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All Eyes on (the) US | Calamatta Cuschieri

Tonight brings the much awaited March decision on interest rates by the US Federal Reserve and the market will eagerly scour for clues about the pace of future rate hikes

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Calamatta Cuschieri
14 March 2017, 12:10pm
The Fed will undoubtedly try to cushion the impact if it does so, by saying that its policy remains flexible
The Fed will undoubtedly try to cushion the impact if it does so, by saying that its policy remains flexible
Tonight brings the much awaited March decision on interest rates by the US Federal Reserve. While a hike is pretty much priced in, the market will eagerly scour the announcement, forecasts and ensuing press conference for clues about the pace of future rate hikes. Any indication that hikes are being brought forward or accelerated in any way will undoubtedly put pressure on bond prices, aid the dollar and boost stocks.

The Fed will undoubtedly try to cushion the impact if it does so, by saying that its policy remains flexible. However, it is now fact that US monetary policy has definitely turned a corner bar any major global shock such as, say, a war with North Korea…In a statement by the state news agency, the ‘Democratic’ People’s Republic of Korea said that if the US aircraft carrier strike which is currently in South Korean waters – reportedly for training – infringes “on the DPRK’s sovereignty and dignity even a bit, its army will launch merciless ultra-precision strikes from ground, air, sea and underwater.” So much for a warning!

Intel splurges

Intel hopes the purchase will give it the edge over rival chipmakers in the self-driving car industry, particularly Nvidia Corp who already supplies Google and Tesla
Intel hopes the purchase will give it the edge over rival chipmakers in the self-driving car industry, particularly Nvidia Corp who already supplies Google and Tesla
Shareholders in Israeli automotive-tech company Mobileye must have popped open the champagne on Monday after Intel announced it would pay a staggering $15.2 billion in cash to acquire the company. That’s a 34% premium on Mobileye’s Friday close, and 30 times more than its projected revenue for the next 12 months.

Intel hopes the purchase will give it the edge over rival chipmakers in the self-driving car industry, particularly Nvidia Corp who already supplies Google and Tesla. Although the industry has generated a lot of hype and attention over the last 18 months, fully autonomous cars are still quite a way off. Nonetheless Intel hopes to develop an end-to-end system which might then be adopted by major automakers going forward.

Like a rock

The gravity-defying British Pound fell on Tuesday morning, in a delayed reaction after the House of Lords ‘cleared’ Prime Minister Theresa May for the all-important triggering of Article 50
The gravity-defying British Pound fell on Tuesday morning, in a delayed reaction after the House of Lords ‘cleared’ Prime Minister Theresa May for the all-important triggering of Article 50
The gravity-defying British Pound fell on Tuesday morning, in a delayed reaction after the House of Lords ‘cleared’ Prime Minister Theresa May for the all-important triggering of Article 50. The market seems to have ‘woken up’ to the reality of tough negotiations, especially in the light of yesterday’s announcement by Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon for a second referendum of Scottish independence.

This article was issued by Andrew Martinelli, Trader at Calamatta Cuschieri. For more information visit, www.cc.com.mt. The information, view and opinions provided in this article is being provided solely for educational and informational purposes and should not be construed as investment advice, advice concerning particular investments or investment decisions, or tax or legal advice. Calamatta Cuschieri Investment Services Ltd has not verified and consequently neither warrants the accuracy nor the veracity of any information, views or opinions appearing on this website.

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