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Week in review: good rate news in the US, but not for us, as markets rally

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The markets did a U-turn this week, starting off flat but pivoting to look quite healthy by week’s end, in an otherwise buoyant month for Australian stocks.

Wall Street took a break for Thanksgiving, with markets closing on a high note before the Thursday holiday.

And US investors had good reason to give thanks, as minutes from the Federal Reserve’s November meeting seemed to indicate that the interest rate pain might be nearing an end.

Light at the end of the rate tunnel for US

“A substantial majority of participants judged that a slowing in the pace of increase would likely soon be appropriate,” said the minutes.

This prompted activity on the US markets, with the S&P reaching a two-month high and passing the 4,000-point threshold and the Nasdaq moving up 0.99%, and all sectors apart from the thorny energy sector, finishing in the green.

Back home, the Health Care sector was one of the winners, rising 2.21% over the week, along with Utilities, up more than 3% and Industrials, which gained more than 2% over the same period.

Information Technology conformed with some prevailing global trends, still in the red, followed by Communication Services and Consumer Discretionary, both sectors trending just over the line into the green.

The best performers in the S&P/ASX top 100 stocks included Virgin Money (LON:VM), which rose by more than 16%, followed by Whitehaven Coal (ASX:WHC) (+9%) and Evolution Mining (+7%).

The worst performing stocks included Star Entertainment Group (-7%), Wisetech Global (-6%) and Block (-5%).

The Australian dollar rounded out the week at 67.62 US cents.

Will the good mood last?

“It is now seven weeks since the low on 3 October with the previous bull run on the Australian market lasting eight weeks between June and August,” noted Wealth Within chief analyst Dale Gillham.

“While we would all like the market to just keep rising, we know it doesn’t work like that and we need to be prepared for a turning point in the current uptrend. It’s not a matter of if it will fall, just when and it is likely to be very soon.”

On the home front, our own central bank governor was sounding more hawkish than his US counterparts during the week, warning Australians to brace for even higher inflation and slower growth.

"If we all buy into the idea that wages have to go up to compensate people for inflation it will be painful, so best avoid that," he said in Melbourne on Tuesday night.

The remarks dragged the characteristically mild-mannered economist into a political set-to between the government and the opposition, as the two sides came down along predictable lines on wages and the economy.

One thing is clear – if investors thought our monetary policy would neatly follow that of the US, they might be in for an unpleasant surprise.

The week that was

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