Market Multiple Table: April Update

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Market Multiple Table – April Update
  • Retail Sales Takeaways
  • Empire State Manufacturing Index Disappoints

Futures are slightly lower amid Chinese growth worries, hawkish Fed expectations and simmering geopolitical risks.

Economically, Chinese GDP was solid (5.3% vs. E: 4.9%) but Retail Sales were soft at 3.1% vs. (E) 5.0% and Home Prices dropped 2.2% y/y which weighed on Asian markets overnight.

Looking into today’s session, there are two economic reports to watch: Housing Starts (E: 1.48 million) and Industrial Production (E: 0.4%). Markets are looking for slowing growth in the economic data so anything “too hot” or “too cold” in today’s releases will further weigh on stocks.

There are also several Fed speakers today. In chronological order they are: Jefferson (9:00 a.m. ET), Williams (12:30 p.m. ET), Barkin (1:00 p.m. ET), and most importantly, Powell (1:15 p.m. ET). Any commentary supporting “higher for longer” Fed policy rates will be negative while a dovish surprise could spark a sharp short-covering rally given near-term oversold conditions in equity markets.

Earnings season also continues today with BAC ($0.77), MS ($1.69), UNH ($6.65), and JNJ ($2.64) reporting ahead of the bell while UAL (-$0.53) and JBHT ($1.53) will release results after the close.

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