Fed seen likely to raise policy rate above 5.5% by September

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell addresses reporters during a news conference in Washington, U.S., February 1, 2023. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo

(Reuters) – Traders of futures tied to the Federal Reserve’s policy rate added to bets on Wednesday that the U.S. central bank will raise its benchmark rate to a range of 5.5%-5.75% by September, as a widely-followed report signaled some upward price pressures in manufacturing last month.

The rate-futures contracts currently are pricing in a high likelihood of interest-rate hikes at each of the Fed’s next several meetings, and a receding chance of any rate cuts later this year.

The fed funds rate is currently 4.5%.4.75%


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