Stocks jumped by the most in 20 months in July as investors focused on better-than-forecast earnings reports and on expectations that the Federal Reserve may slow down the pace of interest-rate increases.
Stocks tumbled in June, with the STOXX® Global 1800 index sliding into a bear market, on concern the world’s major economies may be headed for a recession while central banks are fighting runaway inflation.
A rebound in the month’s last week helped the STOXX® Global 1800 index record a small positive return for May, as investors continue to assess the impact on markets of rising interest rates in the US and elsewhere.
Stocks tumbled in April by the most since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic as investors’ expectations grew that the Federal Reserve and other central banks will need to raise interest rates faster and higher to fight inflation.
Stocks fell in November, with indices reverting gains in the month’s last three sessions, as the emergence of the Omicron variant raised concerns the COVID-19 pandemic may continue to undermine the global economy.
Stocks posted their first monthly decline since January during September as rising prices from food to energy stoked concerns that central banks may have to raise interest rates just as an economic recovery is losing steam.
Stocks rose for a seventh straight month during August, amid ongoing optimism that the global economy continues to rebound from the COVID-19 slump and as the US Federal Reserve indicated it won’t rush to raise interest rates.