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FOMC Preview: Forward Guidance Will Be Critical

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • FOMC Preview – What’s Expected, Dovish-If, Hawkish-If, Forward Guidance Will Be Critical
  • Chart: 10-Yr Yield Approaches Critical Tipping Point

Futures are cautiously higher thanks to more evidence of disinflation in Europe. While an underwhelming yield curve control policy announcement by the BOJ is digested by global investors.

Economically, Eurozone CPI fell from 4.3% in September to 2.9% in October, well below estimates calling for 3.4% which further supports the narrative that global inflation pressures are easing considerably. Meanwhile, quarterly GDP in the EU disappointed, turning negative at -0.1% vs. (E) 0.0% which is rekindling recession worries in the Eurozone.

Looking into today’s session, there are several economic reports to watch this morning. The Employment Cost Index (E: 1.0%) being the most important for markets. The Case-Shiller Home Price Index (E: 0.7%) and latest Consumer Confidence report will also be released later in the morning (E: 100.0) but are less likely to move markets.

This week’s FOMC meeting gets underway today which will likely mean a familiar sense of Fed paralysis will begin to grip markets ahead of tomorrow’s policy decision, however, there is a 52-Week Treasury Bill auction at 1:00 p.m. ET that could move yields and influence equity market trading in the early afternoon.

Finally, earnings season is winding down but there are a few notable releases today. Starting with CAT ($4.75) and JBLU (-$0.27) reporting ahead of the bell with AMD ($0.68) after the close.

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