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FOMC Preview

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • FOMC Preview (What’s Expected/Dovish If/Hawkish If)

Futures are modestly lower following a quiet night of news as markets digest yesterday’s rally ahead of several days of critical earnings and tomorrow’s FOMC decision.

Economic data was sparse.  UK CBI Distributive Trades (it’s like retail sales) beat estimates rising to 4 vs. (E) -25 but the number isn’t moving markets.

Today there are only two notable economic reports,  Case-Shiller HPI (E: 4.2% yoy) and Consumer Confidence (E: 95.7) and neither should move markets.

Instead, focus will be on stimulus (negotiations will accelerate and the market expects a done deal in two weeks) and earnings.  Specifically, the volume of important earnings reports spikes between now and Friday, so we’ll be watching these results closely (especially the reports on Thursday).  Today, some notable earnings include:  MMM ($1.77), MCD ($0.76), PFE ($0.64), AMD ($0.16), SBUX ($-0.61), V ($1.02).