Wall St. closes lower as Fed steps up rate-hike bet



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Wall St. closes lower as Fed steps up rate-hike bet

On Thursday, all three key indices of Wall St. had closed out the session in red inks, stretching out their latest run of losing streak into a second straight day, as Fed’s Evans was quoted saying earlier in the session that US Federal Reserve would highly likely to head towards a rate-hike to a range between 4.50 to 4.75 per cent, adding to investors’ woes amid a cataclysmic build-up in price pressure.

On top of that, in the day’s losses in key indices in Wall Street, were almost entirely galvanized by a number of negative fundamentals including a rise in inflationary pressure due to an increase in oil prices, while a growing investors’ bet on an upbeat non-firm payroll data due this week had added to further strains.

Earlier in the week, the OPEC+ member states had agreed to slash their output by 2 million barrels per day or nearly a 2 per cent of entire global output, eventually adding to further inflationary pressure which in effect had solidified cases for the US Federal Reserve to stay on a hawkish path.

Apart from that, US weekly jobless claims rose more than anticipated last week as anticipated by the US Federal Reserve, while latest JOLTS data had simmered US labour market’s outlook further.

Wall St. plunges as a number of negative fundamentals weigh

Citing statistics, in the day’s Wall St.

closing bell, the trade-sensitive Dow dwindled 1.15 per cent to 29,924.83 and Wall Street benchmark S&P 500 shed 1.03 per cent to 3,744.34, while tech-heavy Nasdaq was jolted 0.68 per cent to 11,074.93. Meanwhile, addressing that the market has been gradually receiving the Fed’s forecast, a chief investment officer for private wealth at Glenmede in Philadelphia, Jason Pride said, “The market has been slowly getting the Fed's message.

There's a likelihood that the Fed with further rate hikes pushes the economy into a recession in order to bring inflation down. We don't think the markets have fully picked up on this”.