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Volatility In Markets Eases Following Speech From Fed Chair Powell

Benzinga
Benzinga
 2022-12-01
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US stocks closed sharply higher on Wednesday after Fed Chair Jerome Powell said that the Fed could slow the pace of rate hikes as soon as the December FOMC meeting but that there is a long way to go in bringing inflation down.

Futures traders now see a 75% chance that the US Federal Reserve will increase interest rates by 50 basis points at its December meeting.

Data released Wednesday showed the US economy expanded by an annualized rate of 2.9% on quarter in the third quarter, compared to an initial estimate of 2.6%. However, private businesses in the US added 127,000 jobs in November, down from market estimates of 200,000.

All the major sectors on the S&P 500 closed on a positive note, with information technology and communication services stocks recording the biggest surge on Wednesday.

For November, the S&P 500 jumped 5.4%, while the Dow gained 5.7%.

The Nasdaq 100 climbed 4.58% to close at 12,030.06 on Wednesday, amid a drop in shares of Apple Inc, Tesla, Inc. TSLA and Amazon.com, Inc. AMZN. The S&P 500 gained 3.09%, while the Dow Jones gained around 737 points to settle at 34,589.77 in the previous session.

The Chicago Board Options Exchange's CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) dropped 4.4% to 20.93 points.

What is CBOE Volatility Index?

The CBOE Volatility Index, popularly known as VIX, is a measure of the equity market's expectation of volatility based on S&P 500 index call and put options.

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