US stock futures changed little on Wednesday as investors await the outcome of the Federal Reserve’s two-day meeting and Fed Chairman Jerome Powell’s comments later in the day.
Dow Jones Industrial Average futures gained 35 points. The S&P 500 futures were flat. Nasdaq 100 futures lost 0.2%.
The 10-year government bond yield rose to a new 13-month high in early trading. The yield rose to 1.65%, its highest level since early February 2020, beating its most recent high of 1.642% on Friday.
On Wednesday, the Fed will release new economic and interest rate forecasts that could suggest that Fed officials expect a rate hike by or even before 2023. The central bank is expected to recognize stronger growth, which should bring the Fed’s loose policies under control, especially given the new $ 1.9 trillion stimulus spending.
Investors will also hear from Fed Chairman Powell, who is likely to move the equity and bond markets with his comment, although he is unlikely to offer details.
“There is this assumption [Powell’s] will be cautious tomorrow. When it comes to another round of spending, he finds it difficult not to be reluctant. You are definitely afraid of scaring the market. They are afraid of disrupting the recovery, “Bleakley Advisory Group chief investment officer Peter Boockvar told CNBC.
Rising interest rates have been an overhang for stocks in the past few weeks, especially for the tech sector. The surge in yields has forced value stocks to shift away from growth, pushing the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 near record highs.
A heavy roll-out of vaccines and the relaxation of government lockdowns have also spurred inventory re-opening.
The cruise lines Royal Caribbean and Carnival gained about 1% apiece in early premarket trading on Wednesday. McDonald’s shares rose 1% after Deutsche Bank upgraded the stock to buy from the hold.
On Tuesday, the Dow lost nearly 130 points, hurt by a nearly 4% decline in Boeing stock. The 30-stock average posted a seven-day profit streak. The S&P 500 fell 0.16% after hitting a record high during the trading session.
The Nasdaq Composite was the relative outperformer, up 0.09% as Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, and Google’s parent Alphabet all saw gains. The tech-intensive index rose more than 1% at one point in the session.
– CNBC’s Patti Domm contributed to this report.