Fed expected to hike rates in 2023
Wall Street is still feeling the impact of the Fed’s hawkish tilt. US stocks are finding some footing as the growth outlook for the rest of the year is extremely robust, with growth targeting 8-10% and around 5% in 2022. Despite all the hawkish spin from last week, the Fed will still likely move in 2023 and that means the US economy could still see another 18 months of support. Inflation concerns will likely moderate, with many traders needing hot prints at the end of the year to prove pricing pressures are becoming persistent. Stocks still have a clear path higher, but some traders will wait to buy a deeper pullback. This week is filled with a wrath of Fed speak that could show many policymakers shift a step closer to the hawkish side.
This morning, Fed’s Bullard and Kaplan spoke at the OMFIF Policy Panel. Bullard stated that no one really knows how this is going to unfold but needs to be ready for upside risks to inflation. Fed’s Kaplan noted that last week’s dot plots reflect a ‘dramatically improved’ outlook. Bullard is one of the most hawkish Fed speakers and Kaplan was one of the handful of members that was willing to kick start the taper discussion.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average is leading the charge higher after posting nearly twice the drop last week. The S&P 500 index is rising following a four-day losing streak. The Nasdaq is underperforming as mega-cap tech takes hit from surging Treasury yields across the curve.
The Chicago Fed National Activity Index improved to 0.29 in May, a miss of the 0.70 consensus estimate, but much better than April’s -0.09 reading. Personal consumption broadly deteriorated, while housing indicators improved. Overall, three of the four broad categories made positive contributions. Today’s report is nothing to brag about but does show the economy in the Midwest is headed in the right direction.
Bitcoin needs to expedite transitioning mining out of China. Over the weekend, Bitcoin was under pressure on continued measures against bitcoin creators in Sichuan, which uses hydropower. The cryptocurrency mining community is rushing to get out of coal-fired power plants but losing clean energy sources is extra bitter.
MicroStrategy announced another purchase of bitcoin, this time 13,005 Bitcoin worth USD489 million at an average price of USD37,617 per Bitcoin. MicroStrategy has been under pressure as many investors doubt owning shares of MSTR is the best way to get your crypto exposure. If you have a buy-and-hold mentality for crypto, you might prefer directly buying bitcoin than buying shares of MicroStrategy, which appears poised to consistently be buying bitcoin going forward.
Bitcoin remains trapped in the USD30,000 to USD41,000 range, but downside risks are catching the eyes of everyone.
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