A Historical Reason to be Optimistic for the Second Half

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • A Historical Reason to Be Optimistic for the Second Half

Futures are slightly lower following another high-profile guidance cut and more mixed economic and inflation data.

Micron (MU) materially cut forward guidance, sighting a steep drop in demand at the end of the second quarter and becoming the latest company to warn of deteriorating business conditions.

Economic and inflation data was mixed as EU headline HICP (their CPI) was hotter than expected but Core HICP underwhelmed, while the EU and UK final manufacturing PMIs reflected the slowing growth sweeping the globe.

Today’s focus will be on the ISM Manufacturing Index (E: 55.0) and the key here is moderation – markets need to see a slowing of growth but not a dramatic collapse.  If we see moderation, stocks can rally to start the second half.