What’s in Today’s Report:
- Better-Than-Feared WMT and HD Earnings Drive Trading
- Why Currency and Bond Markets Are Not Signaling a “Less Hawkish” Fed
- Chart: S&P 500 Quietly Closes at Fresh Highs
- Economic Takeaways: Housing Starts and Industrial Production
U.S. futures are tracking European shares lower following disappointing economic data out of the EU ahead of today’s release of the July FOMC meeting minutes.
U.K. CPI jumped to a new multi-decade high of 10.1% vs. (E) 9.8% in July while the Q2 Eurozone GDP Flash dipped to 3.9% vs. (E) 4.0%, rekindling concerns about stagflation.
Looking into today’s session, focus will be on economic data early with Retail Sales (E: 0.1%) due out before the bell as well as more retailer earnings including: TGT ($0.71), LOW ($4.63), and TJX ($0.68).
Then there is one Fed speaker, Bowman, at the open (9:30 a.m. ET) before focus will shift to the July FOMC meeting minutes which will be released at 2:00 p.m. ET.
Bottom line, the market will want to see more good earnings and guidance out of the remaining major retailers due to report quarterly results today as well as a not-as-hawkish-as-feared set of Fed minutes released this afternoon, if this latest leg higher in stocks is going to continue. Otherwise, we could be set up for a pullback into the back half of the week as stocks have become near-term overbought without any new meaningfully positive catalysts.