Wed, June 19, 2024

All Eyes on Federal Reserve Remarks on Rates

All Eyes on Fed Remarks on Rates

Investors questioned if inflation decreased enough to warrant the Federal Reserve to pause monetary tightening. The US equities rose while short-term Treasuries gained.

After earlier in the day’s trading being shaky, the S&P 500 and tech-heavy Nasdaq 100 climbed. The two-year Treasury yield, which is policy-sensitive, averaged 4.17%. For the second day in a row, the dollar has slid.

On Tuesday, a rally in stocks and bonds was tempered by caution that the Fed may still remain resolute on continuing rate hikes. A softer-than-expected figure for the US consumer price index stoked optimism. Traders are on edge as to what signals policymakers might provide on when the rate rises will end and whether a rate cut is likely next year, while a 50 basis-point increase in Fed policy rate later Wednesday is fully priced in.

“The notion that the Fed will shift toward us is far overdone,” said David Spika, president and chief investment officer of GuideStone Capital Management. “The bottom line is that inflation remains above 7%, and Jerome Powell will make that clear today,” he added.

At this point, people expect Powell to emphasize how puzzling the softening markets look to him since the last meeting. That would indeed be a hawkish indication from the Federal Reserve for everyone.

 

Equities and oil worldwide 

The two-year gilts in the United Kingdom climbed. In November, the country’s inflation rate fell to a 41-year low, suggesting that the worst of the cost-of-living squeeze is behind us.

After posting the biggest single-day advance since November 10, Europe’s equity index dipped. This happened as caution prevailed over Fed messaging later in the day. Additionally, it outcomes from the expectations for ECB rate hikes on Thursday.

Benchmark West Texas Intermediate futures climbed $76 per barrel for the third day in a row. Against the impact of new cases on economic growth in China, traders also assessed the demand outlook. The outlook improved dramatically since Chinese officials eased some Covid restrictions and revived the economy. 

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