U.S. stocks posted modest gains in early trading as investors weighed a fresh report on record-high inflation against a basket of mixed first-quarter earnings.
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|I:COMP||NASDAQ COMPOSITE INDEX||13567.067803||+195.50||+1.46%|
The producer price index rose 1.4% month-over-month, according to the Bureau of Labor statistics. Year-over-year, prices paid by wholesalers jumped a record 11.2%, up from 10% in February.
Factoring out volatile food and energy costs, core producer prices rose 1% monthly in March, up from 0.2% the prior month. Year-over-year, look for core PPI to jump 9.2% in March.
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In earnings news, Delta shares rose after the carrier said it has returned to profitability as consumer demand rebounds. The disclosure bodes well for other carriers. Separately, pilots at Southwest warned CEO Robert Jordan of fatigue through their union.
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|AAL||AMERICAN AIRLINES GROUP INC.||18.82||+1.70||+9.89%|
|UAL||UNITED AIRLINES HOLDINGS INC.||45.01||+2.28||+5.34%|
|LUV||SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO.||45.72||+2.92||+6.82%|
JPMorgan’s quarter was more subdued as revenue and profits declined from the same period a year ago. The largest U.S. lender posted a profit of $8.28 billion, or $2.63 per share in the first quarter, compared with $14.3 billion, or $4.50 per share, a year earlier. Revenues fell to $30.7 billion from $32.2 billion a year earlier. The stock slide weighed on the Dow.
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AMC CEO ENGAGES IN MORE DEALMAKING
In deal news, AMC Entertainment has struck a deal to acquire seven former Bow Tie Cinemas locations with 66 screens, including five in Connecticut, one in upstate New York and one in Annapolis, Maryland. The new Connecticut theater locations will double AMC’s overall presence in the state.
|AMC||AMC ENTERTAINMENT HOLDINGS INC||17.90||+0.48||+2.76%|
Elsewhere, Peloton’s new CEO Barry McCarthy got a slam from activist Blackwells Capital. The firm says he has done little since taking over in February when John Foley was moved to a separate role.
|PTON||PELOTON INTERACTIVE INC.||24.55||+0.84||+3.54%|
U.S. oil topped $100 per barrel as traders monitored Russia’s tightening supply after Moscow said talks to resolve its invasion of Ukraine had come to a dead end.
|USO||UNITED STATES OIL FUND L.P.||77.18||+1.22||+1.61%|
|BNO||UNITED STS BRENT OIL FD LP UNIT||30.47||+0.66||+2.21%|
INFLATION SURGES 8.5% IN MARCH, HITTING A NEW 40-YEAR HIGH
On Tuesday, the government reported that the consumer price index, a closely-watched gauge of retail inflation, surged to a 40-year high in March.
Bitcoin traded around $40,000.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.