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3 Min read | May 26, 2024

Market Monitor April 2024

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Summary:

Robust earnings helped mitigate fear of persistent inflation

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Bearish sentiment from delayed rate cuts

April saw risk aversion rise as the market narrative changed from assumptions of ‘soft landing’ or ‘no landing’ scenario to a much more concerning ‘stagflation’ environment. Uptick in the most recent inflation data, higher energy prices, and geopolitical tensions stoke concerns that inflation may re-surface, leaving little room for rate cuts despite economic slowdown.

 

Volatile month for Magnificent 7

Tesla has been retreating year-to-date from lower demand on EVs, but a near 40% rebound into month end caught everyone off guard. Also notable was the heightening AI frenzy in April as some semiconductor companies reported strong results.

 

Job market continues to ease

One of the key drivers in the continued strength of the U.S. economy has been the labour market, which has been remarkably robust and the weakening of which would also be an early indicator of economic weakness as it has been in numerous recessions in the past..

 

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