Wall Street's tech giants continued to extend their gains in the week following the Federal Reserve's November meeting.
The Nasdaq 100 has once again outperformed other major indices, driven by the Magnificent 7, which includes artificial intelligence winners and tech stocks with the highest market capitalization, such as Apple Inc.
The Dow's blue-chip stocks stalled, while small caps plummeted, retracing more than half of the previous week's gains. Energy, as tracked by the Energy Select Sector SPDR Fund
Microsoft achieves fresh all-time highs: The tech giant reached a new all-time high, surpassing $367 per share on Friday, solidifying its position as a major AI winner. Microsoft's market capitalization has now reached $2.73 trillion, trailing Apple's by just $150 billion.
Bitcoin surpasses $750-billion market capitalization, now worth more than Tesla: Bitcoin BTC/USD marked its fourth consecutive week of gains on reports that the SEC has initiated talks with Grayscale regarding its application to transform its GBTC trust product into a spot Bitcoin exchange-traded product. The total value of all outstanding Bitcoin crossed the $750 billion mark, surpassing Tesla's market capitalization.
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Fed's Powell closes the door on early rate cuts, snapping stocks' winning streak: A relatively hawkish speech from Fed Chair Jerome Powell on Thursday ended the U.S. stock market's longest daily winning streak in over two years. Investors slightly revised down expectations for the number of rate cuts in 2024.
Economic uncertainties for 2024 affect forecasters: Notable investment firms published their economic outlooks for 2024 this week. While Goldman Sachs still foresees a well-above-consensus growth rate for the U.S. economy, Wells Fargo presents a rather pessimistic outlook.
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What To Watch In The Week Ahead: All eyes will be on the consumer price index report for October, scheduled for release Tuesday. Economists anticipate that core inflation will hold steady at 4.1% year-on-year.
On Wednesday, the highlights will include the producer price index and retail sales data. Additionally, several Federal Reserve speakers are expected to provide insights throughout the week.
Upcoming Earnings To Watch: Among the mega-cap U.S. companies scheduled to announce earnings next week are Home Depot Inc.