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An Important Earnings Season (It Really Starts This Week)

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • An Important Earnings Season (It Starts This Week)
  • Weekly Market Preview:  Can Solid Earnings Spark a Rally?
  • Weekly Economic Cheat Sheet:  If Housing Finally Starting to Cool?

Futures are modestly lower following a generally quiet weekend of news.

Chinese economic data was better than expected as Q1 GDP rose 4.8% vs. (E) 4.2%, but concerns remain about future economic growth given continued lockdowns (concerns about future Chinese growth is a headwind on global stocks right now).

Geopolitically there was no change in the Russia/Ukraine war as fighting ranges in eastern Ukraine and there is no reason to expect a cease fire anytime soon.

Today the key report is the Housing Market Index (E: 78) and we’ll be looking for any signs that mortgage rates at 10+ year highs are starting to slow the housing market.    We also get one Fed speaker, Bullard (4:00 p.m. ET), and we can expect him to be hawkish (but the market already knows that).

Finally, this is a big week for earnings and some important reports today include: BAC ($0.76), SCHW ($0.85), JBHT ($1.91).