Morning Minutes 4/16/2020

Morning Minutes

Stocks Rebound With Earnings and Employment in Focus

April 16, 2020

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Market Commentary By:
Colin Cieszynski, CFA, CMT
Chief Market Strategist
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Stock markets around the world have regained their footing this morning. Downward momentum slowed overnight from yesterday’s 1.9% decline for the Dow to a 1.3% slide for the Nikkei. Markets have turned back upward this morning. In Europe, the Dax is up 1.0% and the FTSE is up 0.5%. US index futures are up 0.4% to 0.8% this morning with Dow futures rising 95 points as they start to claw back some of yesterday’s 445-point drop. Energy markets are bouncing back with WTI up 1.75% and back above $20.00/bbl, while Brent is up 3.8% near $28.75. Gold is up 0.8% near $1,755/oz

US weekly unemployment numbers are mixed this morning. Weekly initial jobless claims last week were 5.2 million, slightly more than the 5.1 million the street was expecting, bringing the total initial claims of the last four weeks to 17.3 million. Continuing claims of 11.9 million, were less/better than the 13.5 million the street had been expecting. US housing starts fell by 22.3% in March to an annualized rate of 1.21M down from 1.56M in February and below the 1.30M street estimate.

Earnings season continues this morning with mixed to positive news. Costco announced a surprise 7.7% dividend increase. Companies beating expectations on earnings include: Blackrock ($6.60 vs street $6.36, but down 23% over year), Abbott Labs ($0.65 vs street $0.58), Bank of NY Mellon ($1.05 vs street $0.88) plus Bed,Bath and Beyond ($0.38 vs street $0.20). Morgan Stanley was the biggest disappointment of the day ($1.01 vs street $1.14).

Tonight brings more economic news from China. Q1 GDP is widely expected to show a 9.9% percent decline from Q4. Meanwhile retail sales and industrial production for March are expected to be down 10.0% and 7.3% respectively. In comparison, Statistics Canada reported yesterday that flash Canadian GDP fell by about 2.6% in Q1 including a drop of about 9.0% in March.


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