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Quick Recap of a Volatile Week so Far
by Mark O’Brien – Cannon Trading
So far this week, major stock indexes and benchmark interest rate sensitive instruments continued their erratic behavior.
Monday night (China’s Tuesday daytime): the Shanghai Composite index fell 5.1%, its worst selloff in more than two years. The yuan hit its lowest level since late 2020.
Investors are worried that the strict policies China has implemented to combat its most recent Covid-19 will add to the pressures weighing on China’s economic growth and further disrupt global supply chains.
Tuesday: U.S. stock indexes followed China’s with the S&P 500
closing down ±120 points, or 2.8%. The Dow Jones Industrial
Average declined ±809 points, or 2.4%. The Nasdaq
Composite lost ±514 points, a ±4% pull-back its largest one-day percentage decline since September 2020.
Fears about a resurgence of Covid-19 cases in China, and global inflation are weighing on companies and consumers. The Federal Reserve’s indications that it will quickly tighten monetary policy are threatening to drag on growth.
Wednesday: Federal Reserve governor Lael Brainard won Senate confirmation Tuesday to become the central bank’s vice chairwoman and top adviser to Chairman Jerome Powell.
Fed watchers believe Ms. Brainard’s promotion isn’t likely to change the central bank’s near-term interest-rate policy plans because she has already been serving as a top lieutenant to Mr. Powell.
The yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury note
closed at 2.773%, close to its highest level since 2018. Investors have sold bonds in anticipation of higher interest rates.
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