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S&P 500 Back At 2900: What’s Changed Since October

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • S&P 500 Back At 2900:  What’s Changed Since October.
  • Weekly Market Preview (All About Earnings)
  • Weekly Economic Cheat Sheet (More Important Chinese Data)
  • I’ll be joining Liz Claman on Countdown to the Closing Bell at 3:55 p.m. today on Fox Business to Discuss the Markets.  Tune In!

Futures are flat following a quiet weekend as markets digest last week’s rally.

Expectations of a U.S./China trade deal continue to rise, with some anticipating an announcement this week.  The WSJ, Reuters and others had positive articles this morning.  But, as a reminder, the market has already priced in a deal, so the real focus of any announcement will be when tariffs are removed, and the sooner, the better.

There was no notable international or U.S. economic data overnight.

Today there is one notable economic report, Empire State Manufacturing Index (E: 6.8) and one Fed speaker, Evans at 8:30 a.m. & noon.  Given that somewhat light calendar, focus will be on earnings, and some numbers we are watching today include: C ($1.78), GS ($5.05), JBHT ($1.25).  If data and earnings are solid, this rally can continue.

Tom Essaye Quoted in CNBC on March 5, 2019

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Why QT Matters to This Market

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Why QT Matters To This Market

Futures are flat as more reports of an impending U.S./China trade deal offset disappointing economic data.

Japanese & EU flash manufacturing PMIs both fell below 50 in February.  The Japanese PMI dropped to 48.5 while the EU reading fell to 49.2 (vs. (E) 50.4).

Multiple media outlets reported a U.S./China trade deal is almost done, but we don’t know if tariffs will be reduced.

Today focus will be on economic data as we get several potentially important reports.  They are, in order of importance:  Flash Composite PMI (E: 54.4), Philly Fed Mfg Index (E: 14.0), Durable Goods (E: 1.0%), Jobless Claims (E: 225k),  Existing Home Sales (E: 5.04M).

If the data is good, that will fuel a further rally towards 2800 in the S&P 500, although I don’t think good data today will be enough to get us through that level (it’ll take more dovish Fed commentary on the balance sheet to do that in the near term).