Goldman Sachs no longer expects US interest rate cut in May

BY Reuters | ECONOMIC | 02/22/24 10:58 PM EST

SINGAPORE, Feb 23 (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs' (GS) analysts no longer expect a U.S. interest rate cut in May and see four 25 basis point cuts this year, as policymakers' rhetoric suggests they are in no rush.

Federal Reserve Governor Christopher Waller said on Thursday he needed to see a few more months of inflation data to check the economy was on track toward price stability.

"Because there are only two rounds of inflation data and a little over two months until the May (Fed) meeting, his comments suggest to us that a rate cut as early as May, which we had previously expected, is unlikely," Goldman Sachs (GS) analysts said in a note. They now forecast an extra cut next year instead, with an unchanged terminal rate forecast of 3.25-3.5%. (Reporting by Tom Westbrook; Editing by Sonali Paul)

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