- Economic data, oil slide weigh on markets. U.S. equities are trading lower this morning after a choppy session on Tuesday left major indexes little changed. A second day of WTI crude oil price declines is weighing on broad sentiment, and investors’ focus on tepid data out of the Eurozone and China’s manufacturing sector is also adding to the cautious tone. Stocks in Europe are awash in red, while Asian markets fared marginally better overnight, though Japan’s Nikkei Index tumbled 1.6% and snapped a five-day winning streak amid a strengthening yen. Meanwhile, the risk-off mood is pushing up precious metals and Treasury prices, with the yield on the 10-year note falling below yesterday’s 1.85% closing level.
- Earnings estimates have edged higher. With first quarter earnings season behind us, it’s a good time to check in on earnings revisions. Over the past one- and three-month periods, forward S&P 500 estimates have risen by 1% and 1.5%, respectively. Revisions have been most positive in the resource sectors (materials and energy), confirming the stabilization in the commodities complex. We believe recent resilience in earnings estimates increases the credibility of consensus expectations for a strong ramp-up in earnings growth in the second half of the year, driven by better expected U.S. economic growth and reversals of the oil and U.S. dollar drags. Consensus earnings expectations for marginal growth in the second half may prove to be a bit low and could help limit the magnitude of stock market pullbacks when they occur.
- Chinese data continue to show stability, but do not point to a rebound. The official manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), for May was 50.1, consistent with expectations and recent history. The Caixin manufacturing PMI (which is private sector oriented) fell from 49.4 to 49.2. This was expected but a decline nevertheless. The Chinese market declined 0.28% overnight. Chinese investors tend to be less sensitive to market data and are often more focused on changes, or rumors of changes, in government policy.
- Challenger Job Cut Announcements (Apr)
- ADP Employment (May)
- OPEC Meeting in Vienna
- Eurozone: European Central Bank Meeting (No Change Expected)
- Employment Report (May)
- ISM Non-Mfg. (May)
- Evans (Dove)
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