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After an exceptional year in 2023, major US technology stocks are reaching new heights, thanks notably to the artificial intelligence (AI) hype. Are we reliving a phenomenon similar to that of the Internet bubble of the 2000s?

US economy rebounds with robust job creation and wage growth. Risk assets soar with the S&P 500 hitting historic highs and Japan's Nikkei 225 at a 34-year peak. Our diversified strategy pays off; adjusting Switzerland and Emerging Markets in equities, upgrading GBP yield curve in fixed income, and tweaking forex positions.

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Bitcoin surpasses $1 trillion cap, Super Micro Computer becomes AI favourite, GRANOLAS rival the Magnificent 7. Each week, the Syz investment team takes you through the last seven days in seven charts.

Some favorable earnings surprises balanced against discouraging inflation data left the major US equities indices mixed, with the S&P 500 Index recording its first weekly decline since the start of the year. The declines were concentrated in large-cap growth stocks, however, with an equally weighted version of the S&P 500 reaching a record intraday high on Thursday. Investors digested several upside inflation surprises during the week. On Tuesday, stocks sold off after US CPI data, up 0.3% MoM in January (vs. 0.2% expected). Core CPI rose 0.4% MoM, up 3.9% yoy, nearly double the Fed’s 2.0% target. Stock fell again on Friday  as PPI increased 0.3% in January—the most in five months—after falling 0.1% in December. Core prices rose 0.5%, well above expectations of around 0.1%. Stagflation fears reappeared on Thursday as retail sales plummeted 0.8% in January.

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