What to Make of This Rally

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • What To Make Of The Rally.
  • Coronavirus Update – Is Italy Peaking?

Futures are sharply lower (down about 2%) following a generally quiet night as markets digest the big three day rally.

The U.S. passed China in total number of coronavirus cases on Thursday, although there is some hope emerging that the spread of the virus is peaking in Italy.

Politically, there was no notable news overnight and passage of the stimulus bill will happen later today.

Today the key event is the passage of the stimulus bill in the House, but that is universally expected.  Outside of that, the key economic report will be Consumer Sentiment (E: 92.0), because that will give us some preliminary insight into how bad consumer spending might be in the coming months.  We also get the Fed’s preferred measure of inflation,  Core PCE Price Index (E: 1.8%), but at this point that number will be ignored as no one is worried about high inflation right now.