The U.S. federal government could face a shutdown on October 1, if politicians fail to reach a budget agreement. This impending situation could cause temporary economic damage due to reduced consumer confidence and interruptions in defense and healthcare spending. However, the impact is expected to be short-lived, as previous shutdowns have typically lasted only a few days and most employees have received back pay.
Prominent market strategists, Manish Kabra of Societe Generale (OTC:SCGLY) and John Stoltzfus from Oppenheimer Asset Management revised their year-end predictions for the S&P 500 index upward on Monday. This adjustment is a response to recent market dynamics, including a strong earnings season and a surge in artificial intelligence (AI) investments.
The initial public offering (IPO) market is bracing for five new deals this week, with tech unicorns Instacart and Klaviyo leading the pack. This marks the first entrance of tech unicorns, companies valued at over $1 billion, into the market in nearly two years.