Interest rate worries cause market jitters

The unwelcome spectre of interest rate rises hangs over markets this morning, knocking back equities, while post-Apple disappointment carries over into ARM shares.

City of London
Source: Bloomberg

Comments about market complacency regarding US interest rates jolted investors out of their slumber in the US session yesterday, and that downward momentum has been carried across into UK and European markets this morning.

The report from the San Francisco Federal Reserve that kicked off this latest bout of excitement is merely a cautionary warning shot to remind investors that change will be coming at some point, and doesn’t reflect any fundamental change in US monetary policy. Nonetheless, with markets having been noticeably over-extended in recent weeks, the pullback should be of short duration.

Admiral shares sit at the bottom of the index as they go ex-dividend, while ARM Holdings is down 2.4% as the Apple disappointment makes itself felt on this side of the Atlantic.

A shiny new gadget from Apple and larger iPhones were not enough to keep its shares in positive territory yesterday, but then the company was always facing an uphill struggle to overcome the weight of expectations that had built up in advance of the result. The new watch and other developments are not groundbreaking in the manner of the iPhone and others, and thus Apple’s transformation to a solid but uninspiring company continues.

Ahead of the open, we expect the Dow Jones to start 12 points higher at 17,025. 

This information has been prepared by IG, a trading name of IG Markets Limited. In addition to the disclaimer below, the material on this page does not contain a record of our trading prices, or an offer of, or solicitation for, a transaction in any financial instrument. IG accepts no responsibility for any use that may be made of these comments and for any consequences that result. No representation or warranty is given as to the accuracy or completeness of this information. Consequently any person acting on it does so entirely at their own risk. Any research provided does not have regard to the specific investment objectives, financial situation and needs of any specific person who may receive it. It has not been prepared in accordance with legal requirements designed to promote the independence of investment research and as such is considered to be a marketing communication. Although we are not specifically constrained from dealing ahead of our recommendations we do not seek to take advantage of them before they are provided to our clients. See full non-independent research disclaimer and quarterly summary.

Find articles by analysts

Een artikel zoeken

Form has failed to submit. Please contact IG directly.

  • Ik wens per e-mail informatie van IG Group bedrijven te ontvangen over handelsideeën en IG's producten en diensten.

Voor meer informatie over hoe wij uw gegevens mogelijk kunnen gebruiken, bekijkt u ons Privacy- en toegangsbeleid en onze privacy website.

CFD’s zijn complexe instrumenten en brengen vanwege het hefboomeffect een hoog risico mee van snel oplopende verliezen. 79% van de retailbeleggers lijdt verlies op de handel in CFD’s met deze aanbieder.
Het is belangrijk dat u goed begrijpt hoe CFD's werken en dat u nagaat of u zich het hoge risico op verlies kunt permitteren.
CFD’s zijn complexe instrumenten en brengen vanwege het hefboomeffect een hoog risico mee van snel oplopende verliezen.