Markets Right Now: Stocks plunge again, Dow sinks 464 points

21 December, 2018, 19:18 | Author: Dave Hampton
  • Federal Reserve raises interest rates, signals fewer hikes ahead

USA stocks declined sharply on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve's forecast of fewer interest-rate increases in 2019 fell short of investors' hopes of a more dovish monetary policy.

Federal Reserve raises benchmark interest rate by 0.25%p, target range standing at 2.25~2.50%.

The rate hike came a day after Mr Trump urged the Fed not to "make yet another mistake", while on Monday he said it was "incredible that with a very strong dollar and virtually no inflation, the outside world blowing up around us. the Fed is even considering yet another rate hike".

Despite the forecast for fewer hikes, investors sent stocks plunging once Chairman Jerome Powell began a news conference, apparently disappointed that Powell didn't go further to signal a slowdown in rate increases.

"Economic activity has been rising at a strong rate", the central bank said in a statement issued after the meeting.

The US Fed raised its target rate by a quarter point in its latest policy move and said it expects two more rate hikes for next year, down from three rate hikes previously.

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The Nikkei declined to 20,015.67 points, putting its loss for the year at almost 13 percent, while the Shanghai index declined to 2,512.54.

Investors are growing anxious that global economic growth is cooling off and that the US could slip into a recession in the next few years.

Members also lowered their forecast for interest rates in 2020 and 2021.

Overall, the FOMC saw the median Fed funds rate at 2.4% at the end of 2018, no change given that this was the last meeting of the year.

Following the decision, stocks erased gains, 10-year Treasury yields fell and the dollar bounced off its lows of the day.

"We expect additional rate hikes will invert the three-months to 10-year yield curve, which is a reliable signal for a bear market for stocks and a coming recession for both the USA and the rest of the world", said Jeffrey Kleintop, chief investment strategist at Charles Schwab in Boston.

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Bond prices rose, sending yields lower. That's a substantial move for that benchmark lending rate. Powell thus doesn't seem to be fazed by the prospect of moving beyond what some consider is the neutral rate, which means markets may now underprice the commitment of the Fed to two rate hikes during 2019. An easing of monetary policy going forward should be supportive of the precious metals sector as the attractiveness of the dollar fades; however, today, we now have a rate hike and gold has slipped and the dollar has improved.

Banks and consumer discretionary stocks were the biggest drag on the market fro most of the session, with ANZ, NAB and Westpac all down more than one per cent.

On Wednesday, officials did cut their forecasts for economic growth in 2019 to 2.3 per cent, down from the 2.5 per cent they anticipated in September.

The S&P 500 fell 36 points, or 1.4 per cent, to 2,471. Major economies are weakening, and fears of a crisis are now hitting the market, as seen by the many sell-offs this week.

The Fed now projects only two interest rate increases, down from three previously, as it trimmed its forecast for United States growth and inflation.

However, in a sign of the extent to which markets are anxious about the state of the global economy, even a more dovish tilt from the Fed at its policy meeting on Wednesday failed to buoy equities.

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The Federal Open Market Committee "will continue to monitor global economic and financial developments and assess their implications for the economic outlook", the statement said.


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