Ketvirtadienis, 28 rugsėjo, 2023

Market Turmoil: Dow Jones, S&P 500, and Nasdaq Tumble as Fitch Downgrades US Credit Rating

The financial markets witnessed a turbulent day on Wednesday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average finishing 348 points lower, the S&P 500 losing 1.4%, and the Nasdaq experiencing its worst day in 5 months, falling by 2.2%. The trigger for this downturn was the US credit rating downgrade by Fitch, one of the major credit rating agencies. Fitch decided to cut its rating on U.S. debt from the top-notch AAA to AA+, citing concerns over fiscal deterioration in the country over the next three years and the ongoing debt ceiling negotiations, which have raised doubts about the government’s ability to meet its financial obligations.

Rising Treasury Yields Add to Investor Concerns

Adding to investor concerns, the 10-year Treasury yield rose above 4.1%, reaching a fresh 2023 high. The increase in yields came in the wake of the downgrade announcement and amid indications of the labor market’s strength. Notably, private businesses in the US added a remarkable 324,000 jobs in July, far exceeding the earlier forecast of 189,000.

This positive job growth figure suggested a robust economic recovery. But also fueled worries about inflation and the Federal Reserve’s future monetary policy decisions.

Dow Jones
Dow Jones, 30 min. Very interesting moment in the market

Earnings Disappointments Drag Tech Stocks Lower

On the corporate front, tech stocks experienced significant declines as earnings disappointments impacted investor sentiment. AMD, a prominent semiconductor company, saw its stock price drop by 7%. Due to a disappointing outlook despite posting upbeat earnings.

Similarly, SolarEdge Technologies, a major player in the solar energy sector, plunged 18.3% after reporting quarterly results that missed estimates. These underwhelming performances highlighted the market’s sensitivity to corporate earnings and future growth prospects.

Mixed Earnings Results in Consumer Sector

Meanwhile, the consumer sector presented mixed results. Starbucks, the global coffee giant, witnessed a modest rise of 0.9% in its stock price despite sales falling short of estimates. This suggests that investors may be focusing more on the long-term prospects and management strategies of the company. However, the retail sector’s overall outlook remains uncertain as the economy navigates through various challenges.

Crude Oil Inventories: A Surprise Drawdown

In a surprising turn of events, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported a historic drawdown in US crude oil inventories. The data revealed a staggering 17.049 million barrels decline in the last week of July 2023, the largest drop since records began in 1982. This substantial reduction caught the market off guard as analysts had anticipated a much smaller fall of 1.367 million barrels. The EIA also reported a decline in crude stocks at the Cushing, Oklahoma, delivery hub by 1.259 million barrels, further contributing to the bullish sentiment.

US Crude oil
US crude oil futures

Mixed Data on Distillate and Gasoline Stocks

However, not all energy inventory data were bullish. Distillate stockpiles, which include diesel and heating oil, fell by 0.8 million barrels, but it was higher than the expected 0.1 million-barrel rise. In contrast, gasoline stocks rose by 1.48 million barrels, opposing predictions of a 1.3 million-barrel drop. These conflicting figures demonstrate the volatile nature of the energy market, influenced by various factors like demand, geopolitical events, and supply chain disruptions.

US 10-Year Government Bond Yield Hits 37-Week High

As investors sought safer assets amid market volatility, the US 10-year government bond yield climbed to a 37-week high of 4.0957%. This uptick in yield reflects the ongoing uncertainties and risk-off sentiment among market participants.

US bonds

Tesla’s Decline to 4-Week Low

In the midst of the overall market downturn, Tesla, the electric vehicle manufacturer, faced its own challenges, with its stock falling to a 4-week low of 254.1. Tesla’s performance remains closely watched due to its significance in the electric vehicle industry and its reputation for volatile stock movements.


The latest market developments indicate the heightened sensitivity to macroeconomic factors and corporate performance. Fitch’s credit rating downgrade, rising Treasury yields, and surprising changes in energy inventories have all contributed to the volatile trading conditions.

Additionally, earnings reports have significantly impacted tech stocks, raising concerns about their growth prospects. As investors continue to grapple with uncertainties, they may opt for safer assets like government bonds, leading to higher yields. In such a challenging market environment, it becomes imperative for investors to exercise caution, diversify their portfolios, and stay informed about evolving economic and corporate developments.

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