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Market Multiple Levels: S&P 500 Chart

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Market Multiple Levels: S&P 500 Chart
  • Takeaways From a Dismal Empire State Manufacturing Report

Futures are modestly lower this morning as investors digest more downbeat economic data and disappointing earnings out of HD ahead of the Fed Minutes tomorrow.

The German ZEW Survey’s Economic Sentiment reading was -55.2 vs. (E) -52.7, underscoring ongoing concerns about the outlook for growth in the months ahead.

Looking to today’s session, there are two economic reports to watch: Housing Starts and Permits (1.540M, 1.650M) and Industrial Production (E: 0.3%). Data has been disappointing so far this week so any positivity in the releases could help buoy equities in what has been so far a pretty quiet trading week.

There are no Fed officials scheduled to speak today but WMT ($1.60) will report earnings in the pre-market and investors will be looking for the massive retailer to reiterate guidance and meet or beat estimates to provide evidence that the consumer remains resilient in the face of extremely high inflation. Any disappointment in the quarterly results could spur volatility given the most recent leg higher in stocks leaving the market overbought.