During Wild Stock Swings, Mega-Cap Tech Was Knocked Down: Markets Wrap:

A dramatic selloff in large technology companies drove down equities on Friday, capping a week of vertiginous financial market volatility.

Investors have had a lot on their minds recently, from Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell’s hawkish posture to the possible impact of the omicron coronavirus epidemic on the global market. A mixed jobs data in the United States did nothing to avert another episode of high volatility. The reason for this is because there is a belief that the data will not be a game-changer, with policymakers likely to proceed with quicker asset purchase reduction in the face of rising inflation.

Stocks continued to fall for the second week in a row. Tesla Inc. fell roughly 6.5 percent, while Meta Platforms Inc., the parent company of Facebook, was on the verge of entering a bear market following a 19.7 percent drop from its latest high.

Apple Inc. fell when news broke that it had hacked the phones of many US State Department workers. China’s stocks dropped in the United States, owing to Didi Global Inc.’s plans to exit American markets and authorities’ proposals to require international businesses to publish their records or face being delisted.

“Today’s non-farm payroll report appears to be ‘messy.'” Before raising the stagflation alarm too loudly, it’s best to wait for the adjustments next month. “You would be incorrect if you believe this report would delay the expedited taper stated by Fed Chairman Jerome Powell this week,” Jamie Cox, managing partner of Harris Financial Group, said.

“The economy is in terrific form,” Chris Zaccarelli, chief investment officer at Independent Advisor Alliance, said. “However, the labor market is reaching its full potential, and inflationary forces are already high.”

“This serves as a reminder of the ambiguity surrounding the job recovery’s speed.” It will because the Federal Reserve to think twice about tightening monetary policy sooner rather than later. According to Ben Laidler, global markets strategist at eToro, a multi-asset investing platform, markets would prefer a slower pace.

According to Savita Subramanian of Bank of America, the Fed’s march toward higher rates puts stock investors in jeopardy, and the chance of an S&P 500 correction next year is “elevated.”

Munger of Berkshire Hathaway said the current crisis is “far worse” than the dot-com bust. The US Treasury has again refrained from naming any foreign countries as currency manipulators, even though Taiwan and Vietnam meet all three requirements for the classification. Switzerland was removed from the list of nations that exceeded the three benchmarks last published in April after authorities said it had broken two of the requirements while barely missing a third.

As two executives depart Twitter, the company’s new CEO, Parag Agrawal, moves to restructure:

Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s co-founder, and Chairman decided to resign earlier this week. He named Parag Agrawal, the CTO, the new CEO, starting immediately. According to an internal email acquired by The Washington Post, Agrawal, who joined Twitter as an engineer in 2011, has already proposed a significant restructuring. TechCrunch received confirmation from Twitter as well.

As part of the restructuring, Twitter’s Chief Design Officer Dantley Davis, who arrived in 2019, and Head of Engineering Michael Montano, who began in 2011, stepped down. In August, the New York Times published an article on Davis’s “tough love” workplace attitude, which business executives thought went too far at times.

A Twitter spokeswoman said, “Dantley’s departure is solely focused on redesigning our organizational model around a structure that has one lead manager fulfilling a key business purpose.” “Out of respect for the persons involved, we don’t have any other information about these revisions to provide.”

Because Parag is focused on operational excellence and ensuring that Twitter meets its objectives, they made these modifications with that in mind. We’re transitioning to a General Manager model for our product and technology teams, with one person in charge of work supporting our core corporate objectives.

Dorsey was chastised and even sued by a shareholder earlier this year for his multiple CEO duties at Twitter and Square, the fintech behemoth he co-founded. Twitter had previously been reticent to innovate, but it has been rapidly introducing new features this year, including its subscription Twitter Blue service, Spaces audio rooms, Ultra Follows, Ticketed Places, crypto capabilities, and also more. Agrawal has shown an interest in keeping the momentum going at Twitter.

“We’ve just altered our strategy to meet ambitious targets, and I believe that plan is bold and correct,” Agrawal said in an email to employees on Monday, which he later tweeted.

It’s been a week of massive upheaval for both of Dorsey co-founded firms. Square launched its rebranding to Block just days after announcing its resignation as CEO of Twitter.

Bullard wants the Fed to tighten policy more quickly, citing “inflation shock” as a reason:

James Bullard, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, called on the Federal Reserve to tighten monetary policy on Friday. Citing surprisingly high inflation, solid economic growth, and a labor market that is already tight and prepared to draw further.

“These factors imply that the FOMC may wish to explore withdrawing accommodation at a quicker pace at subsequent meetings,” Bullard told the Missouri Bankers Association.

Early Friday, government data indicating weaker-than-expected employment growth in November looked to be no hindrance to that outlook. Inflation has accelerated, he added, and he expects the job market in the United States to continue to improve “dramatically.” they took that a step farther in Friday’s statements.

He believes it is too early to judge the impact of the new Omicron form of COVID-19 on the US economy. Despite the decreases, the Fed continues to ease monetary policy by purchasing bonds aggressively; interest rates have been near zero since March 2020.

“The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) should decrease monetary policy accommodation,” Bullard stated, citing the unanticipated inflation shock this year and ongoing pandemic threats.

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