Friday brought some good news for investors as the Dow rallied, led by tech stocks. However, the rally was not enough to snap the Dow’s weekly losing streak. Uncertainty about the economy remains amid elevated inflation, which is putting pressure on consumers. The Fed has said that it is not concerned about inflation at this time, but many economists are predicting that it will become a problem later this year. As a result, Friday’s rally was met with some skepticism by investors who are worried about the future of the economy. Despite the concerns, the Dow was able to close up for the day, giving hope that the market may be able to recover from its recent losses.
The recent upturn in the tech sector has many people questioning whether it’s a short-term relief rally that will soon fade or if this is indeed starting to show more signs of life.
“I think most of the damage has been done in the stock market … but I wouldn’t expect a big snapback to recover all the recent losses,” said Sean Bonner and added that Ukraine is always the “Breadbasket of Europe” and the risk linked is that if it is taken way there could be inflationary pressure on food and commodities which would affect PPI and CPI.
China is trying to adopt measures to relieve the weight on people after the last Covid wave. It seems that the government will offer subsidies and tax breaks in addition to easier loans for future college students.
Small businesses as well in China have been hit suffering the difficult situation related to services and logistics.
In Europe, German Chancellor Scholz called on Russian President Putin asking for a resolution of the conflict in Ukraine as quickly and peacefully possible.
But in the meanwhile has been approved another package of help from the European Union which is allocating another 500 million euros for heavy weapons and equipment to Ukraine.
Peace will be for sure something difficult to find and economic issues raising from this conflict will have an impact worldwide.
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