Investors expect higher rates for longer

US stocks were almost flat on Wednesday

Yesterday, only the Nasdaq registered a small profit, while the other two indexes registered losses.

The S&P 500 finished at -0.16%, the Nasdaq ended the trading session at +0.13% and the Dow Jones closed at -0.26%.

That was Wall Street’s scenario after the release of the Federal Reserve meeting minutes.

The investors’ sentiment remains bullish as indicated in the graph below:

Sentiment indicator – Fear & Greed Index

The market sentiment is 62, in “Greed” mode.

Fed’s meeting minutes

The Federal Reserve meeting minutes of February have been published yesterday.

The report has shown that almost all the Fed’s members have voted for a 0.25% interest rate hike, with only a few in a favour of 50 basis points rate increase.

All of them, however, have agreed that is necessary to keep hiking the interest rate to bring down the inflation to its 2% target.

The recent economic data, which have shown a robust labour market and better than expected retail sales data, were not taken into consideration during the last gathering in February.

For this reason, most investors believe that the Federal Reserve will be more aggressive and will increase rates higher and for a longer period than previously predicted, to fight inflation.

What to watch today

The US Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the last quarter of 2022 is going to be published today at 13:30 GMT.

At the same time, the weekly US Initial Jobless claims will also be released, which is forecasted to be at 200K.

Both data are important to understand the health of the US economy.

Financial markets can be impacted, so there may be volatility.

Portfolio update

I am currently neutral and cautious about the stock market.

I hold long and short stock positions and aim to profit regardless of the market direction.

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If you are thinking of copying me, now could be the right time, if you can invest for the long term (years).

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Thank you, everyone. Have a nice day!

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Let me know if you have any questions.


Federica Montella

eToro Popular Investor


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