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The major averages erased earlier gains as the market failed to keep its rebound from the bear-market lows going. The blue-chip Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 490 points, or 1.3%, to 30,947. The S&P 500 dropped 2% or 78 points to 3,821 while the Nasdaq Composite fell 343 points or 2.98% to 11,181.
Major averages cut gains after disappointing economic data. The consumer confidence index fell to a reading of 98.7, down from 103.2 in May and missing a Dow Jones estimate of 100, according to The Conference Board. The weak data came as fears of a recession have increased lately as the Federal Reserve tries to combat surging inflation with aggressive rate hikes.
The Conference Board also said 12-month inflation expectations for its consumer confidence survey were at 8% for June, the highest level in data going back to August 1987.
Stock moves followed modest losses on Wall Street as a comeback rally stalled in the previous session. Investors are still searching for a market bottom and hoping last week's rally sticks, although there doesn't appear to be a clear catalyst for a meaningful rebound.
Retail stocks fell after the release of the consumer confidence data. Bath & Body Works lost 4%. Home Depot, Lowe's and Macy's each lost more than 2%. The SPDR S&P Retail ETF was down by 2.9%.
Shares of Nike fell more than 6% even after the sportswear company topped Wall Street's earnings and sales expectations for the fiscal fourth-quarter. The company said it anticipates flat to slightly up revenue for its fiscal first-quarter versus the prior year, and low double-digit revenue for 2023 on a currency-neutral basis, as it continues to manage Covid disruption in Greater China.
Chip stocks saw big declines, with Advanced Micro Devices down 6%, and Nvidia and Marvel lower by more than 4% each. Meanwhile, Qualcomm jumped 5% after an analyst predicted Apple will use its modems for the 2023 iPhone.
On Tuesday, China relaxed its Covid restrictions for inbound travelers, cutting their quarantine time upon arrival by half to seven days. That gave travel and casino stocks a lift. Wynn Resorts and Las Vegas Sands rose about 3% and 4%, respectively. Airlines initially moved higher but gave back gains as the market turned negative.
Disney shares initially got a lift from the news, after the company announced its Shanghai Disneyland will reopen this week. However, shares turned lower with the rest of the market.
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