What the ECB Decision Means for Markets (Slightly Disappointing)

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • What the Slightly Disappointing ECB Decision Means for Markets

Futures are modestly higher thanks to better than expected earnings.

Earnings after Thursday’s close were solid as GOOGL, INTC and SBUX all beat estimates and rallied after hours.  The results are offsetting Wednesday’s underwhelming results.

There were no notable economic reports overnight and no new U.S./China trade news, so markets are continuing to digest a slightly disappointing ECB meeting and focus has now turned to the Fed meting this coming Wednesday.

Today there is only one economic report, Initial Q2 GDP (E: 1.9%), which might have more of an impact on markets than usual given Wednesday’s Fed meeting, especially if it’s a big surprise in either direction (very strong or very weak).  If it’s a strong number, that will weaken the case for sustained Fed easing (which the market has priced in) and if it’s a weak number, it’ll strengthen the case for sustained Fed easing (so stocks will likely rally on a “bad is good” reaction).