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Stocks fell on Wednesday for the second straight session after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin cast doubt that additional fiscal stimulus would happen before the election.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell over 165 points or 0.58%, while the Nasdaq Composite and S&P 500 fell 0.8% and 0.6%, respectively.

 

TickerSecurityLastChangeChange %
I:COMPNASDAQ COMPOSITE INDEX11768.728778-95.17-0.80%
SP500S&P 5003488.67-23.26-0.66%
I:DJIDOW JONES AVERAGES28514-165.81-0.58%

 

 

Consumer discretionary names including Walmart and Target dropped as investors weighed the threat of another $1,200 for Americans to spend as being a no-go.

 

TickerSecurityLastChangeChange %
WMTWALMART INC.143.94-2.29-1.57%
TGTTARGET CORP.163.97-1.67-1.01%

 

 

Mnuchin said Democratic and Republican lawmakers were “far apart” when it came to deciding on how to support the embattled U.S. economy.

A spokesman for Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said Pelosi and Mnuchin had a “productive meeting” this morning and will continue to discuss further stimulus.

The news followed President Trump’s upbeat speech to the Economic Club of New York, in which he promised a “big middle-income tax cut,” as well as reduced tax rates for businesses if he won a second term.

“The choice facing America is simple: it’s the choice between historic prosperity under my pro-American policies, or crippling poverty and a steep depression under the radical left,” Trump said in his speech.

“Under my continued leadership, we will continue our V-shaped recovery and launch a record-smashing economic boom,” he added.

BANK EARNINGS IN FOCUS

In the financial sector, Goldman Sachs was the early stand-out after posting the strongest quarterly results in nearly a decade earning $9.68 a share on $10.78 billion in revenue, compared to $5.57 a share and $9.45 billion that analysts were expecting.

 

TickerSecurityLastChangeChange %
GSGOLDMAN SACHS GROUP INC.211.23+0.42+0.20%
BACBANK OF AMERICA CORP.23.62-1.33-5.33%
WFCWELLS FARGO & COMPANY23.25-1.49-6.02%
JPMJP MORGAN CHASE & CO.100.22-0.56-0.56%

Bank of America topped estimates by 2 cents a share, despite an 11% decline in quarterly revenue. Wells Fargo results also were mixed.

 

The additional insight into the health of the financial sector comes one day after JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Citigroup Inc. reported better-than-expected results.

Investors continued to eye healthcare names following Johnson & Johnson Inc.’s COVID-19 trial halt due to patient illness which was followed by Eli Lilly  & Co.’s halt of the late-stage trial of its monoclonal antibody treatment over potential safety concerns following a recommendation from U.S. health regulators.

 

TickerSecurityLastChangeChange %
JNJJOHNSON & JOHNSON148.10-0.26-0.18%
LLYELI LILLY & COMPANY148.46-1.62

-1.08%

 

In other earnings news, UnitedHealth Group reported earnings that were 42 cents better-than-expected, while also generating more revenue than expected. 

 

TickerSecurityLastChangeChange %
UNHUNITEDHEALTH GROUP INCORPORATED321.85-9.57-2.89%
UALUNITED AIRLINES HLDG.35.61+0.35+0.99%
AAALCOA CORPORATION13.00+0.28+2.20%

 

And later today United Airlines Holdings Inc. and Alcoa Corp., will both report results after the market closes.

ECONOMIC NEWS

On the economic front, the Producer Price Index (PPI) rose more than expected at 0.4% vs 0.2% a modest inflationary increase.

West Texas Intermediate crude oil rose by 2% to $41.04 a barrel, while gold moved up to the $1,901.30 an ounce level.

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