The Vaccine Playbook

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • The Vaccine Playbook

S&P 500 futures are approaching record highs this morning amid news that Russia has approved a COVID-19 vaccine while investors remain optimistic for a U.S. stimulus deal.

In a televised meeting, Russian President, Vladimir Putin, stated that Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute successfully developed a “safe and effective” coronavirus vaccine ready to move to a Phase 3 trial, sparking risk-on money flows.

Economically, both the German ZEW Survey and the NFIB Small Business Optimism Index largely met estimates and importantly did not alter the narrative that the broader global economic recovery remains underway.

Today, there is one economic report: PPI (E: 0.3%) and one Fed official is scheduled to speak: Daly (12:00 p.m. ET) but neither should move markets as investors will be keenly focused on the details surrounding the Russian coronavirus vaccine as well as any new progress towards a deal on the next U.S. stimulus bill.