Stock Market Today: Stocks End Choppy Session With a Loss

A burst of buying power sent stocks higher mid-morning, but the markets couldn't maintain the momentum.

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The stock market kept investors on edge Thursday as markets bounced between positive and negative territory throughout the day.

Stocks initially opened lower as investors heard news that Liz Truss resigned as the United Kingdom's prime minister after a short and tumultuous tenure. However, the markets quickly turned higher amid well-received earnings reports from telecom AT&T (T (opens in new tab), +7.7%) and tech giant International Business Machines (IBM (opens in new tab), +4.7%). 

Not all stocks rose after earnings, though, with Tesla (TSLA (opens in new tab)) slumping 6.7% after the electric car maker said it will likely miss its 2022 deliveries target, blaming "an increase in the cars in transit at the end of the year."

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But the market's midday momentum couldn't be maintained, with stocks reversing course again around lunchtime. The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended the day down 0.3% at 30,333, while the S&P 500 Index (-0.8% at 3,665) and the Nasdaq Composite (-0.6% at 10,614) also chalked up modest losses.

"Quickly looking ahead to tomorrow, it is options expiration so be on the lookout for some additional volume and volatility around the open and the close," says  Michael Reinking, senior market strategist at the New York Stock Exchange. "Earnings will once again be in focus. There is no economic data in the U.S., but overnight we get Japan inflation, U.K. retail sales and European Union (EU) consumer confidence." Included in those earnings reports are social media firm Snap (SNAP (opens in new tab)), which reports tonight, and credit card company American Express (AXP (opens in new tab)), which will unveil its results ahead of tomorrow's open.

Are Stocks Cheap Enough to Buy?

Are stocks cheap enough to start buying? That's a question many investors may be asking themselves following the S&P 500's nearly 20% decline over the past 12 months. 

Answering that question is not an easy task. On one hand, the forward price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio for the S&P 500 is at its lowest point since the March 2020 crash, and technical indicators are pointing to more short-term upside for stocks. But on the other, signs are suggesting the volatility seen throughout 2022 will continue and the stock market has yet to hit a bottom. 

"We anticipate that financial markets are likely to continue to trade day-to-day in reaction to economic reports and/or comments by Fed officials," says Scott Wren, senior global market strategist Wells Fargo Investment Institute. "We advise to exercise patience in the near term, and expect potential better opportunities in the broader equity market next year." Read on as we explore what this all means for investors looking for bargains in today's market.

Karee Venema
Contributing Editor, Kiplinger.com

With over a decade of experience writing about the stock market, Karee Venema is an investing editor and options expert at Kiplinger.com. 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.