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Stocks, Bond Yields Tumble After Fed Rate Hike
Stocks, Bond Yields
Tumble After Fed Rate Hike

Stocks, Bond Yields Tumble After Fed Rate Hike

But Powell hints there may be only one more rise to come

(Newser) - Stocks fell Wednesday after the Federal Reserve announced its latest hike to interest rates , while also saying it may not tighten the screws on the economy much more. The S&P 500 fell 65.90 points, or 1.6%, to 3,936.97. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 530....

Fed Raises Key Interest Rate by a Quarter-Point

Central bank keeps rise relatively modest amid banking turmoil

(Newser) - The Federal Reserve has hiked its benchmark interest rate for the ninth time in a row, sticking to a quarter-point hike in a widely expected move, though banking turmoil added some uncertainty. Jason Furman, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers during the Obama administration, told CNN earlier Wednesday that...

Fed, Other Central Banks Make Move to 'Keep Dollars Flowing'

Joint move is an attempt to make sure credit remains available

(Newser) - Hours after Swiss regulators coordinated an emergency UBS takeover of Credit Suisse , a coordinated global effort to keep US dollars moving through the global financial system was announced by a number of major central banks including the US Federal Reserve. "The Bank of Canada, the Bank of England, the...

Annual Inflation Continues an 8-Month Streak

It eases again to 6%, though that is still historically high

(Newser) - US consumer price increases eased slightly from January to February but still pointed to an elevated inflation rate that is posing a challenge for the Federal Reserve at a delicate moment for the financial system. The government said Tuesday that prices increased 0.4% last month, just below January’s...

Fed's Powell Speaks, and Markets Aren't Thrilled

Fed Chair Has
More Bad News

Fed Chair Has More Bad News

Guess what? Higher interest rates likely coming

(Newser) - Jerome Powell opened his mouth on Tuesday before the Senate Banking Committee, Wall Street listened and wasn't happy, and probably no one who's possession of a variable interest rate will be, either. "The latest economic data have come in stronger than expected, which suggests that the ultimate...

Powell Sees Progress Getting Inflation in Check

But Fed chief warns it will be a long process

(Newser) - Wall Street investors waited Tuesday to read the tea leaves in the latest public comments from Fed chief Jerome Powell, and they seem conflicted about the message. After Powell said the process of getting inflation in check was showing progress, the Dow quickly erased morning losses and rose more than...

The Fed Hikes Rates Again, Just Not by as Much
The Fed Hikes Rates
for 8th Time in a Row

The Fed Hikes Rates for 8th Time in a Row

''We're going to be cautious about declaring victory,' Powell says

(Newser) - This story has been updated with Powell's remarks. The Federal Reserve hiked rates by a quarter point on Wednesday, an expected move in its fight against inflation. It marks the smallest increase since last March, and is down from December's half-point increase. CNBC reports it marks the 8th...

After Worrying, Market Rallies
Market Rallies After Comments

Market Rallies After Comments

Fed governor says he wants just quarter-point increase in interest rates

(Newser) - A rough week on Wall Street dominated by worries about a weakening economy ended Friday with a broad rally that gave the market its best day in two weeks. The Dow rose 330.93 points, or 1%, to 33,375.49; the S&P 500 climbed 73.76 points, or...

Stocks Slump After Fed Disappoints Investors
Stocks Slump After Fed
Disappoints Investors

Stocks Slump After Fed Disappoints Investors

Interest rates will stay higher than markets had expected

(Newser) - Stocks ended lower in bumpy trading on Wall Street after the Federal Reserve raised its benchmark interest rate in its fight against inflation and signaled that more hikes lay ahead. As expected, the central bank raised its key short-term rate by half a percentage point Wednesday, marking its seventh increase...

Fed Announces 7th Interest Rate Hike of 2022
Fed Announces 7th
Interest Rate Hike of 2022

Fed Announces 7th Interest Rate Hike of 2022

Half-point increase is smaller than last four super-sized rate hikes

(Newser) - This story has been updated to include market movements. As widely expected, the Federal Reserve announced Wednesday that it is raising its key interest rate by half a percentage point, to a range of 4.25 to 4.5%—a smaller increase than the previous four rate hikes, which were...

