US stocks slip as investors digest hawkish Fed comments on future rate hikes

  • US stocks slipped Friday on concerns that stubborn inflation will drive more rate hikes.
  • Fed officials James Bullard and Loretta Mester say more tightening could be needed to bring prices down.
  • US treasury yields were higher as traders assessed odds of more rate increases.

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US stocks dipped on Friday on interest rate concerns following hawkish comments from Federal Reserve officials on the path of future rate increases.

US treasury yields were up across the curve as traders bet on odds of higher interest rates after this week’s Producer Price Index reading came in higher than expected and pointed to stubbornly high inflation.

Fed officials James Bullard and Loretta Mester this week said further interest rate hikes could be warranted to keep up the fight against inflation. Cleveland Fed President Mester said she had seen a “compelling economic case” for delivering another half-point rate hike in the fed funds rate at the previous central bank meeting. Meanwhile, St. Louis Fed President Bullard said further rate increases will “lock in” easing inflation as well.

Bank of America on Friday predicted that the US central bank will hike interest rates by 25 basis-points at its June meeting, piling onto predictions of another hike coming at the March meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee.

Here’s where US indexes stood shortly after the 9:30 a.m. opening bell on Friday:

Here’s what else is happening today:

In commodities, bonds, and crypto:


Donovan Larsen

Donovan is a columnist and associate editor at the Dark News. He has written on everything from the politics to diversity issues in the workplace.

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