Hard vs. Soft Landing Scoreboard Update

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Hard vs. Soft Landing Scoreboard Update (Cracks Emerging)

Futures are flat as investors digest a disappointing earnings forecast by FDX (down 3% premarket) and a hotter than expected inflation print overseas as focus turns to Powell’s testimony on Capitol Hill today.

U.K. CPI held steady at 8.7% vs. (E) 8.4% y/y in May which saw the odds of a 50 bp BOE hike tomorrow jump to 50% which is weighing modestly on bonds this morning.

There are no notable economic reports in the U.S. today which will leave investors focused on Powell’s semiannual testimony before Congress which begins at 10:00 a.m. ET. Investors will be looking for any clarity on the Fed’s future policy plans as the markets currently do not believe the FOMC’s dot plot showing two more rate hikes before year end.

Outside of the D.C., there are several other Fed speakers to watch including: Cook (10:00 a.m. ET), Jefferson (10:00 a.m. ET), Goolsbee (12:25 p.m. ET), and Mester (E: 4:00 p.m. ET). Again markets will be looking for any clarity on rate hiking plans following the June “skip.”

Finally, there is a 20-Yr Treasury Bond auction at 1:00 p.m. ET that could impact yields and if we see yields move meaningfully higher, that will weigh on the high valuation sectors that have led the market higher this year.