Stock Market's Week-Long Surge Pauses: What's Behind the Numbers
Why the stock market takes a breather after a strong week. Explore factors influencing the market's performance and oil price trends.
After a fantastic week of gains on Wall Street, the stock market slowed down a bit. Investors were looking at how well companies are doing, and the overall economic news was quiet.
The S&P 500, a big group of popular stocks, went up a little bit by 0.2%. This means the value of those stocks went up, but not by a lot. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Nasdaq Composite also went up a bit by 0.2%.
Some people from the Federal Reserve, the people who make decisions about money, said we should be careful. They think interest rates, which affect how much we pay for loans, might not go up anymore. This made some people less excited about buying stocks. However, most traders still believe interest rates won't go up this year. A good number of them even think they might go down a bit in March.
The prices of oil, which affects how much things cost, went down on Wednesday. This happened because people were worried about China and the US not needing as much oil. West Texas Intermediate crude and Brent crude, two types of oil, both went down by almost 1%. They ended up costing $76.82 and $81.12 per barrel.