Fed Speak and Updated Rate Expectations

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Fed Speak and Updated Rate Expectations
  • CPI Takeaways

Futures are slightly lower following mixed economic data, as markets continue to digest increased hopes for an economic “soft landing.”

Chinese exports declined but fell less than expected (-9.9% vs. (E) -11.1%), offering more “not as bad as feared” news.

Today’s focus will switch to earnings (and that’s true for next week too) and key reports today include:  JPM ($ 3.11), BAC ($ 0.76), C ($ 1.18), UNH ($5.17), WFC ($0.63) and BLK ($ 8.00).  If earnings are better than feared, that should help stocks extend yesterday’s gains.

Economically the focus will stay on inflation with Import & Export Prices (E: -0.9%, -0.7%) and Consumer Sentiment (E: 60.0) while we get another Fed speaker: Harker (10:20 a.m. ET).  As has been the case, anything that implies declining inflation and/or a 25 bps rate hike in February will help stocks rally.