It’s All About Growth

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Cut Through the Noise: It’s All About Growth
  • Weekly Market Preview – Fed Decision and Forecasts in Focus
  • Weekly Economic Cheat Sheet: Stagflation Concerns on the Rise

Futures are higher to start the week with mega-cap tech leading gains after Bloomberg reported that AAPL is in talks with GOOGL to license the Gemini AI engine for the iPhone while economic data was largely market-friendly overnight.

Economically, Chinese Retail Sales rose 5.5% vs. (E) 5.2% and Industrial Output jumped 7.0% vs. (E) 5.0% to start 2024, easing some growth concerns surrounding the world’s second largest economy, however property sector woes persist.

In Europe, Core HICP (their CPI equivalent) fell 0.2% to 3.1% in February which was inline with estimates but helped reaffirm the disinflation trend remains in place in early 2024.

Today there is just one economic report to watch: the March Housing Market Index (E: 48), but with the Fed meeting looming, it is unlikely to have a material impact on the market.

Finally, there are 3-Month and 6-Month Treasury Bill auctions at 11:30 a.m. ET and while these are typically non-events, they could impact yields with the Fed meeting looming. Any additional hawkish money flows would likely pressure equities ahead of this week’s FOMC decision.

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