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Stocks retreat, oil gains as OPEC+ looks to cut oil supply

All three major U.S. stock indices opened the day lower, erasing some of the strong gains stocks posted in the first two days of the fourth quarter.

October 05, 2022 / 08:20 PM IST
Oil pumping jacks, also known as

Oil pumping jacks, also known as "nodding donkeys", operate in an oilfield near Neftekamsk, in the Republic of Bashkortostan, Russia, on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. The flaring coronavirus outbreak will be a key issue for OPEC+ when it meets at the end of the month to decide on whether to delay a planned easing of cuts early next year. Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

U.S. stocks retreated Wednesday after strong gains earlier in the week, while oil continued to rebound in price as OPEC+ producers recommended major cuts to oil supply.

All three major U.S. stock indices opened the day lower, erasing some of the strong gains stocks posted in the first two days of the fourth quarter.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 1.16% in early trading, while the S&P 500 lost 1.5% and the Nasdaq Composite fell 1.87%.

The MSCI world equity index, which tracks shares in 45 nations, was down 0.73%.

Oil prices looked for a third straight day of gains after OPEC+ key ministers, known as the joint ministerial monitoring committee, agreed to cut oil output by 2 million barrels per day.

Brent crude was last up 0.78% at $92.52 a barrel. U.S. crude was last up 0.72% at $87.14 per barrel.

U.S. stocks slid one day after the S&P 500 index posted its biggest single-day rally in two years after softer U.S. economic data and a smaller-than-expected interest rate hike from Australia stirred hope for less-aggressive tightening by the Federal Reserve.

But a more cautious tone surfaced on Wednesday, with a sharp rate rise in New Zealand dampening hopes for a pause or slowdown in aggressive hikes from other major central banks.

"There is a growing sense that the market may have got ahead of itself in thinking that inflation has peaked and central banks will start to dial back on their hawkish stances," said Stuart Cole, head macro economist at Equiti Capital.

"Until we see material falls in CPI I think central banks will remain in hawkish mode and willing to accept a moderation in growth - i.e., mild recession - if that is the price to pay to get the inflation genie back in the bottle," he added.

European shares fell, sending the region's STOXX 600 index down 0.8% after a 5% rally in the previous three sessions.

U.S. Treasury yields headed back higher and the dollar steadied, having suffered its heaviest setback in more than two years on Tuesday. The yield on benchmark 10-year Treasuries, had surged to 3.7408%.

The dollar index, which tracks the greenback versus a basket of six currencies, regained 1.14% to 111.317 after two days of sharp declines.

Elsewhere, spot gold traded at around $1,709 per ounce, down about 1%.
Reuters
first published: Oct 5, 2022 08:20 pm