Stocks are regaining ground after huge selloff

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Updated 5:01 p.m. ET, September 29, 2021
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4:03 p.m. ET, September 29, 2021

Stocks finish mixed

From CNN Business' Anneken Tappe

US stocks ended mixed on Wednesday, as the Nasdaq Composite failed to hold onto earlier gains. The index closed 0.2% lower.

The Dow ended up 0.3%, or 91 points, while the S&P 500 rose 0.2%.

Investors could take a breath Wednesday following another steep selloff in the prior session after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said high inflation would stay for a little while longer.

Dollar Tree (DLTR) was by far the strongest stock in the S&P and closed up more than 16% after the company said it would sell more items for more than $1.

3:53 p.m. ET, September 29, 2021

Dollar Tree will sell more stuff for above $1

From CNN Business' Nathaniel Meyersohn

Dollar Tree for decades has sold most of its products for a dollar. Now it's adding products for higher prices at thousands of stores.

The company said Tuesday that it will begin selling items at $1.25 and $1.50 at some locations for the first time. It will also add $3 and $5 items to more stores, expanding on a prior strategy in recent years to move away from only offering goods for $1.

Dollar Tree (DLTR) has a treasure hunt-like atmosphere in stores and caters to suburban, middle-income shoppers. It carries primarily seasonal goods, toys, stationary, home decor, kitchenware and party items. The company said its latest moves to raise prices will allow it to expand its assortment and introduce new products.

Dollar Tree CEO Michael Witynski also told the Wall Street Journal that the addition of items above $1 was in part a response to rising costs the chain is facing.

Read the full story here.

3:40 p.m. ET, September 29, 2021

The Nasdaq is back in the green

From CNN Business' Anneken Tappe

Well that didn't last long...

The Nasdaq Composite is back in the green, up 0.3%. That means all three major Wall Street indexes are higher, trying to retrace some of yesterday's lost ground.

The Dow is up 0.7%, or some 240 points, and the S&P 500 is trading 0.6% higher as well.

2:02 p.m. ET, September 29, 2021

Stocks are mixed

From CNN Business' Anneken Tappe

With only two hours left in the trading day, the three major indexes are mixed.

The Nasdaq Composite had given up its earlier gains and is down 0.1%.

The Dow remains up 0.4%, or 120 points, and the S&P 500 is up 0.3%.

Dollar Tree (DLTR) is the strongest gainer in the S&P, up 16% after the company announced it would raise prices.

1:15 p.m. ET, September 29, 2021

Here's how investors should think about the stock market volatility

From CNN Business' Anneken Tappe

The stock market's past few sessions have been a rollercoaster.

"I think the volatility has been a long time coming," said Katie Nixon, chief investment officer at Northern Trust Wealth Management.

The relative calm in the market in the months preceding the current wobbles were a setup for the recent turbulence. But Nixon believes the current perfect storm of economic and political issues might be just a pause for stocks to climb higher, she said on the CNN Business digital live show Markets Now.

So what are investors to do? Stay steady, diversify, and know what you own seems to be the answer.

"We have always said it's not a question of either/or with value and growth [stocks]," said Nixon. For example, she anticipates that "cyclicals can do well at the start of next year."

But she added, "at the same time we cannot overlook the resilience of some of these large tech companies."

So if you want to be more balanced in your investments, own both. Bond allocations are driven by how much protection and access to cash a portfolio needs in times of stress.

Looking ahead to 2022, Nixon believes earnings will be strong, strong enough to offset worries about expected tax increases coming from Washington.

1:03 p.m. ET, September 29, 2021

The government won't shut down: strategist

From CNN Business' Anneken Tappe

Washington is in midst of a dramatic debt showdown with lawmakers grappling to lift the debt ceiling to keep the government from running out of cash next month.

But Greg Valliere, chief US policy strategist at AGF Investments, doesn't believe a shutdown is looming.

"I think there'll be a deal in the next 24 hours," he said on the CNN Business' digital live show Markets Now. "Not that the market would sell off if there wasn't."

The chance that America would default on its debt obligations is "very slim, 5% or something like that," Valliere said.

"I think there'll be a deal," he added, "and if not, I think the Fed still has some more tricks up its sleeve."

That said, if the Federal Reserve did have to step in, that wouldn't fully resolve the issue and might well roil the markets.

Meanwhile, President Joe Biden's spending plans might well get a haircut, even though the infrastructure plan is popular among Republican policy markers. Even with a lower sticker price, however, the government will still end up spending a lot of money, Valliere said.

12:24 p.m. ET, September 29, 2021

BOE Gov says the UK is past the peak of the fuel crisis

From CNN Business' Anneken Tappe

"Governor Bailey, what is happening in the UK?"

Yes, we would all like to know. Especially the people in line at the gas stations who can't fuel their cars.

"It's a form of a supply-side shock. We've had a number of shortages and supply-side shocks," the Bank of England Governor said during the ECB policy panel. Some of these issues are domestic and some are international, he added.

As to the long lines at British gas stations, he commented: "I think we've already passed the peak on that because we're not actually short on fuel." However, what the UK doesn't have enough of is drivers who can ferry that fuel to gas stations. So it's not the fuel shortage, but that driver shortage...

As to the shortage of global chips, that's a scarcity that's complicated to solve. "Monetary policy can't reduce supply-side shocks," Bailey said. "Monetary policy can't produce computer chips."

12:14 p.m. ET, September 29, 2021

Fed chair: This inflation is transitory, dammit!

From CNN Business' Anneken Tappe

Poor Jerome Powell.

Once again, the Federal Reserve boss had to explain why on Earth he thinks the high pandemic-era inflation is only temporary, or in his words "transitory."

"The current inflation spike will not lead to a new inflation regime in which inflation will remain high year after year," Powell said during the ECB policy panel.

In June and July, consumer price inflation stood at a 13-year high before coming off the peak in August.

But if this period of higher inflation lasts long enough it could change the way people think about inflation and their own spending, so the Fed is keeping a close eye on that. So far, that's not the case though, according to Powell.

12:13 p.m. ET, September 29, 2021

Supply chain issues and energy price hikes among threats to the recovery: central bankers

From CNN Business' Anneken Tappe

The introductions at the European Central Bank's panel discussion were all about threats to the economic outlook. Oof.

ECB boss Christine Lagarde said that how long the supply chain bottlenecks would last is a big question mark, but they seem to be continuing in some sectors. She cited the recent significant increase of the price of energy as a risk for the European economy going forward.

"These are base effects of what we saw last year," Lagarde said. "We'll see how long it takes until that fades away."

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said that "the outlook, while quite positive in the medium term, is uncertain," although he has said that he expects a strong 2022. "Getting delta under control... still remains the more important economic policy that we have."

But in something of a caveat he added, "it's supply side constraints that are really holding back the economy."