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Are Stock and Bond Markets Starting to Forecast an Economic Slowdown?

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Are the Stock and Bond Markets Starting to Forecast An Economic Slowdown?

Futures are slightly higher mostly on momentum from Thursday’s close, following a quiet night of news.

The global trend in central banks turning more hawkish continued overnight as the Reserve Bank of India left rates unchanged (as expected) but warned that inflation was too high.

Geopolitically, a Kremlin spokesman said that Russia hoped to end its “operation” in Ukraine in the coming days or weeks, although analysts are skeptical of the promise.

Today there are no notable economic reports nor any Fed speakers, so between the sparse calendar and the Masters, I’d expect a relatively slow day.  That said, if we get any geo-political headlines from Russia that imply a sooner than expected cease-fire, then stocks can extend Thursday’s rally.