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Stocks Jump as Powell Soothes Wall Street’s Nerves: Markets Wrap

  • Treasury yields plunge as Fed chief downplays larger hikes
  • Officials forecast rates would increase to 3.4% by December
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US May Already Be in Recession, Guggenheim's Minerd SaysSource: Bloomberg
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Stocks rallied, halting a five-day rout that took 10% off the S&P 500, after Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said outsized rate hikes will be rare as officials intensify their battle against sky-high inflation. Treasury yields slumped alongside the dollar.

Equities pushed higher amid wild swings as the central bank raised rates by 75 basis points -- the biggest increase since 1994 -- and Powell said officials could move by that much in July or make a smaller half-point hike. While “it will take some time” to get inflation back down, the Fed chief is confident that “we will do that.” His remarks sent two-year Treasury yields sinking as much as 24 basis points.