Stocks finished the day mixed after the Fed revealed that the economy is on track for employment and inflation. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 were each down fractionally, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq added 100 points to end modestly higher.
As the economy continues on the path to recovery, the Fed tipped its hand, saying it would begin to pull back from its asset purchasing activity. The major indices still remain close to all-time high levels.
One winner in the Dow was Boeing, which surprised Wall Street by swinging to a profit for the first time almost in two years.
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The tech earnings parade rolled on, with Facebook taking the spotlight today. Mark Zuckerberg’s company sees 3.51 billion people flock to its platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, Messenger and Whatsapp, each month, up 12% YoY.
Facebook’s Q2 revenue came in at USD 29.08 billion, continuing a trend that Google, Microsoft and Apple similarly experienced in the quarter. While Facebook’s Q2 results topped Wall Street’s estimates, revenue growth is not expected to be sustained at these levels, the company warned.
PayPal bucked the positive trend in corporate America after its Q2 results disappointed. Worse, the payments company isn’t expecting things to get much better for Q3. Investors punished the stock in extended hours, sending shares lower by about 6%.
Ford shares found a reason to rally thanks to a stronger than expected Q2 in which the company was profitable. The automaker lifted its Q3 forecast on the heels of robust demand for its Ford Bronco SUV.
Shares of cannabis company Tilray climbed more than 25% in the wake of a profitable fiscal Q4. Tilray CEO Irwin Simon sees a world in which marijuana will become legalized at the federal level in the U.S. in the next 18-24 months.
On Thursday, an advance look at GDP comes out at 8:30 a.m. ET. Wells Fargo economists predict that the economy grew at an annualized pace of 9.1% in the quarter. The economy has come a long way since last year’s pandemic-fueled contraction, which lasted for two months. The economists forecast that consumer spending and business investments were strong in Q2, while supply chain constraints persisted.
Amazon’s earnings come out on Thursday. Bitcoin investors might be listening to the call to hear if the company addresses the recent crypto-related drama.