US stock futures dip as bond yields climb, rate-cut hopes diminish
The latest developments in the US financial markets indicate a shift in investor sentiment as US stock futures witnessed a downturn on Wednesday. This trend is attributed to an increase in bond yields and diminishing expectations for rapid interest rate cuts, particularly in light of upcoming jobs data and the anticipated release of the Federal Reserve’s meeting minutes. Futures for prominent indices, including the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500, showed a decline of approximately 0.3%. The Nasdaq 100 futures experienced a more pronounced drop, nearing 0.5%, following a session that significantly impacted tech stocks.
This shift dampens the optimism that marked the end of 2023, as both stock indexes and bond prices experienced a simultaneous decline, marking their most challenging start to a year in recent decades. The ongoing decrease in bond prices has led to a fourth consecutive day of decline, causing the 10-year Treasury yield to approach 4%. Traders are now reassessing their expectations for the Federal Reserve’s interest rate cuts. According to the CME FedWatch Tool, the likelihood of a rate cut in March has decreased from 89% to 74% within a week.
The forthcoming release of the minutes from the Fed’s December meeting is eagerly anticipated, as it may provide insights into the Federal Reserve’s plans for monetary policy adjustments. These adjustments aim to achieve a “soft landing” for the US economy without causing excessive disruption. Additionally, the upcoming JOLTS report on job openings will be closely monitored. The resilience of the US labor market has been unexpected, fueling speculations about the Federal Reserve’s potential policy shift. The data from Wednesday’s report will be pivotal in setting expectations for the December US monthly jobs report due on Friday.