LONDON (Reuters) – Investment bank JPMorgan ramped up its forecast on Thursday for how high euro zone interest rates will go to 3.25% from 2.50%, after the European Central Bank vowed to keep raising them at a meeting earlier.
“Today’s ECB meeting marked an abrupt hawkish shift, even if some aspects feel odd,” JPMorgan’s analyst Greg Fuzesi said in a note. “We therefore make a huge adjustment to our terminal rate, raising it 75 basis points to 3.25%”.
ECB President Christine Lagarde had said at the central bank’s post-meeting news conference that “interest rates will still have to rise significantly at a steady pace to reach levels that are sufficiently restrictive”.
(Reporting by Marc Jones; editing by Rodrigo Campos)