US Stocks Lower, Crude Oil Prices Climb12/05 09:47

US Stocks Lower, Crude Oil Prices Climb12/05 09:47

   Stocks fell in morning trading on Wall Street Monday and bond yields rose as 
investors face a mostly quiet week that will be capped by a closely watched 
update on inflation.

   NEW YORK (AP) -- Stocks fell in morning trading on Wall Street Monday and 
bond yields rose as investors face a mostly quiet week that will be capped by a 
closely watched update on inflation.

   The S&P 500 fell 1.1% as of 10:20 a.m. Eastern. The Dow Jones Industrial 
Average fell 288 points, or 0.8%, to 34,141 and the Nasdaq fell 1.2%.

   The yield on the 10-year Treasury, which influences mortgage rates, rose to 
3.60% from 3.49% late Friday.

   Investors are weighing several international developments that could further 
unsettle a global economy that is already getting burned by stubbornly hot 
inflation.

   Russia's ongoing invasion of Ukraine continues agitating an already volatile 
global energy market. U.S. crude oil prices rose 1.3% after a group of world 
leaders agreed to a boycott of most Russian oil.

   China is lifting some of its most severe COVID-19 restrictions following 
protests across major cities. That has raised hopes that disruptions to 
manufacturing and trade will ease.

   Markets in Asia rose, while markets in Europe were mixed.

   Inflation, rising interest rates and the potential for recessions throughout 
global economies are among the biggest concerns for investors. Wall Street has 
been closely watching corporate announcements and government reports to get a 
better sense of just how much damage is being done to the economy and 
inflation's path ahead in 2023.

   V.F. Corp., which makes Vans shoes and The North Face outdoor gear, fell 
8.2% after warning investors that weak demand is crimping revenue. The company 
also announced the departure of its CEO.

   Tesla fell 5.1% following reports that it may have to cut production in 
China because of weak demand.

   Investors are dealing with several crosscurrents of information. Demand may 
be weakening in some areas of the economy, but some sectors remain resilient.

   The services sector, which makes up the biggest part of the U.S. economy, 
showed surprising growth in November, according to the Institute for Supply 
Management. Employment remains a strong area of the economy as does overall 
consumer spending.

   Wall Street will get a weekly update on unemployment on Thursday. Investors 
will likely be more focused on the monthly report on consumer prices, for 
November, from the government on Friday.

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