Bull Case vs. Bear Case: What’s It Mean Mean for Markets?

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Bull Case vs. Bear Case:  What’s It Mean for Markets?
  • What Should Outperform in Q1/H1
  • OPEC+ Decision Takeaways

Futures are little changed as global manufacturing PMIs were better than expected, but looming commentary from Fed Chair Powell is keeping futures little changed.

Economically, Euro Zone (44.2 vs. (E) 43.8) and UK (47.2 vs. (E) 46.2) manufacturing PMIs beat estimates, reducing concerns about regional economic slowdowns.

Today focus will be on Fed speak and economic data.  Fed Chair Powell speaks twice today at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. ET. Markets will want to see if Powell repeats the “policy is appropriate” message we received from Fed Governor Waller earlier this week.  If he does, stocks can rally.

On the economic front, we get one of the “big three” monthly economic reports today via the November ISM Manufacturing PMI (E: 47.5). So the markets will want to see more Goldilocks data (activity that meets estimates with declines in price indices).  Beyond Powell, we also get two other Fed speakers, Goolsbee (10:00 a.m. ET) and Cook (2:00 p.m. ET), but they shouldn’t move markets.

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