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The war in Ukraine has tended to increase uncertainty regarding inflation and growth prospects. When and with what consequences this war will end is pure speculation, but capital markets are expected to build a certain immunity to the headline risks in the coming weeks. The medium- to long-term consequences, on the other hand, could be significant. It is possible that we are at the beginning of a new bloc formation or a new Cold War. This would put a significant damper on globalization and further fuel higher structural inflation.
US equities extended gains for the third session on Friday and snapped a 3-week losing streak as investors looked past hawkish headlines and piled into tech and growth shares that have been battered since mid-August. The Dow added 377 points, the S&P 500 1.5% and the Nasdaq 2.1%. For the week, the Dow gained almost 3%, and both the S&P and the Nasdaq about 4%. European equity markets also closed higher on Friday, with the Euro Stoxx 50 rising by 1.6%, led by energy shares as crude prices rose for the second session. European markets marched higher for the week, following three consecutive weeks of losses, driven by gains in the banking sector on expectations of higher interest rates.
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