U.S. stocks were wobbling ahead of Fed's rate decision as big tech reports

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U.S. stocks were wobbling ahead of Fed's rate decision as big tech reports
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Investing.com -- U.S. stocks were wobbling ahead of the Federal Reserve’s interest rate decision after mixed earnings from Microsoft and Alphabet.

At 9:36 ET (13:36 GMT), the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 22 points or less than 0.1%, while the S&P 500 was down 0.2% and the NASDAQ Composite was down 0.4%.

Microsoft and Alphabet report mixed results

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT ) shares were falling 3.1% in early trading after beating expectations but reporting slower growth as it ramps up its artificial intelligence capabilities. Google parent Alphabet Inc. Class C (NASDAQ: GOOG ) meanwhile was rising 6.5% after beating expectations with a rebound in advertising revenue and cloud services.

The two kicked off earnings reporting season for big tech, with Meta Platforms, Inc. (NASDAQ: META ) expected to report later today.

Investors have driven tech stocks higher this year on the hope that the Fed was nearing the end of its interest rate increases. The Nasdaq is up 34% for the year, also fueled by the excitement over AI.

Fed decision now in view

The Fed will announce its decision at 14:00 ET today, and Chair Jerome Powell will hold a press conference after that, which will be live-streamed. Investors will be listening closely to what Powell says about the next few months and the Fed’s thinking heading into the fall.

The Fed has said it will be guided by data, which has shown a cooling in inflation , though the labor market remains tight. While futures traders largely expect a quarter of a percentage point increase today, they are torn on whether and when another rate hike this year could come or whether the Fed will stop after this.

An initial reading on gross domestic product for the second quarter is due out Thursday morning and the latest reading on inflation in the form of the personal consumption expenditure index is due out on Friday.

The next big event for the Fed is its annual meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyo., later in August.

Boeing posts narrower-than-expected loss

In other stock movers, Boeing Company (NYSE: BA )was rising 5.8% after a narrower-than-expected loss, while Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO ) dipped 0.4% after hiking its forecasts for annual revenue and profit.

Oil was falling. Crude Oil WTI Futures was down 0.7% to $79.03 while Brent Oil Futures was down 0.6% to $82.77 a barrel. Gold Futures was up 0.2% to $1,968.

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