Dow falls as core inflation data is higher than expected

Market Reports

by Peter Milios

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell Wednesday as traders absorbed a hotter-than-expected August core inflation print.

The Dow lost 70.46 points, or 0.20 per cent, to 34,575.53 for its second straight decline. Meanwhile, the S&P 500 was up 0.12 per cent to 4,467.44. The Nasdaq Composite added 0.29 per cent to end at 13,813.59.

3M was the biggest laggard in the 30-stock Dow, dropping more than 5.7 per cent. Caterpillar shares were lower by 2 per cent. Meanwhile, Apple shares declined more than 1 per cent, falling for a second day.

On the other hand, tech gains helped to lift the S&P 500 and Nasdaq. Tesla shares gained 1.4 per cent after billionaire investor Ron Baron stood by his bullish thesis on the electric vehicle maker. Amazon shares hit their highest level since August 2022; they advanced more than 2.5 per cent.

August’s core inflation print in the consumer price index increased 0.3 per cent and 4.3 per cent respectively, against estimates for 0.2 per cent and 4.3 per cent. Federal Reserve officials focus more on the core number as it provides a better indication of where inflation is heading over the long term.

Meanwhile, the headline numbers rose 0.6 per cent last month, and was up 3.7 per cent from a year ago. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones were looking for respective increases of 0.6 per cent and 3.6 per cent.

Wall Street has mostly priced in a pause in rate hikes at the Fed’s meeting next week. Fed funds futures pricing data as of Wednesday afternoon indicate a 97 per cent probability of rates remaining the same, according to the CME FedWatch Tool.

In commodity-related news, a US Federal Committee is proposing mineral royalties on hardrock mining to fund agencies granting new mining permits. This is part of efforts to secure critical minerals for the domestic electric vehicle industry. They also suggest leasing federal lands for mining and increasing fees to encourage timely claim development.

Overall, US sectors were mixed overnight. Utilities was the best performer, whilst Real Estate was the worst.

The SPI futures are pointing to a 0.1 per cent fall


One Australian dollar at 7:25 AM was buying 64.24 US cents.


Gold lost 0.13 per cent. Silver fell 0.94 per cent. Copper added 0.03 per cent. Oil lost 0.36 per cent.

Figures around the globe

European markets closed lower. London’s FTSE fell 0.02 per cent, Frankfurt lost 0.39 per cent, and Paris closed 0.42 per cent lower.

Turning to Asian markets, Tokyo’s Nikkei fell 0.21 per cent, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng fell 0.09 per cent while China’s Shanghai Composite closed 0.45 per cent lower.

The Australian sharemarket closed 0.73 per cent lower at 7,154.


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Peter Milios

Peter Milios is a recent graduate from the University of Technology - majoring in Finance and Accounting. Peter is currently working under equity research analyst Di Brookman for Corporate Connect Research.

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