Another great week for stocks, Hawkish Fed speak resumes, Inflation expectations plunge - MarketPulse

Another great week for stocks, Hawkish Fed speak resumes, Inflation expectations plunge – MarketPulse

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  • S&P 500 poised for best week since March
  • Barkin and Waller resume hawkish Fed speak
  • One-year inflation expectations fall to the lowest levels since March 2021

US stocks are ready for a long weekend as traders are exhausted from a week filled with high impact events that didn’t derail momentum in equities. The Fed’s hawkish hold was followed by further hawkish reminders by Barkin and Waller.  Fed’s Barkin said that if the Fed backs off too soon, it risks having to hike more, while Fed’s Waller, a voter, stated that it is disturbing that core inflation is not moving and that it will probably require some more tightening. 

The Nasdaq might be underperforming today compared to Dow and S&P 500, but don’t let that fool you.  Wall Street remains upbeat that the AI wave won’t be going away anytime soon and that investors will prefer US stocks as we see diverging central bank policies worldwide.  Despite all this talk of a couple more rate hikes, the S&P 500 is having one of its best weeks since March. This stock market rally seems a bit overextended but too much money remains on the sidelines, which means if the AI trade remains intact, this winning streak for mega-cap tech stocks can last a while longer. 

US Data

The University of Michigan’s preliminary consumer-sentiment survey supported hopes for a soft landing.  Consumer year-ahead inflation expectations dropped from 4.2% to 3.3%. Sentiment and expectations improved as the labor market gradually weakened and following optimism from the debt deal that Congress was able to deliver.  It is hard to imagine the US economic outlook can remain healthy and for the disinflation process to remain firmly in place. 


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Ed Moya

Ed Moya

Senior Market Analyst, The Americas at OANDA

With more than 20 years’ trading experience, Ed Moya is a senior market analyst with OANDA, producing up-to-the-minute intermarket analysis, coverage of geopolitical events, central bank policies and market reaction to corporate news. His particular expertise lies across a wide range of asset classes including FX, commodities, fixed income, stocks and cryptocurrencies. Over the course of his career, Ed has worked with some of the leading forex brokerages, research teams and news departments on Wall Street including Global Forex Trading, FX Solutions and Trading Advantage. Most recently he worked with, where he provided market analysis on economic data and corporate news. Based in New York, Ed is a regular guest on several major financial television networks including CNBC, Bloomberg TV, Yahoo! Finance Live, Fox Business and Sky TV. His views are trusted by the world’s most renowned global newswires including Reuters, Bloomberg and the Associated Press, and he is regularly quoted in leading publications such as MSN, MarketWatch, Forbes, Breitbart, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Ed holds a BA in Economics from Rutgers University.
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