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3 Watchlist Ideas for Investors: Key Factors to Monitor

Stocks Rise as Fed Officials Signal Pause in Rate Increases

Hopes of Dovish Fed Boost Market Sentiment

Stocks are on the rise, buoyed by optimistic comments from several Federal Reserve officials. These remarks have fueled hopes that the central bank is approaching the end of its interest rate hikes.

Fed Officials Express Caution on Rate Increases

Since early 2022, the Fed has steadily increased rates from near zero to over 5%. However, Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic believes that further rate hikes are unnecessary. According to Bostic, current policy is already sufficiently restrictive, and the full impact of previous rate increases is yet to be fully understood.

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Treasury Yields Ease

Treasury yields, which had been climbing in recent weeks, have experienced a slight decline. The 10-year yield has eased to 4.653%. Furthermore, Fed officials have suggested that the recent surge in bond yields could serve the same purpose as a rate hike.

Futures Point to Steady Rates

Futures traders are indicating a nearly 90% probability that the Fed will maintain rates at their current level during its November meeting. The decision may be strongly influenced by upcoming inflation data, which will be released later this week.

1. Producer Prices

The first significant inflation report of the week is set to be released on Wednesday at 8:30 ET (12:30 GMT). Analysts anticipate a 1.6% year-on-year increase in producer prices for September, with a 0.3% rise from August. Additionally, consumer prices are expected to show a 2.3% year-on-year increase and a 0.2% increase for the month.

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2. Fed Minutes

The minutes from the Fed’s September meeting, where rates were held steady and new economic projections were issued, are expected to be released at 14:00 ET. Market analysts will carefully examine the minutes for any indications of the Fed’s thinking as the year draws to a close.

3. More Fed Speakers

A number of Fed officials, including Gov. Christopher Waller, Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic, and Gov. Michelle Bowman, are scheduled to make appearances on Wednesday. Their remarks may provide further insights into the central bank’s stance and future actions.

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