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NASDAQ-Adv: 2,040 Dec: 2,151 NYSE-Adv: 2,401 Dec: 1,584 (Source: Nasdaq)

The benchmark S&P 500 was broadly unchanged on Wednesday, pausing after a recent rally as investors assessed the outlook for U.S. monetary policy, while Uber’s shares dropped on a downbeat forecast.

Uber (UBER.N), opens new tab shed nearly 9%, becoming the biggest decliner on the S&P 500, after the ride-hailing platform forecast second-quarter gross bookings below expectations and posted a surprise first-quarter loss.

Tesla (TSLA.O), opens new tab fell 1.5% after Reuters reported U.S. prosecutors were examining whether the company committed securities or wire fraud by misleading investors and consumers about its electric vehicles’ self-driving capabilities.

Other megacap stocks such as Nvidia (NVDA.O), opens new tab, Amazon (AMZN.O), opens new tab and Alphabet (GOOGL.O), opens new tab slipped as the 10-year Treasury yield edged up after five days of declines.

That dampened optimism spurred by a positive earnings season and softer-than-expected labor market data that had tempered concerns about the Federal Reserve keeping interest rates higher for longer.

“We’ve had a lot of data that has come in soft, unexpectedly, and that’s fueled a bit of fire towards potentially a September rate cut,” said Alex McGrath, chief investment officer for NorthEnd Private Wealth.

“The bigger question becomes what the Fed is going do when the macro data starts to deteriorate and inflation is not back to the target. Do they stick to their guns or do they ride to the rescue and start cutting rates? That’s kind of the pickle we’re looking at going into the summer months.”

With the earnings season nearing an end and only a few economic data reports expected this week, investors are awaiting next week’s consumer prices data to gauge if inflation is cooling.

Traders are currently pricing in a 67% chance of the Fed cutting rates by at least 25 basis points in September, according to the CMEGroup’s Fedwatch tool, up from about 54% a week ago.

Investors will monitor comments from Fed speakers – Vice Chair Philip Jefferson, Boston President Susan Collins and Governor Lisa Cook during the day – for fresh clues on the U.S. central bank’s policy path.

By 11:18 a.m. ET, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (.DJI), opens new tab rose 65.48 points, or 0.17%, to 38,949.74 – on track for a sixth consecutive day of gains.

The S&P 500 (.SPX), opens new tab lost 4.28 points, or 0.08%, to 5,183.46, threatening to break its longest winning streak since March, while the Nasdaq Composite (.IXIC), opens new tab lost 38.46 points, or 0.24%, to 16,294.10.

Intel (INTC.O), opens new tab fell 2.9% after warning of a sales hit from the U.S. revoking some of the chipmaker’s export licenses for China.

Tripadvisor (TRIP.O), opens new tab tumbled 29% after the online travel agency ruled out a possible sale at this time and posted a surprise quarterly loss.

Uber rival Lyft (LYFT.O), opens new tab climbed 9.2% after projecting higher-than-expected gross bookings and a core profit for the current quarter.

Declining issues outnumbered advancers by a 1.48-to-1 ratio on the NYSE and a 1.39-to-1 ratio on the Nasdaq.

The S&P 500 posted 25 new 52-week highs and two new lows while the Nasdaq recorded 61 new highs and 67 new lows.
Source: Reuters (Reporting by Sruthi Shankar and Shristi Achar A in Bengaluru; Editing by Shinjini Ganguli and Devika Syamnath)

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