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US Credit Downgrade Dents Wall Street; Fitch Moves Rating to AA+

The US credit downgrade by Fitch has sparked a downturn on Wall Street, causing ripples throughout global financial markets.

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Global Market Impact of Fitch's US Credit Downgrade

Fitch, a leading rating agency, downgraded the US government's credit rating, triggering a global backlash affecting the appetite for risky assets. The downgrade from AAA to AA+ resulted from forecasts of fiscal deterioration and growing government debt over the next three years. This follows a similar move by Standard & Poor's in 2011, which also reduced the country's rating.

Brokerage Reactions to US Credit Downgrade

Despite the downgrade, multiple prominent brokerages have expressed that it is unlikely to have a long-term negative impact on the US financial markets. They pointed out that the current economic climate is much more robust than it was during the 2011 downgrade.

Investor Sentiment and Market Reactions

According to Sam Stovall, chief investment strategist at CFRA Research, the downgrade has given investors a valid reason to secure profits. He noted that although the markets progressed well in July, the downgrade has put a damper on the short-term investor sentiment.

Performance of Key Market Indices and Stocks

The S&P 500 and Nasdaq, after showing strength in July due to better-than-expected earnings and optimism for the US economy, experienced a slowdown. Several significant stocks, including Tesla, Nvidia, Meta Platforms, and Apple, suffered as the yield on U.S. 10-year Treasury notes rose to its highest level in nearly nine months. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, the S&P 500, and the Nasdaq Composite were also all down.

Earnings Updates and Market Movements

On a positive note, CVS Health Corp saw a 3.1% increase in shares after surpassing Wall Street's quarterly profit estimates, with its pharmacy benefit management unit and health insurance business performing strongly. Emerson, an industrial software firm, rose by 4.2% after upgrading its annual profit outlook. Conversely, Wells Fargo faced a 2% drop in shares due to a potential $1.8 billion payment to replenish a government deposit insurance fund.

Negative market trends were observed, with declining issues outnumbering advancers on both the NYSE and Nasdaq. Several new highs and lows were recorded by the S&P index and Nasdaq. Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) saw a drop of 6.5% despite optimistic year-end forecasts and plans to launch competitive AI chips.