Nasdaq rises as Tesla reports solid profits

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, US, June 30, 2022. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo

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  • Tesla shares rise as earnings rise to top expectations
  • Energy stocks led sectoral declines
  • AT&T retreats from the telecom services sector
  • The indices are mixed: the Dow Jones is up 0.08%, the S&P 500 is up 0.62%, the Nasdaq is up 1.07%.

July 21 (Reuters) – The Nasdaq rose on Thursday, boosted by gains in electric car maker Tesla with better-than-expected quarterly results, helping offset declines in telecoms and energy stocks.

The S&P 500 added 0.6% after an earlier decline, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average held steady in the early afternoon.

Tesla (TSLA.O) It rose 10.1%, while AT&T Inc (Tennessee) Telecom shares fell after the wireless carrier cut its cash flow forecast, saying some subscribers were delaying bill payments. Energy stocks fell on the back of weak crude oil prices. Read more

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Tesla’s profits benefited from higher prices for its cars, balancing production challenges. Strong reports from the automaker and streaming giant Netflix (NFLX.O) The huge growth stocks that came under pressure were boosted by higher interest rates.

“The earnings picture may have been a little better than investors feared. We investors believe that … and there are probably some valuation opportunities,” said J. Bryant Evans, investment advisor and portfolio manager at Cozad Asset Management.

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Seven of the 11 major S&P 500 sectors are in positive territory, with consumer appreciation (.SPLRCD)Healthcare (.SPXHC) and information technology(.SPLRCT) Spread the biggest gains by adding more than 1% each.

Falling oil prices hit the S&P 500 energy sector (.SPNY)Which lost 2.8% to lead the declines.

All eyes are on the Federal Reserve meeting next week where policy makers are expected to raise interest rates by 75 basis points.

Rising inflation has also led the European Central Bank to recently join its global peers in a rate hike cycle with a massive 50bp increase. Read more

Next week’s Fed rate decision will be followed by US Q2 GDP data, which is likely to be negative again.

According to a common rule of thumb, two quarters of negative GDP growth means the United States is in a recession. Read more

In the latest indications of a slowing US economy, the number of Americans registered for unemployment benefits rose to an eight-month high and a closely watched gauge of factory activity declined this month. Read more

“Consumers are just beginning to respond with less money in their pockets, either from a lower labor market in general or from higher interest rates and inflation,” Evans added.

“Part of the strong earnings reflect the earlier strength of consumers, while a lot of this broader decline we’ve seen.. over the past few months has slowed down the broader economy that will eventually affect consumers.”

At 2:24 p.m. ET, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (.DJI) The S&P 500 rose 25.94 points, or 0.08%, to 31,900.78 (.SPX) It rose 24.59 points, or 0.62%, to 3,984.49 points, and the Nasdaq Composite (nineteenth) It added 127.19 points, or 1.07%, to 12,024.84 points.

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Advance issues outnumbered declining issues on the New York Stock Exchange by 1.15 to 1; On the Nasdaq, the 1.20 to 1 ratio favored heights.

The S&P 500 hit a new 52-week high and 29 new low; The Nasdaq recorded 17 new highs and 38 new lows.

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(covering Echo Wang) in New York. Additional reporting by Shreyachi Sanyal and Anirudha Ghosh in Bengaluru. Editing by Aaron Coeur and Aurora Ellis

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