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Fed meeting is in focus at Wall Street
Written by: PaxForex analytics dept - Tuesday, 13 December 2016 0 comments
Wall Street looked set to open higher on Tuesday, as investors keep a close watch of the Federal Reserve's two-day meeting where it is widely expected to raise interest rates for the second time since the financial crisis.
A hike of 25 basis points in the Fed's target range of 0.25-0.50 percent is priced in, but investors will be examining the Fed's statement and economic forecasts for signs of the central bank's thinking on how Donald Trump's election has affected the outlook for growth and inflation.
The S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite fell on Monday after six sessions of gains, weighed by tech sector stocks, while the Dow closed at yet another record high.
The Dow is about 1 percent away from hitting the 20,000 mark for the first time ever. The blue-chip index has closed at a
President-elect Donald Trump's expected agenda of economic stimulus and reduced taxes and regulations has fueled a market rally, with the S&P 500 rising 5.5 percent since Nov. 8 to Monday's close.
U.S. import prices recorded their biggest drop in nine months in November on declining petroleum costs, with renewed dollar strength threatening to keep imported inflation subdued.
The Labor Department said import prices fell 0.3 percent last month after a downwardly revised 0.4 percent gain in October.
Oil prices were stable on Tuesday, supported by strong demand in Asia and a supply cut by Abu Dhabi as part of production curbs organized by OPEC and other exporters. Oil prices had hit an 18-month high on Monday on the back of a production cut pact.