What’s in Today’s Report:
- Signals from the “Smart Market” – Good, Bad, and Ugly Scenarios
Stock futures are flat to slightly higher this morning as investors continue to digest mixed earnings reports, incremental progress between the U.S. and China on trade, and yesterday’s very dovish Fed chatter.
U.S. and Chinese officials held phone conversations last night and it appears more face-to-face meetings are likely in the near term, underscored by a near 2% rally in copper this morning.
Looking into today’s session, there is one economic report to watch: Consumer Sentiment (E: 98.6) and two Fed officials are scheduled to speak: Bullard (11:05 a.m. ET) and Rosengren (4:30 p.m. ET).
Earnings will remain in focus as there are several notable companies releasing Q2 results before the bell: BLK ($6.52), KSU ($1.61), AXP ($2.05), and SYF ($0.96), but yesterday’s rally was all about dovish Fed expectations so investors will be watching for any further clues as to whether the Fed will cut by 25 or 50 basis points at the July FOMC meeting.