Bank Stocks Bounce as Investors Rethink Economic Outlook

A group of regional bank stocks, which came under severe pressure on Thursday, fueling fears of a worsening banking crisis, surged Friday, at least partially alleviating fears.

Markets were also buoyed by hiring data deemed strong enough to ease recession fears without the Federal Reserve tightening the economy further. Yes, there was a backlash.

PacWest is up nearly 80% after falling more than 50% on Thursday. Western Alliance stock rose more than 30% of his, making up for the previous day’s losses.

The S&P 500 rose 1.5% over the afternoon, contributing to the overall market gains.

“The bank believed it had been unfairly punished over the past week and even before,” said Matt Perron, director of research at asset manager Janus Henderson. “It was oversold, so the upside makes sense.”

Still, it wasn’t enough to reverse another week in trouble for the country’s midsize banks. First on Monday his Republic foreclosure and his JPMorgan sale to Chase was presented by JPMorgan chief executive Jamie Dimon, ending the crisis that began with the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank in March. I told you

But Dimon added that “another smaller” bank could face problems. Shortly thereafter, the stocks of smaller financial institutions such as PacWest and Western Alliance came under renewed pressure, telling investors that deposit bases were stable and market movements were irrelevant to their financial health. I tried to reassure you.

Despite Friday’s rally, PacWest remained poised to end the week losing almost half of its market value. Western Alliance is down a third from the beginning of the week. The S&P 500 is set about 1% lower at the end of the week.

Concerns over the fate of local lenders were further tempered by new data on Friday, which showed the pace of new hiring in April was stronger than expected and workers still achieved strong wage gains, signaling a robust labor market. I’m here.

While April’s numbers were strong, the downward revisions to previous months’ data point to a continuation of the long-term trend of a labor market slowdown, with investors keeping Fed policymakers on track. expect the Fed to pause rate hikes at its next meeting in June.

Nonetheless, some investors remain nervous after Friday’s rally.

“Markets seem to be susceptible to shocks,” Peron said. “I will be cautious until I get over the suspension,” he said.

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