Investing.com – Here are the top five things you need to know in financial markets on Tuesday, June 13:
1. Fed kicks off 2-day policy meeting
The Federal Reserve kicks off its two-day policy meeting on Tuesday. With the U.S. central bank widely expected to raise interest rates by a quarter point to a range between1.0%-1.25%, investors’ focus will be on any fresh hints on the pace of further tightening in the months to come and next year.
Market players will also pay close attention to details of the Fed’s plan to reduce its $4.5 trillion balance sheet later this year.
The U.S. dollar index, which measures the greenback’s strength against a trade-weighted basket of six major currencies, was last down 0.1% at 97.06, holding below Friday’s two-week highs of 97.47.
2. More drama from Washington
The drama in Washington continues on Tuesday, with Attorney General Jeff Sessions set to speak to the Senate Intelligence Committee about possible ties between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential race.
Sessions will likely face tough questions at the open hearing over his dealings with Russian officials during the campaign and whether he had a role in the firing of former FBI Director James Comey.
Tuesday’s testimony, scheduled to start at 2:30PM ET (1830 GMT), will be the first for Sessions in a congressional hearing since he became attorney general.
In addition, U.S. lawmakers will grill Secretary of State Rex Tillerson about President Trump’s unpopular budget, conflicting messages about foreign affairs and links between the administration and Russia, including his own ties, at congressional hearings starting on Tuesday.
Tillerson testifies before Foreign Relations and a Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Tuesday, then before House Foreign Affairs and appropriations panels on Wednesday.
The four hearings this week are a rare chance for members of the Senate and House of Representatives to question Tillerson, who has not testified publicly on Capitol Hill since his acrimonious confirmation hearing in January.
3. Global stocks rebound as tech sector selloff peters out
On Wall Street, the tech-heavy Nasdaq 100 futures pointed to a gain of 12 points, or roughly 0.2%, at the open, the blue-chip Dow futures rose 25 points, or around 0.1%, while theS&P 500 futures ticked up 4 points, or about 0.2%.
Earlier, Asian shares ended mostly in positive territory, recouping about half of the previous session’s losses as regional tech shares regained their composure.
4. Pound retakes $1.27-level after inflation data
Consumer prices increased by 2.9% compared with a year earlier, its biggest increase since June 2013, the Office for National Statistics said.
Sterling last traded at 1.2708 against the dollar, up around 0.4% on the day (GBP/USD).
Meanwhile, the country’s political drama continued to unfold, as Prime Minister Theresa May survived a showdown with rank-and-file lawmakers and sought to prop up her minority government.
5. Oil prices rise again but glut concerns hang over market
Oil prices rose for the third-straight session on Tuesday, as the market weighed ongoing efforts by major producers to cut output and reduce a global glut against a relentless increase in U.S. drilling activity.
Industry group the American Petroleum Institute is due to release its weekly report at 4:30PM ET (2030GMT) later on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, OPEC will release its monthly oil report later in the session. The data will give traders a better picture of whether a global rebalancing is taking place in the oil market.
Jun 13, 2017 05:55AM ET