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Seven “Ifs” Updated

What’s in Today’s Report: Seven “Ifs” Updated (Post FOMC and PMIs)

Stock futures are moderately higher with bond yields while the dollar is steady this morning as the volatility from late last week continues to be digested by global investors.

U.K. Parliament took control of the Brexit process from Prime Minister May late yesterday but the news is not having a material impact on markets so far today and there were no market moving economic releases overnight.

In the U.S. today, several reports on the housing market are due out this morning: Housing Starts (E: 1.201M), S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller HPI (E: 0.3%), and FHFA House Price Index (E: 0.3%) while Consumer Confidence (E: 132.5) will hit in the first hour of trading.

Additionally, there are two Fed speakers ahead of the bell: Harker (8:00 a.m. ET) and then Rosengren (8:30 a.m. ET).

While a lot of news will hit this morning between the economic data and Fed chatter, the primary focus of the stock market will be bond yields and the curve. If yields continued to fall and the curve flattens further, stocks will have a very hard time staying in positive territory as growth concerns will continue to weigh on sentiment.

Four Keys to a Bottom (Some Progress Achieved)

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Four Keys to a Bottom – Some Progress Achieved
  • Weekly Market Preview (Busy Despite the Holiday)
  • Weekly Economic Cheat Sheet (All About Flash PMIs and Housing).

Futures are marginally lower following a very quiet weekend as markets digest the Thursday/Friday rally.

There were no new developments on the Fed or U.S./China trade over the weekend so markets will start this week looking for something to further the recent positive momentum on both topics.

Economically, Japanese exports slightly missed estimates at 8.2% vs. (E) 9.0% but that’s not moving markets.

As mentioned, markets will be looking daily for any comments that reinforce the dovish comments from Fed Vice Chair Clarida on Friday and apparent improvement in U.S./China trade (Trump was positive on this Friday afternoon).  But that said, today should be pretty quiet as there is just on economic report, Housing Market Index (E: 68.00), and one Fed speaker, Williams (9:40 a.m. ET, 10:45 a.m. ET, 3:15 a.m. ET).