Stock Market Today: S&P500 holds onto record run with fresh all-time closing high

Investing.com-- The S&P 500 closed at a record high Tuesday for the fifth-straight session as testimony from Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell didn't sway investors from bets on a first rate cut in September.  

At 16:00 ET (20:00 GMT), the S&P 500 rose 0.1% to a fresh record of 5,577.03. The NASDAQ Composite added 0.2%, extending its record run, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 53 points, or 0.1%. 

Powell says labor market cooling, flags risk of keeping rates too high for too long

In sign that the Federal Reserve continues to believe that its policy measures are slowing the economy, Powell  said the economy was no longer "overheated" as the job market tightness nearly eased to pre-pandemic levels. 

The fed chief also said that “good data” in the coming months would boost the chances of interest rate, and flagged the risk of keeping rates too high for too long. The remarks boosted investor bets on a September rate cut just ahead of key inflation data later this week. 

The consumer price index inflation data for June, which is due on Thursday, is set offer more cues on the path of inflation. The Fed has repeatedly signaled that it needs more confidence that inflation is easing, before it can begin cutting interest rates.

The CME Fedwatch tool showed traders pricing in an over 72% chance for a 25 basis point cut in September, up from last week’s 59%. 

Earnings season to begin with banks

Focus this week will also be on the second quarter earnings season, which is set to begin with results from several major banks at the end of the week. 

JPMorgan Chase (NYSE:JPM), Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) and Citigroup (NYSE:C) are set to report quarterly earnings on Friday.

PepsiCo (NASDAQ:PEP) and Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) are also on tap this week. 

Analysts, on average, see S&P 500 companies increasing their aggregate earnings per share by 10.1% in the second quarter, up from an 8.2% increase in the first quarter, according to LSEG I/B/E/S data.

Additionally, the likes of Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) and Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA) continued to post gains, both rising over 2%, amid growing confidence in all things linked with artificial intelligence. 

Nvidia, Tesla get thumbs up from Wall Street; Helen of Troy sinks

NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA) rose more than 2% after Keybanc upgraded its price target on the chipmaker to $180 from $1300, citing rising AI demand. 

Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA), meanwhile, rose more than 3% as Morgan Stanley reiterated its overweight rating on the stock amid positive signs of the EV maker's foothold in the global battery electric vehicle market, which stood at 15% in May.

Helen of Troy Ltd (NASDAQ:HELE) plunged 27% to 52-week low as the housewares company slated its full-year guidance after reporting fiscal first quarter earnings that fell short of estimates. 

(Peter Nurse, Ambar Warrick contributed to this article.)

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