Investors Digest Interest Rate Hikes and Await Employment Reports

With the US Federal Reserve Board (yesterday afternoon) and the Bank of England (this morning) both raising their benchmark interest rates by 0.75% as expected, continuing the general trend toward monetary tightening, stock markets and commodities around the world have

Flat Futures Await Fed Interest Rate Decision

US index futures, along with the Dax and FTSE have been listless this morning, bouncing between -0.2% and +0.2%, with many investors apparently sitting on their hands, reluctant to commit ahead of today’s FOMC decision. Natural Gas has been active

Markets Rebound as US Dollar Rally Fades For Now

What has recently appeared to be a relentless trend of soaring treasury yields and US Dollar gains steamrolling over equities, bonds, commodities and non-US currencies appears to have relented a bit for the moment. US index futures are up 1.0%

Big Powell Speech on Monetary Policy Preview

Today has the potential to bring a showdown between two long-standing market memes; “Don’t fight the tape”, and “Don’t fight The Fed”. Historically these have been complementary or even interchangeable. For the last month, however, they have been in opposition

Stocks Climb on Good Economic News; Inflation in Focus This Week

Bouncing back from a mixed Friday, US index futures are in the green to start the new trading week with gains of 0.4%-0.6% for the three main contracts. European market action has also been positive this morning with the Dax

Stocks Rebound Ahead of the Fed

Please note that the Morning Minutes will not be issued for the rest of this week or next due to our summer break. They will return on Monday August 8. Premarket action this morning finds US index futures clawing back

Mixed Earnings Drag On Stocks, Energy Prices Rise Again

Coming off of a mixed Monday that saw the Dow finish up 0.3% and the NASDAQ finish down 0.4%, US markets have turned decisively downward this morning with the three main index futures contracts down 0.4%-0.5%. Walmart, one of the

Stocks Rebound as the Fed and ECB Hold Meetings; Webinar Tomorrow

Fed decision day is finally here. A 0.5% hike remains the consensus expectation among investors but investors may look to the statement for hints on whether tightening could accelerate. The 10-year US treasury note yield has dropped back toward 3.35%

US Returns To New Oil Sanctions and a Gold Mining Merger

US investors appear to have returned from their long weekend somewhat less enthusiastic than when they left on Friday. The last trading day of May finds US index futures trading down 0.3% to 0.7%, giving back some of their recent

US Market Declines Extend Into May as FOMC Decision Day Approaches

US index futures have started May just as they ended April, stuck in reverse gear. US index futures are in the red, falling 0.1% to 0.5% with NASDAQ futures leading the way lower just as the NASDAQ did on Friday

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