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Bounce Coming?

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Why We Could Be Close to a Bounce

Futures are modestly lower following the surprise resignation of Defense Secretary Mattis.

Mattis was seen as a stabilizing force in the administration, so his resignation is an incremental negative on general sentiment and that’s pressuring stocks this morning.

Economically, Q3 British GDP met expectations at 0.6%.

Today there is a lot of important economic data including (in order of importance):  Durable Goods (E: 1.4%), Core PCE Price Index (E: 0.2%), Final Q3 GDP (E: 3.5%) and Consumer Sentiment (E: 97.5).  The key numbers will be the Core PCE Price Index (it needs to stay around 2.00%) and Durable Goods (they need to be stable) as they can give us a stock positive “Goldilocks” outcome.

Additionally, Fed Governor Williams will by on CNBC at 10:00 a.m., and if he’s dovish that might help stocks rally.

Finally, today is quadruple witching options expiration.

Bounce or Bottom? Updated Market Technicals

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Bounce or Bottom?  Updated Market Technicals

Futures and global markets are sharply lower and have given back most of Thursday’s gains as it was another bad night of corporate earnings.

AMZN and GOOGL both posted disappointing earnings and that caused a resumption of the weakness in tech, which is dragging global markets lower.

The only notable economic data was German GkK Consumer Climate, which was unchanged at 10.6.

Today we get Initial Q3 GDP (E: 3.3%) but that won’t move markets unless it’s a major disappointment (remember GDP is very backward looking).

Bottom line, markets look like they are going to open sharply lower, so holding Thursday’s lows, especially in the Nasdaq (7099) is important, otherwise we could be looking at another Wednesday washout.