Has There Been Actual U.S./China Trade Progress?

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Has There Been Actual U.S./China Trade Progress?
  • The Most Important Economic Number to Watch Going Forward

Futures are moderately higher as more positive U.S./China trade chatter fuels the rebound.

There was more vague, but positive, commentary on the tone of current U.S./China communications, as China called the conversations ”effective.”

There was a lot of economic data overnight and it was decidedly mixed.  Japanese IP beat estimates but German Retail Sales (-2.2% vs. (E) 1.1%) disappointed.  Bottom line, the outlook on the global economy remains decidedly mixed.

Today should be quiet given the looming holiday weekend, but the key number to watch is the Core PCE Price Index (E: 0.2% m/m, 1.7% y/y).  If that runs very “hot” (so a number close to 2.0%) that will be taken as slightly hawkish and could reverse some of this week’s rally.