A Disconcerting ERP Update

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Equity Risk Premium: A Disconcerting Statistic

Futures are bouncing modestly after yesterday’s steep equity selloff as Secretary Mnuchin reportedly resumed talks with Chinese officials regarding trade but the budget drama between Italy and the EU remains a headwind.

Economically, the German ZEW Survey missed (badly): 58.2 vs. (E) 65.0 while the NFIB Small Business Optimism Index was more inline: 107.4 vs. (E) 108.0, underscoring the ongoing divergence between US and overseas data right now.

Looking ahead to today’s Wall Street session, there are no other economic reports to watch and only one of the two Fed speakers is during market hours: Kashkari (10:00 a.m. ET), Daly (5:00 p.m. ET).

Most of the more notable catalysts this week will come tomorrow (U.S. CPI, Chinese economic data, Powell speaks, earnings, etc.) but that doesn’t mean that downward momentum that began yesterday can’t continue so support in the S&P between 2705 and 2720 will be important to watch today.