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Could markets resilience to bad news signal the end of bear market?

Season 1, Ep. 54

Stock markets ran the gauntlet this week of some weak financial performance from the technology industry, as well as disappointing economic data, but without sustaining much damage. In fact, the resilience of markets to bad news raises the possibility that the recent bottom could mark the end of the current bear market. 


This hope is dependent on central banks softening the tone of their comments on interest rate rises, examples of which were in evidence twice during the week. The Bank of Canada increased rates by 0.5% rather than the 0.75% that markets had expected, and noted that past rate rises were beginning to affect household spending and housing markets. More importantly, the European Central Bank met expectations with a 0.75% rate rise but hinted that a slowdown in the pace of tightening is imminent with the comment that "substantial progress" has already been made towards tighter monetary policy.


Stocks featured:

Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Caterpillar, Coca-Cola, Mastercard, McDonald’s, Meta Platforms, Microsoft, Unilever and Visa


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This podcast is intended to be Walker Crips Investment Management’s own commentary on markets. It is not investment research and should not be construed as an offer or solicitation to buy, sell or trade in any of the investments, sectors or asset classes mentioned. The value of any investment and the income arising from it is not guaranteed and can fall as well as rise, so that you may not get back the amount you originally invested. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results. Movements in exchange rates can have an adverse effect on the value, price or income of any non-sterling denominated investment. Nothing in this podcast constitutes advice to undertake a transaction, and if you require professional advice you should contact your financial adviser or your usual contact at Walker Crips. Walker Crips Investment Management Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and is a member of the London Stock Exchange.

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