The showdown between the Fed and the markets this week may decide the fate of the stock rally in early 2023

Let’s get ready to move. The Fed and investors appear to be locked in what one seasoned market watcher described as an epic game of “chicken”. What Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell says on Wednesday may determine the winner. Here is the conflict. Fed policymakers have steadfastly insisted that the federal funds rate, now at … Read more

Investors beware. Citi says it’s the market’s relationship to data that may shift when the Fed pauses.

On Friday, stocks looked poised to roll back as Wall Street closed out the week. That’s fine, S&P 500 SPX It is already up 5.75% in 2023, buoyed by the belief that a slowing economy and declining inflation will allow the Federal Reserve to be less aggressive in raising borrowing costs. This means that the … Read more

Retailers revive stock market, but support may be fleeting: analysts

Net inflows into US equities by retail investors continued to rise over the past week as the stock market kicked off the new year in a booming mood, but data analysts at Vanda Research said the pace of buying could easily ease if the bullish momentum stalls. Marco Iachini, senior vice president of Fanta Research, … Read more

Households earning $100,000 or more cut spending more aggressively. What’s going on?

We want to hear from our readers who have stories to share about the effects of rising costs and a changing economy. If you would like to share your experience, write to readerstories@marketwatch.com. Please write your name and the best way to reach you. A reporter may be in touch. High-income families feel the inflation … Read more

Opinion: Any way you slice it, the bears are controlling the stock market right now

The US stock market, according to the S&P 500 SPX index, -0.76%And It tried again to break through both the downtrend line defining this bear market and the declining 200-day moving average of the S&P 500. Again, it failed. This is the fourth time since the market peak in January 2022 that the SPX has … Read more

Why the stock market was not affected by the first monthly drop in consumer prices in more than two years

Inflation data may not be the biggest catalyst for stocks as it used to be. US stocks rebounded near a close higher on Thursday, although investors got some encouraging inflation news after the consumer price index for December showed its first monthly decline since the pandemic swept across the globe in 2020. Given that inflation … Read more