Investors fear high inflation, Wall Street index closes in red on policy

U.S. stocks ended a slightly lower whips session on Thursday, as investors rallied on more aggressive tightening from the Federal Reserve, raising fears of a sharp rise in inflation.

The three major US stock indexes were spotted and the S&P 500 came within significant distance of confirming that it had entered a bear market after hitting an all-time high on January 3.

When the dust settles, S&P and Dow turn moderately red, but Nasdaq makes a slight gain.
Indexes have grown wildly in recent sessions, often reversing sell-offs by early assembly or closing bells.

Ryan Detrick, chief market strategist at Charlotte’s LPL Financial, said: “This wild swing above or below 2% is very rare, and in such a short period of time, this amount of volatility shows a very fragile investor mentality,” said North Carolina.

“Continued concerns over inflation, which appears to have reached the top but remain stubbornly high, continue to worry investors, pushing S&P to the brink of a better market.”

The top Megacap names on the market, which improved during the low-interest environment of the epidemic, were the biggest draw, with Apple Inc. and Microsoft Corporation the heaviest.

Recent economic data, most recently the Producer Price Report, published just before the opening hour, suggests that the price increase reached its peak in March.

Nevertheless, the Fed is expected to raise key interest rates by at least 50 basis points at least three times next month, to toss cold water over demand and curb rising prices.

The US Senate on Friday confirmed Jerome Powell as chairman of the Fed for a second term.

The move “was widely anticipated and opened the door for the Fed to continue fighting the 40-year high of inflation, with many more interest rates likely to rise this year,” Detrick added.

Geopolitical tensions surrounding Russia’s war against Ukraine were dialed up by Finland’s announcement that it would apply for NATO membership, with Sweden expected to follow suit. The Kremlin has vowed to take revenge.

Called a “special military operation” by Russian President Vladimir Putin, the conflict has fueled the flames of inflation by putting pressure on global energy and grain supplies.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 103.81 points, or 0.33%, to 31,730.3, the S&P 500 lost 5.1 points, or 0.13%, to 3,930.08, and the Nasdaq Composite gained 6.73 points, or 61,61,30%.

The day wrapped up in six of the 11 key sectors of the S&P 500, with healthcare enjoying the highest percentage gains.

Utility and tech stocks have suffered the most. The earnings season is nearing its final expansion, and according to recent data, according to Refinitive, 79% of S&P 500 companies who posted results earned better than expected.

Analysts are now seeing an 11% increase in total revenue for the first-quarter S&P 500, up 6.4% at the end of each quarter.
Shares of luxury subsidiary Tapestry Inc. jumped 15.5% after Kovid lifted restrictions and expressed confidence in the return of Chinese demand.

Beyond Meat Inc fell 4.2% after the plant-based food producer reported quarterly losses.

Twitter Inc. fell 2.2%. In the wake of Elon Musk’s takeover efforts, its chief executive has suspended appointments and announced the departure of two of its leaders.

The 1.15-to-1 ratio has reduced the number of problems advancing on the NYSE; On the Nasdaq, a 1.15-to-1 ratio favors progressives.

The S&P 500 posted 1 new 52-week high and 74 new lows; The Nasdaq Composite recorded 6 new highs and 1,317 new lows.

The volume on the US exchange was 16.17 billion shares, compared to an average of 13.03 billion in the last 20 trading days.

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