US STOCKS-Wall St muted as weak earnings overshadow signs of…

Weekly jobless claims rise more than expected


Airbnb falls on weak Q2 revenue forecast


Roblox slumps after bookings forecast cut


Indexes: Dow off 0.06%, S&P up 0.01%, Nasdaq up 0.02%

(Updated at 09:37 a.m. ET/ 1337 GMT)

By Sruthi Shankar and Shristi Achar A

May 9 (Reuters) – U.S. stock indexes were muted on Thursday as a slate of downbeat earnings offset the impact of data that showed U.S. weekly jobless claims rose more than expected, kijang188 daftar indicating softening labor market conditions.

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 22,000 to a seasonally adjusted 231,000 for the week ended May 4, the Labor Department said. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast 215,000 claims in the latest week.

“Whenever we have an employment number that is weaker and it doesn’t meet our expectations, ironically, that bolsters the markets because the data was in favor of a rate cut rather than a rate hike,” said Peter Andersen, founder of Andersen Capital Management.

Last week, softer-than-expected payrolls numbers had fueled bets that the Federal Reserve will cut interest rates sometime this year.

Money market traders are pricing in U.S. rate cuts worth 47 basis points (bps) by the end of 2024, according to LSEG’s rate probabilities app, up from 44 bps before the latest jobless claims data.

The data also dragged down yields on 10-year Treasury notes , the benchmark for global borrowing costs, which had risen in the previous session and pressured equities.

This boosted rate-sensitive real estate index that outperformed the S&P 500 sectors. A 12.8% rise in data center operator Equinix after its first-quarter results also added to gains in the index.

But the cheer was limited as some companies reported disappointing earnings.

Chip designer Arm Holdings fell 5.1% as its full-year revenue forecast came in below expectations. Bigger rival Nvidia slipped marginally.

Warner Bros Discovery slid 1.3% after it reported a larger-than-expected quarterly loss, as its cable TV unit reported a slump in ad sales and the studio segment struggled due to Hollywood strikes and poor sales of “Suicide Squad” videogame.

Roblox slumped 21.5% after the video-gaming platform cut its annual bookings forecast, in a sign that people were dialing back spending amid an uncertain economic outlook and elevated levels of inflation.

At 09:37 a.m ET., the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 23.23 points, or 0.06%, to 39,033.16, the S&P 500 gained 0.72 points, or 0.01%, to 5,188.01 and the Nasdaq Composite gained 3.76 points, or 0.02%, to 16,306.51.

Robinhood Markets gained 5.4% after the online brokerage beat estimates for first-quarter profit, thanks to robust crypto trading volumes and rate hikes that boosted its net interest revenue.

Airbnb slid 6.7% after the vacation rental company forecast second-quarter revenue below market expectations, stoking fears of slowing growth.

Investors will focus on San Francisco Fed President Mary Daly’s speech later in the day for clues on U.S. rate path.

Boston Fed President Susan Collins on Wednesday expressed confidence that the current setting of monetary policy will slow the economy in a way she believes will be necessary to get inflation back to the Fed’s 2% target.

Advancing issues outnumbered decliners by a 1.73-to-1 ratio on the NYSE and by a 1.14-to-1 ratio on the Nasdaq.

The S&P 500 posted 14 new 52-week highs and 2 new lows while the Nasdaq recorded 50 new highs and 35 new lows. (Reporting by Sruthi Shankar and Shristi Achar A in Bengaluru; Editing by Devika Syamnath and Shinjini Ganguli)