Powell Speech Cheat Sheet

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Three Topics to Watch During Powell’s Speech Today
  • More Signs of Disinflation
  • Chart – Has the Dollar Bottomed?

Stock futures are cautiously higher as traders look ahead to Powell’s speech today while international markets were mixed following some key economic data overnight.

The Eurozone HICP Flash (their CPI equivalent) fell to 10.0% in November from 10.7% in October (E: 10.6%), offering fresh evidence that inflation may have finally peaked in Europe while China’s Composite PMI was worse than expected. The soft data in China however was shrugged off thanks to continued optimism about easing Covid restrictions by the government.

Today is lining up to be a busy day with markets focusing on economic data early with the ADP Employment Report (E: 200K), GDP (E: 2.7%), International Trade in Goods (E: -$90.6B), JOLTS (E: 10.4M), and Pending Home Sales (E: -5.0%) all due out this morning.

Additionally, there are two Fed speakers through midday: Bowman (8:50 a.m. ET) and Cook (12:35 p.m. ET) before focus will turn to Powell’s speech in the early afternoon (1:30 p.m. ET) which will be the primary potential market catalyst today.