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Stock market declines as inflation remains steady and expectations for interest rate cuts diminish.

Stocks Plunge as Inflation Data Dampens Rate Cut Hopes

Fed’s Monetary Policy Easing Hopes Dashed

U.S. stocks took a nosedive on Wednesday as hotter-than-expected inflation figures poured cold water on expectations of an imminent Federal Reserve rate cut.

Inflation Remains Stubbornly High

The Labor Department’s Consumer Price Index (CPI) report revealed inflation figures surpassing expectations, signaling a prolonged journey back to the Fed’s 2% target.

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Fed Officials Concerned About Inflation

Minutes from the Fed’s March meeting indicated worries that inflation progress had stalled, hinting at a potential need for extended restrictive monetary policy.

Market Reacts to Rising Treasury Yields

Benchmark Treasury yields surged past 4.5%, hitting levels not seen since November and exerting further pressure on equity prices.

Interest Rate-Sensitive Stocks Suffer

Real estate stocks experienced significant declines, with housing shares on track for their largest daily drop in months.

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Market Sentiment Shifts

The CPI report’s impact on Fed rate cut expectations led to a revised outlook on monetary policy, with reduced probabilities for rate cuts in the near term.

Market Volatility Continues

Major stock indexes faced substantial losses, with most sectors in the red and megacap growth stocks slipping, except for outliers like Nvidia.

Alibaba Makes Strides

Alibaba shares rose after co-founder Jack Ma expressed support for the company’s restructuring efforts, marking a positive development for the internet giant.

Upcoming Events to Watch

Investors await Thursday’s producer prices report for more insight into inflation trends and anticipate the kickoff of first-quarter earnings season.

Analysts Predict Earnings Growth

Analysts project moderate earnings growth for S&P 500 companies in the first quarter, though lower than initial forecasts at the beginning of the year.

Stock markets face uncertainty as inflation concerns and Fed policy decisions continue to shape investor sentiment.

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