Market volatility remained the focus this past week. On Wall Street, the Dow Jones, S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 fell about 1.8%, 2.3% and 2.9%, respectively. Things were not looking much better in Europe. The DAX 40 and FTSE 100 sank roughly 3.3% and 1.5%, respectively. In the Asia-Pacific region, the Nikkei 225 and Hang Seng Index dropped 1.7% and 2.3%, respectively.
This was despite a softer US inflation report for November. The focus remained on central banks instead. The Federal Reserve delivered a 50-basis point rate hike and continued to stress that more work needs to be done on fighting price pressures. Meanwhile, the European Central Bank surprised markets with a more aggressive hawkish tone.
The latter meant a relatively solid week for the Euro. Unsurprisingly, risk aversion meant that the sentiment-linked Australian and New Zealand Dollars underperformed. Gold ended relatively flat as a cautiously stronger US Dollar was offset by softening Treasury yields. Despite the deterioration in risk appetite, crude oil prices managed to push higher.
Economic event risk notably cools off as we approach the end of 2022. PCE core, which is the Fed’s preferred inflation gauge, will cross the wires in the week ahead. A softer outcome could underscore a less-hawkish Fed. Meanwhile, the Bank of Japan interest rate decision is due for USD/JPY. What else is in store for markets in the week ahead?
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How Markets Performed – Week of 12/12
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