Fed Chair Powell rules out the possibility of ‘pausing’
The U.S. Federal Reserve just announced its fourth consecutive 75 basis points increase in interest rates to subjugate consumer prices that were reported “up” 0.4% for September.
S&P 500 initially responded positively since the central bank, not too overtly, but at least signalled a possible pivot.
In its statement, the Federal Open Market Committee reiterated that ongoing rate hikes will be “appropriate – something it has repeated in each of its statements since March. This time, though, it went on to say:
“In determining pace of future increases in target range, FOMC will take into account cumulative tightening of monetary policy, lags with which policy affects economic activity and inflation, and economic and financial developments.”
Yield on the U.S. 10-year Treasury also slid under 5.0% following the Fed’s announcement.
On the flip side, though, private payrolls, this morning, were reported up 239,000 for October – way more than the Dow Jones estimate, reiterating that the labour market remains tight.
That’s why Chair Jay Powell, in a press conference following the rate hike suggested the terminal rate will be “higher than previously expected” and that it was “premature” to consider pausing, thereby forcing the benchmark index into paring back its earlier gains.
Thus far, his projection was for the interest rates to end up in the range of 4.50% to 4.75%. Following today’s announcement, the key rate sits at about 4.0%.
This is a developing story. Return later for more updates!
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