in bond yields has rattled the financial markets, leading to declines in bond prices, stocks, and oil futures. Investors will closely monitor this week’s economic data to better understand how the economy is adapting to higher rates. Any signs of weakness or inflationary pressures could exacerbate market volatility and prompt further speculation about the future direction of interest rates.

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