Powell’s Pause Could Greenlight New Bull Market
|By Jordan Chussler
On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve announced it will pause its rate-hiking cycle after 10 consecutive increases to the effective federal funds rate.
This could bolster the newly emerging bull market, which so far has been driven primarily by just seven tech companies, five of which are the largest by market cap in the S&P 500.
However, with inflation continuing to subside and interest rates on hold — at least in the short term — this presents the broader market with the opportunity to join Big Tech in this year’s rally.
For now, it appears there’s cause for both cautious optimism and momentum on the backs of the S&P 500’s 14.66% year to date gain, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq’s 37.81% YTD gain.
From a macroeconomic standpoint:
- Since President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law in August 2022, consumer prices have been cut by more than half, falling from 8.9% to 4% through May 2023.
- Unemployment claims are at their lowest level since 1969.
- And the job market added a robust 339,000 nonfarm jobs last month, up from 253,000 in April and 248,000 in February.
That positivity is being reflected in investor sentiment, which for the second week in a row, is showing significant bullishness.
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To learn how to best capitalize on this momentum, here are this week’s top stories from your favorite Weiss Ratings experts.
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Until next time,
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