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13 Jun 2023

Will the US Fed ‘skip’ or surprise?

• Higher yields. Markets reprice BoE rate hike expectations after UK wage growth quickens. This supported GBP, and pushed AUD/GBP a bit lower.• US inflation. Headline CPI ‘mechanically’ falls, while core inflation is stickier. Tomorrows Fed meeting in focus. A ‘hawkish skip’ looks most likely.• AUD cross currents. AUD mixed overnight. The lift in USD/CNH remains a AUD headwind. A ‘hawkish’ Fed could see the AUD dip lower. There has been quite a bit of news to digest, with some developments, particularly in the UK, generating sharp market reactions. On net, US and European equities added to recent gains (S&P500...

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On-consensus inflation print puts Fed on course toward rate “skip”

US consumer inflation slowed as expected last month, giving the Federal Reserve room to skip a rate hike at tomorrow’s meeting. According to data published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics this morning, the headline consumer price index rose 4 percent in May from the same period last year, up 0.1 percent on a month-over-month basis. This was slightly below the 4.1 percent and 0.1 percent consensus estimates among economists polled by the major data providers ahead of the release. With gasoline prices tumbling, energy costs slid 3.6 percent month-over-month, while the food index inched 0.2 percent higher. New vehicle prices fell -0.2...

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