What’s in Today’s Report:
- Five Market Questions That Need to be Answered in 2023 (And Which Answers are Positive or Negative)
Futures were volatile overnight but are now little changed following the Bank of Japan’s shock announcement of an effective interest rate increase.
The BOJ announced that it is widening the trading band on the 10 year Japanese Government Bond to 0.00% – 0.50% from the previous 0.0% – 0.25%. This amounts to a 25 basis point rate hike.
Economic data was positive as German PPI fell more than expected (-3.9% m/m vs. (E) -2.2%) in what is another sign of global dis-inflation.
Today there is one economic number, Housing Starts (E: 1.4M), but that won’t move markets.
Instead, focus will be on the fallout from the BOJ surprise “ rate hike.” Bottom line, markets dropped late last week and yesterday in part on higher global bond yields (following the hawkish ECB announcement) so this rate hike by the BOJ is another headwind and I’d not be surprised to see stock decline modestly on this news today, barring any positive surprises.