A U.S. Federal Reserve rate hike in June or July wasn’t set in stone, but labor data suggested it was time to pull the trigger, St. Louis Fed President James Bullard told CNBC.
“There’s no reason to prejudge June,” Bullard said, adding that the Federal Open Markets Committee would look at the data and decide then.
Muddying the waters on the timing of the move, Bullard noted that there was no reason the Fed must hold a press conference in conjunction with a rate hike. A press conference is scheduled to follow the June 14-15 meeting, but one is not scheduled after the July 26-27 meeting.
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