The futures were lower on Wednesday after yet another rollercoaster trading day in which all the major indexes finished the day higher. The big catalyst was Federal Reserve Chair Jay Powell’s appearance at the Economic Club of Washington. He noted that, while the 2% inflation target remains in place, the disinflationary pressures had begun and were subsiding, though they had a long way to go. That initially sparked a rally, which soon faded, but it roared back in the afternoon despite Powell indicating that more rate hikes were on the way.
Treasury yields were up across the curve, but nothing like we what saw on Monday and last Friday, when the sellers came in big. Powell’s measured tone and some selling exhaustion slowed the pace Tuesday. The 10-year note closed at 3.67%, up from a 3.39% yield a week ago. The two-year yield also bolted higher and closed Tuesday at 4.47%, so the highest inversion in over 40 years remains in place. Such inversions had signaled recession in the past.
Brent and West Texas Intermediate crude were the big winners Tuesday, as both of the energy complex benchmarks closed the day strongly, the former up 3.9% and the latter 4.7% higher. Industry analysts cited production interruptions from the horrific earthquake in Turkey. That combined with more indications of a China reopening also fueled the solid move. Natural gas joined in, closing up 6%, after being battered since the start of the year.
Gold and Bitcoin finished the day on the plus side as well, with the cryptocurrency jumping 1.9% on Tuesday, back over the $23,000 level. Gold analysts have continued to cite the massive buying of bullion by central banks around the world as a reason for the continued strength.
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These are the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations seen on Tuesday, February 7, 2023.
Akamai Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM): Loop Capital initiated coverage of the shares with a Hold rating and a $91 target price. The consensus target is $99.25, and the stock closed on Tuesday at $88.16 a share.
Alcoa Corp. (NYSE: AA): Jefferies reiterated an Outperform rating with a $62 price objective. The consensus target is $53.73. Tuesday’s closing share price was $53.24.
BigCommerce Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: BIGC): Piper Sandler’s downgrade to Neutral from Overweight included a target price cut to $12 from $16. The consensus target is $14.29 for now. The shares closed on Tuesday at $11.50, which was down almost 4% due to the downgrade.
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