Stocks fall, head toward third-straight losing week

US stocks extended losses Friday morning as a vicious bout of selling that has plagued the month continued ahead of the long holiday weekend.The S&P 500 (^GSPC) and Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) each sank 0.5% after struggling for direction at the open. The technology-heavy Nasdaq Composite (^IXIC) tumbled 0.9%.The US stock and bond markets will be closed on Monday, Dec. 26, in observance of Christmas Day. Bond markets will close one hour earlier than usual on Friday at 2 pm ET. The PCE core price index — the Fed’s preferred inflation measure — rose at an annual 5.5% in November and 0.1% from the prior month, on par with consensus estimates from economists surveyed by Bloomberg. The figured marked a moderation from readings of 6.1% and 0.3%, respectively, in October. Core PCE, which strips out the volatile food and energy components, rose 4.7% year-over-year and 0.2% on a monthly basis.Meanwhile, personal spending stagnated in November to the weakest print since July. Investors will also get readings on the latest University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Survey and new home sales.”The Federal Reserve’s preferred measure of inflation continues to go down, which is good news for their The most important objective, but unfortunately for the market, it is happening at the same time as consumers continue to reduce their spending,” Independent Advisor Alliance Chief Investment Officer Chris Zaccarelli said in a note. He added: “At this point, the market has been back into a corner, since more robust spending and higher growth is indirectly bad for the stock market (because it is likely to trigger an even stronger hawkish reaction from the Fed), while slower spending and growth is directly bad for the stock market, because it implies lower corporate earnings. expectations to 3.5% from 3.1% previously at the end of 2023. This suggested to many analysts that the Federal Reserve will need to keep rates at a high terminal rate through 2023. Story continues”We’re expecting the Fed to revise down its forecasts as soon as March, though progress will initially be slow; Policymakers appear to have been scarred by the experience of the past year-and-a-half, and will want to be sure they aren’t moving their numbers down prematurely,” Pantheon Macroeconomics Chief Economist Ian Shepherdson said in a note. won’t wait.”NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 21: People walk past the New York Stock Exchange during afternoon trading. (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images) S&P, Dow, and Nasdaq register losses of 1.4%, 1%, and 2.2%, respectively.Investors were spooked by a warning from chipmaker Micron Technology about the semiconductor industry and robust labor market and consumer spending data that confirmed the outlook for “higher.” for longer” interest rates. Oil prices ascended Friday and paced toward a big weekly gain as investors expected a drop in supply of Russian crude. That helped quell concerns over a drop in demand for transportation fuel in the US ahead of a winter storm moving toward North America. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures – the US benchmark – rose 2% to $79 per barrel. US Treasury yields inched higher, while the US dollar index retreated against a basket of other currencies. —Alexandra Semenova is a reporter for Yahoo Finance. Follow her on Twitter @alexandraandnycClick here for the latest trending stock tickers of the Yahoo Finance platformClick here for the latest stock market news and in-depth analysis, including events that move stocksRead the latest financial and business news from Yahoo FinanceDownload the Yahoo Finance app for Apple or Android Follow Yahoo Finance on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Flipboard, LinkedIn, and YouTube

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