The Bull Case vs. the Bear Case

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • The Bull Case vs. the Bear Case
  • Weekly Oil Update and EIA Analysis

Futures are modestly higher and are extending Wednesdays’ gains following better than expected inflation data overnight.

Spanish CPI, which was the first inflation indicator to warn of the stall in disinflation, rose just 3.3% y/y, less than the 3.8% expectation and much lower than the 6% y/y reading last month. That’s offering some initial hope that disinflation has restarted.

Today focus will be on economic data, with Jobless Claims (E: 195K) the key report, although we also get the Final Q4 GDP (E: 2.7%).  There are also two Fed speakers today, including Collins (12:45 p.m. ET) and Barkin (12:45 p.m. ET) and markets will look for additional confirmation that the Fed has finally pivoted.