What Powell’s Speech Means for Markets

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • What Powell’s Speech Means for Markets
  • Weekly Market Preview:  Are Central Banks Getting More Hawkish?
  • Weekly Economic Cheat Sheet:  How Strong is Growth (Jobs Report on Friday)

Futures are down close to 1% on follow through selling from Friday as hopes of a near term “Fed Pivot” continue to fade in reaction to Powell’s speech last week.

European shares are also sharply lower as tightening expectations for the ECB rose sharply on Friday.  Markets are now pricing in a minimum 50 bps hike next week with a 75 bps hike a real possibility.

There were no notable economic reports overnight.

Markets dropped on Friday as Powell dismissed the idea of an imminent “Fed Pivot,” but the ECB also signaled more hawkish intentions on Friday, and it was the two events that combined to cause the ugly declines.  Today there are no economic reports but there is an important Fed speaker, Brainard (2:15 p.m. ET) and if she echoes Powell’s comments from Friday, expect more losses in stocks.