Market Wrap: Crypto, Stocks Rise Despite Ongoing Invasion of Ukraine

The Ukrainian president criticized the country’s allies for their lack of assistance in stopping the Russian advance


Ukraine Parliament in Kyiv.


key takeaways

  • The Nasdaq and Dow posted respective gains of 1.53% and 2.51% respectively
  • New reports show inflation continuing to break records

Markets have largely shrugged off Russia's intensifying invasion of Ukraine, with all major US indices posting gains.

The S&P 500 climbed 2.21%, and the Nasdaq and Dow posted respective gains of 1.53% and 2.51% respectively. The increases could have been the result of recently released reports showing inflation continuing to break records. Major cryptocurrencies also rose.

Equities often hold up well in inflationary periods.

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, meanwhile, on Friday criticized allies for leaving the country alone in its bid to stop the Russian advance.

"This morning, we are defending our country alone," Zelenskyy said. "Just like yesterday, the most powerful country in the world looked on from a distance. Russia was hit with sanctions yesterday, but these are not enough to get these foreign troops off our soil. Only through solidarity and determination can this be achieved."

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In terms of crypto, bitcoin rose more than 2%, and ether notched a nearly 5% gain. The day's biggest gainer by the close of stock markets was LUNA, which soared almost 11%.

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Going forward

Markets are likely to remain volatile as the invasion of Ukraine unfolds. Investors are also expected to keep a close watch on the Federal Reserve's decisions on raising interest rates and reassessing asset purchases.

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