Saturday, June 22, 2024

Wall Street officially in bull market

The S&P 500 rallied to end the day in a bull market, marking a 20 per cent surge since its most recent low, reached on October 12, 2022. That brings to end the bear market that began in January 2022.

Buoyed by gains in big technology stocks, the broad-based index closed at 4,293.93 and crossed the threshold that separates a bear market from a bull market — that’s investor-speak for a period of time marked by rising stock prices and optimism on Wall Street, CNN reported.

Markets have remained surprisingly resilient over the past nine months, as 2022 losers like tech and media have bounced back from a disastrous year on hope that the worst is over for those industries.

The AI boom has fueled interest in tech stocks, which dominate the S&P 500.

After a horrible year for Big Tech, optimism has returned as ChatGPT has made AI the it-thing in Silicon Valley.

Investors are placing big bets on Google, Meta, Apple, Amazon, Nvidia and others, hoping they can drive a new tech revolution with artificial intelligence.

Over the past week, markets have gained momentum, likely because of the end of the debt ceiling crisis, optimism that the Federal Reserve will pause rate hikes at its June meeting and a recent string of strong economic readings, CNN reported.

And while those are all positives for the economy, analysts fear that this could be a short-lived rally that ends up biting investors.

Inflation remains too high for comfort. The US economy is still adding jobs but the pace has been mostly slower.

Consumers are still spending, but they’re pulling back on discretionary expenses like clothing and, focusing instead on necessities like food and leisure activities. That isn’t exactly a recipe for long-term market success, CNN reported.

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