Economic Breaker Panel: February Update

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Sevens Report Economic Breaker Panel – February Update
  • January Durable Goods Orders Takeaways
  • Breakout in Natural Gas Futures

Stocks futures are trading with modest gains this morning while Treasury yields are tracking European bond yields higher following stubbornly high inflation data overnight.

Economically, both Spanish and French CPI headlines were hotter than expected, above 6%, which saw European rates markets price in a 4% terminal ECB rate for the first time. Government bond yields across the Eurozone notably rose to multi-year highs.

Looking into today’s session, there are several economic reports to watch including: International Trade (E: -$91.0B), Case-Shiller Home Price Index (-0.5%), FHFA House Price Index (E: -0.3%), and Consumer Confidence (E: 108.5).

Traders will be looking for less signs of stagflation in the data as elevated inflation figures and weakening growth metrics were a headwind for equities last week.

Finally, the Chicago Fed’s Goolsbee (who just succeeded Evans) has his first speaking engagement since taking over the role at 2:30 p.m. ET, and as a voting member of the FOMC, his comments will be closely watched for any new clues about Fed policy plans in the months ahead. A notably hawkish tone, could easily cause another bout of volatility in risk assets this afternoon.