This Weekly Market Update reviews the top three market headlines: Fed Foreshadows a Rate Cut, U.S. Hiring Rebounds in June, Eurozone Growth and Inflation Forecasts are Trimmed

Top Three Market Headlines 

Fed Foreshadows a Rate Cut: In comments made last week, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome H. Powell painted a mixed picture of the U.S. economy while seemingly laying the groundwork for an interest rate cut when the Fed meets at the end of July. On the bright side, according to Mr. Powell, the economy “performed reasonably well over the first half of 2019” and the labor market is healthy. However, he also noted that “crosscurrents, such as trade tensions and concerns about global growth, have been weighing on economic activity.” In addition, inflation has been weaker than the Fed had previously anticipated, a development that “strengthened the case for a somewhat more accommodative policy,” according to the Chairman. 

U.S. Hiring Rebounds in June: Easing fears of a jobs slowdown after a surprisingly weak May report, U.S. hiring rebounded in June as employers added 224,000 jobs, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. This marked a record 105 straight months of job growth. Hiring in June was led by the professional services and health-care sectors, both of which are relatively less exposed to trade tensions and a cooling global economy. Wages rose 3.1% from a year earlier, remaining in line with the pace seen in prior months, while the unemployment rate rose slightly to 3.7% from 3.6% as more workers entered the workforce.

Eurozone Growth and Inflation Forecasts are Trimmed: The European Commission, the executive branch of the European Union, last week reduced its euro-area growth and inflation forecast for 2020, reflecting more pronounced weakness in the region stemming from trade tensions and policy uncertainty. The GDP growth forecast was trimmed from 1.5% to 1.4%, while expected inflation was lowered to a modest 1.3%. The reduced forecasts come just two weeks before the next policy meeting of the European Central Bank, which will consider injecting fresh stimulus into the Eurozone. 

Data Points

  • The Federal Reserve’s current target range for the federal-funds rate is 2.25%-2.50%. 
  • U.S. employers have added 172,000 jobs per month, on average, in the first half of 2019.
  • Eurozone GDP growth is expected to decelerate from 1.9% in 2018 to 1.2% in 2019 and 1.4% in 2020

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