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Sensex soars 1047 pts, Nifty ends near 17,300 on positive cues; HDFC up 5.5%

Market Closing: Indian indices jumped 1.84% on Thursday, tracking positive global cues. (MINT)Premium
Market Closing: Indian indices jumped 1.84% on Thursday, tracking positive global cues. (MINT)

  • Market Closing: Indian indices rallied on Thursday for the second consecutive day as Sensex added over 1047 points to close at 57,863.93, while Nifty ended at 17,287.05, up 311 points. The indices surged despite the hike in interest rate announced by the US Federal Reserve. 

Indian indices on Thursday made smart gains, tracking rise in the US and Asian markets, despite the hike in interest rate announced by the US Federal Reserve. Analysts said the hike was on expected lines and therefore was largely accounted for by the market. The central bank on Wednesday announced a quarter percentage point increase in its interest rate and signalled six more such hikes this year to curb a four decade-high inflation in the US. In Asia, shares in Japan, South Korea, Australia, Hong Kong, and Shanghai all closed higher on Thursday. 

17 Mar 2022, 03:45:12 PM IST

Sensex up 1047 pts, Nifty ends near 17,300 despite rate hike by US Fed

Indian indices climbed higher on Thursday even as the US Federal Reserve announced a quarter percentage point hike in interest rate. The surge was unexpected but the market had already priced in the interest rate hike.

The market also drew confidence from the US Fed's chief Jerome Powel's statement on the US economy.

"The explanation is that the market was oversold and the consequent short covering pushed indices higher. The market drew confidence from the Fed chief Powel's statement that "the American economy is very strong," said V K Vijayakumar, Chief Investment Strategist at Geojit Financial Services.

The Thursday session also saw FPIs turning buyers and the softening of crude prices.

The Sensex added 1047.28 points, or 1.84%, to close at 57,863.93, while Nifty50 gained 311.70 points to end at 17,287.05. Strong buying support was seen in infra and financial stocks. IT was the only sector that ended in the red, while other sectors such as power, realty, auto, FMCG, among others ended strongly in the green.

This is the second consecutive day of a strong rally in the Indian stock markets. 

On the 30-stock index, the most gains were made by HDFC, Titan, Reliance, Kotak Bank, among others, while HCL Tech and Infosys were the only two loser.

On Nifty50, HDFC, JSW Steel, and Titan made the biggest gains, while Cipla, Infosys, HCL Tech, and IOC were the only laggards.

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17 Mar 2022, 03:22:45 PM IST

Nifty Realty surges over 3%

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17 Mar 2022, 03:15:07 PM IST

Narendra Solanki, Head- Equity Research (Fundamental), Anand Rathi Shares & Stock Brokers on market performance

Indian markets opened on a positive note tracking upbeat Asian market cues as investors react to Fed hike. During the afternoon session the markets traded firm on account of buying in front line counters. Also, FPIs turning buyers after a long time and softness in crude also supported the markets. Adding to the optimism, traders cheered Minister of State for Commerce and Industry's statement that the bilateral trade in goods is projected to increase from the current $60 billion to $100 billion annually within five years of the implementation of the India-UAE free trade agreement.

17 Mar 2022, 03:04:52 PM IST

Controversy-hit PFS set to recover dues from discom; shares up 4%

PTC India Financial Services (PFS) is set to recover its pending dues from Danu Wind Parks Pvt Ltd as the Andhra Pradesh high court directed the discom to clear the dues as per the power purchase agreement (PPA) rate.

17 Mar 2022, 03:03:55 PM IST

JPMorgan cuts Indian shares to 'underweight', trims target for MSCI EM index

JPMorgan joined Credit Suisse in downgrading Indian equities to "underweight" as soaring commodity prices due to geopolitical tensions fuel inflation worries.

17 Mar 2022, 03:03:14 PM IST

BSE  Indices at 3 pm

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17 Mar 2022, 02:06:17 PM IST

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17 Mar 2022, 02:04:12 PM IST

Dolly Khanna portfolio stock touches upper circuit. Should you buy, sell or hold?

