Global Central Banks Face Inflation Worries Amid Economic Reports
September 18, 2023 (10:16)
Central Banks in Focus
This week, the Federal Reserve, Bank of England, and Bank of Japan are set to face scrutiny amid growing inflation concerns. The central banks of Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland are also expected to announce their rate decisions, creating a wave of anticipation. In the U.S. specifically, the Fed’s FOMC is not expected to hike rates (full preview), however, there is potential for a shift towards more hawkish sentiments following an unexpected robust inflation report for August.
Economic Reports on the Agenda
Key economic updates scheduled for the coming week include details on housing starts, crude oil inventories, and initial jobless claims. This week may also usher in heightened political tension as the countdown to a potential government shutdown on October 1 continues.
Auto Industry Battle Takes Center Stage
Investors are keenly observing the ongoing battle between the United Auto Workers union and Detroit automakers. This dispute may trigger a chain reaction of consequences for multiple stocks. Doron Levin, a Seeking Alpha analyst, commented on the disruption in the auto industry, referring to the UAW strike as a “self-inflicted setback for an already struggling Detroit-based auto industry.” Conversely, some analysts see Tesla (TSLA) potentially benefiting amidst the labor discord.