Weekly Surveillance Note

Summary Views

  • Economic data this week suggests that Fed policy is impacting interest-sensitive sectors (housing, consumer durables, and business spending on equipment and structures)

  • While Q2 GDP print came in negative, we don’t see the US currently in recession territory, as consumption grew by 1% -- we’ll create a follow up post to discuss

  • Revisions: no change for GDP estimate, no change for inflation estimate, lower rate outlook (based upon FOMC meeting results)

Our Takeaway

  • Q2 data for GDP was not bad enough for us to call it a recession –especially given the strong labor market, strong real growth in consumer spending, and negative impacts of SPR release (detracts from GDP) and reductions in inventories

  • Q3 – Q4 may see an improving dynamic should inflation materially move lower; however, we do not see this as likely without a steep recession occurring

  • Balance of risk for August is negative, given the nature of data and lagged effects in both inflation and growth indicators

  • With back-to-back 75bp hikes, we see the current level of rates at around neutral for the US

  • Financial conditions improved after last weeks FOMC meeting, which may end up countering the Feds job

  • We do not believe the Fed will cut rates this year, but we do expect a pause before ending the year near 3.00% on the Fed Funds Rate

Upcoming Events

  • For next week, we’ll be focused on earnings data and PMI data

  • We expect the Fed to talk tough on inflation through the month

  • While there seems to be an improving situation in equities, we think the real signal for higher equity markets will be improving new orders (from PMI report)

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