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What Caused Last Week’s Rally (And Can It Continue?)

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Justification For Last Week’s Rally?
  • Market Internals – Not As Strong As You’d Think
  • Weekly Market Preview
  • Weekly Economic Cheat Sheet

Futures are only slightly lower despite disappointing U.S./China trade headlines over the weekend and more underwhelming global economic data.

The South China Morning Post reported that a Trump/Xi trade summit (to end the trade war) might not happen until June, later than the current April expectation, as talks on key issues continue to drag out.

Global economic data remained underwhelming as Japanese exports missed expectations, falling –1.2% vs. (E) 0.7%.

Today there is only one economic report, Housing Market Index (E: 63.0), and no Fed speakers (they’re in the blackout period ahead of Wednesday’s meeting) so unless we get a surprise U.S./China trade headline (and chatter there seems to be rising following the weekend) I’d expect digestion of last week’s big rally.

Weekly Market Preview

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • What Stocks Fell Late Last Week (It Wasn’t China)
  • Weekly Market Preview
  • Weekly Economic Cheat Sheet (Important Reports This Week)

Futures and global markets are moderately higher following positive reports on U.S./China trade and the potential for economic stimulus in the EU.

Reuters and Axios both had positive U.S./China trade articles this morning, with Axios reporting Trump & Chinese President Xi may meet in mid-March in Florida.  That’s particularly notable because it’s assumed the two leader’s won’t meet until a trade deal is effectively done.  So, if the report proves to be true, there’s an end in sight which is an incremental positive.

There were also numerous reports that the ECB is considering re-introducing TLTROs (a type of cheap loan to spur economic activity) to combat slowing EU growth.

Today there are no economic reports or Fed speakers so I’d expect a generally quiet trading day unless we get surprise political (possible government shutdown Friday) or geo-political (more U.S./China trade) headlines.

What’s Next for Markets

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Why We Still Think Stocks Are in a Trading Range (And We’re Near the Top)
  • Two Indicators That Would Make Us More Bullish on Stocks (In the Currency & Bond Section)
  • Weekly Market Preview
  • Weekly Economic Cheat Sheet

Futures are flat following a very quiet weekend of no incremental news (the weekend news flow was similar to the scoring in the first half of the super bowl).

The only notable economic report was Chinese Service PMI which met expectations at 53.6 vs. (E) 53.9.  But, the composite PMI still dropped to 50.9 vs. the previous 52.2 so there are still legitimate reasons to worry about Chinese, and global, economic growth.

Today there are no notable economic reports and the only notable earnings report comes after the close (GOOGL ($11.08)) so I’d expect a generally quiet trading day as investors digest the recent rally/news.

2019 Market Outlook

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • 2019 Market Outlook
  • Weekly Market Preview
  • Weekly Economic Cheat Sheet (There are a lot of big reports this week)

Futures are higher on the final trading day of 2018 as a positive tweet on U.S./China trade is offsetting more weak Chinese economic data.

President Trump tweeted over the weekend that U.S./China trade talks were making “big progress,” raising expectations for a deal in early 2019.

Chinese economic data missed estimates as the December Manufacturing PMI dropped to 49.4 vs. (E) 50.0, signaling outright contraction. It was the lowest reading since 2016.

There are no notable economic reports or Fed speakers today so I’d expect end of year positioning to dominate trading.