Are Semiconductors A Buy?

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Are Semiconductors A Buy?

Futures are little changed following a quiet night of news.

Economic data was mixed as final May manufacturing PMIs were in-line with expectations for the EU and UK, although German Retail Sales missed estimates (–5.4% vs. (E) -0.1%).

On the Fed front, Bostic said his comments about a “pause” on rate hikes shouldn’t be interpreted that the Fed will help rescue volatile markets.

Today focus will be on economic data and Fed speak via the ISM Manufacturing PMI (E: 54.5), JOLTS (E: 11.40M) and comments by Williams (11:30 a.m. ET) and Bullard (1:00 p.m. ET).  Bottom line, the ideas of slowly moderating (but not collapsing) growth and the possibility for a Fed “pause” in rate hikes in late summer/early fall have helped stocks rally, and as long as today’s data and Fed speak don’t refute those possibilities, stocks can extend the recent rally.