What’s in Today’s Report:
- Are Commodities Bottoming?
It was another very quiet August night in the markets as US futures are flat this morning while European shares are slightly lower and Asian indexes continued to advance modestly with trade negotiations still the major focus.
The German GfK Consumer Climate edged down 0.1 to 10.5 vs. (E) 10.6 in September. Sentiment in Europe is not quite as strong as the US, but it remains mostly upbeat and strong enough for continued equity gains in the medium term.
Oil prices are slightly higher this morning despite the API reporting a slight build (+38K bbls) in crude stocks vs. (E) -1M bbls ahead of the weekly EIA report this morning.
Today, trade will continue to dominate the headlines but there are two economic reports to watch: GDP (E: 4.0%) and Pending Home Sales (E: 0.0%). There are no Fed officials or other central bank events so from a catalyst standpoint, it will likely be another quiet session.
The dollar has been a good inverse proxy for trade sentiment recently so if we see a continued pullback, stocks can continue to flirt with new highs, however any material rebound in the dollar index today will likely pressure US shares (the greenback is slightly higher so far).
Finally, I’ll be joining Liz Claman on Fox Business’s “Countdown to the Closing Bell” this afternoon at 3:00 p.m. ET to discuss the outlook for the markets and opportunities for investors as we head into the final four months of the year.