What’s in Today’s Report:
- A Critical Time for 10s-2s
- Empire State Manufacturing PMI Takeaways
There is a clear risk-on tone in markets this morning with stock futures sharply higher amid optimism that China will ease regulation on the tech sector (the Hang Seng rallied 3%) while economic data surprised to the upside.
Economically, the Q1 Eurozone GDP Flash came in at 5.1% vs. (E) 5.0% Y/Y which helped ease recently elevated concerns about global growth which may have been overdone.
Looking into today’s session, focus will be on economic data early with several reports due to be released including: Retail Sales (E: 0.7%), Industrial Production (E: 0.4%), Housing Market Index (E: 75). Investors will be looking for solid data that helps further ease fears about a potential slowdown in the economy.
There are also multiple Fed speakers today: Harker (9:15 a.m. ET), Powell (2:00 p.m. ET), Mester (2:30 p.m. ET), and Evans (6:45 p.m. ET). Powell will be the main focus but the market will want to see officials collectively strike a less hawkish tone if we are going to see these early gains in equities hold.
Bottom line, the overnight rally in equity futures came on very light volume and it should not be surprising to see the market gravitate back towards yesterday’s levels this morning as investors assess the new economic data and slew of Fed speakers. But with good news flow, we could see the relief rally resume today.
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