What’s in Today’s Report:
- Market Multiple Table: February Update
Stock futures swung between gains and losses overnight as the sizeable two-day rally to end January is being digested while most global equity markets rallied to start the month of February.
Economically, the EU unemployment rate fell to 7.0% vs. (E) 7.2% but final Manufacturing PMIs were disappointing. None of the data is materially impacting markets this morning, however.
Looking into the U.S. session, there are a few economic reports to watch today: ISM Manufacturing Index (E: 57.5), Construction Spending (E: 0.7%), and JOLTS (10.5 million) while no Fed officials are scheduled to speak.
We are getting into the heart of earnings season and there are some notable companies releasing Q4 results today including: UPS ($3.11), and XOM ($1.96) before the open and then PYPL ($1.13), AMD ($0.76), GOOGL ($26.69), GM ($1.15) and SBUX ($0.80) after the close.
Bottom line, near-term momentum continues to favor the bulls right now and this relief rally can continue if economic data is inline or slightly better than estimates (not too hot), earnings remain positive, and Fed policy expectations continue to get less hawkish.