S&P 500 ends just shy of record as earnings parade continues By Investing.com

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Investing.com — The S&P 500 staged a late dash from the lows of the day as the race to record highs resumed following a recent stumble as broadening out of the rally on stronger corporate earnings helped soften the blow from chip-led weakness in tech stocks.    

By 15:35 ET (20:35 GMT), the benchmark gained 0.1% to 4,954.24, just shy of its prior record Feb. 2 close of 4,958.61. The tech-heavy rose 0.1%, and the blue chip had climbed by 141 points or 0.1%.

Eli Lilly, Palantir, Spotify impress on earnings stage

Eli Lilly (NYSE:) ended just below the flatline after giving up gains despite reporting fourth-quarter results that topped estimates, driven by soaring demand for its new suite of obesity and diabetes drugs. 

Palantir Technologies Inc (NYSE:) surged nearly 31% after reporting Q4 beat on both the top and bottom lines as commercial revenue jumped underpinned by new business deals. “Its clear that as AI use cases explode enterprise chief investment officers are looking towards [Palantir CEO] Alex Karp  as the AI golden child for a platform to build out AI frameworks for the future,” Wedbush said in a note, after lifting its price target on the stock to $30 from $25.

Spotify Technology SA (NYSE:), meanwhile, narrowed its losses in fourth quarter after revenue climbed 17% as the music streaming racked in more monthly active users than Wall Street expected. Its shares rose nearly 4%.    

Tech slips on dip in chips; Docusign falls as takeover hopes cool

Tech stocks, meanwhile, were dragged lower by weaker semiconductor stocks, with NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:), Advanced Micro Devices Inc (NASDAQ:), and Rambus Inc (NASDAQ:) leading the declines, with latter slumping 19% after reporting a slip in revenue in Q4 year-on-year 

DocuSign Inc (NASDAQ:) fell 2% after the company said it would layoff of 6% of its workforce and signaled that it would remain a public company following a Reuters reports that talks with potential suitors had stalled. The job cuts were part of restructuring plan that company said will help it “realize its multi-year growth aspirations as an independent public company.”

Fed speakers continue to echo higher for longer rates

Federal Reserve officials continued to reiterate that the Fed isn’t in a rush to cut rates as there remains work to be done on slowing inflation to the 2% target.  

Minneapolis fed president Neel Kashkari said recent inflation data on a six-month, or three months basis, show that inflation is “basically” at target, though cautioned that it is “not all the way there yet.”   

The remarks arrived on the heels of Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland President Loretta Mester saying that policymakers will likely cut rates later this year should inflation continue to cool, though added that there was “no rush” to cut.

(Scott Kanowsky, Oliver Gray contributed to this report.)

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