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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Jobs Report Preview
  • EIA Analysis/Oil Market Update

Futures are slightly higher as oil drops sharply on reports the U.S. is considering a massive oil release from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

Reports hit overnight that the U.S. is considering releasing 180 million barrels of oil from the SPR over the coming six months, and oil is down 6% as a result.

Economic data was slightly underwhelming as the March Chinese manufacturing PMI dropped below 50 to 49.5.

Today focus will be on inflation, as we get the Fed’s preferred measure of inflation via the Core PCE Price Index (E: 0.4%, 5.5%).  If these numbers slightly underwhelm vs. expectations, that could lead to more hope inflation pressures are finally peaking, and we could see a rally as a result.  Today we also get Jobless Claims (E: 195K) and have one Fed speaker, Williams at 9:00 a.m. ET.