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Wall Street ends down after Fitch U.S. rating downgrade

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The downgrade follows a turbulent period in the U.S. including protracted battle over the debt ceiling and the size of the nation’s debt

Wall Street experienced a downward trend on Wednesday, with both the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite registering losses for the second consecutive day following rating agency Fitch downgrading the U.S. government’s credit rating.

Fitch’s downgrade lowered the United States’ rating from AAA to AA+, citing concerns about expected fiscal deterioration over the next three years and the rising government debt. This marked the second major agency to cut the country’s rating, following Standard & Poor’s downgrade in 2011.

As a result of the news, rate-sensitive megacap stocks like Tesla, Nvidia, Meta Platforms, and Apple all experienced declines, mainly due to the rise in the yield on U.S. 10-year Treasury notes to its highest level in nearly nine months.

The technology index suffered the most significant setback, dropping by 2.6% and emerging as the worst-performing sector among the 11 major S&P sectors. Nine sectors, in total, ended the day in negative territory.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell by 348.16 points (0.98%) to close at 35,282.52, while the S&P 500 lost 63.34 points (1.38%) to finish at 4,513.39. The Nasdaq Composite experienced a sharp decline, dropping 310.47 points (2.17%) to reach 13,973.45.

Amidst concerns of a potential recession, the ADP National Employment report brought some optimism as it indicated that private payrolls increased more than expected in July, signalling continued resilience in the labour market, which could act as a buffer for the economy.

Despite lingering fears about a recession, corporate America’s performance has been robust.

With approximately two-thirds of the S&P 500 companies having already reported their earnings, an impressive 79.9% of them have exceeded analysts’ expectations, as reported by Refinitiv I/B/E/S. This performance has set the quarter on track for the highest earnings beat rate since the third quarter of 2021.

In terms of specific company earnings, CVS Health Corp gained 3.3% after surpassing Wall Street estimates for quarterly profit. Similarly, Emerson climbed 3.8% after the industrial software firm raised its annual profit outlook.

However, not all companies experienced positive results. Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) saw a 7% decline due to concerns about ambitious targets for an artificial intelligence (AI) ramp-up. These worries overshadowed the chip designer’s otherwise optimistic forecast for the year’s end.

The overall trading volume on U.S. exchanges reached 11.88 billion shares, exceeding the 10.79 billion average for the last 20 trading days.

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Nvidia surpasses Microsoft as the most valuable company in the world

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Nvidia has emerged as the world’s most valuable company, surpassing Microsoft with a market value of over $3.3 trillion.

This shift comes on the heels of Nvidia’s consistent growth in the semiconductor sector and its strategic advancements in artificial intelligence and gaming technologies.

This milestone marks a significant validation of Nvidia’s aggressive expansion and innovation strategies under CEO Jensen Huang, who has steered the company towards dominance in high-performance computing.

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Finance expert empowers his social audience with accessible wealth tips

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The right strategy can change the game for your financial freedom. Meet the advisor making his tips accessible to all.

Wyld Money dives into the world of financial freedom. Whether you’re a seasoned investor or just getting started, join us for actionable tips and tricks to unlock your earning potential, and retire on your own terms.

In this episode, Mark is joined by James Wrigley, Financial Advisor at First Financial. #wyld money #trending

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It takes a village: coordinated financial teams prove paramount to maximising wealth

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The pursuit of wealth is often faced by significant challenges including debt, lifestyle costs, and burnout – so what methods can help overcome these challenges?

Maximising financial opportunities involves a suite of tasks, from leveraging favourable loan rates, strategic tax planning, and coordinated financial advising.

Mark Wyld from MW Wealth joins to discuss more. #featured

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