What the Hawkish Fed Decision Means for Markets

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • What the Hawkish Fed Decision Means for Markets
  • Key Levels to Watch:  Post-Fed Takeaways
  • EIA Analysis and Oil Market Update

Futures are moderately lower on momentum from Wednesday’s late sell-off. As the Fed’s hawkish statement and projections weighed on global markets overnight.

The Norges Bank (Central Bank of Norway) hiked rates by 25 bps and signaled another hike in December. This wasn’t expected and added to hawkish central bank anxiety.

Economically there were no notable reports overnight.

Today will be another busy day and the first important event is the Bank of England Rate Decision (E: 25 bps hike).  If the BOE hikes 25 bps and strongly signals another hike is coming, that will be incrementally hawkish and likely add to global selling pressure.

Looking at economic data, there are two important reports today: Jobless Claims (E: 225K) and Philly Fed (E: 0.5).  Especially after yesterday’s declines, markets will want to see stable data, because if data is “Too Hot” it’ll push Treasury yields higher and weigh on stocks and if data is suddenly very bad it’ll increase stagflation concerns.  We also get Existing Home Sales (E: 4.10M) but that number shouldn’t move markets.


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