Economic Breaker Panel: August Update

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Sevens Report Economic Breaker Panel – August Update
  • A Surprising Warning from Macy’s
  • NVDA Earnings Could Trigger a Huge Move In the Stock: Chart

Stock futures are solidly higher this morning ahead of the widely anticipated release of NVDA earnings after the close today while Treasuries yields are retreating on the back of weak economic data overseas.

The Eurozone PMI Composite Flash indicated the economy fell deeper into contraction territory this month (47.0 vs. E: 48.4) led by an unexpected drop off in service sector activity which is weighing on bond yields this morning and easing some concerns about continued aggressive policy by central banks.

This morning, focus will be on economic data with the U.S. PMI Flash data due out just after the open at 9:45 a.m. ET. The Manufacturing Flash is expected to come in at 48.8 while the Services Flash is expected to hold expansion territory at 52.0).

The market is looking for stabilization in the manufacturing sector and moderation, but not contraction, in the service sector. Material weakness in either headline will rekindle worries about a hard-landing while data that is much better than expected would raise Fed rate hike expectations. So, a “Goldilocks” release will be important for both stock and bond markets to stabilize today.

New Home Sales (E: 702K) will also be released at 10:00 a.m. ET but should have a limited impact on markets.

From there, focus will turn to earnings with NVDA reporting after the close (Earnings Estimate: $2.18, Revenue Estimate: $11.09B). Investors have very high hopes for NVDA’s quarterly performance as well as their forward guidance, so any meaningful disappointment is likely to weigh heavily on the stock, the tech complex, and the markets more broadly in after hours trade.