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12:00 TUESDAY – Weekly Stock Market Report #218 – 8/8/23

by Robert Holman |

WEEKLY STOCK MARKET REPORT AND RATING … 5.0 (1-4 bearish, 5 neutral, 6-9 bullish). No change – seems like every up day is offset by a down day. The market is still cautious due to uncertainty surrounding both the Fed’s interest rate policy and the severity of a possible recession.

After 13 up days in a row (which after a down day extended to 16 of 17 up days in a row) the market has been down 4 of the last 5 days. We need to be patient and see what the trading action of the next month brings us.

The year-over-year BLS Index of Employment costs has been coming down – from 5.1% in the fourth qtr. of 2022, to 4.8% in the first qtr. of 2023 to 4.5% in the second qtr. of 2023. The quarterly numbers are 1.1%, 1.2% and 1.0%, respectively. This is what the Fed is looking for, declining wage inflation. Maybe they will pause their string of interest rate hikes.

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