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17 Mar 2022, 01:40:53 PM IST

Axis Securities on CIPLA

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17 Mar 2022, 01:29:35 PM IST

Nifty50 surges over 300 points

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17 Mar 2022, 01:21:44 PM IST

Why brokerage has 'Buy' rating on Maruti Suzuki shares after new Baleno launch

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17 Mar 2022, 01:13:45 PM IST

Sensex rises 1100 points

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17 Mar 2022, 01:00:52 PM IST

Moody's cuts India's growth forecast to 9.1% for 2022

Global ratings agency Moody’s on Thursday lowered India’s growth forecast to 9.1% for 2022 from 9.5% estimated earlier, cautioning that high global fuel and commodity prices on account of the Russia-Ukraine conflict could weigh on the government’s capital spending ability.

17 Mar 2022, 12:41:44 PM IST

No respite for Paytm's investors; Macquarie cuts target price again

Investors in One 97 Communications Ltd., the parent of Paytm, are a worried lot with the stock’s substantial underperformance since its listing on the bourses. Shares fell about 4% in early deals on Thursday, a day when then the benchmark Nifty50 index was up roughly 2%

17 Mar 2022, 12:26:58 PM IST

Parag Parikh flexi cap fund reopening – flip flop or well-thought-out move?

In February this year, Parag Parikh or PPFAS Mutual Fund put a halt on fresh inflows into its very popular flexi cap fund. This was after the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) advised MFs investing in overseas securities to stop these investments so as to not breach the existing industry-wide overseas investment limit of $7 billion.

17 Mar 2022, 12:08:03 PM IST

Asian stocks follow Wall Street higher after Fed rate hike

Asian stock prices surged for a second day Thursday after the Federal Reserve announced its first interest rate hike since 2008 and China promised support for its real estate and internet industries.

Hong Kong's benchmark jumped more than 6% and Tokyo gained more than 3%. Shanghai, Seoul and Sydney also advanced.

Oil prices gained nearly $2 per barrel but stayed below $100.

Wall Street's benchmark S&P 500 index rose 2.2% on Wednesday after the Fed raised its short-term lending rate by 0.25 percentage points. The widely anticipated change was less than the 0.5 percentage point hike advocated by some officials.

The Hang Seng in Hong Kong rose 6.2% to 21,330.72, adding to the previous day's explosive 9.1% gain.

The Nikkei 225 in Tokyo surged 3.5% to 26,508.77 and the Shanghai Composite Index advanced 2.6% to 3,252.97.

The Kospi in Seoul was 1.8% higher at 2,705.94 and Sydney's S&P-ASX 200 added 1.1% to 7,257.30.

India's Sensex opened up 1.8% at 57,811.37. New Zealand and Southeast Asian markets also gained.

17 Mar 2022, 11:49:18 AM IST

Rupee surges 32 paise to 75.89 against US dollar in early trade

The rupee advanced 32 paise to 75.89 against the US dollar in the opening trade on Thursday, supported by positive domestic equities, broad dollar weakness and softening crude oil prices.

At the interbank foreign exchange, the rupee opened at 75.96 against the US dollar and gained momentum to quote 75.89, a gain of 32 paise from the previous close.

On Wednesday, the rupee spurted by 41 paise to close at a nearly two-week high of 76.21 against the American currency.

The Indian rupee opened higher tracking overnight weakness in the greenback and crude oil, Reliance Securities said in a research note.

17 Mar 2022, 11:38:13 AM IST

Why Sensex, Nifty soared today despite US Fed's first rate hike in 3 years

Indian equities surged over 1% following strong global cues after the US Fed raised interest rates for the first time in more than three years, in line with market expectations. The benchmark BSE Sensex surged nearly 1,000 points to above 57,800 whereas Nifty 50 climbed above 17,200 in Thursday's early session.

