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US stocks finish higher after positive tech results


Stocks rallied on Friday to finish the week strong after briefly losing the momentum of the January rally.

In Europe economic upgrades are boosting sentiment thanks to lower energy prices, bumper government support and the earlier-than-anticipated reopening of the Chinese economy, which is set to boost global demand.

The upgrade comes after officials and business leaders at this week’s annual World Economic Forum in Davos also embraced a more upbeat outlook, and the IMF signalled that it would soon upgrade its forecasts for global growth.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 1 per cent, while the S&P 500 advanced 1.89 per cent. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite rose 2.66 per cent

The Nasdaq was also the outperformer for the week, posting a 0.55 per cent gain and its third positive week in a row. The Dow finished the week lower by 2.70 per cent, and the S&P posted a 0.66 per cent loss, both breaking two-week win streaks.

Investors continued to monitor earnings reports and mega cap tech shares led the market higher. Netflix gained about 8.5 per cent after posting more subscribers than expected even though its quarterly earnings missed analysts’ estimates. Alphabet rose more than 5 per cent after the company announced it will lay off 12,000 employees. That brings total layoffs in the tech industry to more than 200,000 over the last year according to the Financial Times.

But putting this into perspective only underscores Big Tech’s breathtaking hiring spree during the pandemic. Believe it or not, most Big Tech workforces are up—way up—since the beginning of Covid.

Microsoft hired 40,000 people from June 2021 to June 2022. So after the recent layoffs, it’s still up 30,000 employees in 18 months.

Alphabet’s 12,000 layoffs represent ~33 per cent of the staff it hired in the single year to September 2022.

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

So what about Apple? The iPhone maker remains the only Big Tech company that hasn’t yet announced layoffs. One factor suggested could be that it hired far more methodically than its peers during the pandemic. Apple increased its headcount by just 6.5 per cent in the year to September 2022—about the same growth rate it’s had since 2016.

Sectors all higher in Friday trading.

Semi Cap equipment, payments and fintech, internet and software also helped the tech sector finish stronger.


The SPI futures are pointing to a 0.5 per cent gain.


One Australian dollar at 8:00 AM has strengthened compared to the US dollar on Friday buying 69.67 US cents (Fri: 69.11 US cents).


Iron ore futures are pointing to a 1.76 per cent gain.

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

Figures around the globe

Across the Atlantic, European markets closed higher. London’s FTSE added 0.3 per cent, Frankfurt gained 0.8 per cent and Paris closed 0.6 per cent higher.

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

On Friday, the Australian sharemarket added 0.2 per cent to close at 7,452.

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


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