Three Technical “Cs” for a Lasting Market Bottom

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Three Technical “Cs” for a Lasting Market Bottom

Futures are sharply lower on continued momentum from Thursday’s late day drop and following hot German inflation data and strong UK retail sales.

German CPI didn’t decline as much as hoped, falling –1.0% vs. (E) -1.6% and rising 17.8% vs. (E) 16.0%.  UK Retail Sales were also better than expected (0.5% vs. (E) -0.3% and the two reports are combining with yesterday’s hot US PPI to push rate hike expectations higher.

Today focus will remain on data and Fed speak.  The two notable economic reports are Import & Export Prices (E: -0.1%, -0.2%) and Leading Indicators (E: -0.3%).  The first deals with inflation and the second deals with growth, and if inflation is hot and growth is cool, expect more selling pressure.

There are also two Fed speakers today, Barkin (8:30 a.m. ET) and Bowman (8:45 a.m. ET) and we should expect them to sound hawkish (as most Fed speakers have been this week).