Romain Fournier

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UK investors assess Powell’s tough speech

01/27/2022 | 04:43am EDT

Stocks progressed yesterday with value stocks being highly sought after. The energy sector was again the most popular. However, things are getting a bit more difficult today, as the Fed released its monetary policy decision yesterday evening.

It took a more aggressive stance than expected, stating that there is “quite a bit of room” for US rates to rise.

The FTSE 100 index was struggling for direction this morning, trailing the Nasdaq, which gave up an initial 3.5% gain to finish mostly unchanged last night.

As expected, Jerome Powell announced that rates will rise in March. However, he did not rule out future hikes as high as half a percentage point.

Banks - such as Standard Chartered and HSBC - and miners – including Rio Tinto and Glencore - are leading the FTSE today, although Fresnillo is down at the bottom after announcing that the pandemic and the new labor reform in Mexico is hampering its mining operations, and forecast lower gold production for this year.

Things to read today:

Supply chain crisis is the only drag on Apple’s enormous growth (Financial Times)

Fed Interest Rate Decision Tees up March Increase (WSJ)

Market Turmoil is Ultimate Test of What’s Real and What is Not (Bloomberg)

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Stocks mentioned in the article
ChangeLast1st jan.
AUSTRALIAN DOLLAR / US DOLLAR (AUD/USD) -0.12% 0.70931 Delayed Quote.-2.40%
BRITISH POUND / US DOLLAR (GBP/USD) 0.37% 1.25864 Delayed Quote.-7.11%
CANADIAN DOLLAR / US DOLLAR (CAD/USD) 0.09% 0.78042 Delayed Quote.-1.14%
EURO / US DOLLAR (EUR/USD) -0.40% 1.06889 Delayed Quote.-6.03%
FRESNILLO PLC -1.27% 808.4 Delayed Quote.-8.29%
FTSE 100 0.51% 7522.75 Delayed Quote.1.35%
GLENCORE PLC 0.27% 520.8 Delayed Quote.38.53%
HSBC HOLDINGS PLC 0.77% 522.9 Delayed Quote.15.66%
INDIAN RUPEE / US DOLLAR (INR/USD) -0.06% 0.0129 Delayed Quote.-3.95%
NASDAQ COMP. 1.51% 11434.74 Real-time Quote.-28.00%
NEW ZEALAND DOLLAR / US DOLLAR (NZD/USD) 0.57% 0.64833 Delayed Quote.-5.73%
RIO TINTO PLC 2.13% 5659 Delayed Quote.13.27%
STANDARD CHARTERED PLC 0.32% 617.6 Delayed Quote.37.29%