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Equity movements were somewhat muted last week, as US markets were interrupted by the Thanksgiving Holiday on Thursday and barring World Cup matches, the week observed no major upsets, writes Ian Slattery. 
Last week saw markets slow in pace somewhat as the positive momentum which had fuelled a rally in recent weeks gave way to modest losses in US equities, writes Ian Slattery

Equities rallied in October, following a poor run throughout August and September. It remains to be seen if this is the start of a structural upward movement or merely a rebound from oversold levels, writes Ian Slattery.

Last Thursday saw the release of the US inflation print for October. Headline inflation came in at 7.7%, below the 8% expected by economists, writes Ian Slattery. 
Last week saw the Federal Reserve raise rates by 75 basis points. A move that was widely expected yet remains to be the latest instalment in the fastest set of rate hikes by the Fed in recent times, writes Ian Slattery. 
Markets saw choppy trading last week as sentiment swung between poor earnings from tech companies to optimism over a more dovish Fed on the back of a slowing economy, writes Ian Slattery. 
Last week saw volatile yet positive gains within equities. US equities had their best weekly gain in almost four months as earnings season kicked off, writes Ian Slattery. 

Global equities suffered one of their worst months in years in September, as aggressive monetary tightening weighed on investors’ minds, writes Ian Slattery.

Last week saw the US consumer price index come in higher than expected with core inflation rising 6.6% for September, faster than the 6.3% rate in August, writes Ian Slattery. 
US equities rose from an almost two-year low on Monday and Tuesday, with the S&P 500 rising 5.6%, its best two-day move since 2020, writes Ian Slattery. 
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