Dow Jumps 737 Points After Fed Chair's Remarks
Dow Jumps 737 Points
After Fed Chair's Remarks

Dow Jumps 737 Points After Fed Chair's Remarks

Powell says rate hikes likely to slow down

(Newser) - Stocks rallied on Wall Street and major indexes ended November with their second straight month of gains after the head of the Federal Reserve said the central bank could soon ease up on its aggressive pace of interest rate hikes aimed at taming inflation. The S&P 500 rose 122....

Stocks Edge Higher After Release of Fed Meeting Minutes

Officials at central bank said smaller rate hikes would be appropriate 'soon'

(Newser) - Stocks closed higher on Wall Street following the release of the minutes from the Federal Reserve’s most recent policy meeting, which showed Fed officials agreed that smaller rate hikes would likely be appropriate "soon." That's likely to stoke optimism among investors who have been trying to...

Dow Drops 505 Points After Fed Chief's Remarks
Dow Drops 505 Points
After Fed Chief's Remarks

Dow Drops 505 Points After Fed Chief's Remarks

Powell signals that rate hikes will continue

(Newser) - Stocks closed broadly lower on Wall Street Wednesday after Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell signaled that the central bank will eventually need to bring rates higher than previously anticipated in order to tame the worst inflation in decades. The Fed also announced its fourth straight extra-large rate increase of three-quarters...

Fed Does the Expected, Raises Rates 0.75 Points
Fed Unleashes a
4th Hefty Rate Hike

Fed Unleashes a 4th Hefty Rate Hike

It pumped up its benchmark interest rate Wednesday by three-quarters of a point

(Newser) - This story has been updated with Powell's remarks. The Fed's November move was expected and came to pass: The Fed hiked interest rates by three-quarters of a percentage point Wednesday for the fourth time in a row, putting the central bank's benchmark rate between 3.75% and...

Fed May Start Shifting Strategy on Rates

'Wall Street Journal' suggests central bank might ease up on hikes, cheering the stock market

(Newser) - The stock market was in a good mood on Friday, with the Dow up about 300 points after the first hour of trading. One reason seems to be a story in the Wall Street Journal suggesting that the Federal Reserve might start cooling down its rate hikes. Both CNBC and...

Annual 'Core' Inflation Sees Biggest Jump in 40 Years

6.6% over the past 12 months

(Newser) - Inflation in the United States accelerated in September, with the cost of housing and other necessities intensifying pressure on households, wiping out pay gains that many have received, and ensuring that the Federal Reserve will keep raising interest rates aggressively. Consumer prices rose 8.2% in September, compared with a...

Fed Raises Rates by Another Three-Quarters of a Point

For the third straight time

(Newser) - The Federal Reserve on Wednesday raised its key rate by a hefty three-quarters of a point for third straight time to fight inflation. CNN notes it was a history-making move, and one that puts the central bank's benchmark lending rate in a target range of 3% to 3.25%....

Mortgage Rates Reach an Unwanted Milestone

Average rate hits 6% for the first time since 2008

(Newser) - Someone who closes on a house this month will be paying twice the mortgage rate of a year ago. The average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage reached 6% this week for the first time since the recession days of 2008, reports the New York Times . That's up from...

New Inflation Report Is an Unhappy Surprise

Consumer prices rise 0.1% in August, had been expected to decline

(Newser) - Investors were fully expecting good news from the new monthly inflation report out Tuesday. But instead of declining, prices actually rose in August. Which means the Federal Reserve is all but certain to forge ahead with an aggressive rate hike at its Sept. 20-21 meeting. Details:
  • Monthly rise: Prices rose

Mortgage Rates Near 6%
Mortgage Rates Hit 2008 Levels

Mortgage Rates Hit 2008 Levels

Climb is tied to Powell's stay-the-course comment, analyst says

(Newser) - A year ago, mortgage rates were below 3%. On Thursday, Freddie Mac data showed the average rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage was up to 5.89%, the highest point since 2008, NBC News reports. Rates briefly dropped this summer as the Federal Reserve raised the key interest rate in...

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