As Musk suspends the takeover, U.S. stock futures rise and Twitter falls

As Musk suspends the takeover, U.S. stock futures rise and Twitter falls

Fed Chair Jerome Powell repeated on Thursday his expectation that the central bank will raise interest rates by half a percentage point at each of its next two policy meetings while pledging “we’re prepared to do more” if data turns the wrong way. Money markets are pricing a 73% chance of a 75 basis point hike by the Fed in June.

“The timing of it is interesting. We’ve just had a couple of rough weeks in the markets,” said Fiona Cincotta, an analyst at City Index in London. “It isn’t necessarily the end of the road for the deal, but I do think Musk will be looking to reprise in light of what we’ve seen in the stock market recently.” Other growth stocks Meta Platforms, Google-owner Alphabet Inc, Microsoft Corp, Apple Inc, Amazon.com, and Nvidia Corp rose between 1.6% and 3.5% after falling for the most of the week. Wall Street has gyrated wildly this week on concerns that the Russia-Ukraine crisis coupled with surging inflation, COVID-19 lockdowns in China, and hawkish Federal Reserve policy moves could spark a global economic slowdown.

On Thursday, the S&P 500 index came within striking distance of confirming a bear market after swooning from its all-time high reached on Jan. 3. The tech-heavy Nasdaq is already in a bear market, down 29.1% from its record close in November last year. The benchmark index was on course for its sixth straight weekly loss, while the blue-chip Dow and Nasdaq were looking at their seventh consecutive weekly fall.

“This market has been under severe pressure. There are valid concerns but this market has discounted inflation and a mild recession and earnings disappointments in the second quarter,” said Peter Cardillo, chief market economist at Spartan Capital Securities. “From a technical perspective, I think we’ve made a near-term bottom.”

At 07:46 a.m. ET, Dow e-minis were up 255 points, or 0.81%, S&P 500 e-minis were up 47.5 points, or 1.21%, and Nasdaq 100 e-minis were up 221 points, or 1.85%. Tech stocks have experienced their largest outflows so far this year in the week to Wednesday, with 1.1 billion dollars pulled out of equity funds, BofA analysts wrote in a note, citing EPFR data.

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