Greysteel Capital Markets Update | May 2019

On May 1, the Federal Reserve voted to hold interest rates steady, between 2.25% and 2.50%, meeting market expectations. The decision follows a much stronger-than-anticipated growth over the first three months of the year. Bureau of Economic Analysis data showed U.S. real gross domestic product (GDP) increased 3.2% in the first quarter of 2019, beating analyst expectations. While consumer spending surged to its highest level in over nine years in March, rising 0.9% overall (0.7% when adjusted for inflation), driven mainly by a jump in health care and motor vehicle expenditures. The 10-year Treasury rate dipped to 2.51% at the end of April, down 10 basis points from a month ago.