What’s in Today’s Report:
- What the Debt Ceiling Deal Means for Markets (Four Takeaways)
- Case-Shiller Home Price Index Comes in Hotter than Expected
- Chart: Growth Breaks Out Over Value
Stock futures are modestly lower this morning as soft Composite PMI data in China overshadowed easing inflation numbers in Europe overnight while traders await a House vote on the new debt-limit bill.
China’s Composite PMI fell to 52.9 in May down from 54.4 in April which confirmed that the economic recovery in the world’s second largest economy is underwhelming investor expectations which were admittedly lofty coming into the year.
In Europe, French CPI dropped to 5.1% vs. (E) 5.7% y/y in May and PPI plunged to 7.0% vs. (E) 12.8% which is driving some less-hawkish money flows this morning, supporting a bid in global bond markets.
Looking into today’s session, there are two economic reports to watch: Chicago PMI (E: 47.0) and JOLTS (E: 9.35 million). Investors will want to see some moderation in the data but still not a sharp drop-off in either growth or employment as that would rekindle worries of a hard landing and weigh on risk assets.
There are also multiple Fed speakers including: Collins (8:50 a.m. ET, 12:20 p.m. ET), Harker (1:30 p.m. ET) and Jefferson (1:30 p.m. ET). And given the hawkish shift in Fed rate hike odds over the last few days, a more dovish leaning tone from any of the policy makers would be well received.
Finally, the House is set to vote on the debt limit bill today and Republican Representatives have said this morning that they have the votes to pass it. If that comes to fruition, that should remove a headwind from risk assets and open the door to a continued move higher in equity markets.