Nasdaq Index, Dow Jones, S&P 500 News: Powell’s Congressional Testimony to Shape Market Expectations

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Market Performance

The continued upward trend reflects investor optimism about easing inflation and potential monetary policy shifts. However, some analysts caution that a summer correction may be on the horizon.

Fed Watch and Powell’s Testimony

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell is set to testify before Congress this week, providing his semiannual update on monetary policy. Powell will address the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday, followed by an appearance before the House Financial Services Committee on Wednesday. Investors will closely monitor his remarks for insights into the Fed’s economic outlook and policy direction.

The testimony comes at a critical juncture, with markets seeking clarity on the Fed’s stance amid conflicting economic signals. Powell’s words will be scrutinized for any hints about the timing and pace of potential interest rate cuts. His assessment of inflation trends, labor market conditions, and overall economic growth will be particularly significant in shaping market expectations.

Several other Fed officials are also scheduled to speak throughout the week, potentially offering additional perspectives on monetary policy.

Inflation Data on Deck

Key inflation reports are due later this week, with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) scheduled for Thursday and the Producer Price Index (PPI) on Friday. These data points are crucial as the Fed has emphasized the need for clear evidence of easing inflation before considering interest rate cuts.

Rate Cut Expectations

CME Group’s FedWatch tool indicates traders are pricing in a 77% chance of a rate cut in September. However, rates are expected to remain unchanged at the Fed’s upcoming meeting this month.