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S&P 500 and Dow Surge on Target's Triumph: A Deep Dive into Retail Gains and Fed's Next Move

Stock markets witnessed a significant rise led by Target's impressive quarterly profits, while investors eagerly await Federal Reserve meeting insights. Here's an in-depth look at what fueled the growth.

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Market Rally: How Target's Earnings Boosted Retail Stocks

The S&P 500 and Dow rose on Wednesday as Target's upbeat quarterly profit lifted the retail sector. Investors are also awaiting minutes of the Federal Reserve's July policy meeting for cues on the central bank's interest rate path. Target's shares gained 3% after the big-box retailer's second-quarter profit beat estimates, dwarfing its annual forecast cut.

Other Retail and Industrial Performances: Key Highlights

Department stores Macy's and Kohl's edged up, while Home Depot climbed, giving a boost to the industrials-heavy Dow. The S&P 500 consumer staples index added 0.5%. Additionally, shares of TJX Companies rose after the off-price retailer raised its fiscal 2024 outlook.

Energy Sector Advances and Mizuho's Chevron Upgrade

Energy shares led sectoral gains, rising 0.6% as Chevron advanced 1.3% following an upgraded rating by Mizuho. This comes at a time when equities have been going through a rough patch, with the S&P 500 near one-month lows.

Federal Reserve: A Closer Look at Interest Rate Dynamics

Investors largely expect the Fed's monetary tightening to be nearing its end, but worries linger about rates being held at the current level for longer. CME Group's Fedwatch tool showed traders' expectations of a rate hike pause in September at nearly 89%.

Expert Opinions: Strategists Weigh in on Rates and Inflation

Prominent industry voices, including Sam Stovall, chief investment strategist at CFRA Research, and Quincy Krosby, chief global strategist at LPL Financial, provide insights on rate dynamics and the push-pull between the hawks and the doves at the Federal Reserve.

Market Details: Tech Sector Performance and Treasury Yields

The tech sector witnessed mixed reactions with Nvidia edging up while Tesla slid. The yield on 10-year Treasury notes eased after strong industrial production data for July. Intel's termination of plans to acquire Tower Semiconductor also had its impact.

Market Snapshot: The Dow, S&P 500, and Nasdaq at a Glance

At 11:36 a.m. ET, a snapshot of the market showed the Dow Jones Industrial Average up 100.60 points, the S&P 500 up 4.54 points, and the Nasdaq Composite down 33.35 points. A quick overview of other stocks, advances versus declines, and new highs and lows gives a complete picture of the market's performance.