Powell Suggests Potentially More Aggressive Rate Hikes Ahead

Wall Street dropped on Tuesday

Yesterday was a negative day for the US stock market. 

The S&P 500 finished at -1.53%, the Nasdaq ended the trading session at -1.25% and the Dow Jones closed at -1.72%.

The negative movement has been driven by the Federal Reserve’s president’s speech about monetary policy.

The investors’ sentiment remains neutral, as indicated in the graph below:

Sentiment indicator – Fear & Greed Index

The market sentiment is 47, in “Neutral” mode.

Powell’s hawkish speech

Yesterday, we heard from the Federal Reserve President, during his semiannual Congressional testimony.

Chairman, Jerome Powell said the Federal Reserve could lift interest rates higher and potentially faster than previously predicted, given the recent strong economic data.

The last Fed meeting was on 1 February and the interest rate was increased by 0.25%, slowing down the pace of interest rate hikes of 0.50% in December and 75 basis points in November.

The majority of investors are now expecting the Federal Reserve to accelerate the rate hikes, again, at the next meeting on 22 March.

As shown in the graph below, 70.5% of investors believe in a 0.5% rate increase while the remaining 29.5% are expecting a rate hike of 0.25%.

The data reported today, after the hawkish speech of Jerome Powell yesterday, is completely the opposite scenario of one week ago.

The size of the next rate increase, however, will be influenced by Labour Department reports on unemployment and inflation.

What to watch today

U.S. ADP Nonfarm Employment Change will be released today at 13:15 GMT.

Jerome Powell will continue his testimony at Capitol Hill today at 15:00 GMT.

Markets will continue to be volatile today, due to these events.

Portfolio update

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eToro Popular Investor, food lover and blogger. Stock trader and Popular Investor at eToro. I am on a mission to find the best restaurants and food to eat.