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Overseas, the US markets rally came to an end on Wednesday as treasury yields rose to multi-year highs amid concerns the Federal Reserve will remain hawkish for months to come which in-turn raises the risk of a recession. The market sell-off dampened strong earnings reports from Netflix and United Airlines as an analyst at Morgan Stanley says earnings forecasts for this reporting season had been ‘cut to the bone’ so beating forecasts wouldn’t be hard as companies had already factored in rising interest rates and other impacts into outlook for the reporting season. The Dow Jones industrials index fell 0.33%, the tech-heavy Nasdaq dropped 0.85% and the S&P500 closed the midweek session down 0.67%.
Over in Europe and the UK, the four-day rally also ended after UK inflation data for September rose again to 10.1% after an unexpected decline in august. Food, energy and transport costs drove the rise in inflation, with the country’s cost of living continuing to hit residents and businesses hard especially before the winter months. The increase in inflation enhanced investor fears of a recession in the region as further interest rate hikes are expected to cool the rising inflation. The FTSE100 fell 0.17%, Germany’s DAX lost 0.19% and the French CAC closed the midweek session 0.43% lower.
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