Stock futures roughly flat ahead of Fed meeting, Instacart IPO: Stock market news today

Stocks slipped on Tuesday morning as the Federal Reserve’s latest policy meeting began and investors awaited an update on the state of the IPO market, with Instacart expected to begin trading on the Nasdaq.

The S&P 500 (^GSPC) and the Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) dropped about 0.5%. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite (^IXIC) fell more than 0.7%.

The Federal Open Market Committee began its meeting Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. as the path forward for interest rates remains in focus amid the Fed’s fight against inflation.

With investor bets now pricing in a 99% chance the Fed will hold rates steady, according to the CME FedWatch Tool, much of the investor focus is on what Fed Chair Jerome Powell says about the November meeting and any new indication on future moves from the updated Summary of Economic Projections, or the so-called “dot plot.”

“Fed officials have signaled that they can afford to proceed carefully at this point and will leave the target range for the funds rate unchanged at 5.25-5.5% at their September meeting,” Goldman Sachs chief US economist David Mericle wrote in a research note previewing the meeting. “The immediate question for markets is whether the median dot will continue to project an additional hike this year to 5.5-5.75%, presumably in November. We think that it will, but only by a narrow majority, and in part for the strategic purpose of preserving flexibility.”

Read more: What the latest Fed rate hike plan means for bank accounts, CDs, loans, and credit cards

U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell arrives to hold a news conference.U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell arrives to hold a news conference.

U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell arrives to hold a news conference in Washington, on June 14, 2023. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Elsewhere, investors will be closely following Instacart, which is expected to start trading under the ticker CART on the Nasdaq during Tuesday’s trading session. The company set a price of $30 a share for its IPO, valuing it at roughly $10 billion. Some IPO experts have told Yahoo Finance that the grocery delivery service’s public market debut could be an indicator of where the IPO market stands on its path to recovery.

In commodities, rising oil prices have been in focus as gas prices hit a fresh 2023 high on Monday. West Texas Intermediate (CL=F) was up more than 1% in early trade Tuesday, rising above $92 a barrel. Brent crude (BZ=F) popped just over 0.5% to $95 a barrel.

The United Auto Workers (UAW) strike continued into Tuesday after UAW announced late Monday that it will hold workers out of more Stellantis (STLA), GM (GM), and Ford (F) plants if no progress in contract negotiations is made by Friday.

Trending tickers

  • NIO (NIO) shares fell more than 12% as the Chinese electric-vehicle maker announced plans to offer $1 billion in convertible bonds, following the likes of fellow EV competitors Nikola (NKLA) and Fisker (FSR).

  • Disney (DIS) slumped more than 3% after the entertainment conglomerate announced a plan to expand investment in its Parks, Experiences and Products. Over the next 10 years Disney plans to spend roughly $60 billion in the category.

  • Block (SQ) dropped more than 2% after the company announced Alyssa Henry is leaving her role as Square CEO. Jack Dorsey, Block’s founder and CEO, will now also be the company’s chief executive.

Josh Schafer is a reporter for Yahoo Finance.

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