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U.S. Stocks Dip Ahead of Fed Meeting Outcome

The U.S. market sees fluctuations as investors look forward to the Federal Reserve's policy decisions.

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U.S. Stock Market's Current Status

U.S. stocks are experiencing a decline as the financial community prepares for the outcome of the Federal Reserve's two-day policy meeting. As of 11:12 ET, the Dow Jones Industrial Average had fallen by 0.7%, the S&P 500 by 0.7%, and the NASDAQ Composite by 0.8%.

What to Expect from the Federal Reserve

The U.S. Federal Reserve's meeting commenced today, with many anticipating that interest rates will remain stable between 5.25% to 5.50%. Despite this, the central bank's year-end strategies are ambiguous, especially given the significant rise in headline consumer prices observed last week. Investors eagerly await insights from Fed Chair Jerome Powell this Wednesday, hoping for clarity on the Fed's upcoming decisions. Moreover, the bank's forthcoming economic projections could hint at choices to be made in the months to come.

OECD’s Positive U.S. Economic Projections

The predominant U.S. economic data for Tuesday highlights the real estate domain. Housing starts in August were slightly under the anticipated 1.44 million at 1.28 million, whereas building permits exceeded expectations at 1.54 million. The U.S.'s economic indicators show signs of resilience, leading the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to upgrade its U.S. growth predictions. The OECD now foresees a 2.2% growth rate for the U.S. this year, which is an improvement from their earlier 1.6% prediction in June.

Corporate Highlights: IPOs and the Auto Sector

On the corporate front, earnings are set to be released by auto parts seller AutoZone, while the online grocery platform, Instacart, gears up to initiate trading on the Nasdaq. Additionally, the automobile industry could face disruptions, with the United Auto Workers union cautioning strikes if negotiations with automotive giants like Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis falter. Rocket Lab USA also made headlines as its stock plunged 7.8% following its first unsuccessful launch in two years.

Rising Oil Prices Due to U.S. Shale Production Decline

The energy sector saw oil prices soar for the fourth day in a row, attributed to the Energy Information Administration's announcement of a likely drop in U.S. shale production. This decline, combined with prolonged production reductions by nations like Saudi Arabia and Russia, has raised concerns about a potential oil supply deficit. The American Petroleum Institute is expected to disclose its prediction for U.S. oil reserves soon, setting the stage for Wednesday's official data release.