Why Are Chinese Stocks So Weak? (And Is There an Opportunity?)

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  • Why Are Chinese Stocks So Weak? (And Is There an Opportunity?)
  • Chart: Leading Economic Indicators Remain Deeply Negative

U.S. futures are flat amid mixed trade overseas as European shares pulled back modestly after a weak ECB Lending Survey while Asian shares bounced solidly amid news China is planning a $278B “market rescue package” aimed at stabilizing the nation’s volatile capital market environment.

Looking into today’s session, there is one regional Fed survey release: Richmond Fed Manufacturing Index (E: -15). And while the Richmond release is less popular than other regional Fed reports, it will be more closely monitored today after both the Empire and Philly Fed surveys badly disappointed last week.

December M2 Money Supply will also be released at 1:00 p.m. ET which could move markets in early afternoon trade (especially if there is a sharp and unexpected contraction in money supply).

There are no Fed officials scheduled to speak today but there is a 2-Yr Treasury Note auction at 1:00 p.m. ET that could offer fresh insight into market expectation for Fed policy outlook. A weak auction sending yields higher, would be a negative catalyst for stocks today.

Finally earnings season is continuing to pick up with: VZ ($1.07), MMM ($2.31), GE ($0.90), PG ($1.70), JNJ ($2.27), and SYF ($0.96) reporting before the open, and NFLX ($2.20) and TXN ($1.46) releasing results after the close.

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