What’s in Today’s Report:
- Why Economic Data Is Stronger Than It Appears
Futures are drifting slightly higher following a mostly quiet night of news.
COVID headlines were mixed as Los Angeles reimposed an indoor mask mandate (negative) while President Biden said the U.S. could ease travel restrictions from Europe soon (positive). Bottom line, concerns about the Delta variant are a market influence (mild headwind) but at this point, it’s not enough to cause a material pullback.
Economic data was minimal as EU HICP met expectations (0.3% m/m and 1.9% y/y).
Today, focus will be on economic data, specifically Retail Sales (E: -0.4%) and the inflation expectations component in Consumer Sentiment (E: 87.0). As has been the case, markets will want “Goldilocks” results for both retail sales and inflation expectations (so strong, but not too strong). There is also one Fed speaker, Williams (9:00 a.m. ET), but he shouldn’t move markets.