What’s in Today’s Report:
- Bottom line: Risks to the Stimulus Driven Rally
Stock futures are slightly lower this morning as investors weigh a continued rise in coronavirus cases and escalating geopolitical tensions against positive economic data.
China’s CFLP Manufacturing PMI rose to 50.9 vs. (E) 50.5 in June indicating an acceleration in the economic recovery.
China’s parliament passed a new national security law for Hong Kong o/n but specific details have yet to be released.
Today, there are two economic reports to watch: S&P Case-Shiller HPI (E: 0.5%) and Consumer Confidence (E: 90.0) as well as a slew of Fed speak to monitor: Williams (7:00 & 11:00 a.m. ET), Powell (12:30 p.m. ET), Bostic (2:00 p.m. ET), and Kashkari (2:00 p.m. ET).
Powell’s testimony before Congress, alongside Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, will be the “main event” today and as long as they reiterate their plans for stimulus measures to continue for the foreseeable future, stocks should be able to end the second quarter in a relatively quiet manner this afternoon.