- January 15, 2022
- Posted by: Bastion team
- Category: World News
Stocks declined on Friday at the end of a volatile week, with investors monitoring a mixed set of bank earnings and a bigger-than-expected drop in U.S. retail sales.
The S&P 500 and Dow dropped. The Nasdaq fluctuated between gains and losses after a 2.5% drop on Thursday.
The Dow underperformed, dropping more than 1% at session lows as the index’s bank stock components declined after delivering earnings. JPMorgan Chase (JPM) shares fell more than 5% after the company posted lower-than-expected fourth-quarter trading revenues and rising costs as compensation expenses increased. The stock drop marked JPMorgan’s worst post-earnings decline since 2011, based on Bloomberg data. Citigroup (C) shares also fell after posting a similar miss on fixed-income and equities trading revenues for the quarter.
New economic data came in weaker-than-expected on Friday, adding to the risk-off tone in markets. U.S. retail sales fell 1.9% in December month-on-month, missing estimates for an only 0.1% dip and marking the biggest drop since February 2021. November’s sales were also downwardly revised to show 0.2% monthly increase, compared to the 0.3% rise previously reported.
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