LIVE updates: Market reaction, Fed Chair Powell testifies on economy

live updates market reaction fed chair powell testifies on economy

Fitz-Gerald Group principal Keith Fitz-Gerald and Gibbs Wealth Management President Erin Gibbs discuss the state of today’s markets.

Federal Reserve Chair Powell delivered his testimony on the state of the U.S. economy in his Semiannual Monetary Policy Report Tuesday.

He reminded lawmakers that while the recovery remains uncertain,  a wider rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine can help steady the economy.

FED’S POWELL SAYS US ECONOMIC OUTLOOK STILL ‘HIGHLY UNCERTAIN,’ BUT WIDER VACCINE ROLLOUT KEY

Stocks, led by a sharp drop in the Nasdaq, maintained losses but staged a late-day comeback which traders attributed to Powell’s commitment to maintaining support for the U.S. economy.

Ticker
Security
Last
Change
Change %

I:DJI
DOW JONES AVERAGES
31537.35
+15.66
+0.05%

I:COMP
NASDAQ COMPOSITE INDEX
13465.198124
-67.85
-0.50%

SP500
S&P 500
3881.37
+4.87
+0.13%

Powell took questions from lawmakers on a wealth tax while reject pumping the brakes on monetary policy any time soon.

He did however dodge a few direct questions on the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill looming on Capitol Hill and a higher minimum wage.

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