Stocks turned up on Wednesday after experiencing quite strong declines for two days. The main reason was the good performance of companies included in the S&P 500, as well as the significant increase in jobs in the US private sector. Most noteworthy was the earnings report of General Motors and Lyft, which exceeded forecasts.
Chicago Fed President Charles Evans also commented that investors should not be afraid because inflation is unlikely to come out under control. But if it does, Cleveland Fed President Loretta Mester assured it will not last long enough to meet the conditions for a rate hike.
Fawad Razaqzada of ThinkMarkets added that even if central banks adjust their monetary policy, interest rates will most likely remain very low.
In any case, short-term weakness in the equity markets will strengthen buying pressure, while higher commodity prices will lead to increased inflation and accordingly, a faster rate hike.
As such, Marko Kolanovic of JPMorgan said investors who capitalize on deflationary trends should quickly switch gears so as to prevent an "inflationary shock" in their portfolios.
S&P 500 gained 0.4% on Wednesday, May 5.
This week, investors should pay attention to:
- the Bank of England's policy decision (Thursday);
- US employment report (Friday).
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