Fed minutes were encouraging but concerns increase over China

Market Review from Realm Investment Management – week ending 25th November 2022

Stocks rallied for the week helped by some decent US earnings reports and the release on Wednesday of Fed minutes from the last FOMC meeting. A number of Fed members had recently hinted that the size of the next rate hike might be less than previously expected, and this was affirmed in the minutes – “a substantial majority of participants judged that a slowing in the pace of increase would likely soon be appropriate.” A hike of 0.75% next month is no longer the consensus and stocks rallied. Utilities was the best performing Sector with Energy stocks lagging as the price of oil fell sharply (today Crude Oil futures have fallen to their lowest level year-to-date).

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