Major Indexes Fall Alongside Consumer Sentiment

The market is brushing off strong earnings results and retail data

Deputy Editor
Jul 16, 2021 at 4:29 PM
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The Dow closed nearly 300 points lower today, after a worse-than-expected U.S. consumer sentiment report showed a reading of 80.8 in July, which is the measure's lowest level since February, and nearly five points lower than the previous month. The report also showed consumers expecting a 4.8% increase in cost of living in the next year, marking the number's highest level since August 2008. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq closed lower as well, as the broader market brushed off several strong earnings reports and a 0.6% increase in U.S. retail sales for June, which is much better than Wall Street's expected 0.4% decline. For the week, all three major benchmarks fell lower, snapping their respective three-week win streaks.

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The Dow Jones Average (DJI - 34,687.85) dropped 299.2 points, or 0.9% for the day, and 0.5% for the week. Of the 30 Dow components, Procter & Gamble (PG) saw the biggest jump, adding nearly 1%, while Dow Inc (DOW) landed at the bottom of the list with an 3.1% loss.

The S&P 500 Index (SPX - 4,327.16) shed 32.9 points, or 0.8% for the day, and 1% for the week. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite (IXIC - 14,427.24) lost 115.9 points, or 0.8% for the day, and 1.9% for the week. 

Lastly, the Cboe Volatility Index (VIX - 18.45) added 1.4 points, or 8.5% for the day, and 14% for the week.

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Oil Falls for the Week 

Oil prices rose today, though supply/demand concerns amid the surge of Covid-19 cases are still on investors' minds, as well as concerns regarding the unity of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies (OPEC+) on production levels. August-dated crude rose 16 cents, or 0.2%, to settle at $71.81 a barrel. For the week, however, prices fell 3.7%, logging their biggest one-week drop for a front-month contract since late March. 

Gold futures snapped their three-day win streak today, though the commodity did log its fourth-straight weekly win. August-dated gold fell $14, or 0.8%, to settle at $1,815 an ounce today, but managed a 0.2% gain for the week. 


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