Fed Takeaways

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Fed Decision Takeaways
  • Why the Italian Budget Matters to You

Futures are slightly higher following a generally uneventful night as markets digested the Fed decision.  Importantly, there was no major follow through to Wednesday’s late sell off.

Economic data didn’t contain any surprises as German Gfk Consumer Climate beat estimates (10.6 vs. (E) 10.4).

Today there are multiple economic reports including Durable Goods Orders (E: 2.2%), Final Q2 GDP (E: 4.3%), Jobless Claims (E: 216K) and Pending Home Sales (E: 0.0%) as well as two Fed speakers, Kaplan (2:00 p.m. ET), Powell (4:30 p.m. ET).  But, Powell just spoke at length yesterday so he shouldn’t say anything too surprising.  Meanwhile, unless we get a very disappointing Durable Goods report, the economic data shouldn’t move markets.

Instead, the Italian budget will be the most important event today, and if the budget deficit prints above 2.5%, that likely will weigh on the euro and boost the dollar, which could be a headwind for stocks.

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