Is the Fed About to Make a Policy Mistake?

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Is the Fed About to Make a Policy Mistake
  • Powell Testimony Takeaways
  • S&P 500 Chart: Similarities to January 2020

U.S. equity futures are rebounding with European stocks and other risk assets such as oil this morning as Omicron fears continue to ebb and flow while some of the hawkish money flows from yesterday are unwound.

Powell’s comments yesterday were hawkish regarding tapering however the market’s outlook for rate hikes remains largely unchanged which is helping stocks stabilize.

Economically, Final Manufacturing PMIs were largely in line with expectations overnight and did not materially move markets.

Looking into today’s session, there are a few key economic reports to watch starting with the first look at November jobs data via the ADP Employment Report (E: 525K), followed by the ISM Manufacturing Index (E: 61.1) and Construction Spending (E: 0.6%).

Finally, Powell will continue his CARES Act testimony at 10:00 a.m. ET today and the market will be listening closely for any further hints about taper plans, rate hike timelines, and the potential impact of the Omicron variant.

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