US Stocks S&P 500 and Nasdaq Fall as Inflation Fears Reemerge


U.S. stocks moved lower on Monday with the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite slipping as rising oil prices and worries about inflation sparked fears of the U.S. Federal Reserve continuing with its rate-hike campaign. This was weighed further by a contraction in the shares of automotive giant Tesla Inc which saw a 6.1% decline after quarterly deliveries saw only modest gains. The Dow Jones Industrial Average bucked the trend, recording a 0.54% increase.

The Saudi Arabia-led OPEC+ announced further production cuts amounting to 1.16 million barrels a day, pushing incentives to invest in the energy sector higher and buoying the share prices of Chevron Corp, Exxon Mobil Corp, Occidental Petroleum Corp and other oil majors. Alongside this, UnitedHealth Group Inc witnessed a 3.6% rise on news of better-than-proposed Medicare Advantage rates for 2024.

The Institute for Supply Management and S&P Global, however, reported weak manufacturing activity data in March, leading traders to lean heavily towards a 25-basis point rate hike in May with odds of a pause at 44.3%.

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