Wall Street Rises Ahead of Key U.S. Inflation Report; Nike Shares Plunge on Grim Outlook

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Wall Street pointed toward a modestly higher open on Friday as investors awaited a critical report on inflation, which could significantly influence the Federal Reserve’s next decision on interest rates. Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.1%, and futures for the S&P 500 rose nearly 0.4%.

Nike’s Disappointing Performance

Nike shares tumbled 15% after the athletic wear giant missed Wall Street’s revenue targets and slashed its full-year sales guidance. Company executives cited a “challenging” environment and forecasted a single-digit decline in sales for the current fiscal year. This grim outlook from Nike had a ripple effect on other athletic apparel companies, dragging down their stock prices as well. Foot Locker fell 5.7%, Skechers lost 3.7%, and Under Armour was down 2.8% in off-hours trading.

Market Anticipation of Inflation Data

The U.S. stock market has been relatively stagnant this week as investors await the release of the government’s next influential inflation report. The personal consumption expenditures index (PCE), the Federal Reserve’s preferred measure of inflation, is expected to show a modest easing to 2.6% in May, down from 2.7% in April. This would be a significant drop from the PCE’s peak of 7.1% in mid-2022. Other inflation measures, including the consumer price index (CPI), have also shown significant easing over the last two years.

Potential Impact on Federal Reserve’s Decisions

The latest updates on inflation could be crucial in determining the Federal Reserve’s next steps regarding interest rates, which are currently at their highest levels in over 20 years. Wall Street is betting that the central bank will start cutting interest rates at its September meeting. A government update revealed that the American economy expanded at a 1.4% annual pace from January through March, a slight revision from the prior estimate of 1.3%, marking the slowest quarterly growth since spring 2022.

Balancing Act: Inflation and Economic Growth

The Federal Reserve faces a delicate balancing act. A slowdown in consumer spending could help further ease inflation, but too much of a slowdown could result in a more painful economic hit. The central bank aims to bring inflation back to its 2% target without pushing the economy into a recession.

European and Asian Market Movements

In Europe, France’s CAC 40 slipped 0.4% at midday trading, while Germany’s DAX added 0.6%, and Britain’s FTSE 100 rose 0.5%. In Asia, Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 rose 0.6% to finish at 39,583.08. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 edged up 0.1% to 7,767.50. South Korea’s Kospi increased 0.5% to 2,797.82. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was little changed, inching up less than 0.1% to 17,718.61, while the Shanghai Composite surged 0.7% to 2,967.40.

Japan’s Economic Data

In Japan, the government reported stronger-than-expected industrial production in May at 2.8%, and the unemployment rate remained unchanged from the previous month at 2.6%. This positive data contributed to the gains in Japan’s stock market.

Energy and Currency Trading

In energy trading, benchmark U.S. crude rose 77 cents to $82.51 a barrel, while Brent crude, the international standard, added 65 cents to $85.91 a barrel. In currency trading, the U.S. dollar fell to 160.63 Japanese yen from 160.77 yen. The euro was priced at $1.0701, down from $1.0704.

Wall Street’s Recent Performance

On Thursday, the S&P 500 edged up 0.1%, and the Nasdaq composite added 0.3%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.1%. These modest gains reflect a cautious market atmosphere as investors await more data to inform their decisions.


The anticipation surrounding the upcoming inflation report has kept Wall Street in a state of suspense. The report’s findings could have significant implications for the Federal Reserve’s future interest rate decisions, which in turn could impact the broader economy. Meanwhile, Nike’s disappointing performance has cast a shadow over the athletic apparel sector, highlighting the challenges faced by major companies in navigating the current economic landscape. As global markets react to these developments, investors will be closely watching for any signs of stability or further volatility.

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About the author: Stephanie Bedard-Chateauneuf has over six years of experience writing financial content for various websites. Over the years, Stephanie has covered various industries, with a primary focus on tech stocks, consumer stocks, health stocks, and personal finance. This stock lover likes to invest for the long-term. Stephanie has an MBA in finance.