Today's economic calendar is light, with only US building permits and housing starts scheduled for release.
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In a remarkable turn of events, the Nasdaq Composite surged to a record close for the first time since 2021, leading the charge as major stock averages ended February with their fourth successive monthly advance.
Monday saw a retreat in the S&P 500 as investors shifted focus to key inflation data, with the index stepping back from its recent record highs. The Dow Jones Industrial Average edged lower by 0.1%, while the S&P 500 experienced a 0.3% decline, and the Nasdaq Composite slipped 0.1%. Notably, Amazon made its debut in the 30-stock Dow, replacing Walgreens Boots Alliance, a move expected to reshape the index’s composition and amplify its exposure to the tech and consumer retail sectors.
Markets exhibited a complex range of highs and lows, navigating through a mix of record-setting achievements and underlying economic uncertainties. The S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average both notched fresh records, underscoring the robust appetite for risk among investors, lifted by a combination of corporate earnings beats and positive economic indicators.
Wednesday’s trading session closed with mixed sentiments across major indexes as investors navigated through a landscape of earnings reports and economic indicators. The Nasdaq Composite edged lower for the third consecutive day, reflecting a wary stance among traders eagerly awaiting Nvidia’s quarterly earnings revelation.
The S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite session closed in the red, primarily dragged down by a significant drop in Nvidia’s stock ahead of its highly anticipated earnings report. The Dow Jones Industrial Average slightly dipped, reflecting a cautious stance among investors across the board. Nvidia’s nearly 4.4% fall underscored concerns over its valuation, casting a shadow on the tech sector and influencing declines in other major tech stocks like Amazon and Microsoft.
In a reversal from its recent upward trajectory, the stock market faced a downturn on Friday, shaken by the latest inflation reports that spurred a re-evaluation of the Federal Reserve’s expected timeline for interest rate adjustments.
As the global economic landscape contends with rising uncertainties, recent economic downturns in the UK and Japan raise fears of recession, shaking the stability of worldwide markets. The UK has entered a technical recession after its economy shrank in the last quarter of 2023, showing how fragile its recovery is. Japan also fell into a recession and was surpassed by Germany as the world’s third-largest economy, marking a difficult start to the year and revealing weaknesses in its economy.
In a healthy rebound from the previous day’s losses, Wall Street saw a notable recovery on Wednesday, driven by a mix of better-than-expected earnings reports and a steadying of economic indicators. The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed by 151.52 points, while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite advanced by 0.96% and 1.3% respectively.
On Tuesday, markets were hit by worry and uncertainty as inflation for January went higher than what experts had predicted. This surprise increase in the consumer price index caused a big drop on Wall Street, leading to the Dow Jones Industrial Average’s biggest fall since March 2023.
In today’s trading session, the stock market displayed a fascinating tale of contrasts, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average reaching new heights, representative of the optimism among investors. This optimism stood in sharp contrast to the more passive performances of the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite, which both retreated slightly.
In a historic week filled with economic revelations and technological successes, the stock market narrative took a dramatic turn as the S&P 500 Index shattered expectations, soaring above the 5,000 mark for the first time ever.
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