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Stocks Get Reality Check After Weak Factory Data: Markets Wrap

(Bloomberg) — Stocks relinquished gains after weak factory data added to concern the Federal Reserve’s rate hikes will raise the odds of an economic recession.

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The S&P 500 fell after a massive rally that put the gauge above a long-term technical indicator and was driven by Jerome Powell’s signals of a downshift in the pace of tightening. Salesforce Inc. weighed on the Dow Jones Industrial Average as the software company gave an outlook that reflects a weaker economy.

US manufacturing contracted in November for the first time since May 2020 as output weakened in the face of a third-straight month of shrinking orders. Earlier Thursday, data showed a key gauge of US consumer prices posted the second-smallest increase this year.

“Bottom line, seeing inflation roll over and the soon to be peak in Fed rate hikes was the first mountain to climb for both the economy and markets in 2022,” said Peter Boockvar, chief investment officer at Bleakley Financial Group. “The next mountain needing to be conquered, and will be the 2023 focus I believe, is the economic consequences to such a sharp rise in interest rates, the higher cost of capital that both businesses and households have to deal with and the recession it creates.”

Worries about how far central bankers will go to rein in inflation have kept investors on edge, and equities volatile. Markets are still pricing in rate hikes from the Fed until mid-2023. JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s Dubravko Lakos-Bujas said sharp declines await US stocks in the first half of 2023 against the backdrop of a mild recession and Fed rate hikes.

The prediction adds to calls from strategists at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Deutsche Bank AG that American equities are in for a wild ride next year.

“Despite the recent rebound in equities, we do not think the macroeconomic conditions for a sustained market rally are yet in place,” said Mark Haefele, chief investment officer at UBS Global Wealth Management. “We maintain our view that the Fed will hike rates by 50bps in December and another 50bps in 1Q23, bringing the hiking cycle to an end, however the cumulative impact of prior rate rises will continue to weigh on economic growth and corporate profits.”

Key events this week:

US unemployment, nonfarm payrolls, Friday

ECB’s Christine Lagarde speaks, Friday

Some of the main moves in markets:


The S&P 500 fell 0.5% as of 10:42 a.m. New York time

The Nasdaq 100 fell 0.6%

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1.2%

The Stoxx Europe 600 rose 0.6%

The MSCI World index rose 0.3%


The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index fell 0.7%

The euro rose 0.8% to $1.0491

The British pound rose 1.6% to $1.2255

The Japanese yen rose 1.4% to 136.17 per dollar


Bitcoin fell 0.9% to $16,952.73

Ether fell 2.1% to $1,268.98


The yield on 10-year Treasuries advanced one basis point to 3.61%

Germany’s 10-year yield declined 10 basis points to 1.83%

Britain’s 10-year yield declined five basis points to 3.11%


West Texas Intermediate crude rose 3% to $82.97 a barrel

Gold futures rose 2.9% to $1,810.30 an ounce

This story was produced with the assistance of Bloomberg Automation.

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