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Pullback – Why Stocks Are Down 2%

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Pullback – Why Stocks Are Dropping and Is This the Start of a Correction?
  • Weekly Market Preview:  Focus on politics and growth.
  • Weekly Economic Cheat Sheet:  Durable Goods and inflation will be in focus this week.

Futures are down more than 2% as an increase in COVID 19 cases in new places (South Korea and Italy), combined with a big Sanders victory in the Nevada Caucus are adding to the growth concerns following Friday’s soft flash PMI.

Politically, Sanders won the Nevada Caucus with more than 40% of the vote, implying his base is bigger than thought, meaning he might be a more formidable opponent to Trump than what the market was previously thinking.

Economic data was sparse as the German Ifo Business Expectations survey beat estimates (93.4 vs. (E ) 92.1), but that number obviously isn’t moving markets.

Today there are no economic reports and just one Fed speaker,  Mester (3:00 p.m. ET), so focus will be on any COVID 19 updates (and anything that hints at a slowing of transmission will help stocks bounce).  From a fundamental support standpoint, 3,219 is 18.5X next year’s earnings so we’ll be interested to see if that can hold in the near term.