(New York) The New York Stock Exchange ended on a mixed note Thursday, as appetite for the tech sector triumphed over the correction underway since the beginning of the week, in a market which doubts the offensive speech of the American central bank (Fed).
The Dow Jones fell 0.01%, while the NASDAQ index rose 0.95% and the broader S
The session had started in the red, suggesting a new day of consolidation, the fourth in a row, after several weeks of irresistible ascent.
But the trend has reversed, driven by an improbable combination of securities from the technology sector and so-called defensive stocks, that is to say stocks that are theoretically less sensitive to the economic situation.
The NASDAQ was particularly supported by Amazon (4.26%), which announced on Thursday that it was investing $100 million in a customer relations program dedicated to so-called generative artificial intelligence (AI), to help them create and manage AI applications.
In its wake, Apple (1.65%) set a new record high for its share price. The Cupertino (California) group nevertheless remains below 3 trillion dollars, a threshold exceeded in January 2022, because since then it has bought back and canceled billions of dollars of shares, which has lowered its market capitalization.
The third tech behemoth, Microsoft, also had the wind in its sails (1.84%).
The New York market welcomed without emotion the statements of the president of the American central bank (Fed), Jerome Powell, who recalled, before a Senate committee, that a large majority of the members of the Fed were in favor of several increases. rate by the end of the year.
“If the market is going up on these words, it’s because they don’t believe” in another round of rate hikes, commented Quincy Krosby of LPL Financial, “just as he interpreted his press conference on the 14th June,” following the Fed’s last meeting.
Operators are still counting mainly, as before the Fed meeting, on a last increase in July, before a break until 2024.
“The market thinks that by July 26 (the date of the next meeting), we will have enough economic data to suggest inflation has slowed faster than expected,” the analyst said.
On the bond market, rates tightened, but without leaving the range in which they have been evolving for two weeks. The yield on 10-year US government bonds was 3.79%, down from 3.71% at the close on Wednesday.
Wall Street is more carefree than it has been in months, as evidenced by the VIX volatility index, which measures investor nervousness, which fell Thursday to its lowest level since January 2020.
On the stock market, the aeronautical company Spirit Aerosystems, supplier of fuselage and wing elements for the industry, plunged (-9.43%) due to a strike movement at its factory in Wichita (Kansas). ). The news also affected Boeing (-3.05%), of which Spirit Aerosystems is a major subcontractor.
The semiconductor manufacturer Micron surfed (0.68%) on the announcement of an investment of 825 million dollars in the Indian state of Gujarat, which will go to the construction of an assembly site and of testing.
Illustration of a change in the distribution of portfolios, several so-called defensive stocks were sought, in particular PepsiCo (1.04%), Merck (2.30%) or Johnson
The rebalancing is not benefiting banks, which have had a difficult run since the start of the year. Jerome Powell suggested on Thursday that local establishments could be exempted from a strengthening of their capital ratios, imposed on major banks.
The big names in the market, Bank of America (-2.14%), JPMorgan Chase (-1.93%) or Morgan Stanley (-2.13%) all fell significantly on Thursday.