Sectors: Expensive, Cheap, and In Line With the S&P 500

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Sectors: Expensive, Cheap, and In-Line With the S&P 500
  • Chart: 10-Year German Bund Yield Turns Positive

U.S. stock futures are bouncing modestly after yesterday’s steep selloff as the surge in bond yields is showing signs of pausing after some mixed inflation data overnight.

German CPI met estimates of 0.5% in December, while U.K. PPI was 0.3% vs. (E) 0.6%, which is helping to ease some inflation concerns today.

Looking into today’s session, there is one economic report to watch: Housing Starts and Permits (E: 1.65M, 1.710M) while no Fed officials are scheduled to speak today.

There is a 20-Yr Treasury Bond auction at 1:00 p.m. ET that could spark another move in yields (a further rise in rates will continue to weigh on high valuation/growth tech stocks and the broader market while a pullback will open the door to a relief rally).

Finally, earnings season is continuing to pick up with BAC ($0.76), MS ($2.00), UNH ($4.30), PG ($1.65), and CFG ($1.61) all reporting ahead of the bell while UAL ($2.23), AA ($2.04), and DFS ($3.61) will release results after the close.

Bottom line, rising yields have been the biggest influence on stocks in recent sessions so it will take a stabilizing bond market and likely an additional positive catalyst or two (such as good earnings/good economic data) to see equity markets find their footing and rally today.