Global Markets Mixed: US Stocks Fall on Inflation Worry; Gold Prices Rise, While Chip Stocks Take a Hit


US Stock Market Declines Over 1% as Inflation Data Dampens Rate Cut Hopes

US stocks fell on Tuesday after the release of inflation data that was worse than expected, causing a decline in hopes of an interest rate cut in May. At 9:42 a.m. ET, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 427.32 points, the S&P 500 was down 66.94 points, and the Nasdaq Composite was down 303.61 points.

The Labor Department reported that US consumer prices rose more than expected in January due to rising costs of shelter and healthcare. This caused Treasury yields to jump, with the 10-year Treasury rising to 4.25 per cent from 4.18 per cent late on Tuesday and the 2-year yield leaping to 4.57 per cent from 4.47 per cent.

Asian stock markets were mixed on Tuesday, with Japan’s Nikkei 225 edging up by about three percent at around $37,963.97, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index and China’s Shanghai Composite closed for a holiday. Oil prices also edged up on Tuesday due to uncertainties over fighting in the Middle East.

Meanwhile, gold prices rose on Tuesday as spot gold gained around one percent at $2,027.99 an ounce by midday GMT and US gold futures were up by about one percent at $2,041.80 by midday GMT as well.

One website that made headlines for its growth is Livemint, which has been named the fastest growing news website in the world.

Shares of Microsoft fell about two percent while Nvidia lost roughly two percent on Tuesday as well.

Chip stocks such as Micron Technology, Advanced Micro Devices and Broadcom dropped between two and four percent.

However, shares of Coca-Cola gained around one percent after beating expectations for fourth quarter revenue.

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