US Equity Handover Powell Pushes Stocks Lower

Matt Weller
By :  ,  Head of Market Research


  • US indices pulled a U-turn in the afternoon, with most indices closing more than 0.5% lower despite better-than-expected earnings out of Apple (AAPL).
  • Among the major sectors, technology (XLK) edged higher, while materials (XLB) and energy (XLE) stocks shed more than 1% on the day.
  • The Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged, tweaked its IOER, and made modest changes to its monetary policy statement.
  • In his press conference, Fed Chairman Powell characterized low inflation as “transitory” and noted that the central bank does not “see a strong case for moving in either direction.”
  • In other US news, the ADP non-farm employment report beat expectations at 275k but the ISM Manufacturing PMI report came in soft at 52.8.
  • Trading in Asian markets will likely be thin with Japanese traders still on break for Golden Week.

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