Was the Fed Decision Hawkish? No. Here’s Why.

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Was the Fed Decision Hawkish?  No.  Here’s Why.
  • Do We Need to Start to Worry About Banks Again?

Futures are bouncing modestly following Wednesday’s declines as investors digest the Fed decision and look ahead to important earnings after the close.

Economically, EU Core HICP (their CPI) rose 3.3% vs. (E) 3.2% and that’s slightly reducing rate cut expectations.

Today is another important day of economic data and arguably the most important day of earnings results for the Q4 reporting season.

The most important events today start with earnings as we get AMZN ($0.81), AAPL ($2.09) and META ($4.82) earnings after the close and obviously investors will want to see solid results.   Economically, the key reports today are the ISM Manufacturing PMI (E: 47.4), Jobless Claims (E: 214K) and Unit Labor Costs (E: 2.1%), and markets will be looking for in-line data to keep hard landing worries low.  Finally, we also get a Bank of England rate decision, but no change to rates is expected.

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