Another Evidence The Fed Will Pass On Sep Hike

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The results of August's ISM surveys haven't been doing Fed hawks any favours.

With the Manufacturing Index coming materially below expectations, today's reading on the services sector fell from 55.5 in July to 51.4 for August. That's the lowest print since the nascent stages of the recovery in 2010. The breakdown showed a broad-based weakening, particularly in key areas such as business activity. That said, monthly moves between 50 & 60 don't always have a strong correlation with other activity measures and could reflect changes in sentiment.

Nevertheless, this adds to the chorus of data releases for August that continue to suggest that the Fed will pass on a September rate hike and will need to wait until December before having enough evidence to tighten policy.


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Fed's Williams repeats call for rate hike sooner rather than later


San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank President John Williams repeated Tuesday his call for an increase in the Fed's policy rate sooner rather than later, amid signs of continued solid momentum in the economy in line with the central bank's established policy framework.

"In the context of a strong economy with good momentum, it makes sense to get back to a pace of gradual rate increases, preferably sooner rather than later," Williams said in prepared speech. "The economy has climbed back to full strength, and it therefore makes sense to move monetary policy gradually back to normal."

Williams, who is not a voter this year on the policymaking Federal Open Market Committee, repeated some of what he said a month earlier about the need for a near-term rate hike. That was before a somewhat mixed August jobs report and two weaker-than-expected Institute for Supply Management surveys set off market speculation that soft data might put the Fed on hold yet again.

But Williams on Tuesday said the U.S. economy is "at full employment, and inflation is well within sight of and on track to reach our target."

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