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Rises in inflation and a potential recession in 2023 have made navigating the stock market cumbersome. Warner Bros. Discovery (NASDAQ: WBD) and Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) have each watched their stocks slide in 2022 but remain worthy investments this December thanks to positive outlooks over the long haul. Following headlines featuring Warner Bros. Discovery over the last year, you'd think it's best to avoid the company's stock like the plague.
Stocks rallied last month as investors reacted to signs that inflation is coming down and that the Federal Reserve could start slowing its pace of interest rate hikes as soon as next week when the Federal Open Market Committee meets. Of the three major indexes, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJINDICES: ^DJI) finished the month up 5.7%, outperforming the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite, as shown in the chart below shows. Two high-profile consumer names were the worst performing of the bunch: Disney (NYSE: DIS) and Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL).