ECB Intends To Cut Rates This Spring. The US Stock Indices Grow Despite Inflation Growth

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At Tuesday's stock market close, the Dow Jones Index (US30) rose by 0.61%. The S&P 500 Index (US500) was up 0.61%. The NASDAQ Technology Index (US100) closed positive 1.54%. Despite a slight rise in inflation, stock indices refuse to fall. The bullish consensus in the market is so strong that it is almost unrealistic to turn this train around without a significant negative trigger. It is probably not worth waiting for any changes in the market until the quarterly expiration this Friday.

The market focus will shift to the Fed meeting next week on March 20. If the market does not hear any negative signals from Mr. Powell, the best strategy for the coming months will be to follow the bullish trend and buy risky assets. Currently, markets are pricing the odds of a 25 bps rate cut at 1% for next week's FOMC meeting on March 20, 15% for the next meeting on May 1, and 78% for the subsequent meeting on June 12.

Shares of Oracle (ORCL) jumped by 11.88% on Tuesday after its earnings report beat market expectations on Monday, thanks to a surge in orders for cloud services. The company said that demand for Gen2 AI infrastructure is significantly outstripping supply. Boeing (BA) fell another 4.17% following news that officials in Chile have launched an investigation into a flight traveling from Auckland to Sydney where a violent air shake was reported, resulting in the hospitalization of 10 people and injuries to 50 people. In addition, the CEO of United Airlines told Boeing that it no longer wants to deliver Boeing 737 Max 10 airplanes because of delays in certification.

Equity markets in Europe mostly went up yesterday. Germany's DAX (DE40) rose by 1.23%, France's CAC 40 (FR40) gained 0.84%, Spain's IBEX 35 (ES35) added 0.61%, and the UK's FTSE 100 (UK100) closed positive 1.02%.

There is broad agreement at the European Central Bank to start cutting interest rates in the spring as the fight against inflation is won, according to Governing Council spokesman Francois Villeroy de Galhau. The risk of waiting too long before easing monetary policy and unnecessarily hurting the economy is now equal to the risk of acting too soon and letting inflation recover. Policymakers can act independently of their counterparts at the Federal Reserve and will have ample room to adjust the pace of easing as needed once the process begins, the policymaker said.

WTI crude prices rose to around $78 a barrel on Wednesday, pulling back from two-week lows amid a favorable outlook for global demand. In its monthly report, OPEC said global oil demand is expected to grow by 2.25 million bpd in 2024 and 1.85 million bpd in 2025, unchanged from previous estimates. The group also raised its economic growth forecast for the current year, indicating room for improvement. In addition, industry data showed that US crude inventories unexpectedly fell by 5.521 million barrels last week, indicating healthy demand in the world's largest oil consumer.

Asian markets traded flat yesterday. Japan's Nikkei 225 (JP225) decreased by 0.06% on the day, China's FTSE China A50 (CHA50) was up 0.89%, Hong Kong's Hang Seng (HK50) added 3.05% on Tuesday, and Australia's ASX 200 (AU200) was positive 0.11%.

Bank of Japan Governor Kazuo Ueda gave a slightly gloomier assessment of the economy ahead of the central bank's policy meeting next week. Ueda told parliament that Japan's economy is recovering at a moderate pace, although there is weakness in some data. He added that there are various ways to raise the cost of short-term borrowing if the central bank decides to end negative interest rates, but offered few clues. There has been increasing speculation recently that the Bank of Japan could start raising interest rates this month because of rising wages, high inflation, and a robust economy.

  • S&P 500 (US500) 5,175.27 +57.33 (+1.12%)
  • Dow Jones (US30) 39,005.49 +235.83 (+0.61%)
  • DAX (DE40) 17,965.11 +218.84 (+1.23%)
  • FTSE 100 (UK100) 7,747.81 +78.58 (+1.02%)
  • USD Index 102.93 +0.06 (+0.06%)

Important events today:

  • – UK GDP (q/q) at 09:00 (GMT+2);
  • – UK Industrial Production (m/m) at 09:00 (GMT+2);
  • – UK Manufacturing Production (m/m) at 09:00 (GMT+2);
  • – UK Trade Balance (m/m) at 09:00 (GMT+2);
  • – Eurozone Industrial Production (m/m) at 12:00 (GMT+2);
  • – US Crude Oil Reserves (w/w) at 16:30 (GMT+2).

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