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Friday, January 27, 2023

US stocks close higher after positive tech results

Stocks rallied on Friday to end the week strong after briefly losing momentum from the January rally.

In Europe, economic improvements are boosting confidence thanks to lower energy prices, strong government support and the early reopening of the Chinese economy, which is set to boost global demand.

The update comes after officials and business leaders at this week’s annual World Economic Forum in Davos also took a more optimistic outlook, with the IMF signaling it would improve its global growth forecasts soon.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 1 percent, while the S&P 500 advanced 1.89 percent. For its part, the Nasdaq Composite rose 2.66%

The Nasdaq also had the best performance of the week, posting a gain of 0.55 percent and its third consecutive positive week. The Dow ended the week down 2.70 percent and the S&P posted a loss of 0.66 percent, both snapping two-week winning streaks.

Investors continued to monitor earnings reports and mega-cap tech stocks led the market higher. Netflix gained about 8.5 percent after posting more subscribers than expected despite its quarterly earnings missing analysts’ estimates. Alphabet rose more than 5% after the company announced it was laying off 12,000 employees. That brings total layoffs in the tech industry to more than 200,000 over the past year according to the Financial Times.

But putting this into perspective only underscores Big Tech’s impressive hiring spree during the pandemic. Believe it or not, most Big Tech workforces are on the rise since the start of Covid.

Microsoft hired 40,000 people between June 2021 and June 2022. So after the recent layoffs, it still has 30,000 employees in 18 months.

Alphabet’s 12,000 layoffs represent ~33 percent of the staff it hired in a single year through September 2022.

Meta hired more than 26,000 employees in 2020 and 2021; it recently eliminated 11,000 jobs.

So what about Apple? The iPhone maker remains the only Big Tech company yet to announce layoffs. One suggested factor could be that he hired much more methodically than his peers during the pandemic. Apple grew its workforce by just 6.5% in the year to September 2022, about the same growth rate it has had since 2016.

Sectors all up in Friday’s trading.

Semi Cap Equipment, Payments and Fintech, Internet and Software also helped the tech sector finish stronger.


SPI futures point to a gain of 0.5 percent.


An Australian dollar at 8:00 am has strengthened against the US dollar on Friday buying 69.67 US cents (Friday: 69.11 US cents).

raw Materials

Iron ore futures point to a gain of 1.76 percent.

Gold added 0.2 percent. Silver gained 0.3 percent. Copper added 0.5 percent and oil gained 1.3 percent.

Figures around the world

On the other side of the Atlantic, European markets closed higher. London’s FTSE rose 0.3 percent, Frankfurt gained 0.8 percent and Paris closed 0.6 percent higher.

In Asian markets, Tokyo’s Nikkei added 0.6 percent, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng gained 1.8 percent and China’s Shanghai Composite closed up 0.8 percent.

On Friday, the Australian stock market rose 0.2 percent to close at 7,452.

Sources: Bloomberg, FactSet, IRESS, TradingView, UBS, Bourse Data, Trading Economics, CoinMarketCap.


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pedro milios

Peter Milios is a recent graduate of the University of Technology, majoring in Finance and Accounting. Peter currently works with equity research analyst Di Brookman for Corporate Connect Research.

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