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US stocks trade mixed as banks rebound and investors turn focus to April inflation data

Trader NYSE greenTraders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shortly after the opening bell in New York, U.S., March 17, 2020.

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  • US stocks were mixed on Monday as investors turn their attention to the Wednesday release of April CPI data.
  • The inflation report will help guide the Fed as to whether it hikes interest rates in June.
  • Regional bank stocks extended their gains from Friday after recent data showed deposits are not fleeing.

US stocks were mixed on Monday as bank stocks rallied while investors get ready for a key inflation report on Wednesday.

The consumer price index report for April will help guide the Federal Reserve in its interest rate decision at the next FOMC meeting in mid-June. The Fed hiked rates last week for the 10th consecutive time, increasing the fed funds rate by 25 basis points to just over 5%.

Some relief was found in regional bank stocks on Monday, with the sector extending its rebound from Friday as recent data showed continued stability in the deposit base of smaller banks. Shares of PacWest Bancorp surged 30% on Monday after the stock rallied 82% on Friday.

Here’s where US indexes stood shortly after the 9:30 a.m. ET opening bell on Monday:

Here’s what else is happening this morning:

In commodities, bonds and crypto:

  • West Texas Intermediate crude oil rose 2.79% to $73.33 per barrel. Brent crude, oil’s international benchmark, jumped 2.35% to $77.07.
  • Gold rose 0.26% to $2,030.60 per ounce.
  • The yield on the 10-year Treasury jumped 6 basis point to 3.49%.
  • Bitcoin dropped 2.02% to $27,997, while ether fell 0.58% to $1,868. 
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