Pace Matters

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • The Fed Rate Hike Rhetoric Needs to Calm Down

Futures are slightly higher as markets bounce following Thursday’s declines after a generally quiet night of news.

Economic data was better than expected overnight as UK Industrial Production (1.0% vs. (E) 0.3%) and monthly GDP (0.9% vs. (E) 0.3%) both beat estimates.

Today focus will be on earnings, some economic data and more Fed speak.  Economically, the key releases today are Retail Sales (E: 0.0%), Industrial Production (E: 0.3%) and Consumer Sentiment (E: 70.4). From the Fed, we have Harker (10:00 a.m. ET) and Williams (11:00 a.m. ET).  The bottom line is that to help markets stabilize, the data and Fed speak need to give the “March rate hike” mantra a rest, so that means in-line economic data and a slightly more relaxed tone from Fed officials.

Finally, today marks the start of earnings season and there are multiple key reports to watch today:  JPM ($ 2.98), WFC ($1.09), BLK ($10.23) and C ($1.89).  Put simply, earnings need to be solid given the recent volatility, otherwise we can expect the declines to accelerate over the coming weeks.