Equities closed out a second week of consecutive gains as investors’ remained positive after another CPI print indicated continued cooling inflation. Growth-oriented stocks outperformed most, with help from popular mega-cap technology companies, ultimately leading the NASDAQ to finish the week 4.83% higher. Besides technology (+4.6%), consumer discretionary (+5.8%) and real estate (+4.4%) were among the top outperforming S&P sectors for the week. Consumer staples (-1.4%) and health care (-0.1%) underperformed most. Ultimately the S&P 500 Index finished the week 2.71% higher. The new CPI print indicated that headline inflation had risen 6.4% year-over-year, and dropped -0.1% month over- month in December, the first monthly decrease in inflation since 2020. Lastly, weekly jobless claims fell to 205k, a three-month low.
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