By Liz Moyer
Investing.com -- U.S. stocks wobbled at the open as corporate earnings season continued and the European central bank made its first move to tackle inflation by raising interest rates.
New jobless claims rose to 251,000 last week, the third weekly gain in a row and the first time above 250,000 since January.
Meanwhile, the European Central Bank raised interest rates by a half-percentage point. It was the ECB’s first rate hike in more than a decade as it, too, tries to combat inflation. The is expected to make another move on interest rates next week .
Corporate earnings continue to roll in, and for the most part, companies have been beating expectations.
For example, Tesla Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA ) beat expectations though its automotive gross margins shrank. Its quarter was affected by factory disruptions in China, where operations shut down for a while because of Covid. Shares rose 4.7%.
American Airlines (NASDAQ: AAL ) shares rose after it forecast profit for the third quarter on the strength of travel demand. Shares fell 7%.
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