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Nasdaq Rises on Microsoft Earnings and Boeing Forecast

The Nasdaq saw gains on Wednesday, driven by impressive Microsoft results that helped to alleviate concerns over rising interest rates and their impact on the US economy. Boeing's positive outlook further supported the market sentiment.


AI Products Propel Microsoft's Sales

Microsoft's stock rose by 7% after it exceeded quarterly estimates, attributing its success to artificial intelligence products that stimulated sales. This pushed information technology stocks up by over 1%.

Companies such as Amazon, Datadog, and Snowflake saw increases of between 3.6% and 8.9%, following a strong performance in Microsoft's cloud segment.

Boeing Plans to Increase 737 MAX Production

Boeing's stock climbed 3.7% after the company announced plans to ramp up production of its 737 MAX jets to 38 per month by year-end and reiterated its annual cash-flow target.

S&P 500 Earnings Forecasts Improve

Analysts now expect a 3.9% contraction in Q1 profit for S&P 500 companies, compared to the 5.2% decline estimated at the beginning of the earnings season. On Tuesday, 79% of the 124 S&P 500 companies that reported Q1 profit surpassed analysts' expectations.

Consumer Confidence Concerns Affect Market Outlook

Despite better-than-expected tech results, declining consumer confidence has raised concerns about reduced spending in the future, according to Susannah Streeter, head of money and markets at Hargreaves Lansdown.

US Economy at Risk of Recession

A report on Tuesday indicated that US consumer confidence hit a nine-month low in April, suggesting the possibility of a recession this year.

Wall Street Averages Experience Significant Declines

Major Wall Street averages faced their steepest declines this month on Tuesday, as disappointing UPS forecasts and falling deposits at First Republic Bank fueled concerns over the health of the US economy and banking sector.

Microsoft's Acquisition of Activision Blizzard Blocked

Activision Blizzard's stock fell 8.9% after the UK's competition regulator blocked its takeover by Microsoft on antitrust grounds.

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Investors Await Federal Reserve's Rate Decision

Investors closely monitor the Federal Reserve's monetary policy decision on May 3 for insights into potential interest rate hikes. Traders have given a 77% chance to the US central bank raising rates by 25 basis points next week, according to CMEGroup's Fedwatch tool.

U.S. Sovereign Debt Insurance Cost Hits Decade High

The cost of insuring exposure to US sovereign debt has risen to its highest level since 2011, driven by concerns that the government could reach its debt ceiling earlier than anticipated.

House of Representatives to Vote on Debt Ceiling Bill

The US House of Representatives may vote as early as Wednesday on a bill that proposes significant spending cuts over a decade in exchange for a short-term increase in the debt ceiling. However, its passage remains to be determined.

Other Stocks: Visa and PacWest Bancorp Show Gains

Visa's stock increased 0.8% after reporting better-than-expected Q2 profit and anticipating continued growth in its payments business. In comparison, PacWest Bancorp gained 7.9% as the regional lender exceeded Q1 profit estimates and stabilized deposit outflows.