What the Fed Decision Means for Markets

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • What the Fed Decision Means for Markets
  • EIA and Oil Market Update

Futures are marginally higher following some infrastructure progress combined with a bounce in Chinese stocks.

The bi-partisan $1 trillion infrastructure bill (which the market wants) comfortably passed a key Senate vote on Wednesday, although it still remains a long way from becoming law.

Chinese shares bounced as officials tried to calm markets, although nothing materially positive happened and this should be viewed as nothing more than an oversold bounce.

Today the financial media focus will be on Initial Q2 GDP (E: 8.0%), but as we and others have said, GDP doesn’t usually move markets, and likely won’t today.  Instead, Jobless Claims (E: 390K) will be the key economic report today, specifically whether the increase from last week continues, or is reversed (if it’s reversed, that will be a mild positive for stocks).  We also get Pending Home Sales (E: -0.8%) but that shouldn’t move markets.

On the earnings front, the key number today comes after the close from AMZN ($12.22), while we’ll also be watching MA ($1.72) and MO ($1.17).