Stock Market Booms in Surprise Turnaround

Despite a bad report on inflation, the Dow surges more than 800 points
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 13, 2022 3:22 PM CDT
Stock Market Booms in Surprise Turnaround
Traders on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange in this file photo from Oct. 4.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

When the latest inflation report came in worse than expected Thursday morning, the markets responded in expected fashion and immediately tanked. The Dow, for example, fell more than 500 points in early trading, notes CNBC. It was a much different story at the closing bell, however. The Dow surged 827 points on the day, or 2.8%, to 30,038; the S&P 500 rose 92 points, or 2.6%, to 3,669; and the Nasdaq rose 232 points, or 2.2%, to 10,649. So why the turnaround? Analysts were taking their best guesses:

  • “Hopefully it's because people have dug into the details of the inflation report and noticed a few signs that we could get inflation relief by the end of the year,” Brian Jacobsen of Allspring Global Investments tells the AP.
  • Or because traders thought the initial selloff was too extreme: “What the market is experiencing is the influences of a lot of short-term traders,” Tom Galvin of City National Rochdale tells the Wall Street Journal. Such traders rushed to sell when the inflation report came out, but “once they were done selling, I think markets started to stabilize.”

  • Another thought is that investors think inflation has spiked so much, it has likely peaked. “Maybe we get this last gasp higher in inflation and from here we start to decelerate,” Liz Ann Sonders of Charles Schwab tells CNBC.
  • Still, “it’s nonsensical to me that the market would be up so strongly,” Liz Young of SoFi tells the AP.
(Read more stock market stories.)

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