Daily Comment

Daily Comment (August 31, 2016)

by Bill O’Grady and Kaisa Stucke [Posted: 9:30 AM EDT] Talks of a Fed hike in September are intensifying as we approach the FOMC meeting on September 20-21 and markets look to the release of the employment report as an important indication of the possible policy rate path.  Treasuries have sold off in August; the 10-year… Read More »

Daily Comment (August 30, 2016)

by Bill O’Grady and Kaisa Stucke [Posted: 9:30 AM EDT] Fed Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer gave an interview on Bloomberg TV this morning indicating that although a September rate hike is data-dependent, the likelihood of a move has increased.  This comes after Fischer’s interview last week, which was also generally considered hawkish.  Following the two Fischer… Read More »

Daily Comment (August 29, 2016)

by Bill O’Grady and Kaisa Stucke [Posted: 9:30 AM EDT] The long anticipated Jackson Hole conference came and went.  Chair Yellen’s speech was initially taken as dovish, but comments from Vice Chair Fischer sent financial and commodity markets into a significant reversal when he indicated that two hikes may be possible this year.  We see the… Read More »

Daily Comment (August 26, 2016)

by Bill O’Grady and Kaisa Stucke [Posted: 9:30 AM EDT] Market movement this morning is eerily quiet.  The change in currencies is small, energy is roughly unchanged as are Treasuries.  The lack of activity in front of Yellen’s remarks (which formally begin at 10:00 EDT) suggests that (a) the markets are mostly “squared” in front of… Read More »

Daily Comment (August 25, 2016)

by Bill O’Grady and Kaisa Stucke [Posted: 9:30 AM EDT] All eyes are focusing on the Grand Tetons as the KC FRB’s annual meetings start in Jackson Hole tomorrow.  Although the market’s focus is all about the timing of the next rate hike (fed funds futures indicate over 50% probability for the December meeting, 30% for… Read More »

Daily Comment (August 24, 2016)

by Bill O’Grady and Kaisa Stucke [Posted: 9:30 AM EDT] Late summer doldrums are upon us.  Financial markets are quiet; the VIX is falling as investor fears dissipate.  About the only concern out there is Fed policy.  As we noted yesterday, Chair Yellen speaks on Friday.  She is not taking questions and her topic is on… Read More »

Daily Comment (August 23, 2016)

by Bill O’Grady and Kaisa Stucke [Posted: 9:30 AM EDT] It was another quiet overnight session, typical of late summer.  The flash PMI data came in fairly strong (details below), easing some concerns about the economy post-Brexit.  However, until Britain actually leaves the EU, it is almost impossible to determine what the actual impact will be,… Read More »

Daily Comment (August 22, 2016)

by Bill O’Grady and Kaisa Stucke [Posted: 9:30 AM EDT] There are two items of note this morning.  First, talk coming from the FOMC is that of two minds.  On the one hand, several members are taking great pains to suggest that all meetings are “live.”  Today’s weakness in equities and dollar strength is being attributed… Read More »

Daily Comment (August 19, 2016)

by Bill O’Grady and Kaisa Stucke [Posted: 9:30 AM EDT] We have been monitoring the situation in Russia since early August.  There have been a number of reports indicating a troop buildup on the Ukrainian border.  There have been unsubstantiated accounts of an attack in Crimea; Russia claims Ukrainian special operations forces attempted an attack, while… Read More »

Daily Comment (August 18, 2016)

by Bill O’Grady and Kaisa Stucke [Posted: 9:30 AM EDT] The FOMC minutes offered a short period of market volatility; the initial reaction was hawkish but that faded rather quickly.  After reading the full report, it appears that the majority of members believe that: International events will continue to act as a drag on inflation and… Read More »

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