Updated 10:35 a.m.
On the first trading day of August, U.S. stocks were mixed, as Wall Street finished its best month since 2020 amid ongoing uncertainty about the economy's direction and whether earnings will continue to exceed expectations despite persistent inflation and rising interest rates.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell by 0.2 percent at its most recent visit to Wall Street, while the S&P 500 was down 0.29 percent, and the Nasdaq Composite rose by 0.05%.
The Dow industrials gained 315.08 points, or 1%, to close the day at 32,845.13, marking the third day in a row; the S&P 500 gained 57.86 points, or 1.4 percent, to 4,130.29, marking the third day in a row; and the Nasdaq Composite gained 228.09 points, or 1.9 percent, to close day at 12,390.69.
According to Dow Jones Market Data, the Dow rose 3.7 percent this week, the S&P 500 rose 4.9 percent, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq gained 4.7 percent. For July, the Dow rose 6.7 percent, the S&P 500 rose 9.1%, and the Nasdaq increased 12.3%.
Following last week's dismal first-quarter report, investors are debating another huge Fed rate rise in September. FedWatch predicts a near 80% chance of a 50-basis-point increase in September.
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The Bureau of Labor Statistics' Friday nonfarm payrolls report will provide further insight into the robust labor market. So far this year, economists have argued that the United States is not technically in recession, even after two consecutive quarters of negative GDP.
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