Stocks fall to open new year of trading, weighed by Apple and Tesla

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Stocks fall to open new year of trading, weighed by Apple and Tesla
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By Liz Moyer -- U.S. stocks were off to a slow start in the new year, weighed by slumping tech giants as investors await this week’s minutes of the Federal Reserve’s last meeting .

At 16:04 ET (21:04 GMT), the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 11 points or flat, while the S&P 500 was down 0.4% and the NASDAQ Composite was down 0.7%. All three indexes had recovered some of their losses during the day.

Apple shares (NASDAQ: AAPL ) fell 3.7% and closed just below a $2 trillion market value for the first time since 2021. Meanwhile, shares of electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA ) fell more than 12% on Tuesday, after falling 65% for 2022, after it reported lower-than-expected deliveries for the quarter and year.

Stocks ended 2022 with their worst showing since 2008 as interest rates rose throughout the year, pressuring once high-flying growth and big tech stocks.

The Fed has been on a campaign to stop inflation , embarking on the fastest pace of interest rate increases in decades, and it hasn’t finished yet. At December’s meeting, the central bank indicated rates would continue to rise until it was satisfied its mission to tame price increases was completed.

The S&P lost more than 19% last year, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq fell 33%.

Investors are eager to put the year in the rearview mirror and are hoping economic data this week can help push them forward. On Friday, the jobs report for December is due, and data on manufacturing  is expected this week as the Fed minutes arrive. There will also be oil inventory data and job openings data for investors to absorb.

The market expects the Fed to raise its policy rate by a quarter of a percentage point when it next meets in February, which would be a slower pace than recent rate moves but still on an upward trajectory.

Casino stocks rose on the prospect of China's Macau gambling mecca reopening after COVID-related shutdowns and restrictions. Wynn Resorts Limited (NASDAQ: WYNN ) shares were up 3.8%, while Las Vegas Sands Corp (NYSE: LVS ) shares were up 2.6%.

Exxon Mobil Corp (NYSE: XOM ) stock fell 3.4% and Chevron Corp (NYSE: CVX ) shares fell 3% after crude oil prices slumped around 4% on Tuesday.

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