Inflation Fears Maintain Tight Grip on Wall Street

Big Tech resumed its selloff on Monday

Digital Content Manager
May 17, 2021 at 4:32 PM
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The major benchmarks had a rough start to the week, as Big Tech resumed its selloff amid persistent inflation fears. Though the Dow managed to reverse some of its steeper intraday losses, it still closed the day with a 54-point drop. The S&P 500 and tech-heavy Nasdaq finished in the red as well, as investors continued to abandon growth stocks in favor of reopening plays.

Many on Wall Street are already looking ahead to the release of the Fed's latest meeting minutes, due out Wednesday, which could give more clarity as to where the central bank stands on inflation. In other news, bitcoin has been on a rollercoaster ride over the past few days, after Elon Musk posted a series of tweets muddying Tesla's (TSLA) view of the cryptocurrency. Musk said last week the company will no longer accept bitcoin for car purchases, but later clarified it "has not sold any Bitcoin."

Continue reading for more on today's market, including:

  • Why Under Armour stock might be ready for its second wind. 
  • Options bulls blasted DISCA and T after major merger news.
  • Plus, gas station name brushes off FTC probe; bull signal flashing for TSLA; and unpacking BofA's CMI upgrade.

The Dow Jones Average (DJI - 34,327.79) dropped 54.3 points, or 0.2% for the day. Merck & Co (MRK) led the Dow components with a 2% rise, while Walt Disney (DIS) paced the laggards, falling 2.1%.

Meanwhile, the S&P 500 Index (SPX - 4,163.29) fell 10.6 points, or 0.3% for the day. The Nasdaq Composite (IXIC - 13,379.05) shaved 50.9 points, or 0.4% for the day.

Lastly, the Cboe Volatility Index (VIX - 19.72) added 0.9 point, or 4.8% for the day.



  1. Several retailers, including Target (TGT), CVS Health (CVS) and Starbucks (SBUX), will no longer require fully vaccinated customers to wear masks in stores. (CNBC)
  2. Almost half of the U.S. population has received at least one dose of the available  Covid-19 vaccines, though Asia remains a hot spot for the virus. (MarketWatch)
  3. Modified Dutch auction props up gas station giant, despite investigations.
  4. Bull signal says Tesla stock could bounce off historically bullish trendline.
  5. Cummins stock clawed higher after earning a lofty BofA upgrade.



Oil Hits Two-Year Record on Demand Optimism

Oil prices posted a win on Monday, surging to their highest level in over two years as investors grew optimistic economic recoveries in both the U.S. and Europe would fuel additional demand for the commodity. That optimism also overshadowed a slew of worse-than-expected economic data out of China. In turn, June-dated crude added 90 cents, or 1.4%, to settle at $66.27 per barrel. 

Gold prices were also higher, breaking above the 200-day moving average for their best close since January. The yellow metal got a boost from a weaker U.S. dollar, as well as losses from a number of of global stock indexes. As a result, June-dated gold rose $29.50, or 1.6%, to settle at $1,867.60 an ounce.


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