Published July 16, 2013
FOX Business: Capitalism Lives Here
The broad S&P 500 slumped for the first time in nine days, receding from record highs, after a key Fed official made comments suggesting the central bank should start paring down its bond purchases sooner rather than later.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 32.4 points, or 0.21%, to 15452, the S&P 500 dipped 6.2 points, or 0.37%, to 1676 and the Nasdaq Composite slumped 9 points, or 0.25%, to 3599.
Wall Street had no lack of information to parse through Tuesday.
Kansas City Federal Reserve President Esther George said in an exclusive interview with FOX Business that "it's time" for the central bank to begin "adjusting" its vast bond-buying program. George, who is a member of the Fed's policy-setting committee, said "the message is clear" that with an improving economy and labor market, it is time for the central bank to begin signaling what the future will hold for the central bank's super-accommodative monetary policy.
Remarks from Fed officials have taken on considerable significance in recent months as Wall Street works to determine when the Fed will begin letting its foot off the economic accelerator.
Traders also had a slew of earnings to digest.
Goldman Sachs (GS) revealed second-quarter profits of $3.70 a share, whizzing by expectations of $2.82 a share. The investment-banking giant’s revenues of $8.61 billion also easily topped estimates of $7.98 billion.
Coca-Cola (KO) revealed adjusted second-quarter profits of 63 cents a share, matching expectations. However, sales of $12.79 billion came in shy of estimates of $12.96 billion. Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) posted an adjusted second-quarter EPS of $1.48, beating Wall Street’s forecast of $1.39. Sales of $17.9 billion also topped views of $17.71 billion. The blue-chip health-care company also raised its full-year view to a range of $5.40 to $5.47 a share, compared to estimates of $5.41 a share.
On the economic front, the Labor Department said consumer prices heated up 0.5% in June from the month prior, a slightly larger gain the the 0.3% economists expected. Excluding the food and energy components, prices were up 0.2%, matching estimates. The Federal Reserve has a mandate to keep inflation and unemployment in check so the data have taken on even more significance in recent months.
"There is absolutely nothing in today’s report that should alter the view that inflation data remain of little concern," Dan Greenhaus, chief global strategist at BTIG, wrote in an email.
The Fed said industrial production revved up 0.3% in June after stalling in May. Meanwhile, the National Association of Home Builders’ gauge of homebuilder sentiment soared to 57 in July from 51 in June, easily beating expectations of 52. It was the highest reading since January 2006.
In commodities, oil fell 32 cents, or 0.3%, to $106 a barrel. Wholesale New York Harbor gasoline rallied 1% to $3.134 a gallon. Gold gained $6.90, or 0.54%, to $1,290 a troy once.