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Global stocks rise, U.S. yields fall as inflation slows

Economy Aug 12, 2022 05:10PM ET
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By Chibuike Oguh

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Global equity markets rose while U.S. Treasury yields fell on Friday as investors tempered their expectations of the scale of the Federal Reserve's interest rate raising cycle as falling oil prices helped to cool inflation.

Market sentiment has been buoyed by U.S. Labor Department data this week showing a slowdown in consumer and producer prices in July following a series of interest rate hikes by the Fed.

"With inflation now backing off, all the managers who stayed in cash and didn't believe we could move off the June lows are now being forced back into the market," said Thomas Hayes, chairman at Great Hill Capital.

The MSCI world equity index, which tracks shares in 50 countries, was up 1.1%. The pan-European STOXX 600 index gained 0.16%.

U.S. Treasury yields were down as traders weighed a likely moderation of the Fed's monetary policy stance. Benchmark 10-year note yields dipped to 2.8385%, after reaching 2.902% on Thursday, the highest since July 22.

"With inflation coming down, consumer confidence is going to be coming back, and employment is still strong, you could see a situation where the market has stabilized and the economic numbers continue to slow based on the lag effect of the Fed tightening that has already happened," Hayes added.

All three main Wall Street indexes ended higher, making it the fourth straight week of gains, driven by stocks in technology, healthcare, communication services, consumer discretionary and financials.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 1.27% to 33,761.05, while the S&P 500 gained 1.73% to 4,280.15 and the Nasdaq Composite added 2.09% to 13,047.19.

Oil prices dipped around 2% on expectations that supply disruptions in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico would be short-term, while recession fears clouded the demand outlook.

Brent crude futures fell 1.5% to settle at $98.15 a barrel, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude fell 2.4% to settle at $92.09 a barrel.

The dollar rallied but was set for a weekly drop as traders weighed the improving U.S. inflation data against comments from Fed officials who cautioned that the battle against rising prices was far from over.

San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank President Mary Daly on Thursday said she was open to the possibility of another 75 basis-point hike in September.

The dollar index rose 0.542%, with the euro down 0.6% to $1.0255.

Gold prices advanced, helped by a drop in U.S. Treasury yields, and setting bullion on path for a fourth straight week of gains.

Spot gold added 0.7% to $1,801.76 an ounce. U.S. gold futures gained 0.56% to $1,799.70 an ounce.

 

 

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YE KOKO
YE KOKO Aug 14, 2022 8:59AM ET
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Lol a few days of pumping because Fed might slow rate hikes as inflation "dropped"... Today rate hike fear 🤣🤣
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The stock Alley Aug 12, 2022 12:23AM ET
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Here you guys go again with making up things. Its no proof the market is down due to the fed. This should be considered market manipulation by you guys. No one is worried about the fed that I know who trade stocks. Get it together and stop the false narrative please.
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it is common knowledge that as Fed hikes interest rates, stocks go down.  the hike in interest rates is to slow economy and *****demand which will lower inflation.   when economy is slow and demand is killed, then earnings will suffer.   you just havent seen it yet, only 1/2 of companies predicting slower Q3 and Q4 at Q2 earnings call.   the other half will in Q3 earnings calls.   rates will keep going up and that compresses multiples.
 
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