17 Mar 2022, 11:35:51 AM IST

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17 Mar 2022, 11:34:42 AM IST

Angle One on FOMC Policy Outcome

The FOMC Monetary Policy that was released on 16th Mar’22 gave a slight twist to the markets. As expected, the committee delivered a hawkish stance and hiked rates by 25 bps. Median 'dots' projected seven hikes in 2022 (one done already) and three-and-a-half hikes in 2023.

The US Fed hinted towards quantitative tightening to start at “a coming meeting". Revisions to economic forecasts were generally in-line with expectations with growth for 2023 & 2024 to be at 2.2% & 2.0% respectively. While for unemployment rate the forecast level for 2023 & 2024 was 3.5% & 3.6% respectively.

Despite this, the US Dollar Index moved south while the global equities jumped in joy giving a strong boost to risky assets. Apparently, the US Fed Chair emphasized that the economy was strong enough to withstand hikes, saying he wasn't concerned by the possibility of a recession.

17 Mar 2022, 11:10:21 AM IST

ICICI Securities on AU Small Finance Bank

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17 Mar 2022, 11:07:29 AM IST

Small-cap metal stock gives breakout. Experts see strong upside in short term

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17 Mar 2022, 11:01:28 AM IST

ICICI Securities on Prince Pipes and Fittings

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17 Mar 2022, 10:56:41 AM IST

Sectoral indices

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17 Mar 2022, 10:45:25 AM IST

Bharat Forge share: Experts see 30% upside in defense stock. Do you own?

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17 Mar 2022, 10:37:29 AM IST

Paytm stock down over 2.5%

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Nykaa shares could see over 50% upside, as per Jefferies; initiates coverage with 'Buy' tag

India Internet opportunity is attracting players across categories and growth is mostly at the cost of profitability. Nykaa enjoys leadership position in the online beauty space, and its positive EBITDA margin is a key differentiation, said Jefferies in a note.

17 Mar 2022, 10:27:33 AM IST

Broad market indices

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17 Mar 2022, 10:15:29 AM IST

Nifty50: Technical and derivatives report by Sameet Chavan of Angel One

The Indian equity market started the day with a gap-up opening amid the positive global cues. The benchmark index remained in a slender range for most of the session until a strong buying weighed into the penultimate hour. The broad-based buying has poured some bullish sentiments across the bourses, wherein the index Nifty50 concluded the day in green with gains of 1.87 percent, a tad below the 17000 mark.

The index has marched firmly towards the critical resistance zone of the unfilled gap and the 200 SMA, showing reinforcement in the momentum. On technical aspects, a bullish indication has been showcased among various indicators, affirming the strength. However, it would be crucial to watch whether the hurdle would be taken over with authority or not. On an immediate basis, any decisive move above the psychological mark of 17000 could be seen in favor of the bulls, with immediate upside potential to test the 17200-17300 zone. While on the lower end, the support seems to shift upwards around 16700 levels, followed by the sacrosanct zone of 16500.

The volatility index has cooled off by 10 odd percent in a day, which is a sign of diminishing uncertainty. Hence, going ahead, traders are advised to keep a close tab on the mentioned levels and continue with a stock-centric approach.

17 Mar 2022, 10:01:33 AM IST

Jindal Poly Films inks INR 2,000 cr equity deal with Brookfield for a minority stake in its Packaging Films business

17 Mar 2022, 09:58:47 AM IST

Rakesh Jhunjhunwala portfolio: Experts give buy tag to this hospitality stock

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17 Mar 2022, 09:53:16 AM IST

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17 Mar 2022, 09:45:44 AM IST

Top Sensex losers

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17 Mar 2022, 09:40:45 AM IST

Indices make gains in early trade

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17 Mar 2022, 09:35:57 AM IST

Sensex volume toppers

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17 Mar 2022, 09:26:56 AM IST

Nifty50 soars 250 points at open

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17 Mar 2022, 09:20:00 AM IST

Sensex at open: Jumps 850 points

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17 Mar 2022, 09:13:16 AM IST

Pre-open session: Sensex was up 803 points at 57,620.28, while Nifty50 was at 17,202.90, 227 points higher

17 Mar 2022, 09:11:12 AM IST

Nifty50 at pre-open

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17 Mar 2022, 09:10:27 AM IST

Sensex at pre-open

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17 Mar 2022, 08:58:30 AM IST

Paytm analyst who predicted slump further reduces target price

Paytm, the Indian digital payments startup whose stock has slumped 71% since its November market debut, had its price target reduced further by an Macquarie Capital Securities (India) Pvt. analyst who was early to predict the company’s market troubles.

