What’s in Today’s Report:
- Market Outlook (After the Bounce)
- Weekly Economic Cheat Sheet (Important First Looks at January Data)
- Weekly Market Preview (All About Earnings)
Futures are sharply lower following more disappointing global economic data.
Chinese exports badly missed expectations falling –4.4% vs. (E) 4.8%, further stoking fears of a Chinese economic slowdown. Data in Europe wasn’t much better, as Euro Zone Industrial Production fell –1.7% vs. (E) 0.5%.
Geopolitically, it was a generally quiet weekend as markets are looking past Trump’s economic threat to Turkey.
There are no notable economic reports today so focus will be on earnings, as the Q4 season officially kicks off with C ($1.55). The key for this report (and all reports this season) will be the guidance and management commentary – and anything that downplays a slowing global economy will be welcomed by markets.