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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Jobs Report Preview
  • Why Have Stocks Rallied?

Global equities rallied overnight and stock futures are trading higher today after China reduced tariffs on $75B worth of U.S. goods, spurring optimism for a “phase two” trade deal and further easing concerns about the coronavirus outbreak’s impact on the global economy.

Outside of trade news, OPEC+ has agreed to cut their collective oil output target by 600K b/d to help support oil prices which crashed into a bear market this week on Wuhan coronavirus fears.

Today, there are two economic reports to watch: Jobless Claims (E: 215K) and Productivity and Costs (E: 1.5%, 1.2%) while two Fed officials will speak: Kaplan (9:15 a.m. ET) and Quarles (7:15 p.m. ET).

Additionally, there are a few earnings releases due out including: TWTR ($0.28), BMY ($0.88) and UBER (-$0.68), however given the latest trade-war news, the markets will remain largely focused on China’s decision to cut tariffs and any new developments regarding the coronavirus outbreak.