The major indexes are down on weaker-than-expected retail sales — and more in Thursday’s stock market recap.
November retail sales fell 0.6% versus estimates for a 0.3% drop, indicating consumers pulled back on their spending ahead of the holiday season.
The markets are also digesting Wednesday’s latest interest rate hike from the Federal Reserve. The Fed raised rates by 0.50% while signaling a potential slowdown from the four previous 0.75% increases this year.
More concerning to investors were comments from Fed Chair Jerome Powell indicating rates will remain high for a longer period of time…
“Historical experience cautions strongly against prematurely loosening policy,” Powell said Wednesday. “I wouldn’t see us considering rate cuts until the committee is confident that inflation is moving down to 2% in a sustained way.”
In this morning’s stock market recap video, I’ll review critical support levels for the major indexes… the top three sectors right now… whether volatility levels are rising or falling… what’s next for bonds… what data the market is looking at next… my top option pick for the strongest ETF… how to navigate the current market… and why I’m not letting the bulls fool me!
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Each Thursday, I’ll combine two of my favorite things into a big-money opportunity: options plays and ETFs. Using options, we can turn momentum analysis of a specific sector — or even an entire country’s stock market — into an actionable trade with double- or triple-digit upside potential. I’ll give you all the details you need to execute this plan.
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- What Is the Dow and How Does It Work?
- A Beginner’s Guide to the Nasdaq and How to Trade It
- What Companies Make up the S&P 500 and How Can I Trade It?
- What Is the VIX? Understanding Stock Market Volatility
- A Beginner’s Guide to Stock Sector Analysis and Relative Strength
- How to Pick Winning Stocks With Simple Market Analysis Tools
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