Economic Breaker Panel December Update

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Economic Breaker Panel December Update (More Signs of Weakness)
  • EIA Analysis – Can the Bounce in Oil Hold?

Futures are slightly higher following a very quiet night of news, as markets digest recent volatility.

There was no change in U.S./China trade overnight but that’s a net positive as there has been legitimate and concrete progress on U.S./China trade over the past week.

Economic data was sparse as German CPI was the only notable number and it met expectations (2.3% yoy).

Today the highlight event is the ECB Meeting (E: No Change to Rates) but other than a potentially dovish tone from Draghi at the press conference, this shouldn’t impact markets too much.  Outside of the ECB, we get Jobless Claims (E: 228K) and Import & Export Prices (E: -1.0%, 0.1%).

Bottom line, geo-political headlines remain key but as long as nothing implies a reversal of U.S./China trade progress, then stocks can extend this rally, led by tech and other China sensitive sectors (industrials, materials, consumer discretionary).

Finally, at a subscribers suggestion (thank you Maria!) we are now including the 10’s-2’s Treasury yield spread in the currencies and bonds table.  Given how close the curve is to inversion, we’ll update that spread daily going forward so you’ll have a consistent place to check and see the latest levels.  We hope you find it useful.