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Are Higher Taxes a Risk to the Rally?

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • What the Capital Gains Tax Headline Means for Markets

WatFutures are modestly higher thanks to better than expected global economic data.

Economic data was good overnight as global flash manufacturing PMIs beat estimates in Japan (53.3 vs. (E) 52.7), the EU (63.3 vs. (E) 62.3) and the UK (60.7 vs. (E) 59.1).  Additionally, UK Retail Sales also beat expectations (7.2% vs. (E) 4.2%), and in sum the data implies the global economic recovery is gaining momentum (which is a positive).

Today the key report will be the April Flash Composite PMI (E: 59.5), but markets will also be looking for more clarity on proposed tax increases from the Biden administration.  We also get New Home Sales (E: 887K) but that shouldn’t move markets.

On the earnings front, some reports we’re watching today include:  AXP ($1.68), SLB ($0.19), HON ($1.80).