Stock market today: Dow ends lower on rout in retailers, rumble in regional banks

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Stock market today: Dow ends lower on rout in retailers, rumble in regional banks
Credit: © Reuters. -- The Dow closed lower Tuesday under pressure from regional banks and a tumble in retailers following disappointing quarterly results from Macy’s and Dick’s Sporting Goods.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.5%, 175 points, Nasdaq was flat, and the  S&P 500 fell 0.3%. 

Macy’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods deliver cautious guidance

Retail stocks fell more than 2%, pressured by a tumble in Macy’s and Dick’s Sporting Goods as the duo’s outlook rattled investor sentiment.

Macy’s Inc (NYSE: M ) fell more than 14% after the department store said it was taking a “cautious approach on the consumer,” following a faster-than-expected rise in customer credit-card delinquencies. The somber outlook offset quarterly results that beat on both the top and bottom lines.

Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc (NYSE: DKS ), meanwhile, cut its guidance on the full-year profit after reporting weaker-than-expected quarterly results as inventory shrinkage, a loss in inventory not due to sales, weighed on margins. Its shares fell more than 24%.

“The larger disappointment was in gross margins at 34.4% vs. consensus 36.3%, with the company noting the shortfall was due in large part to elevated inventory shrink,” Wedbush said in a note.

Lowe’s Companies Inc (NYSE: LOW ), however, bucked the trend to rise almost 4% after it maintained its annual guidance and reported better-than-expected quarterly results.

Regional banks stutter as gloom clouds persist after S&P downgrade

Regional banks including Regions Financial Corporation (NYSE: RF ), KeyCorp (NYSE: KEY ), and Zions Bancorporation (NASDAQ: ZION ) fell sharply after credit ratings agency S&P Global downgraded its credit ratings on several regional banks, souring investor sentiment on the sector.

The dent in creditworthiness will make it more expensive for banks to borrow money at a time when strengthening their balance sheets is important in the post-banking crisis seen early this spring.

Charles Schwab Corp (NYSE: SCHW ) was also in the firing line, falling more than 4% after the brokerage firm said it planned to cuts jobs targeting $500 million cost savings.

Tech slips ahead as Treasury yields remain elevated

Tech stocks slipped as Treasury yields remain elevated, with the United States 2-Year treasury yield, which is more sensitive to Fed rate hikes, topping 5% to hit its highest level since early July.

The move lower in tech comes just a day ahead of Nvidia’s quarterly results that many see as a barometer of AI demand and another catalyst for tech should the chipmaker impress.

"The guidance from Nvidia (NASDAQ: NVDA ) might be that they can't produce chips enough fast enough," Jimmy Lee, the founder and CEO of The Wealth Consulting Group told's Yasin Ebrahim in an interview on Tuesday. 

"That might be a concern, but my expectation is that NVIDIA could come out with a good report, and that could help other tech-related stocks to rally with Nvidia," Lee added.

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