And the minutes of the Fed meeting. The Federal Reserve minute predicted that the virus epidemic would cause “significant pressure” on the economy, and lowered its economic growth forecast for the second half of this year. < p > < p > Apple closed 0.1% higher, with a market value of $1978.92 billion at a closing price of $462.83. On Wednesday, the stock rose more than 1.3%, becoming the first company in history with a market value of more than $2 trillion. In Wednesday’s trading, the st & P 500 index rose to 3399.54, while the Na index rose to 11257.42, both hitting record intraday highs. Retailer target closed up 12.7%. At 2 p.m. EST on Wednesday, the Federal Reserve released the minutes of its July 28-29 monetary policy meeting. At that meeting, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) kept short-term interest rates close to zero on the grounds that the economy was “far below” what it was before the outbreak of the coronavirus. According to the Fed minutes, participants continued to discuss the ongoing review of the Fed’s monetary policy strategy, tools, and communication practices, and discussed possible changes to the statement of long-term goals, believing that a revised statement would help improve transparency. Participants agreed that a revision of the statement was necessary in view of “fundamental changes” in the economy over the past 10 years, including low interest rates and “sustained” anti inflationary pressures, the minutes said. Officials see deflation as a major risk of price pressure. < / P > < p > the revised statement of long-term goals can make monetary policy clearer, help households and businesses make better decisions, and help the Federal Reserve achieve inflation and employment goals. Many officials believe a clearer path to interest rates would help. < p > < p > policymakers have seen a sharp rebound in consumer spending, but not much in the business sector. Given the uncertainty of the coronavirus outbreak, staff still believe that the more pessimistic results are as credible as the baseline forecasts. < / P > < p > participants noted that the rebound in consumer spending supported by the bail-out act was “particularly strong”, but that activity may have slowed down as the coronavirus spreads further. Given the significant uncertainties and downside risks associated with the course of the epidemic, and how long it will take for the economy to recover, officials still believe that a more pessimistic forecast is no less likely than the baseline forecast. < / P > < p > most policymakers believe that in the current environment, setting a yield cap and target may only bring modest benefits. To some extent, it may help to define asset purchases as incentives. < / P > < p > members saw financial fragility. Participants said the rebound in employment may have slowed down and any further “substantial improvement” in the labor market will depend on a “broad and sustained” economic restart. Members have assumed that an accelerated outbreak of coronavirus will lead to more serious disruption of economic activities, leading to a decline in real GDP and inflation. < / P > < p > some participants pointed out that “additional financial assistance” was very important to support families more affected by the virus, especially African Americans, Hispanics and women working in low wage services. < p > < p > participants generally believed that the overall impact of coronavirus on inflation was suppressed. Many participants said it might be appropriate to discuss asset purchases from the perspective of fostering a loose financial environment and supporting economic recovery. < p > < p > after the release of the minutes of the Federal Reserve meeting, some analysts believe that the minutes of the meeting do not imply that the forward-looking guidance and QE will be relaxed soon, which is disappointing. In other news, the US National Congress officially nominated former Vice President Joe Biden as the presidential candidate for 2020 on the evening of 18 US Eastern time. The S & P 500 closed higher on Tuesday, rebounding 52% from its march low. The index also hit a closing and intraday record high yesterday, ending the shortest bear market in history. Wall Street defines a bear market as the S & P 500 index falling more than 20% from its peak. When the index closed above its previous high, the bear market was officially over. The stock market recovery is mainly due to the huge amount of liquidity released by the Federal Reserve during the spread of public health events. The Nasdaq composite index also set a record high intraday and closing record on Tuesday. Big tech stocks led gains again, with Amazon (AMZN) up 4 per cent on Tuesday, its share price at an all-time high, after the company announced plans to add thousands of jobs to major hubs across the country. The rise in technology stocks continued the strong trend of the past few months as investors poured into software and technology stocks during the outbreak. Big tech stocks such as Netflix and Amazon performed well during the home quarantine in the US. In the near future, as investors bet that vaccines will eventually emerge and return to semi normal lifestyles, economically sensitive stocks such as industry, energy and finance are catching up. However, while the U.S. stock market rebounded and reached a new high, millions of Americans are still unemployed due to the coronavirus epidemic, and the prospect of another round of economic stimulus plan is still unclear. U.S. House Speaker Pelosi signaled compromise on Tuesday, saying “we are willing to halve the plan to meet current demand.” < / P > < p > as many analysts have pointed out, the market tends to underestimate the future rather than the current situation. A large number of new data exceeded expectations, and the trajectory of economic