Why Last Week Was More Positive for Stocks Than It Seems

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Why Last Week Was More Positive for Markets Than It Seems
  • Weekly Market Preview:  Will COVID Concerns Recede?
  • Weekly Economic Cheat Sheet:  Key Inflation Report on Wednesday

Futures are moderately higher on Powell optimism and as there were no incremental COVID restrictions in Europe.

President Biden was reportedly highly complimentary of Powell in meetings this weekend, leading markets to fully expect he will be reappointed as Fed Chair this week.

There were no new COVID restrictions announced in Europe over the weekend, providing some hope lockdowns won’t be extensive.

There were no notable economic reports overnight.

Today there are no Fed speakers and just one economic report, Existing Home Sales (E: 6.20 M), and that won’t move markets.  So, any news on Powell’s reappointment as Fed Chair and incremental COVID headlines will move markets today (if Powell is reappointed and COVID headlines don’t get worse, stocks can extend the rally).