Dow Chucks Nearly 300 as Rally Fizzles

Stocks fell on Wednesday as the rally on Wall Street that has propelled equity prices higher since mid-June appeared to lose steam amid a fresh batch of retail earnings.

The Dow Jones Industrials waned 280.49 points to break for lunch at 33,871.62.

The S&P 500 fell 46.69 points, or 1.1%, to 4,258.51.

The NASDAQ Composite ditched 219.96 points, or 1.7%, to 12,882.58.

Traders continued to comb through corporate earnings from the retail sector that kicked off with Walmart and Home Depot on Tuesday.

Target shares slipped after the retailer posted earnings that widely missed expectations as it grapples with excess inventory, while Lowe’s traded higher despite a mixed quarter.

Meanwhile, data released by the Census Bureau on Wednesday showed retail sales remain unchanged in July amid declines in auto sales and gasoline prices, although consumers did increase spending online.

Wall Street also looked ahead to the release of minutes from the Fed’s most recent meeting, which could offer further insight into what could come at the central bank’s next meeting in September.

Further uncertainty remains in the market as the Federal Reserve plans to continue raising rates and shrinking the size of its balance sheet.

Treasury prices were down, raising yields to 2.91% from Tuesday’s 2.81%. Treasury prices and yields move in opposite direction.

Oil prices dipped 12 cents to $86.41 U.S. a barrel.

Gold prices fell $13.30 to $1,776.40 U.S. an ounce.