Dow Futures Slip, Walmart Earnings on Deck—and What Else Is Happening in the Stock Market Today

Stocks have risen for four straight weeks as signs of cooling inflation have led investors to bet on a less aggressive Federal Reserve. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Stock futures were mixed Tuesday after investors shook off weak data from China and the U.S. and pushed stocks higher in the previous session.

On Tuesday, Wall Street will get to parse through earnings reports from giant U.S. retailers Walmart (WMT) and Home Depot (HD).

Contracts linked to the


Dow Jones Industrial Average

on Tuesday rose 13 points, or 0.04%, to 33,886,


S&P 500

futures were down 0.07% and


Nasdaq

futures declined 0.1%. Crude oil prices slumped.

Stocks closed higher on Monday despite a surprise rate cut from China following data that showed a weakening of retail sales and factory output in the world’s second-largest economy, while the New York Federal Reserve’s Empire State Manufacturing Survey missed expectations by a wide margin. In addition, U.S. home builder sentiment declined for the eight straight month.

Stocks have risen for four straight weeks as signs of cooling inflation at both the consumer and wholesales levels have led investors to bet on a less aggressive Federal Reserve. The central bank has increased interest rates four times this year — the last two by three-quarters of a percentage point — in its effort to slow the economy.

The Federal Open Market Committee will publish the minutes from its policy meeting in July on Wednesday. At that session, the Fed boosted rates by 0.75 a percentage point for the second straight month. The minutes will be read closely for signals on the Fed’s next move.

Tim Pagliara, chief investment officer at CapWealth, a wealth management firm in Franklin, Tennessee, said a few softer inflation readings “doesn’t mean the Fed will slow or even pause the pace of rate hikes, which is what the market is expecting.”

Pagliara said the recent market “melt-up” was “more akin to a bear market rally and we remind investors that the dot-com bubble saw four bear market rallies of 20% or more, with each one testing new lows.” 

Write to Joe Woelfel at joseph.woelfel@barrons.com

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