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US futures slip away from records with Fed decision in focus

June 11, 2024

NEW YORK (June 11) US stock futures drifted lower on Tuesday, setting the stage for a retreat from record highs as investors waited for the start of a Federal Reserve meeting that should signpost the path of interest rates.

Futures on the S&P 500 (ES=F) and the tech-heavy Nasdaq 100 (NQ=F) both fell roughly 0.3% on the heels of notching all-time closing highs. Dow Jones Industrial Average futures (YM=F) dropped 0.4%.

Stocks have managed to make headway amid market uncertainty about an economy that may be too hot or too cold for comfort. A string of inconclusive data has fueled skepticism about the likelihood of three rate cuts in 2024, as envisaged by the Fed in March. Many investors now predict just one reduction before the year's end.

The two-day Fed policy meeting that kicks off Tuesday is heavily expected to end with borrowing costs kept at their two-decade high. Investors will still watch out for hints on when a shift to cuts will come, with September or November in the frame.

Investors calculating the rate-reduction odds are also looking ahead to May consumer price data due out on Wednesday, given its crucial role in the Fed's deliberations.

Yahoo Finance

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