Major U.S. stock indexes extended losses on Friday, 6th May 2022 as investors worried that the Federal Reserve will need to raise interest rates more aggressively than expected to fight inflation.
The technology-dominated Nasdaq hit its lowest closing level since 2020 and fell for a fifth straight week, the longest-lasting weekly decline since the fourth quarter of 2012.
The S&P 500 also fell for a fifth straight week, the longest-lasting weekly decline since the second quarter of 2011.
The U.S. Labor Department released stronger-than-expected employment data, with nonfarm payrolls rising by 428,000 jobs in April, compared with an estimate of 391,000, underscoring strong economic fundamentals, despite a decline in output in the first quarter.
The unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.6% and average hourly earnings rose 0.3%, compared with an expected 0.4% gain.
Nine of the 11 major sectors in the S&P 500 fell. Energy stocks rose 2.9 percent as oil prices climbed on supply concerns.
Large growth stocks fell, with a few exceptions, including Apple, which rose 0.5%. Wells Fargo fell 0.5%, leading declines among large banks.
By Friday’s close, the S&P 500 was down 0.6% at 4123.34, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 0.3% at 32,899.37 and the Nasdaq Composite was down 1.4% at 12,144.66.
(Dow 30, 1-hour chart)
The Dow focuses on the 32455-line today. If the Dow runs steadily above the 32455-line, it will pay attention to the suppression strength of the 32975 and 33390 positions. If the Dow falls below the 32455-line, it will pay attention to the support strength of the 32083 and 31661 positions.
Hong Kong Stocks
The Hong Kong stock market retreated significantly as global equity markets fell in general, with health care seeing the deepest decline.
Last week, all Hong Kong stock sectors closed lower. The health care industry fell the most, with a weekly gain or loss of -11.81%.
Meanwhile, information technology, raw materials, consumer necessity, non-essential consumer industry fell more than 5%, with a weekly gain or loss of -8.86%, -8.27%, -7.22% and -5.90%.
Other industries have fallen to varying degrees, down more than 1%, of which the energy industry fell the least, with a weekly gain or loss of -1.36%.
Overall, the Hong Kong stock market retreated significantly last week under the influence of factors such as the expected acceleration of Fed tightening and the recurring epidemic in China.
(HK50, 1-hour chart)
HK50 focuses on the 19517-line today. If HK50 can run stably above the 19517-line, then pay attention to the suppression of the 20467 and 21450 positions. If the HK50 runs below the 19517-line, then pay attention to the support of the 18606-line.
FTSE China A50 Index
(FTSE China A50, 1-hour chart)
FTSE China A50 pays attention to the 13157-line today. If the A50 runs steadily below the 13157-line, pay attention to the support strength of the two positions of 12733 and 12328. If the A50 runs above the 13157-line, it will open up further upward space. At that time, pay attention to the suppression strength of the 13496-line.
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