- May 18, 2022
- Posted by: Bastion team
- Category: World News
U.S. stock futures opened higher Tuesday afternoon after rallying during the regular trading day, as investors took in reassurances from Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell that the central bank was set on using its policies to bring down inflation still running at multi-decade highs.
Contracts on the S&P 500 edged higher. The blue-chip index ended Tuesday’s regular trading day higher by 2% to settle at at 4,088.85. Technology and growth stocks that had been beaten down over the past month recovered some losses, sending the Nasdaq higher by 2.8%. And the cyclical small-cap Russell 2000 also shook off some recent losses, climbing 3.2%.
The market moves Tuesday came following a couple of solid reports on U.S. economic activity, showing both consumer spending and manufacturing production were holding up strongly. U.S. retail sales grew at a 0.9% rate in April after a sharply upwardly revised 1.4% monthly rise in March, suggesting consumers were continuing to spend even as consumer prices have climbed at the fastest rate since the 1980s. The latest print on U.S. industrial production also exceeded estimates with a jump of 1.1% last month, or more than double the expected rise.
The reports reflected ongoing resilience in some of the key components of domestic activity and helped at least temporarily assuage concerns that the U.S. economy might be imminently tumbling into a downturn. And a still-strong economic backdrop has given the Federal Reserve more room to raise interest…