Over the last 24 hours, Fed Chair Janet Yellen came out with a relatively hawkish outlook on monetary policy, stating that she still expects a rate hike “later this year,” that US economic prospects “generally appear solid,” and that the FOMC does not expect recent global financial developments to significantly affect policy.”
The U.S. dollar was gaining this morning on a stronger-than-expected GDP report, rising expectations of a Fed rate hike, and easing concerns about global growth. Second quarter GDP was up 3.9%, well ahead of consensus expectations of 3.7%.
The U.S. dollar approached two-week highs on Tuesday morning after Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank President Dennis Lockhart said he predicts the U.S. central bank will raise interest rates at the October or December FOMC meeting.
The U.S. dollar made gains this morning as markets anticipate that central banks around the world will ease monetary policy. The anticipation comes in the wake of the Federal Reserve’s decision last week to maintain its current rate level.
The Dow Jones was up 15 points at 11:20 a.m. EST on Thursday as markets and traders cautiously prepare for a policy decision today from the Federal Reserve at 2 p.m. The S&P was flat, while the Nasdaq added a lackluster 9.7 points.
World stocks inched to a three-week high and the dollar drifted lower on Thursday as markets waited to see if the Federal Reserve would raise U.S. interest rates for the first time in almost a decade, or opt to wait a little longer.
The markets opened up more than 100 points in the first hour of trading as investors seem content to wait out the markets this week ahead of the Federal Reserve's September FOMC meeting, where the central bank will decide whether it will hike interest rates for the first time since 2006.
At the time of this writing on Friday, both oil contracts look poised to finish the week lower. Brent is set to close lower for the second straight week, while WTI is about to snap a two-week winning streak. Despite this week’s losses, both contracts remain above their August lows, keeping bullish hopes alive that prices may have bottomed, even if the probability of such scenario appears to have diminished given the lack of further follow-up buying after that late August rally.