Why Did Stocks Drop? (Familiar Reasons)

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Futures are little changed following a quiet night of news. Markets digest Thursday’s two “hawkish” events (poor Treasury auction and Powell comments), the rebound in Treasury yields and stock pullback.

Economic data was mixed overnight as UK manufacturing slightly disappointed (0.1% vs. (E) 0.3%). While monthly GDP slightly beat (-0.2% vs. (E) -0.1%) but overall, the data isn’t moving markets.

Treasury yields will likely remain in control of this market and if they continue to rise, expect more declines in stocks.  From a data standpoint, the numbers that could move Treasury yields today are Consumer Sentiment (E: 64.5) and the Five-Year Inflation Expectations (E: 3.0%).  Markets will want to see in-line readings for both (or lower in the case of inflation expectations) to pressure yields.

We also have two Fed speakers today, Logan (7:30 a.m. ET) and Bostic (9:00 a.m. ET) but they shouldn’t move markets (Logan will likely be slightly hawkish and Bostic slightly dovish).

Why Did Stocks Drop?

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