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Sept. 9, 2022, 4:40 p.m. EDT

U.S. stocks close sharply higher, snap 3-week losing streak with gains led by tech-heavy Nasdaq

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By Christine Idzelis and Joseph Adinolfi

U.S. stocks ended sharply higher Friday, with all three major benchmarks snapping three straight weeks of losses, as investors appeared to have priced in another jumbo rate hike from the Federal Reserve.

How stock indexes performed

  • The Dow Jones Industrial Average /zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime DJIA -0.02% advanced 377.19 points, or 1.2%, to close at 32,151.71.

  • The S&P 500 /zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime SPX -0.16% climbed 61.18 points, or 1.5%, to finish at 4,067.36.

  • The Nasdaq Composite /zigman2/quotes/210598365/realtime COMP -0.57% jumped 250.18 points, or 2.1%, to end at 12,112.31.

For the week, the Dow gained 2.7% while the S&P 500 climbed 3.6% and the Nasdaq advanced 4.1%, according to Dow Jones Market Data.

What drove markets

Since the start of the week, markets have absorbed a barrage of hawkish speeches from Federal Reserve officials, as well as 75-basis point interest rate hikes from the the European Central Bank and a similar move by the Bank of Canada.

“The rally that we’ve seen since early this week is partly based on an oversold market” following the selloff sparked by Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell’s Jackson Hole speech on Aug. 26, said Keith Lerner, co-chief investment officer of Truist Advisory Services, in a phone interview Friday. “But we’ve bounced already a decent amount,” he said, “so there’s not much of a short-term edge here.”

Still, Lerner said he thinks “people are getting more hopeful about inflation, with lower oil prices being a “support for this market right now,” along with what appears to be some stabilization in the 10-year Treasury yield after its recent jump.

Investors will next week get a reading on inflation, as measured by the consumer-price index, for the month of August.

Should the CPI data show inflation weakened a bit last month, Lerner said he doesn’t expect that will change the Federal Reserve’s “tough” messaging in the near-term about its effort to tame the surging cost of living through interest rate hikes.

The Fed wants to make sure “they really squash inflation,” said Lerner, but added that a much weaker-than-expected reading may prompt the market to reconsider the Fed’s terminal rate and timing of it.

“We think this remains a setup where downside reads in inflation means the Fed has less work to do,” said Tom Lee, head of research at Fundstrat, in a note to clients.

Stocks trimmed their gains after Fed Gov. Christopher Waller, speaking at an event in Vienna, said the Fed may have to raise its benchmark interest rate “well above 4%” if inflation doesn’t wane.

His comments followed similarly hawkish remarks from St. Louis Fed President James Bullard, who reiterated his support for a 75 basis point rate hike when the Fed meets later this month.

But if anything, the muted reaction to the latest batch of Fed speak suggests that “the market is pricing in [a 75 basis point hike],” said Joe Saluzzi, co-head of equity trading at Themis Trading. “We’re not afraid of it anymore like we were a few weeks ago.”

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