By Yasin Ebrahim
Investing.com – The Dow racked up gains on Wednesday, led by a surge in energy and financials as optimism that the Federal Reserve will reiterate its plans to keep monetary loose offset data pointing to a slowdown in consumer spending.
The rose 0.73%, or 204 points. The was up 0.24%, while the fell 0.26%.
Energy surged nearly 4% as U.S. oil prices rallied after crude inventories fell by 4.4 million barrels last week, confounding expectations for a build of 1.27 million barrels.
EOG Resources (NYSE:), TechnipFMC (NYSE:) and Diamondback Energy (NASDAQ:) were among the biggest gainers, with the latter rising more than 7%.
Financials also climbed higher even as Treasury yields stuttered on expectations the Fed will keep rates unchanged and back a lower-for-longer interest rate environment.
Citigroup (NYSE:) and Goldman Sachs (NYSE:) were up more than 2%, while JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE:) added more than 1%.
Tech, meanwhile, took a breather following its strong start to the week, with Apple (NASDAQ:) falling nearly 2% after unveiling new iPads and Apple watches and a new bundled subscription service as well as a personalized workout service.
Microsoft (NASDAQ:), Facebook (NASDAQ:), Amazon.com (NASDAQ:) and Alphabet (NASDAQ:) were also lower.
Signs of softer retail sales raised concerns about the economic recovery at a time when the prospect of further fiscal stimulus appears murky at best.
U.S. rose less than forecast in August, up 0.6% after a downwardly revised 0.9% increase the prior month, The Commerce Department said. The increase for August had been expected at 1%.
“August retail sales data, along with downward revisions to July data, show a clear slowdown in consumer demand over the summer months,” Jefferies (NYSE:) said. “The combination of fading fiscal support and lack of pentup demand clearly contributed to the summer slowdown.”
In other news, Snowflake (NYSE:) made its debut at $245, more than double its initial public offering at $120 a share.
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