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Premarket action this morning finds US index futures clawing back most of yesterday’s losses with gains of 0.5% for Dow Futures and 1.4% for NASDAQ futures. Indexes are also higher in Europe this morning with the Dax up 0.5% and the FTSE up 0.6%. Energy markets are mixed and partly reversing yesterday’s moves with WTI crude oil up 1.0% and natural gas down 2.1%.
Ahead of today’s Fed decision and statement, which are due at 2:00 pm EDT, the US Dollar is down 0.2%-0.3% against the Euro, Canadian Dollar, and Gold. The US 10-year treasury note yield is holding steady near 2.8%. The US central bank is widely expected to announce a 0.75% interest rate increase today. Investors may also key in on the statement, looking for commentary on whether the US central bank sees rising inflation or a slowing economy as the bigger issue at the moment, and for hints on how much farther rates could climb this year.
US durable goods orders for June exceeded expectations (1.9% vs street -0.4%). US pending home sales are due at 9:00 am EDT (street -7.3%). Tomorrow the US Q2 GDP report is due which could confirm whether the country has fallen into a recession or not.
Canadian earnings season is off to a positive start with Loblaws and Canadian National Railway beating expectations. In the US, Microsoft and Alphabet/Google both missed on sales and earnings but are up in premarket trading. Visa beat the street while Boeing and T-Mobile US both disappointed.