Why Is the Market Suddenly Resilient?

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Why Is the Market Suddenly Resilient?

Futures are slightly higher on momentum from yesterday’s recovery and despite mixed Chinese economic data.

Chinese Industrial Production and Fixed Asset Investment both slightly missed estimates while Retail Sales beat expectations, but importantly the data didn’t show the Chinese economy had lost significant momentum.

Today there are numerous economic reports and some of them potentially will move markets.  The most important report today is 5-Yr Inflation Expectations (3.1% previous) and if they drop to 3.0% or lower that will be a good sign on inflation.  Retail Sales (E: 0.9%) and Empire State Manufacturing Index (E: -1.3) are the next most important reports today and again markets will want to see moderation – a slowing of activity but not a collapse.  Finally, we also get Industrial Production (E: 0.1%) and Consumer Sentiment (E: 50.0).

We also have one Fed speaker today, Bostic (8:45 a.m. ET), and we’d expect him to follow yesterday’s script and push back on the inevitability of a 100 basis point hike (although acknowledge that anything’s possible depending on the data).