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Stock Market Today: Rate-Hike Rumblings Rattle the Stock Market – Yahoo Finance

Stocks flipped sharply from green to red Thursday as interest-rate fears swelled again across Wall Street.
Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell sent the latest signal that the central bank's next rate hike might be soon, and bigger than usual. Powell told an International Monetary Fund panel that it's "appropriate in my view to be moving a little more quickly" to raise interest rates, adding, "I would say 50 basis points will be on the table for the May meeting."
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The yield on the 10-year Treasury popped in response, from 2.836% to as high as 2.954%.
Initial jobless claims for the week ended April 16 came in at 184,000 – a bit higher for estimates for 182,000, but still historically low and under the previous week's revised 186,000.
"That said, employment metrics have taken a back seat to inflation and interest rate hikes, so the read today is unlikely to move the needle for the market," says Mike Loewengart, managing director of investment strategy for E*Trade.
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Corporate earnings didn't do much to turn the tide. Tesla (TSLA, +3.2%) popped after it reported a record $3.3 billion overall profit and easily beat analysts' consensus earnings estimates. So too did AT&T (T, +4.0%) despite missing on overall revenues; that said, core revenues related to its wireless business improved 2.5% in Q1.
But the major indexes didn't follow suit. Dips in communication services (-2.8%) and technology (-1.8%) weighed most on the Nasdaq Composite (-2.1% to 13,174), though the S&P 500 (-1.5% to 4,393) and Dow Jones Industrial Average (-1.1% to 34,792) sustained sizable declines, too.
Other news in the stock market today:
The small-cap Russell 2000 slumped 2.3% to 1,991.
U.S. crude oil futures finished off their highs but still improved by 1.6% to $103.79 per barrel.
Gold futures slipped by 0.4%, settling at $1,948.20 per ounce.
Bitcoin also shed more than all of its morning gains, declining marginally to $41,207.81. (Bitcoin trades 24 hours a day; prices reported here are as of 4 p.m.
Carvana (CVNA) plummeted 10.1% after the online used car dealer reported a loss of $2.89 per share in its first quarter, wider than the $1.58 per-share loss analysts were expecting. The company beat on the top line, however, bringing in $3.5 billion versus a $3.4 billion consensus estimate. "Carvana is facing several industry-wide and company-specific headwinds that are impacting unit volumes and margins," says Stifel analyst Scott Devitt, who reiterated a Buy rating on CVNA stock. "While near-term trends are challenged, we believe the long-term thesis remains intact as the company continues to capture market share and develop the assets needed to realize significant leverage at scale."
Airline stocks got a lift after positive earnings from United Airlines Holdings (UAL, +9.3%) and American Airlines Group (AAL, +3.8%). While United missed on both the top and bottom lines in its first quarter, the company said it expects to report its highest quarterly revenue and return to a profit in the second quarter. American also reported a wider per-share loss than analysts were expecting in its first quarter, but it beat on revenue and said it expects to post a pre-tax profit in the second quarter. CFRA Research analyst Colin Scarola maintained a Strong Buy rating on UAL, saying its shares are "materially undervalued." The analyst also kept a Hold rating on AAL. "Low efficiency, much higher debt, and a history of negative free cash flow in 2017-2019 leave us preferring AAL's peers to invest in the post-pandemic travel recovery," Scarola writes in a note.
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Indeed, more than 100 ETFs have launched so far in 2022 as the industry sucks up an ever-growing gob of cash – globally, ETFs drew in $305.6 billion in net inflows during the first quarter, marking the second-highest total behind only Q1 2021's record $361.1 billion. That tally also follows 2021's record-breaking annual intake.
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Our core ETF recommendations, such as the Kip ETF 20 and the Best ETFs for 2022, are primarily built around established funds and seasoned with the occasional newcomer. But spanking-new ETFs, while unproven, are also worth keeping an eye on given that many of them tend to feature novel investment strategies, emerging industries or cheaper ways to accomplish traditional portfolio goals.
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Wall Street's ended lower on Thursday, with the Nasdaq dropping more than 2%, as investors reacted to Federal Reserve officials including Chair Jerome Powell offering further signposting of aggressive interest rate hikes this year. A half-point interest rate increase will be "on the table" when the U.S. central bank meets on May 3-4 to approve the next in what is expected to be a series of rate increases this year, Powell said. With inflation running roughly three times the Fed's 2% target, "it is appropriate to be moving a little more quickly," Powell added in a discussion of the global economy at the meetings of the International Monetary Fund.
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