Powell: "more hikes are coming", Market: "no they're not"
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FED hiking rates will cause more losses on bank balance sheets. Unrealized losses are $620 billion, up from $8 billion a year ago. Yellen said the FDIC will NOT guarantee ALL deposits.
Meanwhile, equity and bond holders of regional banks can get wiped out overnight if there’s a bank run.
We had 5 banks fail in 10 days.
This doesn’t end well.
Fed officials voted unanimously to increase interest rates by 25bps for the ninth consecutive hike, pushing the federal funds rate to its highest since September 2007. On top of Fed Day volatility, traders also had to deal with contradictory messages from Powell and Yellen regarding the safety of bank deposits.
By the bond market’s interpretation, both a recession and rate cuts are certain this year. A deep inversion of Powell’s preferred recession indicator signals a weaker economy ahead as well as an increased likelihood the Fed will cut rates.
Meanwhile, despite Powell suggesting further tightening, traders now see a roughly 50% chance officials won’t raise rates again. By the end of the year, they anticipate the federal funds rate will drop below 4.2% after hitting a peak of just under 5% in May:
Is FAANG dead? While Alphabet, Amazon, Meta, and Netflix have lost their luster, investors have sought shelter in Apple and Microsoft. The combined weighting of the two companies in the S&P 500 has risen to an all-time high of 13.3%:
Speaking of big tech, shares of Nvidia are on a roll. The chipmaker has ridden the AI wave to a 15.3% gain over the last 8 sessions. It’s the longest string of positive gains since 2020 and the best 8-day streak since 2007.
Boeing beat out rival Airbus with an agreement to sell 21 of its 737 Max aircraft to Japan Airlines. At a hefty price tag of $51.3 million per jet, the order is worth over $1 billion.
Moderna is facing blowback from lawmakers after announcing plans to sell its Covid vaccine at around $130 per dose. The price tag is significantly higher than the $15 and $26 the US government paid per dose last year.
Crude oil prices rose yesterday after the EIA reported a weekly build in inventories of 1.1 million barrels last week, including a major draw in fuel inventories. Current levels of crude oil stocks in the US sit roughly 8% above the 5-year average for this time of year.
Meanwhile, US total petroleum exports of crude oil and refined products surged to 12 million barrels per day last week. That was good for a new all-time high:
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