U.S. stocks turned lower Friday after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell expressed concern over inflation.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 128 points, or 0.36%, while the S&P 500 index ticked up 0.04% and the Nasdaq Composite index dipped 0.41%. Both the Dow and the S&P 500 touched intraday record highs shortly after the opening bell.
Powell, speaking at a Bank for International Settlements conference, said the supply chain bottlenecks that have caused the recent wave of inflation are likely to last "well into next year." He said the Fed could raise rates two times next year in an effort to tame pricing pressures.
The comments, which pushed stocks into negative territory, weighed heaviest on the technology sector.
In stocks, Intel Corp.’s revenue missed Wall Street estimates as the global chip shortage resulted in weaker sales of its processors. The company warned of lower margins for the next several years as it looks to roll out several generations of chipmaking technology by 2025.
Ticker Security Last Change Change % INTC INTEL CORP. 49.37 -6.63 -11.85%
Snap Inc. shares were sharply lower after quarterly revenue fell short of analysts’ estimates as changes to Apple’s privacy settings had an adverse impact on the social media company’s advertising business.
Ticker Security Last Change Change % SNAP SNAP, INC. 56.53 -18.59 -24.75%
The results weighed on other social media companies, including Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc., as investors feared Apple’s changes may similarly impact their results.
Elsewhere, Honeywell International Corp. slashed its full-year sales and profit forecasts amid concerns supply chain bottlenecks would pressure its business. Both earnings and revenue for the most recent quarter topped expectations.
Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. said higher menu prices boosted same-store sales. The burrito chain has raised prices three times since August 2020 in an effort to offset rising labor, freight and input costs.
Whirlpool Corp. said supply chain disruptions are likely to persist well into next year and that the supply of dishwashers, refrigerators and other appliances will remain constrained amid a period of strong consumer demand.
American Express Co. beat on both the top and bottom lines as consumer spending continued to bounce back after the easing of COVID restrictions.
In commodities, West Texas Intermediate crude oil jumped 50 cents to $83 a barrel while gold climbed $8.30 to $1,790.20 an ounce.
Overseas markets were mostly higher after Chinese real estate developer Evergrande made an unexpected interest payment.
European bourses rallied across the board with Britain’s FTSE 100 advancing 0.2%, Germany’s DAX 30 adding 0.46% and France’s CAC 40 gaining 0.71%.
In Asia, Japan’s Nikkei 225 edged up 0.34% and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index rose 0.42% while China’s Shanghai Composite slipped 0.34%.