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* Inflation, retail sales data on tap this week
* Biden corporate tax hike in focus
* Moderna, Pfizer drop after report that boosters not widely
* Indexes: Dow up 0.39%, S&P 500 off 0.06%, Nasdaq down
NEW YORK, Sept 13 (Reuters) – Wall Street stocks wavered on
Monday, struggling to regain ground lost in last week’s bruising
sell-off, but economically sensitive shares rose as investors
focused on potential corporate tax hikes and upcoming economic
The three major U.S. indexes were mixed, with the bellwether
S&P 500 index essentially flat as it flirts with the
prospect of extending its five-day losing streak.
But while the Dow Jones Industrial Average was green,
market leading tech and tech-adjacent shares pulled the Nasdaq
Composite Index into the red.
Investors favored value stocks over growth,
with stocks set to benefit most from a resurging economy
enjoying the biggest percentage gains.
“We had a good rally in the beginning of the day, but it’s
faded,” said Oliver Pursche, senior vice president at
Wealthspire Advisors, in New York.
“September’s always bumpy and we saw that last week,”
Pursche added. “But generally speaking the environment is
positive for stocks and probably will be through the end of the
Market participants are focused on the likely passage of
U.S. President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion budget package, which
is expected to include a proposed corporate tax rate hike to
26.5% from 21%.
Goldman Sachs analysts see the corporate tax rate increasing
to 25% and the passage of about half of a proposed increase to
tax rates on foreign income, which they estimate would reduce
S&P 500 earnings by 5% in 2022.
But Pursche believes the corporate tax increase is likely to
“Any tax hikes are going to be challenging to pass and are
going to be much milder than what the Democrats want,” Pursche
The Labor Department is due to release its consumer price
index data on Tuesday, which could shed further light on the
current inflation wave and whether it is as transitory as the
Other key indicators due this week include retail sales and
consumer sentiment, which could illuminate how much the demand
boom driven by economic re-engagement has been dampened by the
highly contagious COVID-19 Delta variant.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 135.46 points,
or 0.39%, to 34,743.18, the S&P 500 lost 2.64 points, or
0.06%, at 4,455.94 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped
31.55 points, or 0.21%, to 15,083.95.
Of the 11 major sectors in the S&P 500, healthcare
suffered the largest percentage loss, while energy,
buoyed by rising crude prices was the biggest gainer.
Shares of vaccine makers Moderna and Pfizer Inc
sank 6.4% and 2.8%, respectively, after experts said
COVID booster shots are not widely needed.
Coinbase Global Inc announced plans to raise about
$1.5 billion through a debt offering aimed at funding product
development and potential acquisitions. The cryptocurrency
exchanges shares slid 2.9%.
Salesforce.com Inc dipped 1.7% as rival Freshworks
Inc’s regulatory filing indicated that the business engagement
and customer engagement software company is aiming for a nearly
$9 billion valuation in it U.S. debut.
Advancing issues outnumbered declining ones on the NYSE by a
1.46-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 1.07-to-1 ratio favored advancers.
The S&P 500 posted 12 new 52-week highs and one new low; the
Nasdaq Composite recorded 44 new highs and 65 new lows.
(Reporting by Stephen Culp;
Additional reporting by Ambar Warrick in Bengaluru; Editing by