Stocks open mixed on the shortened trading day over the holiday

Stocks opened mixed in a short day of trading on Black Friday.

Close to 9:35 a.m. ET, the S&P 500 is down less than 0.1%, the Dow is up 0.2%, and the Nasdaq is down about 0.5%.

The US stock market will close at 1:00 PM ET on Friday; Financial markets in the United States are closed on Thursday for Thanksgiving.

Stocks ended with gains on Wednesday, the last full trading session of the week, after minutes from the Federal Reserve’s latest meeting indicated a possible slowdown in the pace of interest rate hikes at the December central bank meeting.

US Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell attends a press conference in Washington, D.C., US, on November 2, 2022. The US Federal Reserve on Wednesday carried out its fourth consecutive interest rate hike by three-quarters of a percentage point, amid the worst inflation in four decades.  (Photo by Liu Ji/Xinhua via Getty Images)
US Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell attends a press conference in Washington, D.C., US, on November 2, 2022. The US Federal Reserve on Wednesday carried out its fourth consecutive interest rate hike by three-quarters of a percentage point, amid the worst inflation in four decades. (Photo by Liu Ji/Xinhua via Getty Images)

No major economic data or earnings reports are expected in the US, although investors and analysts will likely remain alert to early reports about how consumer demand stalled during the Black Friday holiday.

Data from Adobe Analytics released earlier this week showed that consumer spending rose 0.1% year-over-year during the first three weeks of November.

Energy markets remain in focus for investors, with West Texas crude oil up about 0.5% after an earlier move up about 3% early on Friday, a rebound that followed a slide in oil prices on Wednesday toward 2022 lows.

In overseas markets, stocks in Europe were on track to post a sixth straight week of gains.

Investors also traded news overnight that the People’s Bank of China will cut reserve requirements for the second time this year in an effort to stimulate the economy.

After weakening earlier this week, the greenback made a modest rally in the early Friday trading session.

In company news, Manchester United (MANU) shares rose as much as 9% early on Friday after surging 25% on Wednesday as reports continued about a possible sale of the English football club by the Glazer family, who also own the football club. English. Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

As US investors look forward to the end of November and the end of a challenging year in financial markets, Yahoo Finance’s Jared Blaker wrote in a Friday morning briefing that history suggests there are more positive times that could lie ahead for the market bulls.

During the period covering the Tuesday before Thanksgiving during the second trading day of the new year, the S&P 500 was higher 81% than the time since 1950. In the years when stocks rose during this period, the index rose 3.8%, on average.

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