Powell Says Fed’s Next Move Is Unlikely To Be A Rate Hike

Vladimir Zernov
Published: Jul 9, 2024, 14:50 GMT+00:00

Key Points:

  • Fed notes considerable progress towards its 2 percent inflation target.
  • However, the central bank needs more data to be confident that inflation would reach the target.
  • SP500 tests historic highs as traders stay bullish in absence of any surprises from the Fed.
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On July 9, 2024, Fed Chair Jerome Powell presented the Federal Reserve’s semiannual Monetary Policy Report.

In his prepared remarks, Powell noted that the economy made considerable progress towards the Fed’s 2 percent inflation goal. He also noted that labor market conditions have cooled while remaining strong. Fed believes that “restrictive monetary policy stance is helping to bring demand and supply conditions into better balance and to put downward pressure on inflation.”

During the Q&A session, Powell said that he realized that Fed faced two-sided risks. If the Fed starts cutting rates too early and too aggressive, the central bank would undermine the progress on inflation. In case the Fed cuts rates too late, it would put too much pressure on the economy.

Talking about the next move, Powell noted that a rate cut was more likely than a rate hike.

U.S. Dollar Index gained ground as traders reacted to Powell’s comments. From a big picture point of view, U.S. Dollar Index is trying to rebound after the pullback from June highs.

Gold moved away from session highs as traders focused on the rebound of the U.S. dollar. It should be noted that potential rate cuts are bullish for gold markets, so it remains to be seen whether gold’s pullback would be sustainable.

SP500 settled near the 5590 level as traders remained bullish. Powell’s testimony did not contain any surprises, which is good news for stocks. As Fed is slowly moving towards the start of the rate cut cycle, stock traders may stay focused on the potential of the AI technology.

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About the Author

Vladimir is an independent trader and analyst with over 10 years of experience in the financial markets. He is a specialist in stocks, futures, Forex, indices, and commodities areas using long-term positional trading and swing trading.

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