Why High Growth Tech Is Still a Risk to the Market

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Bottom Line:  Why High Growth Tech Is Still a Risk to the Market
  • Weekly Market Preview:  Watch Treasuries and ARKK
  • Weekly Economic Cheat Sheet:  January Data Coming into Focus

Stock futures are sharply lower today as global bond yields surge to multiyear highs on tighter monetary policy expectations.

The 2-Yr T-Note yield topped 1% this morning with a rise of 7 basis points which is weighing on high valuation tech names, sending Nasdaq futures down roughly 2%.

Today, there are two economic reports to watch: Empire State Manufacturing Index (E: 26.0) and the Housing Market Index (E: 84). The market will be looking for decent numbers that don’t imply the recovery is losing momentum but not data that is “too hot” and could cause further rate hike fears. There are no Fed speakers today.

The Treasury will hold auctions for both 3-month and 6-month T-Bills at 11:30 a.m. ET today which typically does not warrant much attention, but given the increasing concerns about rate hikes this morning, the outcomes of the auctions could shed additional light on bond traders’ rate outlook and therefore move markets (soft auctions and a further rise in yields would be a stiffening headwind on tech stocks).

Finally, earning season is continuing to get underway with a few notable companies releasing results: GS ($12.10), PNC ($3.61), JBHT ($1.99).