Indices Higher As Slower Economy Eases
STOCK INDEX FUTURES
Stock index futures are higher as signs of slowing economic growth and falling commodity prices eased expectations over how high the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates to rein in inflation.
Recent economic reports have indicated the U.S. economy, and potentially inflation, may be beginning to cool off.
The 9:00 central time June consumer confidence index is anticipated to be 101.0 and the June Richmond Federal Reserve manufacturing index is estimated to be 2.0.
The rate of inflation remains the key driver to this market. A likely bottom could come when there are indications that the rate of inflation is slowing, which could influence the Federal Reserve to become less hawkish.
There was only temporary strength for the euro currency when European Central Bank President Lagarde said the central bank intends to raise its key lending rate by 25 basis points on July 21, and that the normalization path will go as far as necessary to ensure that inflation stabilizes at the 2.0% target over the medium term. She also said key interest rates are likely to be raised again in September.
The GfK Consumer Climate Indicator in Germany fell to a new record low of -27.4 heading into July of 2022 from an upwardly revised -26.2 in June, and compared to market forecasts of -27.7.
The European Central Bank started a three-day forum yesterday in Portugal, which is just a few days after its policymakers made clear that it would be raising interest rates next month. Recently a jump in Italian bond yields prompted the ECB to announce it was devising an “anti-fragmentation” tool.
The main event will be Wednesday’s panel discussion, which includes ECB President Christine Lagarde, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell and Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey, for insights on how the central banks view the trade-off between curbing inflation, while still trying to ensure a soft-landing for the global economy.
INTEREST RATE FUTURES
Mary Daly of the Federal Reserve will speak at 11:30.
The Treasury will auction seven-year notes today.
This year the Federal Open Market Committee will continue on its path of hiking the fed funds rate.
There is a 92.7% probability that the Federal Open Market Committee will hike its fed funds rate by 75 basis points and a 7.3% probability that the rate will increase by 50 basis points at the July 27 meeting.
Currently the Federal Reserve’s focus is clearly on inflation, while a slowing economy will be problem for the Fed to deal with later. Economic growth is slowing, maybe even sooner than expected, which should allow the Fed to soften its policy stance at some point.
Financial futures markets are now predicting the Fed could return to accommodative late in 2023.
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