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How Wall Street bulls are reacting to fresh inflation data — and what you want to know about a potential rally.

·4 min read

Markets haven't rested since last week's CPI print, and at least some on Wall Street seem to have tilted more bullish.  The bears are still on the prowl, but today we're visiting their more optimistic counterparts.

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Wall Street has been hit by a brutal market sell-off this year.Spencer Platt/Getty Images

1. JPMorgan Asset Management's chief strategist sees upside ahead following Wednesday's inflation reading. The dip, according to David Kelly, suggests high prices are starting to roll over.

"I would be fully invested in equities at this point because I do think that equities can move higher here," he told Bloomberg on Friday.

Kelly expects to see another positive CPI report for August, with inflation showing improvement beyond what official data may suggest. Next month, Kelly anticipates a 50-basis-point rate hike from the Fed, and a 25-basis-point hike in November.

But given that the Fed has had to stomach frequent criticism for being behind the curve on inflation, Kelly said policymakers have remained wary about celebrating any fresh data, which means sentiment could stay weak.

"The problem is [the Fed has] been on a diet of humble pie all year," he said. "And that's what's causing them to be cautious in declaring any progress here."

Fundstrat's Tom Lee echoed a similar bullish sentiment on Friday. Wall Street, Lee said, is becoming more hawkish than the central bank — which gives him a bullish outlook for stocks.

The analyst pointed out that sell-side economists expect the Fed to continue hiking rates through 2023 to as high as 5%, well above Fed expectations.

But bearish Wall Street firms seem to be ignoring signals of falling inflation, he added. That leaves Lee aiming for a contrarian bet.

"We believe the S&P 500 will see a recovery similar to 1982 and thus recover YTD losses before year-end," Lee said.

In other news:

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Yuan on a map of Europe, Middle East and North Africa

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2. US stock futures fall early Monday. Meanwhile, oil also slipped after economic data showed China's economy is slowing more quickly than expected. Here are the latest market moves. 

3. On the docket: HelloFresh, Phoenix Group Holdings, and BHP Billiton Ltd., all reporting.

4. These recession-busting stocks collectively crushed the S&P 500 by 41% in 2008-2009. And there's a good chance they could repeat that performance this time around. Even in a downturn, there's a lot of money to be made if you pick the right names — see the list of 15 here. 

5. Russia's wealth fund could add China's yuan and other currencies besides the dollar and euro. With Western sanctions freezing much of the Kremlin's assets, turning to the yuan — in addition to Indian rupees and Turkish Lira — can help create a more diverse portfolio. Here's what you want to know.

6. Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway has plowed over $25 billion into Chevron and Occidental this year. The legendary investor may be scooping up shares in order to benefit from rising oil prices and soaring inflation, according to one energy-stock specialist. He broke down Buffett's 2022 investing strategy so far.

7. Saudi Aramco posted a 90% jump in quarterly profit. Saudi Arabia's national oil company said its net income amounted to $48.4 billion in the second quarter of 2022, nearly as much as the five biggest western energy majors combined. Here's why profits soared.

8. Lori Heinel oversees $3.5 trillion as State Street's investment chief. She told us where she's starting to place the firm's historically large cash holdings to work in an uncertain landscape. These are the investments she's eyeing right now as the market grows more complex. 

9. Billionaire crypto founder Sam Bankman-Fried explained how investors can determine what makes a safe yield product. In his view, when a crypto platform advertises returns that are too good to be true, oftentimes they are. The FTX chief shared where he thinks the tech market will have exponential growth over the next decade.

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10. Ethereum has rallied in a big way over the last month, soaring over 80% even amid the broader crypto winter. But some traders expect the token's rally to fizzle out as the upcoming proof-of-stake system will mark a "sell the news" event.

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Curated by Phil Rosen in New York. (Feedback or tips? Email prosen@insider.com or tweet @philrosenn).

Edited by Max Adams (@maxradams) in New York and Hallam Bullock (@hallam_bullock) in London. 

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