U.S. stocks are mixed, but tech tries to stage a Netflix-fueled rally

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U.S. stocks are mixed, but tech tries to stage a Netflix-fueled rally
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By Liz Moyer

Investing.com -- U.S. stocks were rising, led by the technology sector amid a wave of cost-cutting as firms brace for a slowdown.

At 9:43 ET (14:43 GMT), the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 33 points or 0.1%, while the S&P 500 was up 0.2% and the NASDAQ Composite was up 0.6%.

Google parent Alphabet Inc. Class C (NASDAQ: GOOG ) was the latest tech giant to join the cost-cutting crowd, announcing plans to eliminate 12,000 jobs, tracking the thousands of layoffs recently announced by Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT ) and Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN ). Alphabet (NASDAQ: GOOGL ) shares rose 3.9%.

Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX ) is also helping lift markets by blowing away expectations for subscriptions in the fourth quarter. The streaming giant said it added 7.66 million net paid subscribers, up from the 4.5M it had forecast. Shares rose 8.4%.

Stocks have stumbled in the last three sessions on rising worries about a recession ahead as the Federal Reserve continues to raise interest rates to calm inflation . The major indexes are on pace for their first negative week this year.

Fed officials are aiming to push rates above 5%, which means they aren't done yet. Investors have been hoping that at some point it would be able to pause rate hikes or even start cutting.

The market is expecting the Fed to raise rates by another quarter of a percentage point when it makes its next decision in February. Today, investors will hear from two more Fed officials, including Philadelphia Fed President Patrick Harker and Fed Governor Christopher Waller .

Later this morning, existing home data will be released, amid the ongoing slowdown in the housing market.

Oil fell. Crude Oil WTI Futures was down 0.6% to $80.11 a barrel, while Brent Oil Futures crude was down 0.5% to $85.94 a barrel. Gold Futures was flat at $1923.

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