Benzinga – by Piero Cingari, Benzinga Staff Writer.
The Federal Reserve opted to maintain interest rates Wednesday at the range of 5.25% to 5.5% during its November meeting, as widely anticipated by the market.
In the Federal Open Market Committee statement, the Fed reaffirmed its strong commitment to achieving its 2% inflation target. To do so, it will continue to closely monitor incoming economic data and the evolving economic outlook, while remaining ready to adjust its monetary policy should any factors arise that could hinder the FOMC’s goals.
Therefore, there’s no clear message the Fed plans to stop raising rates, leaving room for adjustments based on changing economic conditions.
The Fed acknowledges that inflation remains elevated and that tighter credit conditions for both households and businesses are likely to exert downward pressure on economic activity, hiring and inflation in the coming period. Yet the Fed emphasizes the exact extent of these effects remains uncertain, with its primary focus remaining on potential inflationary risks.
The market now eagerly anticipates the press conference featuring Fed Chair Jerome Powell scheduled for 2:30 p.m. ET.
Chart: Federal Reserve Keeps Interest Rates Unchanged at Highest Levels in Over Two Decades
Following the Federal Reserve’s policy statement, markets showed little movement, with investors eagerly awaiting further insights from Powell’s upcoming press conference.
The U.S. dollar index, tracked by the Invesco DB USD Index Bullish Fund ETF (NYSE:UUP), saw a marginal 0.1% decline.
Bond yields continued their earlier declines, with 2-year yields dropping below the 5% mark after the statement, and 10-year yields falling below 4.80%.
The iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (NASDAQ:TLT) recorded a 1.3% increase, partially driven by the Treasury’s weaker-than-expected refunding plan announced earlier in the day.
Stocks remained largely unchanged, with the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (NYSE:SPY) posting a 0.4% gain at 6:15 p.m. in New York, while the tech-heavy Invesco QQQ Trust (NASDAQ:QQQ) surged by 0.8%.
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