17 Mar 2022, 08:55:25 AM IST

Warnings abound in market circles as Fed error bets seen rising

Investors should adopt a softly softly approach in assessing trading opportunities after a hawkish Federal Reserve raised interest rates and signaled more to come.

That’s the view of market participants who caution against making mega bets after the central bank flagged hikes at all six remaining meetings this year to tackle the fastest inflation in four decades.

“If they do follow through on what the dot plot suggests that’s worrisome. The risk of a policy mistake went up materially today," said Ron Temple, co-head of multi-asset at Lazard Asset Management in New York. “Markets are going to need time to assess what a multi-dimensional tightening feels like."

17 Mar 2022, 08:53:37 AM IST

Hong Kong raises benchmark interest rate after Fed tightens

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority raised its benchmark interest rate by 25 basis points, after the U.S. Federal Reserve did the same, saying it wants to maintain stability in the financial system amid heightened market volatility.

The base rate was increased to 0.75% from 0.5%, said in a statement on its website. The rate moves in lockstep with the Fed’s rate since the Hong Kong dollar is pegged to the U.S. currency.

Local banks like HSBC Holdings Plc, Standard Chartered Plc and Hang Seng Bank Ltd. tend to follow the HKMA’s move by adjusting their best lending rates, although they’re not obliged to do so. The HKMA said past experience shows that Hong Kong dollar interbank rates may not necessarily rise in tandem with U.S. moves.

17 Mar 2022, 08:53:00 AM IST

Aluminium gains as China stimulus vow lifts sentiment

Aluminium prices rose on Thursday, supported by hopes of more stimulus measures in top metals consumer China that helped soothe fears over a fresh outbreak of COVID-19 in the country.

Three-month aluminium on the London Metal Exchange (LME) rose 1.1% to $3,294 a tonne by 0240 GMT.

The most-traded April aluminium contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange gained 2% to 22,115 yuan ($3,484.21) a tonne, having earlier touched a one-week high.

Chinese Vice Premier Liu He on Wednesday urged government bodies to roll out market-friendly policies and "cautiously" introduce measures that risk hurting markets.

17 Mar 2022, 08:36:17 AM IST

IndiGo ‘in talks with Central govt’ to bring aviation fuel under GST ambit

As crude oil prices continue to soar, IndiGo's full-time Director and Chief Executive Officer Ronojoy Dutta on Wednesday urged the Central government to bring the Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) under goods and service tax (GST) ambit for the benefit of the aviation sector as well as customers.

17 Mar 2022, 08:28:04 AM IST

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17 Mar 2022, 08:26:39 AM IST

Stock market today: What SGX Nifty, other factors indicate for Thursday's trade

Equity indices roared back on Wednesday after a day's pause on across-the-board buying. The BSE Sensex surged 1,039.80 points or 1.86% to finish at 56,816. Likewise, the broader NSE Nifty jumped 312.35 points or 1.87% to 16,975.

17 Mar 2022, 08:24:22 AM IST

Balrampur Chini continues to be the only stock under F&O ban on NSE

Sugar stock Balrampur Chini, that was part of the ban in the previous sessions, continues to be the only stock under the futures and options (F&O) segment on on Thursday, March 17, 2022 by the National Stock Exchange (NSE).

17 Mar 2022, 08:23:03 AM IST

Traders weigh China vow to resolve risks

Investors weighed the implications of China’s strong push to stabilize battered markets, in which the nation’s top financial policy body promised to ease a regulatory crackdown, support property and stimulate the economy.

