Stocks close with mixed results ๐ŸŽข

The S&P 500 and Dow notched minor gains, while the Russ2K and Nasdaq fell short.

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Hereโ€™s what moved the market today.

Markets ๐Ÿ“ˆ

Stocks closed out the trading week with a mixed performance on Friday. The Dow and S&P 500 managed edged higher, while the Nasdaq and Russ2K fell short.

  • DJIA [+0.3%]

  • S&P 500 [+0.1%]

  • Nasdaq [-0.0%]

  • Russell 2K [-0.6%]

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Market-Moving News ๐Ÿ”Žย 

๐Ÿ“‰ย Consumer Sentiment Dips Amid Rising Inflation Concerns

The University of Michigan's Survey of Consumers revealed a notable decline in consumer sentiment for May, dropping to an initial reading of 67.4 from April's 77.2. This marked a significant month-on-month decrease of 12.7%, albeit with a year-over-year increase of 14.2%. The decline comes amid heightened inflation expectations, despite overall strength in the economy.

Inflation Outlook ๐Ÿ”
Inflation expectations for both the one-year and five-year horizons witnessed an uptick. The one-year outlook surged to 3.5%, reaching its highest level since November, while the five-year outlook rose to 3.1%, reversing a trend of declining readings seen in recent months.

Worries Mount ๐Ÿ“‰
Consumer concerns extended beyond inflation, encompassing fears about rising unemployment and interest rates in the coming year. The sentiment measure for current conditions dropped to 68.8, while the expectations measure fell to 66.5, indicating significant monthly declines.

Economic Tightrope โš–๏ธ
Rising inflation uncertainty could potentially dampen consumer spending in the coming months, posing a dilemma for the Fed in balancing price stability and economic growth. Concerns about stagflation and its impact on markets are also on the rise, alongside considerations surrounding the presidential election.

Anticipating Data ๐Ÿ“Š
Attention now turns to the upcoming release of the Labor Department's consumer price index report for April, expected to provide insights into the trajectory of price pressures. Market observers await this crucial data point following the Michigan survey's indications of heightened inflation concerns.

Market Response ๐Ÿ“ˆ
Amidst these developments, market dynamics remain fluid, with expectations of Fed action influenced by incoming economic data and policymakers' assessments. Fed Chair Jerome Powell's recent remarks suggest a cautious approach, emphasizing the need for sustained inflation moderation before considering rate adjustments.

Top Winners and Losers ๐Ÿ”ฅ

AEye [LIDR] - $2.58 (+115.0%)
announcing a partnership with automotive electronics and vision solutions provider, LITEON.

Novavax [NVAX] $8.88 (+98.6%)
landed a co-exclusive license agreement with Sanofi [SNY +1.2%] for its COVID-19 and flu-COVID-19 combo vaccines.

Iteos Therapeutics [ITOS] $17.44 (+43.0%)
disclosed a $120 million securities purchase agreement that sold 1.14 million shares at a 44% premium to its closing price on Thursday.

MacroGenics [MGNX] $3.31 (77.4%)
reported five fatal deaths during and high rates of severe adverse events during Phase 2 trials of a prostate cancer drug.

Evolve Technology [EVLV] $2.36 (38.5%)
lowered its full-year 2024 revenue guidance and missed the consensus estimates for Q1 earnings and revenues.

Xponential Fitness [XPOF] $8.48 (31.4%)
suspended its CEO Anthony Geisler amid a federal probe into undisclosed business activities.

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