It was mostly a week for stocks, particularly a rebound in the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index, as companies topped expectations on second-quarter earnings.
The coming week brings a heavy dose of tech-company earnings, the Federal Reserve’s meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday, and the first reading on second-quarter GDP on Thursday.
Fed officials are expected to raise the fed funds rate by 0.75 percentage point on Wednesday, bringing it to a range of 2.25%-2.5%. But what comes after that? Here’s all you need to know:
And a word of caution on inflation: The Fed’s rate hikes alone won’t cure inflation
What’s the outlook for the stock market after a big rally?
The S&P 500
and the Dow Jones Industrial Average
closed Thursday at their highest level since June 9 (June 8 for the Nasdaq
) before pulling back on Friday. The good news is that the stock market’s valuation has improved markedly. Even so, stocks simply haven’t gotten cheap enough to warrant a revival of a bull market, says Mark Hulbert.
Still, some argue that key benchmarks have already hit bottom. Here’s what pros have to say about that.
Regardless of what you think, develop your plan now for how you’ll decide when it’s time to get back into stocks.
Then there’s this: A strong dollar is stirring trouble in markets: What investors need to know
What we’ve learned from this week’s earnings
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Start with signs that supply-chain woes are easing. But the dollar is a headwind, and those dismal Snap earnings offer a broader warning for tech investors. Get the full story here.
More: As Snap
melts down, its founders make sure to protect the people who matter: themselves
Why investors should be more worried about cloud spending
The cloud boom is coming back to earth, and that could be scary for tech stocks.
Spending on public cloud services is expected to pull back after spiking in the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic. Companies looking to cut costs could slice into that growth even more and cause a domino effect on tech companies and stocks.
How Amazon’s $3.9 billion wager on primary care could change your Prime membership
Amazon is paying $3.9 billion to buy One Medical, a direct primary-care company.
acquisition of One Medical, its biggest bet on health care to date, hints at a future in which primary care and streaming options will be bundled together.
A boon for the ultrawealthy
The IRS just made it easier for families to pass on millions of dollars to their children and others.
Plus: How do I ensure my husband of 26 years never gets his hands on my inheritance of several million dollars? The Moneyist weighs in.
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