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Resilient Economy Casts Doubt on Fed Rate Hikes


  • US stocks were mixed on Tuesday as investors cast doubt on the Fed easing rate hikes.
  • The Fed is expected to raise interest rates by 50 basis points next week, rather than its recent 75-basis-point rate hikes.
  • But a strong November jobs report and solid GDP data suggest a resilient economy may keep the Fed hiking rates for longer.

US stocks were mixed on Tuesday as investors continue to question whether the Federal Reserve’s upcoming interest rate hikes will actually ease in the face of resilient economic data.

The Fed is largely expected to hike interest rates by 50 basis points at its FOMC meeting next week, a stepdown from its four straight 75-basis-point interest rate hikes. Another 50-basis-point increase is expected at its February FOMC meeting, according to the CME’s FedWatch Tool.

Last week’s strong November jobs report and continued resilience in quarterly GDP data shows that the economy is holding up well despite the Fed’s near-400 basis points of interest rate hikes made so far this year. The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s GDPNow forecast sees 2.8% GDP growth in the fourth-quarter.

And while inflation is showing signs of slowing down, any unexpected acceleration in prices could spark a more hawkish Fed that remains steadfast in its tightening.

Here’s where US indexes stood shortly after the 9:30 a.m. ET open on Tuesday:

Here’s what else is happening this morning:

In commodities, bonds and crypto:

  • West Texas Intermediate crude oil fell 0.79% to $76.32 per barrel. Brent crude, oil’s international benchmark, dropped 0.82% to $82.00.
  • Gold rose 0.45% to $1,789.30 per ounce.
  • The yield on the 10-year Treasury fell one basis point to 3.57%.
  • Bitcoin rose 0.05% to $17,013, while ether dropped 0.43% to $1,256. 



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