Time to Get More Defensive?

Futures are moderately higher thanks to rising U.S./China trade optimism, yesterday’s WSJ article that stated U.S. officials are considering reducing China tariffs spurred a global rally, despite being disputed by administration officials, economic data was mildly disappointing as Japanese CPI (0.7% vs. (E) 0.8%) and UK Retail Sales (-0.9% vs. (E) -0.8%) both slightly missed estimates, although neither report is moving markets and more.

An Update from Dr. Copper

An Update from Dr. Copper (mildly encouraging), futures are up modestly, economically, Japanese Machine Orders badly missed expectations in November, today, the government shutdown is going to start affecting the flow of economic data as the December Retail report will not be released. To that point, concerns are starting to build about the economic headwinds the shutdown will have as it drags on, and eventually those worries will begin to weigh on stocks. and more.

Brexit Vote Preview

Citi Earnings: Not a bad start to the season, Brexit “Meaningful Vote” preview, U.S. futures are modestly higher this morning, tracking gains in Asian shares thanks to chatter of further stimulus measures by the Chinese government, there are three Fed speakers today: Kashkari (11:30 a.m. ET), Kaplan (1:00 p.m. ET), and George (1:00 p.m. ET) and more.

Earnings Season Preview (Market or Break for the Bull Market)

Earnings Season Preview: Two important factors, futures are slightly lower despite generally good news overnight, today is all about the CPI report (E: -0.1% m/m, 1.9% y/y). Both the headline and core need to stay around 2.0% yoy for this “dovish” Fed narrative to continue to grow, as a hot CPI report could undo some of the rally markets have enjoyed since last Friday and more.

Technical Update (Bounce or Bottom?)

Technical Market Update – Bounce or Bottom?, U.S./China Trade Update (What’s Next and What Sectors Benefit), Futures are modestly lower as markets digest the recent rally following a quiet night of news. Today focus will remain on the Fed as we get multiple Fed speakers, highlighted by Fed Chair Powell (1:00 PM) and Vice Chair Clarida (5:30 PM) and more.

January Economic Breaker Panel Update

Some improvement in the Economic Breaker Panel: Three breakers tripped, January update, futures are cautiously higher this morning mostly thanks to optimism about the US-China trade situation as “mid-level” meetings concluded in Beijing overnight, President Trump’s address to the nation last night regarding border security and the government shutdown did not have a material effect on markets and more.