More US stock records on Fed optimism
Business Live: Wall Street stocks set new records Thursday for a second straight session, with the Dow finishing above 27,000 points a first over an expected Federal Reserve interest rate cut later this month.
The latest new landmark, which was accompanied by a fresh record for the S&P 500, came as Fed Chair Jerome Powell completed a second day of congressional testimony at which he emphasized economic risks in remarks that were widely interpreted as signaling a likely interest rate cut.
The new high drew a cheer from US President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly criticized Powell on monetary policy. Trump extolled the latest new peak on Twitter, saying “Dow just hit 27,000 for the first time EVER!” The Nasdaq, which had closed at a record following Powell’s testimony on Wednesday, pulled back slightly.
It was joined lower by European bourses, which were pressured by stronger currencies after Powell’s remarks weighed on the dollar. “It’s safe to say that investors were pleased with Jerome Powell’s first day of testimony on Wednesday, with equity markets jumping on his dovish assessment,” said Oanda analyst Craig Erlam.
“The Fed Chairman doesn’t typically provide strong and direct messages on policy direction, which makes predicting future rate movements all the more difficult. But Wednesday’s message was clear, the data is softening particularly on the inflation side and downside risks are significant,”
Trump, also on Twitter, accused China Beijing of backsliding on a recent pledge to buy more US farm exports. “Hopefully they will start soon!” Trump’s latest tweet on China “means we are not closer to a deal with China,” said Art Hogan, chief market strategist at National Securities.
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