Stock Market Today: Stocks Climb After Solid Retail Sales, Cava IPO

It was a busy day of economic data, with most of Wall Street focused on May's stronger-than-expected retail sales report.

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Stocks started Thursday on a quiet note, but then jolted higher as investors digested global central bank news and a busy day of U.S. economic data that included stronger-than-expected retail sales figures.  

Following yesterday's pause on rate hikes from the Federal Reserve, the European Central Bank (ECB) overnight raised interest rates by a quarter-percentage point. Additionally, ECB President Christine Lagarde said the central bank is "very likely" to lift rates again at its July meeting.

"Yesterday's rate projection and economic outlook from the Federal Reserve and today's European Central Bank actions illustrate that monetary policymakers believe additional hawkish actions are still needed to curtail moderating but still high inflation," says José Torres, senior economist at Interactive Brokers

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Retail sales headline busy data day

Meanwhile, amid a jam-packed economic calendar, data from the Census Bureau showed retail sales rose 0.3% month-over-month in May. While this was slower than April's 0.4% increase, it exceeded economists' estimates. Also in focus was a pair of regional manufacturing reports that showed stabilizing factory activity in both New York and Philadelphia, as well as a flat reading on weekly jobless claims.

"With this week being the second consecutive week of high unemployment claims, investors are betting that the Fed isn't going to keep raising rates, as market bulls push equities to the highest level since April of last year," Torres adds.

Indeed, the Nasdaq Composite jumped 1.2% to 13,782, the S&P 500 soared 1.2% to 4,425 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose +1.3% to 34,408. 

Today's broad-based rally was paced by big gains in the communications services (+1.6%) and technology (+1.3%) sectors, with AI stocks in particular seeing outsized returns. Among the most notable movers were Microsoft (MSFT, +3.2%) and Adobe (ADBE, +2.4%), which have each rallied almost 50% for the year-to-date. 

Cava Group IPO sizzles

Another notable winner today was Cava Group (CAVA), which jumped 99% in its trading debut on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). The Mediterranean-restaurant chain on Wednesday priced its much-anticipated initial public offering (IPO) at $22 per share, up from the $17 to $19 range it projected earlier this week. Shares opened Thursday at $42.

This is one of the first big names to go public after a nearly two-year IPO drought "driven by the bear market, higher interest rates and overall negative investor sentiment," says David Trainer, CEO of investment research firm New Constructs. "The recent stock market strength may be increasing investor appetite for a new IPO." (Check out Kiplinger's list of the hottest upcoming IPOs to look out for this year.) However, Trainer adds that investors should be wary of new publicly traded companies like CAVA that are "unprofitable with sky-high valuations." 

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Karee Venema
Contributing Editor,

With over a decade of experience writing about the stock market, Karee Venema is an investing editor and options expert at She joined the publication in April 2021 after 10 years of working as an investing writer and columnist at Schaeffer's Investment Research. In her previous role, Karee focused primarily on options trading, as well as technical, fundamental and sentiment analysis.