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Google Business NewsAug 18, 2022
5 things to know before the stock market opens Thursday - CNBC
5 things to know before the stock market opens Thursday  CNBCDid the stock market 'misinterpret' Fed again? What strategists say about the reaction to the July minutes  MarketWatchStocks Nudge Lower, Cisco, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Apple And Home Sales In Focus - Five Things To Know  TheStreetDow Jones Lower Ahead Of Fed Minutes; Retail Sales Miss Expectations; Apple Upgraded, Costco Nears Buy Point  Investor's Business DailyStocks fall, but indexes volatile after Fed minutes  Reuters

KiplingerAug 17, 2022
Stock Market Today: Stocks Drop After Target Earnings, Fed Minutes
Stocks took a sharp turn lower in early trading Wednesday, as a major earnings miss from one of the nation's biggest retailers shocked investors.

Ahead of the opening bell, Target (TGT) said its second-quarter earnings plunged 90% year-over-year to 39 cents per share - missing analysts' consensus estimate by a mile - as the company aggressively marked down excess inventory. But, even though CEO Brian Cornell said on the company's earnings call that "the vast majority of the financial impact of these inventory actions is now behind us," TGT stock fell 2.6% today. 

SEE MORE Warren Buffett Stocks Ranked: The Berkshire Hathaway Portfolio Wall Street also got the latest reading on consumer spending this morning, with data from the Commerce Department showing retail sales were flat in July. Excluding gas and auto sales, the metric was up 0.7% month-over-month.

But the main event of the day was the mid-afternoon release of the minutes from the Federal Reserve's July meeting, at which the central bank issued its second straight 75 basis-point rate hike. (A basis point is one-one hundredth of a percentage point.)

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"The minutes of the Fed's July policy meeting affirmed that rates haven't stopped rising but that the peak could come sooner than previously thought," says Sal Guatieri, senior economist at BMO Capital Markets. "Citing few signs of lessening in underlying inflation pressures, and noting that strength in the labor market casts doubt on the underlying weakness in the economy (or at least GDP), the m

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