Wall Street ends up, hopes for a rate cut this year

Wall Street ends up, hopes for a rate cut this year
Wall Street ends up, hopes for a rate cut this year

>> Wall Street down, the cost of employment weighs before a Fed decision

>> Contrasted reactions on Wall Street after the Fed

>> Wall Street ends up, encouraged by the Fed

The floor of the New York Stock Exchange.
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The Dow Jones index gained 0.46%, the Nasdaq, with its strong technological coloring, jumped 1.19% and the S&P 500 advanced 1.03%, according to provisional results.

It’s another positive session”underlined Peter Cardillo of Spartan Capital, while Wall Street has regained color since the end of last week, firstly due to moderate comments from the Fed and especially after the employment figures on Friday May 3 .

These showed a slowdown in the American labor market, precisely what the Federal Reserve is looking for to bring inflation back to 2%. “Corporate results continue to be positive and employment data has reinforced hopes that the Fed will cut rates this year,” added Mr. Cardillo.

The United States economy created fewer jobs than expected in April, at 175,000 compared to 240,000 expected and 315,000 the month before. The unemployment rate increased slightly, to 3.9% compared to 3.8%.

This cooling of the job market is necessary, according to the Fed, to slow down both the economy and the rise in prices.

Several members of the Federal Reserve also spoke on Monday, May 6, including New York Fed President John Williams. He assured that there would be “possibly a reduction in rates” and that their current level was “in a good position”.

The president of the Richmond regional branch, Thomas Barkin, was optimistic in a speech on the trajectory of inflation, estimating that “the full effect of high rates was yet to come.”

On the stock market, Apple caught its breath (-0.91%) after the spectacular surge on Friday May 3 (+5.98%) which welcomed results that were less bad than expected. Tesla stock was sought after (+1.97%) after the electric vehicle maker added a new version to its Model Y, its most popular car.

Its competitor Rivian also climbed 2.58%, on the eve of announcing its quarterly results on Tuesday April 30. Shares of microprocessor and component makers provided momentum to the technology sector, with Nvidia gaining 3.77%, AMD 3.44% and Arm Holdings 5.19%.

AFP/VNA/CVN

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