Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), July 26, 2023.
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Stock futures were flat in overnight trading Monday evening as Wall Street readied for the start of the Federal Reserve’s two-day September policy meeting.
“The overall market feels a little bit choppier than we’ve seen for the first nine months of this year,” Ankur Crawford, an executive vice president and portfolio manager at Alger said on CNBC’s “Closing Bell” on Monday. “China, that was supposed to work and supposed to come out of Covid … the U.S. consumer is showing signs of a little bit more pressure. So we’re heading into choppier markets, and that’s basically just waterfalling into tech.”
The Fed is not expected to raise rates this month, with traders pricing in a 99% probability that the central bank skips a hike, according to CME Group’s FedWatch tool, a gauge of pricing in fed funds futures. Traders are bracing for a nearly 34% chance of a hike in November as of late Monday.
Six of the 11 major S&P sectors finished Monday’s session positive, led by energy, with a 0.7% gain. Consumer discretionary was the worst-performing sector, falling about 1%.
Wall Street will parse through a light batch of economic data Tuesday, with preliminary building permits for August and housing starts due out before the bell. AutoZone is slated to report earnings before the bell.