What’s in Today’s Report:
- Market Technical Update (Encouraging Signals)
- Why Stocks Rebounded Yesterday
- Why the Yield Curve Has Flattened SO Quickly (Blame Oil)
Futures are modestly lower as markets digest yesterday’s late day rally and look ahead to this morning’s jobs report.
Geopolitically, initial reports imply the U.S./China trade talks will continue despite the Huawei CFO arrest, which if confirmed is clearly a positive.
Global economic data was mixed again as Chinese currency reserves beat estimates while German IP missed. But, neither number is moving markets this morning.
Today is all about the jobs report and given sudden uncertainty on Fed policy (will they pause?) this jobs report is now the most important one of the year. Expectations are as follows: Job Adds: (E) 190K, UE Rate: (E) 3.7%, Wages (E) 3.2% yoy), and the best outcome for stocks is a “mild miss” across all three segments.
Away from the jobs report we also get Consumer Sentiment (E: 97.4) and one Fed speakers, Brainard (12:15 p.m. ET).