Understanding Fed Hawks vs. Fed Doves

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Understanding Fed Hawks vs. Fed Doves (Table)

Easing geopolitical tensions are driving risk on money flows this morning with U.S. stock futures higher by well over 1% while bonds and other safe havens decline.

Multiple news outlets reported overnight that Russian troops completed their drills and were returning to their bases, reducing fears of an imminent invasion of Ukraine.

There were a few economic reports overnight including the U.K. Labour Market report and the German ZEW Survey but both largely met estimates and neither meaningfully moved markets.

Looking into today’s session, there are no Fed speakers or Treasury auctions but there are two notable economic reports to watch: PPI (E: 0.5%, 9.2%) and Empire State Manufacturing Index (E: 10.0).

Bottom line, this is a headline driven market right now and investors will want to see continued de-escalation in the Russia-Ukraine conflict (German Chancellor Scholz meets with Russian President Putin) as well as a PPI print that is not too hot and Empire report that shows growth is not materially slowing for the overnight relief rally to extend higher.