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Another Tailwind for European Stocks

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Another Positive for Europe (and European Stocks)
  • The Key Driver of the Precious Metals Rally

Stock futures are trading modestly lower this morning as rising U.S.-China tensions offset good economic data.

The U.S. directed China to close its consulate in Houston citing IP security risks, a move which China condemned as “an unprecedented escalation” of tensions.

Today, there are two economic reports to watch: FHFA House Price Index (E: 0.4%) and Existing Home Sales (E: 4.795M) while no Fed officials are scheduled to speak.

The Treasury will hold a 20-Yr Bond Auction at 1:00 p.m. ET and with yields near their lows for the year, a strong auction could act as a headwind for risk assets this afternoon.

Aside from those potential catalysts, investors will be watching the fluid situation between the U.S. and China for any signs of further deterioration in relations while earnings season remains in full swing with: BIIB ($7.99), and CP ($2.71) reporting before the open and TSLA (-$0.71), MSFT ($1.38), LVS (-$0.64), and CSX ($0.67) all due to release Q2 results after the close.