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Fed Week To Dawn With Market Racking Up New Highs, Steeled For Possible Hike

(Monday Pre-Market) Powell and company ride again this coming week.

The Fed takes the spotlight Tuesday and Wednesday in a meeting that investors widely expect to result in another rate hike, the third of the year. Fed Chair Jerome Powell has made it clear he believes the Fed should continue gradually raising borrowing costs, and the futures market appears to buy what he’s selling. As of Friday, CME futures placed rate increase odds at around 94%. 

Since the Fed usually does such a good job readying investors for a hike, the question is more around what might emerge from the post-meeting release and Powell’s Wednesday press conference. Investors are likely to be on the edge of their seats waiting to hear Powell’s views on inflation and wage growth, and what he says could help shape expectations for future rate moves not just in 2018, but increasingly looking into 2019 as well. In one signal of expectations ahead of the meeting, 10-year Treasury yields rose to 3.07% as of midday Friday after a solid rally from levels down near 2.8% a month ago.

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