MARKET SNAPSHOT: Dow Futures Rally 150 Points As ECB's Draghi Hints At Rate Cuts Ahead Of Fed Meeting

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MARKET SNAPSHOT: Dow Futures Rally 150 Points As ECB's Draghi Hints At Rate Cuts Ahead Of Fed Meeting

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By Mark DeCambre, MarketWatch

The Federal Reserve's policy-setting meeting is set to start later this morning

U.S. stocks on Tuesday were set to extend the previous session's gains ahead of the start of the Federal Reserve's two-day policy meeting. Dovish comments made by Mario Draghi, the European Central Bank president, may add support to hope of easier Fed policy.

How are benchmarks faring?

Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 147 points, or 0.6%, at 26,285, those for the S&P 500 index advanced 17.45 points, or 0.6%, at 2,913.50, while Nasdaq-100 futures climbed 71 points, or 0.9%, at 7,632.

On Monday, the Dow rose 22.92 points to 26,112.53. The S&P 500 climbed 2.69 points to 2,889.67 and the Nasdaq Composite Index added 48.37 points, or 0.6%, to 7,845.02.

What's driving the market?

ECB President Mario Draghi at an annual central bank conference in Sintra, Portugal said policy makers would consider "in the coming weeks" how to adapt its policy tools "commensurate to the severity of the risk" to the economic outlook, a signal that the central bank may be willing to lower rates. The central banker's remarks sent the euro sliding against the U.S. dollar .

Draghi's comments come as the Federal Reserve is set to kick off its policy-setting meeting later Tuesday, with expectation that the Fed will indicate its willingness to reduce benchmark borrowing costs this year amid global trade tensions, a slowdown in the global economy as well as in the U.S. Investors will want to see if those expectations match up to what the Fed is thinking, though no move on interest rates is expected at this week's meeting.

What are strategists saying?

"The prospect of 'additional stimulus' jolted stock markets higher, and it appears the ECB is following in the Fed's footsteps of using dovish language," wrote David Madden, market analyst at CMC Markets UK, in a Tuesday research note.

"And his comments will add further pressure on the US Federal Reserve to cut rates. Following his speech, yields on a 10 year bund headed further into negative territory -- to around 30bps -- forcing people's hunt for yield to continue apace," Mark Benbow, manager of the Kames Short-Dated Yield Bond Fund, said in a note.

Which stocks are in focus

Facebook Inc. shares (FB) were rising more than 2% in premarket trade Tuesday after the social-media giant unveiled its cryptocurrency, Libra coin, offering users the ability to make payments on the internet.

How are other assets trading?

Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index rose 1% and China's Shanghai Composite Index inching up less than 0.1%. Japan's Nikkei 225 fell 0.7%, while in Europe, the Stoxx Europe 600 headed 1% higher after Draghi's comments.

Meanwhile, the 10-year Treasury note was trading at a 19-month low at 2.02%, while the comparable German debt , known as the bund, was trading around a record-low yield at negative 0.313%. Bond prices and yields move in the opposite direction.

West Texas Intermediate crude futures were edging lower, gold futures bounded higher even as the U.S. dollar bucked up against the euro, with the ICE U.S. Dollar index climbing 0.1% at 97.68.


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June 18, 2019 07:57 ET (11:57 GMT)

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