What the Fed Pause Means for Markets

What’s in Today’s Report:

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

Futures are slightly lower following more regional bank turmoil and disappointing earnings.

Pac West (PACW) announced overnight that it’s seeking “strategic alternatives” and the stock dropped more than 30% pre-market and is weighing on other regional banks.

On earnings, EL and QCOM both missed estimates and that’s also weighing on sentiment.

Today focus will initially be on the ECB Rate Decision (E: 25 bps hike) and economic data via Jobless Claims (E: 238K) and Unit Labor Costs (E: 3.9%).  Markets will want to see 1) A not too hawkish ECB (so no 50 bps hike), 2) A mild uptick in jobless claims (signaling more balance in the labor market) and 3) A drop in Unit Labor Costs (implying wage pressures are easing).  If we get the opposite of those events, expect more declines today.

After the close we get what’s likely the most important earnings report of the season, AAPL ($1.44), and a solid number there would help sentiment.