- Inflation report fails to calm investors' recession worries, but the Dow rebounds from midday lows.
- Tech companies dominated, led by Salesforce and Microsoft.
- A consumer credit report signaled a pullback in consumer spending, sending American Express, Visa, and Nike lower.
- Disney shares fell before its earnings report, as investors worry it will mirror its competitors’ subscriber and advertising troubles.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell almost 1% by midday as investors digested news of stubborn inflation before rebounding to close down 0.1%. Salesforce (CRM) led gainers while American Express (AXP) dropped.
Salesforce was the index's best performer, rising about 2% after saying it would add artificial intelligence to its Tableau data visualization platform, coming after its unveiling of its AI-powered SlackGPT.
Microsoft (MSFT) moved up nearly 2% after the company told staff it would skip raises and reduce bonuses for full-time employees this year. The company started cutting costs when it began laying off 10,000 employees in January.
American Express shares fell 3% after a Bank of America report showed credit card spending dropped in April, the first year-over-year drop in spending since February 2021. Rival Visa (V) fell 0.8%. Home Depot (HD), Walmart (WMT), and Nike (NKE) also fell on concerns about consumers pulling back.
Walt Disney (DIS) shares were down 1% in advance of its first-quarter earnings report. Investors will be looking at Disney's advertising revenue and streaming growth after competitors like Paramount Global (PARA) and Warner Bros Discovery (WBD) disappointed with weak sales and subscriber results.