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Stocks finished lower for the week as investors continued to digest the implications of hawkish messages from Federal Reserve officials. The S&P 500 Index extended the daily losing streak that began with Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s August 26 speech at the central bank’s Jackson Hole conference, widely perceived as hawkish, through Wednesday before rising marginally on Thursday.
Value stocks continued to outperform high-valuation growth stocks, and large-caps held up significantly better than small-cap shares. Energy shares suffered as oil prices declined below USD 90 per barrel for West Texas Intermediate crude, the U.S. benchmark.
Shares in Europe fell sharply on fears that central banks could tighten monetary policy aggressively for an extended period. Worries that Russia might stop natural gas supplies to Europe also weighed on sentiment. In local currency terms, the pan-European STOXX Europe 600 Index ended the week 2.37% lower.
The Australian share market finished down on Friday to notch its worst week since mid-June as mining stocks continued to fall in value. The ASX 200 closed down 16.90 points, or 0.25 per cent, to 6828.7, taking total losses for the week to 3.9 per cent.
Two key data points to be released later this week are the Reserve Bank’s monthly interest rate decision on Tuesday, and GDP figures the following day. Markets have by and large factored in a hike of 50 basis points, while our economic growth figures for the June quarter are expected to be in positive territory despite inflationary pressures.
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