There’s continued volatility in the markets this morning following comments made by Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell on Wednesday — and more in Thursday’s stock market recap.
Powell said the Fed “expects it will soon be appropriate” to raise interest rates, which will likely happen this March.
Major indices rose immediately following this statement, only to give their gains back as the day wore on and Powell took on more targeted questions about the central bank’s balance sheet. He also acknowledged high inflation and said businesses and consumers feel it hasn’t gotten any better.
In other news, the latest gross domestic product (GDP) data came in better than expected, indicating a strong end to 2021 despite the spread of the omicron variant. GDP for the fourth quarter was 6.9% versus an estimate of 5.5%. The annualized rate is 5.7%, the strongest pace the U.S. has seen since 1984 during the Ronald Reagan administration.
In this morning’s stock market recap video, you’ll learn why bonds are so strong… whether volatility is peaking out… what a typical downside correction looks like… what market internals are pointing to… which sectors are rising right now… the most likely scenario for the Fed in the next few months… and how to stay safe in the current market cycle with the top defensive sector and an option pick!
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Stock Market Recap: By the Numbers
This morning’s stock market futures recap:
- Close: 34,168.09.
- Futures: 34,214.
- Change: +159.
S&P 500 (mini)
- Close: 4,349.93.
- Futures: 4,378.25.
- Change: +36.75.
- Close: 14,172.76.
- Futures: 14,313.75.
- Change: +155.25.
- Close: 1,976.46.
- Futures: 1,987.9.
- Change: +15.3.
Note: Updated as of 9:19 a.m. EST
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