Ahead of the Federal Reserve’s last policy meeting of the year, global shares held steady as oil prices hit a six-month low on Wednesday. It is anticipated that this choice will shed light on when the rate decreases would occur the following year. Market dynamics were also impacted by the decision made at the COP 28 climate summit to restrict the world’s consumption of fossil fuels and by Argentina’s proposal to devalue its peso, remove energy subsidies, and cancel public works tenders.
As a result of worries about diminishing demand amid a slowing global economy, U.S. crude fell to $68.71, while Brent dropped $72.51, its lowest level since late June. The focus was on the Federal Reserve’s rate decision and the signals from its policy meeting. The MSCI global shares index has increased due to expectations of interest rate reductions in the upcoming year. Powell’s press conference and the Fed’s projected course for policy are currently the centre of attention.
With the STOXX benchmark trading close to its highest level since February 2022, European shares increased little. Following Tuesday’s closing at the year’s highs, U.S. stock futures increased, while the Cboe Volatility Index fell to a four-year low. Significant fluctuations in the value of the peso occurred in Argentina as a result of economic shock treatment implemented to handle a serious crisis.
The UK economy shrank in October, according to data, putting the Bank of England’s commitment to a low-inflation policy to the test. The pound weakened and rate-sensitive two-year gilt yields decreased. The leaders’ policy-setting meeting was met with a reaction from Chinese markets that saw blue-chip equities and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index drop.
Gold fell to $1,973.35 an ounce, a three-week low, in commodity markets.