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Three Reasons the June Lows Could Hold

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Three Reasons the June Lows Could Hold
  • Understanding Japan’s Currency Intervention

Futures are sharply lower as global yields continued to climb while economic data was largely disappointing.

September flash PMIs showed contraction in the EU (48.2) and the UK (48.4) as signs of a global slowdown grow.

The UK government announced a fiscal stimulus package but the news is spiking UK bond yields and pressuring the Pound as markets view it as inflationary.

Today we get speeches from Powell (2:00 p.m. ET) and Brainard, but don’t expect their message to be any different then what was just said at Wednesday’s FOMC meeting.  Beyond the Fed speak, the key economic report today is the September Flash Composite PMI (E: 47.0) and this data points needs to largely meet expectations, because a strong number will push yields higher, while a weak number will increase stagflation concerns.

Another Hawkish Surprise: What the Fed Decision Means for Markets

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Another Hawkish Surprise: What the Fed Decision Means for Markets

Futures are little changed as markets digested yet another hawkish Fed decision amidst more global rate hikes.

The overnight session was mostly quiet as investors digested the Fed rate hike while other global central banks raised rates (five separate central banks hiked rates overnight, as expected).

The Bank of Japan intervened in the currency markets for the first time since 1998, causing a 1% rally in the yen.

Today focus will be on the Bank of England Rate Decision (E: 50 bps hike) and on weekly Jobless Claims (E: 220K).  Fed Chair Powell again highlighted that the labor market is still much too tight, so markets need these jobless claims to start to rise towards 300k to prevent even further Fed tightening in the future.  The sooner the labor market returns to better balance, the sooner we get to “peak hawkishness.”