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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Odds At 98.6% (Very Likely) The U.S. Prime Rate Will Continue At 4.25% After Tomorrow's FOMC Monetary Policy Meeting

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As of right now, odds are at 98.6%  that the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) will vote to leave the target range for the benchmark fed funds rate at 1.00% - 1.25% at tomorrow's monetary policy meeting (very likely.)

The current Prime Rate, which went into effect on June 15, 2017, is 4.25%.

NB: U.S. Prime Rate = (The Fed Funds Target Rate + 3)

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At 3.0%, the Commerce Department's second estimate of second quarter GDP was a very welcome figure which bested predictions.  And the icing on the cake: Corporate profits rose by $26.8 billion, after decreasing by $46.2 billion during the first quarter, according to the government's preliminary estimate.

But the U.S. economy continues to send mixed signals, which is why traders are virtually certain the Fed will do nothing with the benchmark fed funds target rate tomorrow.  Here's some more recent hard and soft economic data:

  • An estimated 156,000 nonfarm jobs were created during August 2017; economists were expecting around 180,000.  Contributing to the weakness: month-on-month average hourly earnings rose by a very tepid 0.1138%, while the year-on-year advance remained stuck at 2.5%, matching April, May, June and July.
  • Inflation continues below the Federal Reserve's 2% target.  During July, and year-on-year, both the PCE Price Index and the Core PCE Price Index were 1.4%.
  • Retail sales declined by 0.2% during August.
  • Second quarter nonfarm productivity was revised higher, from +0.9% to +1.5%.
  • Soft data: The NFIB®'s Small Business Optimism Index edged higher, from 105.2 in July to 105.3 during August.

  • We can thank Hurricane Harvey for the -0.9% reading associated with August industrial production, with the capacity utilization rate dropping to 76.1%.
  • Equities continue to surge to new records.  Here's a bull-market update, as of the September 18, 2017 close:

    • The S + P 500 Index closed at 2,503.87, a new all-time record high.  This is a 270.105% increase since the March 9, 2009 bear-market low (676.53.)
    • The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) closed at 22,331.35, a brand new all-time record high.  This is a 243.188% increase since the March 9, 2009 bear-market low (6,507.04.)
    •  The NASDAQ Composite closed at 6,454.64. This is a 408.784% increase since the March 9, 2009 bear-market low (1,268.64.)

Stay tuned for tomorrow's decision on short-term rates...
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Current Odds

  • Current odds the U.S. Prime Rate will continue at 4.25% after the September 20TH, 2017 FOMC monetary policy meeting: 98.6%  (very likely), with remaining odds --  1.4% (very unlikely) -- that the U.S. Prime Rate will be 25 basis points (0.25 percentage point) lower.

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  • Current odds the U.S. Prime Rate will continue at 4.25% after the November 1ST, 2017 FOMC monetary policy meeting: 96.7%  (very likely), with  2.0% odds on a rate increase (very unlikely) and 1.3% odds on a rate cut (very unlikely.)

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  • Current odds the U.S. Prime Rate will continue at 4.25% after the December 13TH, 2017 FOMC monetary policy meeting: 42.5%  (somewhat unlikely), with  0.6% odds on a rate cut (extremely unlikely) and 56.9% odds (on the fence) that the U.S. Prime Rate will be at least 25 basis points (0.25 percentage point) higher.

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The odds associated with fed fund futures contracts -- widely accepted as the best predictor of what the FOMC will do with the benchmark Fed Funds Target Rate -- are constantly changing, so stay tuned for the latest odds.

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