U.S. stock futures fell on Friday and the U.S. dollar continues to wreck all its competitors, as the market continues to price in further Federal Reserve interest-rate tightening as it fights inflation.
Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average
fell 172 points, or 0.6%, to 29977.
Futures on the S&P 500
dropped 24.75 points, or 0.7%, to 3747.
Futures on the Nasdaq 100
decreased 93.75 points, or 0.8%, to 11472.
On Thursday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average
fell 107 points, or 0.35%, to 30077, the S&P 500
declined 32 points, or 0.84%, to 3758, and the Nasdaq Composite
dropped 153 points, or 1.37%, to 11067.
What’s driving markets
The Federal Reserve’s decision on Wednesday to hike rates by three-quarters of a point for the third straight time, and post an aggressive dot plot of future increases, continued to weigh on stocks. On Thursday, other central banks also lifted rates.
Steve Englander, head of global G10 currency research at Standard Chartered, had expected the labor market to show signs of slowing by now. The bank now forecasts a 75 basis point hike from the Fed in November and a further 50 basis point increase in December.
“Since activity has not yet responded much to tightening, the Fed does not have a particularly good estimate of how high rates need to be to achieve the desired inflation outcome. Once unemployment starts moving up, such estimates will become more feasible, but until then it is hard to produce a reliable estimate of how high rates need to be,” he said.
The dollar continued to rally against the euro
and the British pound
and was steady against the Japanese yen
after Japan on Thursday made its first unilateral intervention since 1998. Strategists at UBS Global Wealth Management said it’s too early to bottom-fish on the euro, lowered its forecast for the pound, and said intervention was unlikely to halt the uptrend in the dollar versus the yen.
The flash reading of U.S. purchasing managers index is due for release at 9:45 a.m. Eastern. There will be a “Fed Listens” event, with a welcome speech from Chair Jerome Powell.