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S&P 500 and Nasdaq gain on Microsoft’s improvement

Tuesday had seen a slight increase in the S&P 500 and Nasdaq, backed by advances in Microsoft shares, as markets’ participants awaited feedback from Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell to survey the central bank’s position on monetary policy.
At 12:40 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Powell will take questions from the audience at the Economic Club of Washington.
The session will be scrutinised after a positive jobs report last week dashed growing expectations for a more dovish monetary policy.
Since the release of the jobs report on Friday, markets appear to have taken a cautious stance, according to Chris Zaccarelli, the chief investment officer of Independent Advisor Alliance.
Traders predict that the central bank will raise the benchmark interest rate to 5.1% in June, a setting that decision-makers have vehemently supported.

Microsoft Corp. aided the tech-heavy Nasdaq (.IXIC) and the renowned S&P 500 (.SPX) rise (MSFT.O). On rumours that the mega-cap corporation will announce an integration of ChatGPT, a bot from OpenAI, with its products, the company’s shares increased 2.6%.
The Chinese web search Baidu Inc. said that testing of its ChatGPT-inspired project “Ernie Bot” would be completed in March, sending its U.S.-listed shares soaring by 10.7%.
The S&P 500’s top 11 sectors saw six declines, while technology (.SPLRCT), which gained 0.9%, was among the top gainers.
Investors have taken a strong interest in artificial intelligence (AI) and the concept of ChatGPT, and people are beginning to see AI as perhaps the next major wave, Zaccarelli continued.
Boeing Inc (BA.N), one of the top risers on the Dow Jones Industrial Average (.DJI), increased 2.2% after the American aircraft manufacturer said it anticipates cutting roughly 2,000 white-collar positions.
U.S. market indices declined on Monday as a result of expectations that rates would remain higher for longer. But for 2023, all three major averages and estimates are up, with the Nasdaq gaining almost 13% on to a rebound in damaged mega-cap growth companies.
Over half of the S&P 500 corporations have so far dropped their quarterly profits, and 69.1% of them outperformed predictions, according to Refinitiv. Analysts anticipate a 3.1% fall in fourth-quarter earnings.
At 12:22 p.m. ET, the Nasdaq was ahead 28.93 points, or about 0.24%, at 11,916.38, while the S&P 500 was high 2.60 points or 0.06%. The Dow was off 67.04 points, or around 0.20%, at 33,823.98, and the S&P 500 gained 2.60 points or about 0.06%.
DuPont De Nemours Inc. (DD.N) saw a 5.6% increase thanks to better-than-anticipated quarterly earnings and increased product prices.
As the stressed home goods company pursues a $1 billion financing in a last-ditch offer to avert bankruptcy, stocks of Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY.O) clear-fell 45.0%.
U.S. President Joe Biden will give the State of the Union speech to a joint session of Congress late on in the day.
On the NYSE and the Nasdaq, declining issues outnumbered advancing issues by a ratio of 1.27 to 1 and 1.47 to 1, respectively.
The Nasdaq posted 52 record highs and 23 new lows, compared to the S&P index’s two new 52-week peaks and two new lows.

Jerome Powell, chairman of the Federal Reserve, stated on Tuesday that the very positive jobs report from the previous week only confirms that the central bank still has a ways to go before hiking rates.
Nobody anticipated the January jobs statistics, which were released on Friday, to be this robust, according to Powell.
While refusing to say if being aware of the strength of the data would have changed last week’s 25 basis point rate increase, Powell said the numbers demonstrate why tightening monetary policy will be a lengthy process.
Given the potential inflation rates this fiscal year, these leading companies are wise to evade blunt impact by improvising on their game plan.

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