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Market Multiple Update

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • U.S.-Iran Update
  • Market Multiple Update: Initial 2020 Edition

Global stocks plunged overnight on reports of an Iranian missile strike against U.S. military bases in Iraq. Risk assets have since recovered however as there were no U.S. casualties reported and Iran said the attacks “concluded” Tehran’s retaliation for the assassination of General Soleimani.

In Europe, German Manufacturers’ Orders were –1.3% vs. (E) 0.2% but the easing geopolitical tensions between the U.S. and Iran are supporting modest gains in EU markets.

Looking into today’s session, geopolitics will likely dominate trading but as long as tensions continue to ease between the U.S. and Iran, stocks will likely be able to trade with an upside bias.

As far as other catalysts go, there is one economic report to watch: ADP Employment Report (E: 157K), one Fed official scheduled to speak: Brainard (10:00 a.m. ET) and a 10-Yr T-Note Auction at 1:00 p.m. ET.

Updated Market Multiple Table

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Updated Market Multiple Table
  • Contrarian Play: Bullish Breakouts in the Energy Patch

U.S. stock futures are suffering mild losses this morning as investors digest yesterday’s more pronounced sector-rotation money flows amid mixed economic data with focus turning to central bank events over the next week.

Chinese CPI and PPI were slightly firmer than expected in August, while French and Italian Industrial Production figures were underwhelming.

In the U.S., the NFIB Small Business Optimism Index was a mild disappointment at 103.1 vs. (E) 103.5 mostly due to declining growth expectations.

The mixed economic data, however, was not enough to materially affect investor sentiment and therefore is only having a modest impact on price action this morning.

Today, there is just one economic report to watch: July JOLTS (E: 7.311M) and there are no Fed officials speaking as they are in their “blackout period” ahead of next week’s FOMC meeting.

That will leave investors focused on the recently emerging “rotation trade,” and due to the heavyweight that tech stocks carry in the major indexes, if big tech names remain under pressure today, that will likely be a drag on the broader market.