One day before the start of earnings season, a pause in J&J’s Covid vaccine due to blood clots is weighing on “reopening stocks” early on. However, trading could be slow and muted today ahead of the big bank earnings due first thing Wednesday.
The new week picks up where the old one left off—with markets in slow motion ahead of earnings season. Big banks including JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs, and other megabanks report later in the week.
Futures activity this morning suggests the S&P 500 Index may take another page out of this week’s playbook by rising a little bit yet still closing at a record.
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Tech-related megacaps look to be back in favor, and investors seem confident in the market given the Fed’s reiterated easy monetary policy stance.
Stock markets appear to be flat ahead of the open with investors eagerly awaiting Fed minutes later today. Tomorrow’s initial jobless claims is another piece of data investors are likely to focus on this week.
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Three days later, the market finally gets a chance to react to Friday’s jobs report, and so far it appears to be getting a nice reception. Earnings are light this week, but key data include Fed minutes and ISM non-manufacturing. VIX and yields relatively steady.
The new quarter appears to be starting firm, right where the old quarter left off, amid support from the infrastructure plan and Micron’s earnings. The market is closed for the holiday tomorrow, but all eyes could be on the payrolls report.
The last trading day of the quarter could feature focus on Washington as President Biden unveils an infrastructure plan. Micron reports later today, and investors await employment data on Friday.
The reopening of the Suez Canal appears to be putting pressure on crude, while stocks see pressure from rising yields. Key earnings later today are expected from lululemon and Chewy, with Micron tomorrow.
The final week of Q1 is going to be jam packed, with the market coming just slightly off of Friday’s fresh highs. Media stocks could be in the spotlight again, with pressure possibly extending to Financials.
While the market has been encouraged recently by the vaccine rollout in the United States, snags in Europe have kept that optimism in check and contributed to some of the volatility we’ve been seeing.
Better-than-expected weekly jobless claims add some optimism in the stock markets but the blocking of the Suez Canal is likely to further disrupt supply chains and put a dent in global trade.
Year-to-date, value stocks have been outpacing growth. Whether that trend continues in April could depend on Treasury yields and the pace of vaccination progress.
Markets seem to have calmed in the early going after a Tuesday selloff that hit the Industrials and Materials sectors, as well as crude oil and the small-cap Russell 2000. The heads of Treasury and the Fed enter day two of virtual testimony on Capitol Hill.
Although stock markets have rallied strongly since a year ago when markets hit the Covid selloff low, investors remain cautious. Powell and Yellen take the spotlight today as investors await to hear their comments about the economy.
The benchmark 10-year Treasury yield has risen seven consecutive weeks, and it’s this number that could continue being the day-to-day force driving equities higher or lower. Existing home sales due later this morning, and Powell heads to Congress tomorrow.
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It's quadruple witching day in equity markets, but it seems all eyes are on the bond market, as the waves from this week's Fed meeting continue to reverberate. A slight pullback in Treasury yields has stocks pointed higher in the early going.
The relentless rise in Treasury yields continues, putting pressure on the Tech sector. Volatility is back up as uncertainty spikes following the Fed meeting and ahead of quadruple witching.
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