Wall Street Anticipates Soft Start as Rate Uncertainties Persist

Concerns Over Prolonged Restrictive Monetary Policy and Potential Government Shutdown Loom.

Sep 26, 2023 - 09:39
Sep 26, 2023 - 09:40
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Wall Street Anticipates Soft Start as Rate Uncertainties Persist
Wall Street Anticipates Soft Start as Rate Uncertainties Persist

Wall Street braces for a subdued opening amidst lingering concerns over the Federal Reserve's extended monetary policy and its potential repercussions on the economy. The likelihood of a partial U.S. government shutdown further fuels investor apprehensions.

Market Uncertainties Prevail

As Wall Street gears up for the day, investors grapple with the implications of the Federal Reserve's steadfast stance on a prolonged restrictive monetary policy. The potential consequences on economic dynamics remain a focal point of discussion.

Government Shutdown Adds to Investor Anxiety

Heightening market unease is the looming possibility of a partial U.S. government shutdown by the upcoming Sunday. Moody's ratings agency suggests that such an event could bear a "credit negative" impact.

Chris Giamo, Head of Commercial Banking at TD Bank, notes, "A polarized political environment, uncertainty on macroeconomic conditions, and then you throw a government shutdown on top of it will create a gray area where there's no clear path."

Pre-market Indicators Point to a Soft Start

At 8:15 a.m. ET, futures indices signal a modestly lower opening: Dow e-minis down 111 points (0.32%), S&P 500 e-minis down 15.5 points (0.35%), and Nasdaq 100 e-minis down 54.5 points (0.36%).

Megacap Growth Stocks Experience Pre-market Dips

In pre-market trading, notable megacap growth stocks including Apple, Microsoft, Meta Platforms, Amazon.com, and Tesla register declines ranging from 0.2% to 0.7%.

Quarterly Declines for Major U.S. Stock Indexes

All three significant U.S. stock indexes are poised to record quarterly declines for the first time this year, as September nears its conclusion.

Impact of Elevated Treasury Yields

Pressured by the Fed's hawkish longer-term rate outlook, the benchmark two- and 10-year Treasury yields reach multi-year highs, influencing market sentiment. Uncertainties regarding when rates may see a reversal from their current heights remain pivotal factors.

Analyst Insights and Market Drivers

Chris Giamo emphasizes the prevalent uncertainty, stating, "There's so much uncertainty in the market ... interest rates at this (high) level and when will they go lower are the biggest drivers."

Focus on Economic Indicators

Investors eagerly await reports on the consumer confidence index for September and new home sales for August, to be released after the opening bell.

Throughout the week, attention will be on data related to durable goods, the personal consumption expenditures price index for August, and second-quarter gross domestic product. These indicators will provide crucial insights into inflation trends and the economic outlook.

Fed Chair Jerome Powell's Remarks in Focus

Investors closely monitor statements from Fed policymakers, particularly Chair Jerome Powell, who reinforce the central bank's commitment to combat inflation above the 2% target.

Noteworthy Stock Movements

  • Moderna gains 1.1% amid reports of ongoing discussions between the European Union and the company regarding a new procurement deal for COVID-19 vaccines.

  • Immunovant surges 63.2% following a successful early-stage trial of its antibody treatment.

  • Sirius XM Holdings dropped 5.7% in response to Liberty Media's combination proposal with the satellite and online radio company.

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