Stocks slide after hotter-than-expected inflation data

Latest inflation check came ahead of Federal Reserve's two-day policy-setting meeting

U.S. stocks finished in the red Tuesday, dragged down by Big Tech names, after the latest reading on wholesale inflation came in hotter than expected.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 106.77 points, or 0.3%, while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite declined 0.75% and 1.14%, respectively.

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
I:DJI DOW JONES AVERAGES 35911.81 -201.81 -0.56%
SP500 S&P 500 4662.85 +3.82 +0.08%
I:COMP NASDAQ COMPOSITE INDEX 14893.75271 +86.94 +0.59%

The producer price index increased 9.6% in November over the previous year and 0.8% on a monthly basis, according to data released Tuesday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The latest inflation check came as the Federal Reserve kicked off its two-day policy meeting on Tuesday. The central bank is expected to initiate a faster tapering of its bond-buying program and signal it will raise interest rates next year in an effort to mitigate inflation. Investors will be watching closely to see how the Fed's tapering plans are impacted by the spread of the omicron variant and a recent uptick in COVID-19 cases. 

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
AAPL APPLE INC. 173.07 +0.88 +0.51%
AMZN AMAZON.COM INC. 3,242.76 +18.48 +0.57%
MSFT MICROSOFT CORP. 310.20 +5.40 +1.77%
GOOGL ALPHABET INC. 2,789.61 +17.87 +0.64%
FB META PLATFORMS INC. 331.90 +5.42 +1.66%

The hotter-than-expected inflation data weighed on Big Tech stocks Tuesday, sending shares of Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Alphabet and Meta lower. Uncertainty about COVID-19 caused oil to struggle for the second day, trading just above the $70-per-barrel mark.

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On the economic data front, the National Federation of Independent Business' small business optimism index jumped to 98.4 in November from a six-month low of 98.2 in October. 

The number of small business owners who expect better conditions over the next six months fell one point in November and 18 points in the past four months to the lowest reading since November 2012, and the net percentage of owners raising their selling prices increased six points to 59% on a seasonally adjusted basis, the highest reading since October 1979.

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
LVLU LULU'S FASHION LOUNGE HOLDINGS INC. 9.28 +0.08 +0.87%

After the bell, investors will be watching earnings from Lulu's Fashion Lounge. 

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In other market news, Tesla shares rebounded slightly after dipping 1.55% on Tuesday following another stock sale by CEO Elon Musk on Monday. Musk also said Tuesday that Tesla will begin accepting Dogecoin as payment for some products, causing the cryptocurrency to soar more than 23%.

"Tesla will make some merch buyable with Doge & see how it goes," he tweeted.

After being under pressure early in the day Tuesday, meme stocks GameStop and AMC also bounced back at the end of the session, up more than 7% and 4%, respectively.

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
GME GAMESTOP CORP. 116.65 -5.83 -4.76%
AMC AMC ENTERTAINMENT HOLDINGS INC 20.57 -0.09 -0.44%

Shares of Beyond Meat also rallied 9% on Tuesday after the plant-based meat producer's stock received an upgrade from Piper Sandler to "neutral" from "underweight."

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
BYND BEYOND MEAT INC. 66.58 -4.25 -6.00%

Overseas, the Hang Seng index led Asian markets lower, falling 1.33%. The Nikkei 225 index and Shanghai Composite fell 0.73% and 0.53%, respectively. The Euro STOXX 50 fell 0.92%.

The 10-year Treasury yield also rose to 1.437%, snapping a three-day streak of declines.