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Wall St set to open lower as earnings roll in, chipmakers retreat By Reuters

Wall St set to open lower as earnings roll in, chipmakers retreat

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By Shreyashi Sanyal and Johann M Cherian

(Reuters) -U.S. stock indexes were set to open lower on Tuesday as corporate reports from bellwethers including 3M, Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:) and GE pushed earnings season into high gear, while chip companies retreated after bouncing in the previous session.

In a week packed with high-profile earnings reports and key economic data, investors will now look to assess the impact of the Federal Reserve’s rate-hiking spree. The central bank is widely expected to raise rates by another quarter of a percentage point next week.

Industrial conglomerate 3M Co fell 4.7%, leading the decliners among Dow components in premarket trading, after reporting a fall in quarterly profit.

Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE:) dropped 2.6% after forecasting annual profit below estimates as it grapples with slowing growth in wireless customer sign-ups.

Johnson & Johnson shares fell 1.4% after the healthcare giant warned that its medical devices business would be hit by China’s COVID-19 surge in the first half of 2023, even as it beat estimates for fourth-quarter profit.

General Electric (NYSE:) Co rose 2.2% as it topped quarterly profit estimates, boosted by strong demand for its engines and after-market services.

“It’s going to be earnings now that will direct the market’s direction and as far as today is concerned, we’re looking at a mixed session,” said Peter Cardillo, chief market economist at Spartan Capital Securities in New York.

Wall Street’s main indexes started the earnings-heavy week on solid ground amid renewed appetite for growth stocks following a battering last year.

After logging its biggest gain in over two months on Monday, Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:) Inc slipped 2.6% as brokerage Bernstein downgraded the chipmaker to “market-perform” from “outperform” citing a bleak outlook for the PC market.

Other chipmakers including Nvidia (NASDAQ:) Corp, Intel Corp (NASDAQ:) and Broadcom (NASDAQ:) Inc fell between 0.4% and 1.3%.

Shares of Microsoft Corp (NASDAQ:), which is scheduled to report quarterly earnings after the bell, were flat.

Big Tech earnings could also determine whether renewed enthusiasm for growth stocks will be sustained.

“In the near-term, the answer seemingly lies with tech earnings … longer-term, if we do…

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