The main US stock indexes have moderately decreased, the reason for which were the results of the Fed meeting and subsequent statements of the head of the Central Bank of Powell
Following the meeting, the Fed raised the target range of interest rates on federal funds to 1.75% -2% and signaled the likelihood of some acceleration in the rate of tightening monetary policy this year. 8 out of 15 Central Bank executives now expect that four rate increases will be needed this year, whereas in March this opinion was held by only 7 members of the FOMC. "The FOMC expects that a further gradual increase in rates will correspond to a steady increase in economic activity, strengthening of the labor market, as well as inflation close to the target medium-term level of 2%," the Fed said. Another sign of the change in the Fed's position regarding the prospects for rates over the past year is the fact that a fragment was removed from the text of the statement, which referred to the probable retention of the key interest rate below the neutral level "for some time".
Meanwhile, Federal Reserve Chairman Powell said that the rate hike confirms that the economy is in excellent shape. "But if inflation grows above the target of 2%, we can regulate it with a stake," he added, Powell also promised that he will now give a press conference following the results of each meeting, and not as before - once a quarter .
Most DOW components recorded a decline (17 out of 30). Outsider were the shares of Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ, -2.72%). The leader of growth was the shares of The Walt Disney Company (DIS, + 1.84%).
Almost all sectors of S & P finished trading in the red. The sector of industrial goods showed the greatest decrease (-0.9%). Only the health sector has grown (+ 0.1%).
Dow 25,201.20 -119.53 -0.47%
S&P 500 2,775.63 -11.22 -0.40%
Nasdaq 100 7,695.70 -8.10 -0.11%
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