Federal Reserve Dismisses Rate Hike Fears, Labor Market Cools, Apple Lures Investors With Record-Breaking Buyback: This Week In The Market

Zinger Key Points
  • Fed Chair Jerome Powell soothes market fears of rate hikes, plans to hold rates steady longer to address inflation.
  • Labor market cools in April: Nonfarm payrolls miss expectations, unemployment rate inches up.

The stock market breathed a sigh of relief as Fed Chair Jerome Powell eased fears of interest rate hikes amid recent inflation surprises.

The Fed now plans to hold rates steady longer to ensure inflation moves toward the central bank’s 2% target.

In April, the labor market displayed some signs of cooling, with the pace of new job creation dropping compared to March, and the unemployment rate unexpectedly rising. The earnings season remains optimistic, with half of S&P 500 companies already having reported, and nearly 80% of them exceeding earnings expectations. Apple Inc. AAPL made headlines Thursday with a double beat announcement and a record $110-billion stock buyback program.

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Tesla Hype Cools

Goldman Sachs issued a cautionary note to investors regarding Tesla Inc.’s TSLA self-driving technology, stating it hasn’t reached eyes-off capabilities yet. The Wall Street firm's tempering of excitement around self-driving underscores the ongoing challenges and regulatory hurdles Tesla faces in achieving full autonomy.

Housing Entry Barriers

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen highlighted the severe challenges first-time homebuyers face in today’s market, describing entry as almost impossible. Rising costs and economic pressures have notably tightened the housing market, putting homeownership out of reach for many new entrants despite ongoing governmental efforts to provide support.

Kiyosaki’s Crypto Confidence

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