S&P 500 Slips 1.5% on Inflationary Worries; Bull Market Resilience Endures

The market has moved into its next phase. In the first few months of the year, the markets were feeling positive about fast economic growth and lots of jobs. But now, things are a bit up and down.

The S&P 500, which shows how well the stock market is doing, went down by 1.5 percent in just one week.

Core CPI, excluding food and energy, climbed 3.8% compared to last year. (Credits: Shutterstock)

This happened because the Consumer Price Index (CPI) showed that prices were higher for the third time in a row, making people worry about inflation.

This worry is making the bond market more unstable and causing investors to look for assets that do well when prices are rising, showing how complicated it can be to balance growth, inflation, how much things are worth, and what the Federal Reserve is doing.

Inflationary Concerns Resurface

Inflation worries are back. The latest data shows that prices went up by 0.4% in just one month. This pushed the yearly inflation rate to 3.5%, which is higher than expected.

Even when you take out the prices of food and energy, which can change a lot, the Core CPI still went up by 3.8% compared to last year.

The bull market remains strong despite recent pullback and inflationary pressures. (Credits: iStock)

Because inflation is going up faster than expected, people are not so sure if the Federal Reserve will lower interest rates soon.

This uncertainty is making the markets change their predictions about when the Fed might do that.

The fact that prices keep going up, especially for things like services and housing, means that inflation might stick around longer than people thought. This makes it harder for the Fed to switch to making monetary policy more relaxed.

Market Resilience Amidst Challenges

The bull market, which means a period when stock prices generally go up, has faced some challenges lately, like prices going down and worries about inflation.

S&P 500 maintains resilience, closing above its 50-day moving average for 110 straight sessions. (Credits: iStock)

But it’s still going strong. The S&P 500, a measure of how well the stock market is doing, has managed to stay above its average level of the past 50 days for a long time, showing that it’s holding up well despite the ups and downs.

Looking at past trends, it’s normal for prices to drop a bit after they’ve been going up a lot, but the basic factors supporting the market are still good.

Companies are expected to make more money, and the economy is doing better than people thought it would, which is good news for stocks.

Sajda Parveen
Sajda Parveen
Sajda Praveen is a market expert. She has over 6 years of experience in the field and she shares her expertise with readers. You can reach out to her at [email protected]
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