Farfetch Limited (FTCH) closed the most recent trading day at $7.45, moving -1.32% from the previous trading session.
Investors still seemed spooked after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell essentially told Wall Street that the central bank would continue to raise interest rates until inflation was brought to heel even if it meant rising unemployment and a recession. E-commerce stocks like Wayfair (NYSE: W), Farfetch (NYSE: FTCH), and Global-E Online (NASDAQ: GLBE) were on the decline today as the sector is exposed to rising rates in multiple ways. Finally, higher interest rates have also made the dollar stronger against international currencies, a challenge for global companies like Farfetch and Global-E Online, as dollar-denominated earnings for international companies are worth less when the dollar is strong.
Meanwhile, Microsoft just raised its dividend by 9.7% this week, and the stock now yields over 1.1%, along with even more shareholder returns via share repurchases. Meanwhile, Microsoft's Azure cloud infrastructure platform grew 40% last quarter, and appears to have many years of strong growth ahead of it; in fact, a recession might even accelerate cloud adoption among enterprises as they seek efficiencies. Microsoft actually has a higher bond rating than that of the U.S. government, with a Standard & Poor's AAA rating.