The stock market bounced back from its recent weakness in a holiday-shortened trading week, with all major indexes trading higher.
Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell completed his two-day semiannual economic testimony to Congress on Wednesday and Thursday. Powell told Congress the Fed’s commitment to reducing inflation is “unconditional” and acknowledged a US economic recession is “certainly a possibility.”
On Wednesday, U.S. President Joe Biden called on Congress to enact a three-month federal gasoline tax holiday to help bring down gas prices nationwide. US gas prices are hovering near $ 5 per gallon, and drivers currently pay about 18 cents per gallon in federal gas taxes and 26 cents in state gas taxes.
On Tuesday, leading packaged food company Kellogg approved a plan to split its business into three separate companies by spinning off its North American cereal and plant-based foods businesses. Following the spin-off, Kellogg investors will own shares of three independent public companies: Global Snacking Co., North American Cereal Co. and Plant Co.
On Friday, the House Financial Services Committee released a new report on the trading frenzy in GameStop and other so-called meme stocks that created unprecedented volatility in the market in early 2021. In the report, Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters condemned the “gamification” of the stock market and criticized popular trading app Robinhood for “troubling business practices, inadequate risk management, and a culture that prioritized rapid growth above stability.”
The Rite stuff
Shares of drugstore chain Rite Aid gained more than 40% this past week after the company reported a narrower-than-expected first-quarter loss and raised its full-year revenue guidance.
In the week ahead, investors will get more quarterly earnings reports from Nike on Monday, Bed, Bath & Beyond on Wednesday and Walgreens and Micron on Thursday.
Despite the year-to-date S&P 500 weakness, 56.9% of all current analyst ratings on S&P 500 stocks are Buy ratings and 37.7% are Hold ratings, according to FactSet.
In the wake of Powell’s congressional testimony, Wall Street will get key economic updates on Wednesday when European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde and Powell participate in a policy panel at the ECB Forum on Central Banking.
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