Marketbites: Treasuries Hit 11-Year High
Updated: Sep 27
Portfolio Manager Commentary:
Markets pushed slightly higher to start the week on Monday ahead of the Fed’s two-day policy meeting. The S&P 500 increased 0.69%, the Nasdaq gained 0.76%, and the Dow rose 0.64%. Treasury yields continued to gain ahead of an expected rate hike of 75 basis points. The 10-year Treasury yield topped 3.51% yesterday which is its highest level in 11 years.
After brief hope over the summer that the Fed would loosen its aggressive tightening campaign, investors have been dumping stocks again over fear that the Fed will go too far and bring the economy into a recession. Most S&P sectors rose or traded flat on Monday with consumer discretionary, industrials, and materials leading the way. Financials also rose with investors hoping that higher rates will benefit their bottom lines.
Aside from the Fed policy meeting, watch out for key economic numbers such as August housing starts, and initial jobless claims coming on Thursday.
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