An update on NAFTA negotiations, continued U.S.-China trade talks, retail data and a parade of Fed speakers may dominate market-related headlines this week, Prudential’s Chief Market Strategist Quincy Krosby said Monday in her weekly “Connecting the Dots” outlook.
A May 17 status report on NAFTA negotiations is expected under a deadline imposed by House Speaker Paul Ryan.
“The market is hoping for a solid report on negotiations toward a new agreement,” Krosby said.
Headlines surrounding continued trade negotiations with China should similarly garner investor attention.
“The President has suggested that he wants to help a Chinese company that has been struggling ever since it was announced that it could no longer receive American supplies,” Krosby said. “The headlines have certainly softened any sense of a strident tone towards China, and the market is receiving this news positively.”
Retail sales data released on Tuesday will be an important barometer of the health of the U.S. consumer, Krosby said. Earnings reports from bellwether consumer-related companies will also be closely watched.
“The U.S. consumer has been very important in the recovery from the recession,” she said. “We have seen a bit of a tapering off, but the hope is as we go into the second half of the year, we will see capital expenditures from corporate America pick up the slack.”
A parade of Federal Reserve speakers should offer insight into the Fed’s perspective on the economy and inflation expectations.
“Last week we had three very important data releases on prices, the PPI, CPI and import prices—all three were below consensus estimates,” Krosby said. “What we want to hear from the Fed is, do they see inflation gaining speed? Right now, the Fed funds futures market has downgraded its expectations of a fourth rate hike.”
Earnings to watch:
This week’s important data releases:
Tuesday: Retail Sales; NAHB survey (National Association of Home Builders)
Wednesday: Housing Starts; Industrial Production
Thursday: Leading Indicators
Read Quincy Krosby’s full Q2 Market Commentary: Regime Change.
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