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Extreme Volatility: How Long? 5 Key Points This Friday on the Stock Market

Economy May 20, 2022 14:46
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By Laura Sánchez

Investing.com - Investors are, once again, showing their buy and sell reactions on the stock markets in a scenario of high volatility.

The corporate earnings season continues.

Oil prices fall, both WTI and Brent crude.

Cryptocurrencies are trading higher this morning.

These are the five factors that investors should take into account when making their decisions today:

1. Strong volatility again in the markets.

Another week of extreme volatility for global markets, after an apparent intense rebound at the beginning of the week. The fear of a recession and a more hawkish policy by central banks provoked a wave of sales and a fear effect that reaches beyond the stock markets.

Experts continue to recommend a great deal of caution.

2. Several members of the ECB speak

Edouard Fernandez-Bollo and Philip R. Lane, members of the European Central Bank (ECB), will appear on Friday. The focus remains on the ECB's next rate hike as it follows in the footsteps of the US Federal Reserve (Fed) in tightening monetary policy.

3. Crypto bounces back

The cryptocurrency sector rebounded on Friday after the heavy losses suffered in recent days. Bitcoin is trading at 30,000 dollars and Ethereum at 2,000.

4. Asian and the American stock markets

Positive signs today in the main Asian indices. Nikkei is up 1.2%. Hong Kong's Hang Seng is up 2.7% and the Shanghai Composite is up 1.4%.

On Wall Street, the market ended yesterday in the red. The S&P 500 -0.5%, Nasdaq -0.2% and Dow Jones -0.7% closed lower.

5. Macroeconomic data

Key macroeconomic releases in Europe include German PPI, UK retail sales and Eurozone consumer confidence.

In the US, the Baker Hughes oil rig count will be released.

Follow the day's events on our economic calendar: https://uk.investing.com/economic-calendar/

Extreme Volatility: How Long? 5 Key Points This Friday on the Stock Market
 

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