What’s in Today’s Report:
- Are Financial Conditions Tightening? (The Answer Might Surprise You)
Futures are modestly lower following Thursday’s reversal lower as economic data and earnings were mixed overnight.
April global flash PMIs were mixed as the EU data was solid (55.8 vs. (E) 53.9), but the UK data was soft (57.6 vs. (E) 59.0). UK retail sales also badly missed (-1.4% vs. (E) -0.3%) and the lackluster data is weighing on European shares.
Earnings overnight were “ok” although SNAP underwhelmed investors (so expect more pressure on tech).
Today focus will be on economic data via the April Flash Composite PMI (E: 57.5) and markets will want to see stability in the data to further ward off stagflation concerns.
On the earnings front, there are only a few notable reports today (and all are in the morning): VZ ($1.35), AXP ($2.43), SLB ($0.32).