More Hikes & Fall In Markets - Doo Prime News
Doo Prime News > Analysis > Expert Opinion > More Hikes & Fall In Markets

U.S. stocks closed lower on Friday, 19th August 2022, breaking a four week winning streak after Fed officials commented on the need to raise rates.  

St Louis’s James Bullard called for another 75-basis point hike. In an interview, he said he favored going big again, so as to put significant downward pressure on inflation.  

Kansas City’s Ester George also called for more hikes, but she was less hawkish than Bullard.  

Then on Friday, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond President, Thomas Barkin said the central bank was resolved to curb red-hot inflation, even if that meant risking a U.S. economic recession. 

“We’re committed to returning inflation to our 2% target and we’ll do what it takes to get there,” Barkin said on Friday during an event in Ocean City, Maryland. 

Most notably the U.S. 10-year yield rallied to close at 2.97%, which put pressure on tech stocks. 

The Expiration of $2 trillion in options on Friday may have also caused some downside pressure to the markets, pushing the VIX above 20 especially since the S&P failed to break a key resistance at 4300. 

For the week, the S&P 500 fell 1.2% and the Dow Jones average ticked 0.2% lower while the Nasdaq Composite slid 2.6%. 

Here are the closing levels on Friday, 19th August 2022:-  

 Last Change %Change 
Dow Jones 33,706.74 -292.30. -0.86% 
S&P 500 4,228.48. -55.26. -1.29% 
Nasdaq Comp 12,705.21. -260.13. -2.01% 
U.S. 10Y 2.97%   
VIX 20.6 +1.04 +5.32% 

The fall in markets should not have come as a surprise as I mentioned at the end of my last commentary.  

The markets looked a little stretched and short sellers came out while some longs decided to book some profits after a huge run-up in prices recently. 

Will this be a turning point or just a pause from the recent rally? 

The retail army got burnt with Bed Bath & Beyond tumbling 40% after Ryan Cohen sold his entire stake.  

You can also link the fall in Bitcoin and crypto-linked stocks to the added pain to the retail investors. Not sure how much more pain can they take. 

The market is now focusing on the fact that the Feds are not done tightening.  

With Jackson hole next week, comments from Fed officials will probably confirm that they are committed to bringing inflation down and therefore too premature to call for a halt or slowdown in hiking rates. 

If we do not rebound from this selloff, chances are there is more downside to come. 

We need some positive market news to prevent this, otherwise, more will be tempted to book profits and stay on the side-lines until the next bull run. 

Advise caution for next week. 

Source: CBOE, Bloomberg

This commentary is written by James Gomes 
James has been in the finance industry for over 30 years and most recently worked for a large U.S. bank for more than 20 years. 

Risk Disclosure   
Trading in financial instruments involves high risks due to the fluctuation in the value and prices of the underlying financial instruments. Due to the adverse and unpredictable market movements, large losses exceeding the investor’s initial investment could incur within a short period of time. The past performance of a financial instrument is not an indication of its future performance.  Investments in certain services should be made on margin or leverage, where relatively small movements in trading prices may have a disproportionately large impact on the client’s investment and the client should therefore be prepared to suffer significant losses when using such trading facilities.   

Please make sure you read and fully understand the trading risks of the respective financial instrument before engaging in any transaction with Doo Prime’s trading platforms. You should seek independent professional advice if you do not understand any of the risks disclosed by us herein or any risk associated with the trade and investment of financial instruments. Please refer to Doo Prime’s Client Agreement and Risk Disclosure Statement to find out more. 

This information is addressed to the general public solely for information purposes and should not be taken as investment advice, recommendation, offer, or solicitation to buy or sell any financial instrument. The information displayed herein has been prepared without any reference or consideration to any particular recipient’s investment objectives or financial situation. Any references to the past performance of a financial instrument, index, or a packaged investment product shall not be taken as a reliable indicator of its future performance. Doo Prime and its holding company, affiliates, subsidiaries, associated companies, partners, and their respective employees, as well as managers, make no representation or warranties to the information displayed and Doo Prime and its holding company, affiliates, subsidiaries, associated companies, partners and their respective employees, as well as managers, shall not be liable for any direct, indirect, special or consequential loss or damages incurred a result of any inaccuracies or incompleteness of the information provided. Doo Prime and its holding company, affiliates, subsidiaries, associated companies, partners, and their respective employees, as well as managers, shall not be liable for any direct, indirect, special, or consequential loss or damages incurred as a result of any direct or indirect trading risks, profit, or loss arising from any individual’s or client’s investment. 

Share to

One Click Away To Global Investments

Trade glod and Sliver on Doo Prime Doo Prime provides mainstream index futures and commodity futures around the world Doo Prime provide over 300 the most popular US and Hong Kong stock cfd products