Tag: S&P 500

Fed: Rate Hikes Near – Weekly Update

January 18, 2022 | By Steven DiGregorio

Stocks Struggle Stocks were under pressure all week as investors grappled with higher bond yields and talk of possibly four rate hikes this year. Initially, intraday declines would bring out buyers and pare the losses. Investors were particularly heartened by Fed Chair Powell’s congressional testimony on Tuesday that softened the hawkish tone found in the […] READ MORE


Hawkish Fed; Stocks Retreat – Weekly Update

January 10, 2022 | By Steven DiGregorio

The Tech Wreck The perception of a more hawkish Fed put a hard stop to the year’s positive start and pushed bond yields higher and stocks into a broad retreat. Technology and other high-valuation shares were particularly hard hit by rising yields. Even the larger-capitalization technology companies with strong cash flows and profits were damaged. […] READ MORE


Stocks End Year Mostly Positive – Weekly Update

January 3, 2022 | By Steven DiGregorio

Stocks Notch Record Highs The end of the year is historically a strong period for stocks–a seasonal pattern dubbed “The Santa Claus Rally.” This year’s final week of trading did not disappoint as stocks posted healthy gains to kick off the week, despite a global increase in Omicron infections. Investors were buoyed by data that […] READ MORE


Fed Tightens Money Policy – Weekly Update

December 20, 2021 | By Steven DiGregorio

From Uncertain to Unsettled Stocks weakened ahead of Wednesday’s Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting as investors weighed how aggressive the Fed might be in reversing its easy-money policies. Investor sentiment was further dented by disappointing economic data. Retail sales fell short of expectations and a year-over-year jump of 9.6% in producer prices reflected price […] READ MORE


Omicron News Boosts Stocks – Weekly Update

December 13, 2021 | By Steven DiGregorio

Assessing Omicron Though much is still unknown about the Omicron variant, reports of potentially milder health effects and the efficacy of booster shots ignited optimism that its economic impact would be less severe than originally feared. Stocks rallied higher each of the first three days, with strong gains in many of the reopening stocks, such […] READ MORE


Powell Surprises; Omicron Concerns – Weekly Update

December 6, 2021 | By Steven DiGregorio

A Tumultuous Week Stock prices were volatile all week, swinging wildly after staging a modest recovery to begin the week. Omicron fears were not the only issue weighing on investors. Markets were also rattled by Fed Chair Powell’s Congressional testimony stating conditions warranted considering an acceleration of its bond purchase taper schedule. Last week’s roller-coaster […] READ MORE


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