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Market Multiple Support Levels

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Bottom Line: Market Multiple Support Levels to Watch
  • Durable Goods and Consumer Confidence Takeaways

Futures are trading higher this morning thanks to strong earnings from AAPL and positioning into today’s Fed Announcement while coronavirus fears continue to ease as the mortality rate is importantly holding steady near 2%.

Today is lining up to be a busy day as there are a slew of potential market catalysts on the calendar.

First, there are two economic releases to watch: International Trade in Goods (E: -$66.9B) and Pending Home Sales (E: 0.4%) before the Fed events kick off with the FOMC Meeting Announcement at 2:00 p.m. ET, followed by the Fed Chair Press Conference at 2:30 p.m. ET.

Meanwhile, we are in the peak of Q4’19 earnings season and there are a number of major U.S. corporations reporting results today including: BA ($1.73), T ($0.87), MCD ($1.96), MA ($1.87), GE ($0.18), GD ($3.46), DOW ($0.74), MSFT ($1.32), FB ($2.51), TSLA ($2.03), and PYPL ($0.84).

Bottom line, the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak, disappointing economic data, a hawkish Fed, and negative earnings surprises are all risks that could cause volatility in stocks into the end of the week, however, the market is currently showing resilience in the face of these potentially negative catalysts which leaves the pain trade higher for now.

Updated Market Multiples

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Market Multiple Table Updated

Futures are drifting higher this morning, tracking gains in overseas markets as the recent rally in global equities is digested amid a much quieter macro backdrop this week.

Sentiment towards the trade war has been improving since Friday as the Trump administration appears increasingly concerned with the impact of tariffs on the U.S. economy, and that is continuing to act as a mild tailwind on stocks.

There were no material economic reports or other market-moving headlines overnight.

Looking into today’s session, there are no economic reports in the U.S. however there are two more Fed officials scheduled to speak before Powell’s Jackson Hole speech on Friday: Daly (4:30 p.m. ET) and Quarles (6:00 p.m. ET).

If Daly and Quarles have a similar tone to Rosengren from yesterday, which was “less dovish” that could weigh on stocks in the after-hours session (both speakers are after the bell) as expectations for Powell to deliver a more well-defined, dovish policy outlook on Friday will be dialed back.

The Trade War and Market Multiples

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Tariff Update – What Does It Mean for Multiples
  • The “Doctor” Doesn’t Lie

The trade war continues to dominate the markets as the designation of China as a currency manipulator by the U.S. Treasury caused a sharp selloff in stock futures last night. But the PBOC intervened to “fix” the yuan back below $7/CNY which helped global markets stabilize overnight.

German Manufacturers’ Orders jumped 2.5% vs. (E) 0.6% in June but the details showed a continuation of soft demand in the Eurozone, offsetting the headline strength.

The trade war, and any further developments on the topic, will remain the market’s main focus today however there are a few other potential catalysts to watch.

Economically, the June JOLTS Report (E: 7.293M) will be released mid-morning and then shortly after lunch, there is a 3-Yr Treasury Note Auction (1:00 p.m. ET) which will be important because Treasury auctions have been moving the stock market lately.

Lastly, there is one Fed speaker: Bullard at 1:05 p.m. ET and investors will be listening closely for any clues as to what the Fed’s policy plans are into the end of the year.

Market Multiples Explained

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Market Multiples Explained
  • Real Interest Rates and Gold

Futures are up modestly while international markets were mixed in quiet trade overnight as investors eyed the benign start of China’s NPC where 2019 forecasts largely met expectations while economic data was mixed.

China’s General Services PMI fell from 53.6 to 51.1 in February while Composite PMI data in Europe was better than expected which is helping EU shares outperform this morning.

Today, there are two Fed officials speaking early: Rosengren (7:30 a.m. ET) and Kashkari (9:30 a.m. ET), before a few notable economic reports are due to be released shortly after the bell: New Home Sales (E: 590K) and ISM Non-Manufacturing Index (E: 57.2). Beyond those potential catalysts, focus will remain on U.S. – China trade.