US stocks surge as investors prepare for the Fed to slow the pace of rate hikes

A trader works at the New York Stock Exchange NYSE in New York, the United States, on March 9, 2022.

US stocks surged on Tuesday as investors prepare for a possible December slowdown in Fed interest rate hikes.
Market consensus currently expects a rate hike of just 50 basis points at the December meeting.
Mixed retail earnings showed pockets of strength in the consumer and broader US economy.

US stocks surged on Tuesday as investors prepare for a potential slowdown in interest rate hikes from the Federal Reserve. 

Current market consensus expects a rate hike of just 50 basis points at the December Fed meeting, according to the CME FedWatch Tool, with an assigned 75% probability. Backing that view up is Fed president Loretta Mester, who said in a Monday interview that she supports a smaller rate hike at the upcoming FOMC meeting compared to the central bank’s run of four consecutive 75 basis-point rate hikes. 

This year’s drastic interest rate increases have yet to slow down the consumer, based on solid earnings reports from retailers on Tuesday. Both Best Buy and DICK’s Sporting Goods reported better-than-expected results and raised their full-year outlook. Both stocks surged about 10% in Tuesday trades.

Here’s where US indexes stood at the 4:00 p.m. ET close on Tuesday:

S&P 500: 4,003.58, up 1.36%

Dow Jones Industrial Average: 34,098.10, up 1.18% (397.82 points)

Nasdaq Composite: 11,174.41, up1.36% 

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Source:: Businessinsider

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