A Bloomberg Intelligence index of developer stocks was up as much as 9.7% Thursday, poised for its second consecutive gain, while stronger builders’ dollar bonds continued to climb. That’s after Wednesday’s rally following Beijing’s coordinated statement to address investor concerns and ensure market stability. Another statement relayed through Xinhua News Agency said that the government wouldn’t expand a trial on property taxes this year, after a report showed home prices fell at a faster pace in February.

However, it may be too little, too late, Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Kristy Hung wrote in a report. Policy support for the China property sector including facilitation of M&A, looser bank lending and easing of mortgage curbs will likely fail to turn around the near-term liquidity outlook of distressed developers. The yield on Chinese junk bonds hit a fresh high near 28% Wednesday, according to a Bloomberg index.

17 Mar 2022, 08:14:11 AM IST

Yen left behind as Fed begins hiking

The yen was pinned to a six-year low on the dollar and struggled against crosses on Thursday, as a rate hike with a hawkish outlook from the U.S. Federal Reserve underscored just how far the Bank of Japan is likely to lag worldwide policy tightening.

The Fed has raised interest rates for the first time since 2018 and policymakers' projections for as many as six more hikes this year were even more aggressive than expected.

A return of risk appetite was no help to the yen, either, as hopes for a breakthrough in Russia-Ukraine peace talks set equities surging and safe-havens falling. 

The yen hit 119.13 per dollar overnight, its lowest since early 2016, and was last at 118.96. It dropped 1.6% against the Aussie on Wednesday and slid further on Thursday to a four-year low of 86.97 yen per Aussie.

The euro, which caught a boost from peace hopes, surged more than 1% on the yen overnight and more than 0.7% on the dollar to stand at $1.1044 in early Asia trade.

17 Mar 2022, 08:07:47 AM IST

Gold flat as Fed rate hike, Ukraine peace talks dent appeal

Gold prices were flat on Thursday, hovering near a three-week low touched in the previous session, after the U.S. Federal Reserve's interest rate hike lifted Treasury yields and as the Russia-Ukraine peace talks also capped bullion's appeal.

Gold, silver prices in India

Gold prices slipped by 216 to 51,279 per 10 grams in the national capital on Wednesday on the back of a decline in the precious metal's prices overseas and rupee appreciation, according to HDFC Securities.

In the previous trade, the precious metal settled at 51,495 per 10 grams.

In contrast, silver jumped 200 to 67,827 per kg from 67,627 per kg in the previous trade.

In the international market, gold traded 0.18 per cent lower at USD 1,914 per ounce and silver was flat at USD 24.80 per ounce.

17 Mar 2022, 08:03:24 AM IST

Yields rise after Fed raises interest rates

Bond yields rose sharply after the Fed’s announcement. The yield on the 10-year Treasury rose to 2.20%, then hovered at 2.17% by late afternoon. It was at 2.15% late Tuesday. The 2-year Treasury yield rose to 2% then eased back to 1.94%, still a big move from 1.85% a day earlier.

17 Mar 2022, 07:55:23 AM IST

Bond traders stunned by a hawkish Fed are sounding growth alarms

Defying their stock-market counterparts, Treasury traders aren’t buying Jerome Powell’s upbeat pronouncements on growth. In fact, in the aftermath of Wednesday’s policy decision, one bond-market indicator of economic hardship is flashing red for the first time since the darkest days of the pandemic.

After the Federal Reserve raised interest rates and signaled hikes at all six remaining meetings this year, a section of the Treasury curve -- the gap between five- and 10-year yields -- inverted for the first time since March 2020. Meanwhile the flattening trend between two- and 10-year yields continued.

These are time-honored indicators of oncoming growth pains as the inflation-fueling fallout from Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine continues.

With officials projecting raising interest rates as high as 2.8% by the end of 2023, bond traders are growing increasingly concerned that the economy could buckle under the weight of monetary-policy normalization.

