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The local market tumbled over 2% on Friday as investors were spooked by comments made and reiterated over a few days by Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell that interest rates will need to stay higher for longer, prompting further fears of a global recession. The utilities sector was the only sector to escape the broad market sell-off on Friday. The winning stocks were led by Origin Energy (ASX:ORG) adding 2.45%, while TPG Telecom (ASX:TPG) and Silver Lake Resources (ASX:SLR) each also added over 2%. On the losing end of the market it was a lithium sell-off led by Allkem (ASX:AKE) tumbling 8.6%, while Sayona Mining (ASX:SYA) and Liontown Resources (ASX:LTR) each fell 8%.
Wall Street closed sharply lower on Friday as the collapse of tech-focused lender Silicon Valley Bank sent shockwaves through the banking sector. The collapse resulted from losses in the bank’s bond portfolio and is the biggest bank failure since the global financial crisis. The Dow Jones fell 1.07%, the S&P500 lost 1.45% and the tech-heavy Nasdaq fell 1.76% on Friday. It was the worst week since June 2022 for the Dow Jones on Wall St last week, with the major indices capped off the week with losses. The Dow fell 4.44%, the S&P dropped 4.55%, and the Nasdaq lost 4.71%.
Over in Europe, markets closed lower on Friday, also led by a sell-off in the banking sector after early news of a capital raise at Silicon Valley Bank leading to the stock collapsing 60%, wiping out over $80bn in value from the bank’s shares.
Germany’s DAX fell 1.31%, the French CAC lost 1.3% and, in the UK, the FTSE100 shed 1.67%.
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