February 14, 2018 / 7:02 AM / 4 days ago

LIVE MARKETS-A "Powell put"?

    * Wall Street rose slightly
    * U.S. inflation in focus
    * Asian shares mixed

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    A "POWELL PUT"? (0657 GMT) 
    The incoming U.S. inflation data is sure keeping markets on their toes and it's interesting
to note that the new Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell's first words at a ceremonial
swearing-in was that the central bank would keep watching for financial stability risks. 
    "We will remain alert to any developing risks to financial stability", Powell said on the
heels of a market rout that shaved 10 percent from the value of major U.S. stock indexes.
    A lot of analysts are still trying to figure out how Powell would react to a melt-down and
wondering whether there would be such as thing as a "Powell Put", in the same way that the
so-called "Greenspan Put" came to the rescue in 1987. 
    On Monday, Stéphane Déo, strategist for LBPAM, asked himself whether the "Greenspan Put" had
disappeared and what to make of the old saying recently used by Bank of America Merrill Lynch
analysts: "Markets stop panicking when central banks start panicking".
    In the meantime and as far as we are concerned today, as said Greg McKenna, chief market
strategist at CFD and FX provider AxiTrader: "Even a slightly higher number could set the cat
among the pigeons given the late cycle stimulus the Trump Administration is pumping into the
U.S. economy".     
 
    (Julien Ponthus)
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    MORNING CALL: (0615 GMT)
    Good morning and welcome to Live Markets.
    Early indications from spreadbetters point to Europe opening slightly in positive territory
after a mixed session in Asia. All eyes however are on the U.S. inflation data which could
soothe, or inflame, fears of faster rate hikes globally.
    London's FTSE is seen opening 15 points higher, Frankfurt's DAX 46 points higher and Paris
CAC up 17 points. 
    (Julien Ponthus)
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 (Reporting by Danilo Masoni, Helen Reid, Kit Rees and Julien Ponthus)
  
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