17 Mar 2022, 07:50:34 AM IST

Ukraine and Russia: What you need to know right now

U.S. President Joe Biden called Russian President Vladimir Putin a war criminal, prompting the Kremlin to say the comment was "unforgivable" as the war in Ukraine raged for a 21st day despite talk of compromise in peace negotiations.


-U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan spoke with Nikolay Patrushev, the secretary of Russia's Security Council, in the first high-level contact publicly disclosed between the two countries since the invasion.

-President Putin said Russia was ready to discuss Ukraine's neutral status but that Moscow would still achieve the goals of its military operation.[L2N2VJ1J7]

-The U.N. Security Council is due to vote on Friday on a Russian-drafted call for aid access and civilian protection, but diplomats say the measure is set to fail because it does not push for an end to the fighting or withdrawal of Russian troops.

17 Mar 2022, 07:45:47 AM IST

Asian stocks rally strongly as Fed hike, Ukraine talks boost sentiment

Japan and Hong Kong led a jump in regional stocks on Thursday, joining a rally on Wall Street overnight as potential risks from Federal Reserve monetary tightening to the Ukraine war and a slowdown in China became less murky.

Treasury yields eased a little after spiking to nearly three-year highs overnight - with shorter-end yields rising more to flatten the curve - after the Fed raised the policy rate for the first time since 2018. The Fed increased rates by an as-expected quarter point and telegraphed equivalent hikes at every meeting for the remainder of this year to aggressively stamp out inflation.

The safe-haven dollar, though, remained on the back foot and oil also stabilized well south of recent multi-year highs amid signs of material progress in talks between Russia and Ukraine to end a three-week-old invasion that Moscow says is a "special military operation" to demilitarize its neighbor.

17 Mar 2022, 07:41:54 AM IST

Tokyo's Nikkei index up 3% on Fed rate hike, oil

Tokyo's benchmark Nikkei index surged over three percent shortly after the open on Thursday, tracking global rallies linked to a US Fed rate hike and another pullback in oil prices.

The Nikkei rose 3.14 percent or 808.34 points to 26,570.35 in the first 15 minutes of trading, while the broader Topix index added 2.39 percent or 44.35 points to 1,897.60.

Investors were cheered by the US central bank raising interest rates in the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) as widely expected, lifting US shares.

17 Mar 2022, 07:39:04 AM IST

US Fed raises interest rate in battle against high inflation

The Federal Reserve escalated its battle against the wave of price increases battering the US economy, raising the benchmark interest rate on Wednesday even as it acknowledged the risks posed by the war in Ukraine.

At the conclusion of its two-day meeting, the policy-setting Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) announced a quarter-point rate hike, the first since 2018 and since it cut the rate to zero at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The central bank clearly signaled that the move, already well telegraphed by Fed officials in the weeks leading up to it, would be the first in a series.

"We're not going to let high inflation become entrenched. The costs of that would be too high," Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell told reporters, adding that the FOMC is committed to using its "powerful tools" to prevent that.

The central bank is walking a tightrope to ensure its inflation-fighting efforts don't derail the recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic even as Russia's invasion of Ukraine introduces new uncertainty in an economy battered by supply chain snarls and labor shortages.

17 Mar 2022, 07:33:08 AM IST

How major US stock indexes fared Wednesday

Stocks shook off an afternoon stumble and ended higher on Wall Street Wednesday after the Federal Reserve announced its first interest rate hike since 2018.

Bond yields also rose as the Fed started to shift its policy to fighting inflation. As markets had anticipated, the Fed raised its short-term rate by 0.25 percentage points. The move marks a shift by the Fed away from maintaining the ultra-low interest rates it had in place during the worst part of the pandemic, which were meant to stimulate the economy. Now that prices are rising, it’s changing course.

On Wednesday:

The S&P 500 rose 95.41 points, or 2.2%, to 4,357.86.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 518.76 points, 1.5%, to 34,063.10.

The Nasdaq rose 487.93 points, or 3.8%, to 13,436.55.

The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies rose 61.75 points, or 3.1%, to 2,030.72.

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