Stock Market Today: Dow Drops After CPI Data – Barron's

Today the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped after the release of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) data. The CPI data showed that the cost of living in the U.S. increased in April, with prices rising 0.8% from the previous month. This was the largest monthly increase since September of 2012, and was driven by rising prices for gasoline, apparel, and recreation.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped by over 250 points in response to the news, falling from 33,072 to 32,814. The S&P 500 also dropped by 0.5%, while the Nasdaq Composite declined by 0.3%.

Analysts are attributing the selloff to the inflationary pressures that the data suggests. The increase in prices could lead to higher interest rates, which would make borrowing more expensive for businesses and consumers. This could dampen economic growth, as businesses and consumers are less likely to borrow money if it is more expensive.

The Federal Reserve has indicated that it is willing to tolerate higher inflation before it changes its monetary policy. However, if the CPI data continues to show large increases, the Fed may have to reconsider its stance.

Overall, today’s CPI data has caused investors to take a more cautious stance on the stock market. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped significantly in response to the news, and the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite also declined. Investors will be watching the CPI data closely in the coming months to see if the increase in prices is sustained or if it is an anomaly.

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