US economy is growing as US retail sales data suggest

A positive day for Wall Street

On Wednesday, the US stock market went up.

All three major indexes have registered profits.

The S&P 500 finished at +0.28%, the Nasdaq ended the trading session at +0.92% and the Dow Jones ended at +0.11%.

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

Sentiment indicator – Fear & Greed Index

The market sentiment is at 74 in the “Greed” mode and is going towards the extreme greed mode.

Strong US retail sales data

The Commerce Department, yesterday, released the retail sales data for the month of January.

There has been a rise of 3% in retail spending last month, which was much more than the 1.8% forecasted by the economists.

That was the largest monthly gain since March 2021 as consumers spent more on vehicles and dining out.

US retail sales data is very important to understand the status of the economy and strong data, such as the one released yesterday, indicates economic growth.

The Federal Reserve is implementing a restrictive monetary policy to slow down the economy and reduce high inflation and based on the latest data there are high chances that there will be no rate cuts this year.

The next Fed meeting will be next month and investors believe that there will be another interest rate rise of 0.25%.

Today’s data to watch

The Labour Department will release the initial jobless claim, today at 13:30 GMT.

The data is forecasted to be at 200k.

Today the financial markets can be volatile due to this report.

Portfolio Update

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Author: Federica Montella
eToro Popular Investor, food lover and blogger. Stock trader and Popular Investor at eToro. I am on a mission to find the best restaurants and food to eat.