Inflation crash

By 19/05/2022News

19.05.2022 – So this is what it looks like when inflation hits the stock market: retailers Walmart and Target cut their forecasts. Which triggered a selling frenzy. And if Jerome Powell adds to that with an extremely hawkish statement, then we have a mess.

What a feast for the bears: down 5 percent for the Nasdaq 100. Down 3.6 percent for the Dow Jones, a loss of 4 percent for the S&P 500. Both indexes posted their worst daily percentage loss since June 11, 2020. Is it time for a countermovement now? It doesn’t look like it yet, as evidenced by a look at the hourly chart of the SPX 500.

 

Source: Bernstein Bank GmbH

 

First Walmart, then Target – two giants from the U.S. retail sector had triggered the price avalanche, other retailers also came under pressure. The supermarkets felt the significant increase in costs in the first quarter – higher prices for gasoline, rising prices for products, rising wages, reluctance to buy among customers when everything becomes too expensive. Target lost a whopping 25 percent in the meantime – hefty, hefty. The biggest one-day loss since 1987.

Aggressive Fed

And then there was Jerome Powell. Somewhat surprisingly, the stock market took a while to process his clear statement: Already on Tuesday, the Fed chief said the U.S. central bank would tighten the monetary reins until inflation was under control. First, there would have to be clear and convincing signs that upward pressure on prices was easing, he stressed at an event hosted by the Wall Street Journal. A more aggressive approach is certainly possible, he added.

50 steps ahead

He added that if necessary, the Fed would also move beyond the neutral level without hesitation. That neutral level is 25 basis points – then the Fed chief reiterated that further 50-step moves were likely as long as the state of the economy did not fundamentally change. Literally, “If that involves moving past broadly understood levels of neutral we won’t hesitate to do that.” In any case, he said, inflation needs to be brought down much closer to the 2 percent target. There is work to be done: Currently, inflation is at 8.3 percent, the highest level in four decades.
JPMorgan commented, Don’t fight the Fed – it wants weaker growth. A strong dollar, lower stock prices, higher mortgage rates are likely to weaken demand. Gradually, it said, this will lead to falling demand for labor. Nothing to add – Bernstein Bank wishes successful trades and investments!

 


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