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Hot PCE Green Light For More Fed Hikes


Tsys near lows after the bell. Hot PCE read points to "more to do" by the Fed to reel in inflation, yield curves flatter but off lows as 30s races 2s to new contract lows: TUH3 new contract low of 101-17.88, 2YY hits 4.8364% - highest level since July 2007; USH3 133-20 low, 30YY tapped 3.9597% high.

  • Tsys gapped lower as nominal personal spending was stronger than expected in Jan (1.8% vs 1.4) and incomes weaker (0.6% vs 1.0), with the savings rate rising further to 4.7% in Jan from 4% in Q4 and a low of 2.7% in June (albeit prone to sizeable revs). Stronger inflation meant that real spending came in as expected, bouncing strongly after yesterday's surprise downward revision with the 1.1% M/M the strongest since Mar'21.
  • Jump in new home sales added to the FI sell-off, 7.2% M/M in Jan (cons 0.7) after an upward revised 7.2% M/M (initial 2.3), leaving sales at 670k (cons 620k) for the highest since March.
  • Fed funds implied hike for Mar'23 at 31.0bp, May'23 cumulative 58.1bp (+1.9) to 5.164%, Jun'23 75.5bp (+3.0) to 5.338%, terminal at 5.40% in Aug'23/Sep'23, off first half high of 5.445%.
  • Early Fed speak from Cleveland Fed Mester in line with previous, favoring getting rates somewhat above 5%, won't pre-judge next meeting size.
  • Boston Fed President Susan Collins said Friday she sees the need for more rate increases amid high inflation and then likely holding there for an extended period of time.

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