JP Morgan slashes second-quarter GDP forecast to simply 1%
A truck hauls a delivery container at Yusen Terminals (YTI) on Terminal Island on the Port of Los Angeles in Los Angeles, California
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J.P. Morgan economists stated they now see a lot slower second-quarter development of simply 1%, down from their prior forecast of two.25% and method off the three.2% reported within the first quarter.
“The April durable goods report was bad, particularly the details relating to capital goods orders and shipments. Coming on the heels of last week’s crummy April retail sales report, it suggests second quarter activity growth is sharply downshifting from the first quarter pace, ” the economists wrote.
The Atlanta Fed’s GDP Now tracker has GDP development for the primary quarter at 1.3% for the quarter.
The J.P. Morgan economists additionally modified their view on the Fed, and now don’t count on the following transfer to be an rate of interest hike.
“We had previously expected the next move from the Fed would be a hike, albeit at the very end of our forecast horizon in late 2020. We now see the risks of the next move as about evenly distributed between a hike and a cut. We still sense little appetite on the FOMC for an insurance ease to goose inflation, but we see rising odds of ‘your father’s rate cut’: one prompted by downside growth risks,” they wrote.
The sturdy items report follows Thursday’s PPI manufacturing and providers knowledge that was additionally surprisingly weak. That knowledge helped gas a inventory market sell-off and shopping for in Treasurys, which despatched yields to 2017 lows. Yields transfer reverse value, and the low yields mirrored concern concerning the financial system.
The 10-year Treasury yield was at 2.32% Friday, after dipping as little as 2.29% Thursday. The fed funds futures market is reflecting expectations for greater than 25 foundation factors of easing this 12 months, and at the least one other reduce in 2020.
“Net, net, business investment in the future is sputtering at the start of the second quarter as uncertainty and geopolitical risks are a heavy anchor that appears to be a big drag on companies’ willingness to order up new equipment,” stated Chris Rupkey, MUFG Union Financial institution chief monetary economist. “Business confidence is clearly lacking in the manufacturing sector of the economy.”
Rupkey added that company chief monetary officers could consider, as some surveys recommend, that the percentages are rising for a recession so that they have canceled orders in March and ordered much less gear in April.
The J.P. Morgan economists stated the important thing dangers they see for U.S. development embody the uncertainty from the commerce warfare, impacting enterprise sentiment, and world financial slowing.
Within the April sturdy items report, whole orders at producers declined 2.1% final month, because of massive declines of plane and motorized vehicle orders. Past transportation, the J.P. Morgan economists famous that orders have been flat final month and revised considerably decrease in March.
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