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The consumer outlook for inflation decreased significantly in July amid a sharp drop in gas prices and a growing belief that the rapid surges in food and housing also would ebb in the future.  The New York Federal Reserve’s monthly Survey of Consumer Expectations showed that respondents expect inflation to run at a 6.2% pace over the next year and a 3.2% rate for the next three years.  While those numbers are still very high by historical standards, they mark a big drop-off from the respective 6.8% and 3.6% results from the June survey.

U.S. mortgage rates are tumbling even after the Federal Reserve hiked its benchmark interest rate by 75 basis points last week.  In fact, the average rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage has dipped below 5% for the first time since early April, a new report shows.  This is still significantly higher than last year — and the combination of high prices and interest rates is driving a reset in fundamentals.  With borrowing costs setting an affordability ceiling for many buyers, home sales are dropping.

The chip giant Nvidia announced weaker-than-expected revenue for the second quarter, putting pressure on semiconductor stocks. Shares of the chip giant fell more than 6%, and rival stocks like AMD and Broadcom were also under pressure.

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