Ahead of Federal Reserve Meeting, Dow Falls Low Slightly

Ahead of Federal Reserve Meeting, Dow Falls Low Slightly

U.S. stock index futures were little modified on Tuesday morning as investors expected commentary from the top Federal Reserve Board.

At around 7:10 a.m. ET, Dow Jones Industrial Average futures slipped 23 points, indicating a marginal profit at the open. Expectations on the S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 also traded slightly lower.

Fed Chair Jerome Powell is scheduled to speak at the Council on Foreign Relations at 1 p.m. ET. Powell is expected to discuss the Fed’s outlook on the economy and monetary policy.

Powell’s remarks come after the Fed kept interested rates fixed last week and said it will “act as appropriate” to maintain the current economic expansion. This led traders to price in a 100% probability of the Fed cutting rates next month.

Other Fed officials scheduled to speak Tuesday include New York Fed President John Williams, Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic and St. Louis Fed President James Bullard.

Investors are also expecting a meeting between President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping later this week. The meeting between Trump and Xi will be the first face-to-face meeting for the leaders since trade talks broke down in May, leading to a hike in U.S. tariffs on imports of Chinese goods.

Bloomberg reported that U.S. officials sought to lower expectations for the meeting by requesting the U.S. would not change its stance on China implementing significant economic reforms.

Washington and Beijing have imposed tariffs on billions of dollars’ worth of one another’s goods since the start of 2018, battering financial markets and souring business and consumer viewpoint.

New home sales for May will be released at around 10:00 a.m. ET, with consumer confidence figures, Richmond Fed survey data and Dallas Fed services for June set to follow slightly later in the session.

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