The Market Digest the US Fed Rate Hike Amid Japan-US Trade Talks on Tap

By Kenneth@Xtrade - on September 27, 2018

The Market digest the Fed rate hike.

In consensus with the market expectations, the FOMC raised the interest rates from 2.00% to 2.25% and in the press release 30 minutes later hinted at moving away from its ACCOMMODATIVE POLICY. Meaning the Fed have left the door ajar to raise rates in the near future as they may deem fit.

The USD undoubtedly was volatile during the releases, however, settled higher vs its rivals and supported by today’s Macroeconomics data release from the US which includes, GDP, and initial jobless claims reports to name a few.

Global StocksAsian shares reclined as the China-US trade talks get drowned and the USD firms, weighing on the EU shares.

  • Germany30Had lost 0.47% by the time of print 08:33GMT to 12,324.60 and spinning down from 12,344.83-12,272.59.
  • France40 Was seen 0.20% down trotting at 5,501.90 in a range between 5,485.83 – 5,510.16.
  • Italy 40dropped nearly 1.66% to 21,250 pressed down by the delay with the Italian budget, which caused bank stocks to free fall. The Stock was trading between 21,157.50 -21,470.00.
  • UK100was amongst the few odd ones out. Hold on to minute gains in between 7,489.14 – 7,523.75.


WTI crude: In conjunction with Wednesday’s post-WTI crude performed as expected. Dipping due to the US Home Sales report, and slipping further by the built in the Crude Oil inventories of nearly 1.8 million barrels and then subsequently by the Fed rate hike.  Crude oil prices are sensitive to ongoing implementations of US-led sanctions on Iran to range between 71.97 – 72.56 up 0.98% at 72.27 with possible upside movement.

Gold With the USD supported. Most investors shunned the safer havens, GOLD, CHF, and JPY to name a few putting Gold price on a temporal dovish to a sideways path between 1,198.30 – 1,202.50. Market participants ponder on the timing to go, long most likely around the Diwali holiday celebrations.

  • Currencies 
    EUR/USD  lost it attraction as market participants digest the impact of the US rate hike. The pair were seen 0.28% down between 1.1685 – 1.1757 and standing at 1.1709.
  • GBP/USD meanwhile is plagued by domestic microeconomics and uncertainties surrounding the ongoing Brexit diplomacy.

Meanwhile, the US and Japan prepare for trade talks.

Cryptocurrencies: As Market Participants weigh the possible effects on the stance of the FED and the US-China trade impasse some Investors are attempting to take a small profit on the cryptocurrencies.

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