development has been improving compared with the trend earlier this spring. Even in the epicentres of recent outbreaks in the South and west of the United States, the growth rate of coronavirus has begun to slow down. Data on the housing market, retail sales and manufacturing activities suggest that some sectors of the economy are at least beginning to recover from the severe damage caused by the epidemic. Peter giacchi, head of in store trading at citadel securities, said: “many people believe that the market cannot accurately reflect the severity of potential health and economic crisis because it is focused on the future rather than what happens in real time.” < / P > < p > he added: “in the early stages of the outbreak, we saw a sharp decline in the stock market, which was caused by the uncertainty of the virus epidemic. Now, to some extent, investors can cope with the current situation, they have a longer-term, more optimistic outlook, and the market is performing as well as it has been in history. ” At the same time, data show that CEOs of U.S. companies have already begun to sell stocks, which makes the stock market rise “yellow light”. According to data from trim tabs investment research company, US CEOs and other insiders have sold more than $50 billion worth of stocks since the beginning of May, and the amount of shares sold in August may exceed $15 billion, which will be a warning signal for the future market of US stocks. According to Howard Silverblatt, senior analyst at standard & Poor’s Dow Jones index, a bull market is considered to be a bull market, but only when the S & P 500 reaches a record closing high. < / P > < p > not long ago, many people thought that the rise in the stock market was just a “bear market rebound”. Bear market rebound refers to the rebound in the process of decline, which will not really reverse the downward trend of the market. After each rebound, it will continue to create new lows. On Tuesday, the S & P 500 index was able to confirm the emergence of a new bull market when it broke its all-time high before the outbreak in February. The S & P 500 index climbed 20% in the second quarter, one of the best levels on record. The index has risen 9.3% since the third quarter and 4.9% since 2020. The U.S. stock market is expected to continue to move at a historical low of 23% since the survey of UBS has begun for about 6 months. UBS pointed out that investors were nervous about the relatively narrow basis of the rally. This year’s S S & P 500 index’s rise, the six major U.S. technology giants accounted for a large part. UBS advised investors to look for potential laggards and stick to long-term investment plans. < p > < p > the second quarter sales growth of target set a record. Revenue increased by 24.7% to $23 billion, far exceeding the market’s expected $19.82 billion; net profit increased by 80.3% to $1.69 billion, and adjusted earnings per share of $3.38, also far exceeding the market expectations of $1.58. Lloyd’s second quarter results far exceeded market expectations, e-commerce sales increased 135% year-on-year. In the second quarter, Lloyd’s revenue rose 30% to $27.3 billion, far higher than analysts’ forecast of $24.2 billion, as demand for home furnishings surged due to the demand for home furnishings. Adjusted earnings per share were $3.75, up 74.4% year-on-year, far exceeding market expectations of $2.93. < / P > < p > the company’s us same store sales increased by 35.1% year-on-year, while e-commerce business sales soared by 135%. However, Lloyd’s said that due to the uncertainty of health events, the visibility of future business trends was limited, so it withdrew the performance guidelines. Tjx, a discount retailer in the U.S., turned into a loss year on year, deteriorating from a net profit of $759 million last year to a net loss of $214.2 million, or 18 cents a share, compared with a loss of 10 cents expected by analysts. Sales fell to $6.67 billion from $9.78 billion in the same period last year, slightly higher than market expectations of $6.55 billion. The acquisition of pharmaceutical is expected to be completed in the second half of 2020 at a cash price of 6.5 billion. In response to Oracle’s bid for tiktok, trump pointed out that both Microsoft and Oracle will benefit the United States. < / P > < p > Tesla Model3 was accused of a car crash due to brake failure, and customer service said the car was OK. It is also reported that the hardware of Tesla electric vehicle has reached hw3.0, and the next generation of hardware has been developed. < / P > < p > Goldman Sachs raised its target Home Depot price from $265 to $301. The bank raised its target Home Depot price from $260 to $315. Gold futures prices fell sharply on Wednesday, ending two consecutive days of gains. The U.S. dollar stopped falling, pushing gold prices below the $2000 level. < / P > < p > gold market investors are also weighing the message from the Fed minutes. U.S. congressmen are trying to restart stalled negotiations. Gold futures for December delivery on the New York Mercantile Exchange fell $42.80, or 2.1%, to $1970.30 an ounce. The U.S. crude oil futures closed flat on Wednesday. Official data showed U.S. gasoline inventories fell last week, easing concerns about falling demand and taking crude oil out of the early decline. < / P > < p > oil market traders also pay close attention to the results of the OPEC + meeting. The meeting is expected to recommend adherence to the current production restriction plan as major crude oil producers believe that the coronavirus epidemic will affect demand prospects. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) futures for September delivery rose 4 cents, or 0.1%, to $42.93 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange on Wednesday. October WTI futures closed down 1 cent at $43.11 a barrel.