Major US stock indexes completed today's trading mostly, reacting to the results of the April meeting of the Fed.
The US Federal Reserve, as expected, left a range of interest rates for federal funds between 0.75% and 1.00%, while saying that it plans to continue a gradual increase in interest rates this year, despite recent weak data. Fed executives noted a slowdown in economic activity, but also pointed to the improvement in the labor market and the growth of companies' investment, which has been slowing over the past few quarters.
"The FOMC expects that economic conditions will evolve in such a way that they will serve as the basis for a gradual increase in the interest rate on federal funds. The federal funds rate is likely to remain below levels for some time, which are expected to prevail in the long term. However, the actual way of betting on federal funds will depend on economic prospects, "the Fed said.
Investors also drew attention to the US statistics on the labor market and business activity in the services sector. Data from ADP showed that: growth rates of employment in the private sector of the US slowed in April, but were slightly stronger than expected. According to the report, in April the number of employed increased by 177 thousand people after an increase of 255 thousand in March (originally reported growth of 263 thousand). Analysts had expected that the number of employed will increase by 175 thousand.
Meanwhile, the final data provided by Markit Economics showed that, taking into account seasonal fluctuations, the US business activity index rose in April to 53.1 points compared to 52.8 in March, which was higher than the preliminary reading (52.5 Item) and experts' forecast (52.5 points). It is worth emphasizing that the index remains in the expansion area, that is, above the 50-point mark, for the 14th consecutive month. In addition, it became known that, taking into account the seasonal fluctuations, the final PMI composite index, which covers the production and service sectors, increased in April to 53.2 points from 52.7 points in March.
Meanwhile, a report from the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) showed that the US business activity index rose to 57.5 points in April from 55.2 in March. It was predicted that the figure would rise to 55.8 points. The ISM said that the expansion of activity in the service sector has been fixed for the 87th month in a row.
The components of the DOW index finished the trades in different directions (14 in negative territory, 16 in positive territory). More shares fell The Walt Disney Company (DIS, -2.44%). The leader of growth were shares of Chevron Corporation (CVX, + 1.50%).
All sectors of the S & P index showed a decline. The conglomerate sector fell most of all (-1.8%).
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