What’s in Today’s Report:
- Why Did Treasury Yields Surge Yesterday?
- Oil Update – OPEC+ Meeting Preview
Stock futures are trading at record highs as investors shrug off surging COVID cases and digest upbeat economic data.
New COVID cases topped 1 million in the U.S. Monday, nearly doubling the previous record, however, hospitalizations and deaths remain low, keeping economic lockdown odds minimal as the Omicron outbreak is increasingly expected to burn itself out in the coming weeks.
China’s Manufacturing PMI rose to 50.9 vs. (E) 50.0 in December further easing global growth concerns.
Today, there are two economic reports to watch: ISM Manufacturing Index (E: 60.5) and JOLTS (E: 11.060M). Investors will be looking for more good data, but not so good that rate hike expectations are brought forward.
There are no Fed speakers today. The January OPEC+ policy meeting will be underway soon (E: +400K b/d production hike in February) and if the group of oil producers disappoint the market, expect a potential spike in volatility that could spill over into both equity and bond markets.