Coming off of record high closes for the Dow Industrials and the S&P 500 yesterday, their index futures are flat so far this morning, while NASDAQ futures are up 0.5%. Overseas markets have been climbing overnight with the FTSE up 0.9%, the Dax and Hang Seng both up 0.6%, and the Nikkei up 0.5%. The US 10-year treasury note yield is steady near 1.6% with a two-day Fed meeting starting today and heading toward tomorrow afternoon’s Fed decision, statement and member projections. Commodities are weakening again today with WTI crude oil down 1.2% and copper down 1.6%. Bitcoin is down 2.2% trading near $55,000 while gold is flat.
US retail sales decreased by 3.0% in February, which was worse than the 0.5% decline the street had expected. This decline comes as a retrenchment of a big pop in January retail sales. Most of the shortfall relative to expectations can be accounted for from an upward revision in January sales growth to 7.6% from 5.3%. US industrial production for February is due at 9:15 am EDT (street 0.6% over month vs previous 0.9%)
Its turning out to be a busy week for mergers in Canada, following on the heels of yesterday’s Rogers/Shaw coupling, we have a deal this morning in the grocery store sector. Empire Company, parent of Sobeys and Safeway Canada, has agreed to purchase a 51% controlling interest in Longos/Grocery Gateway for about $325 million through a combination of cash and shares. Empire will also receive options to purchase the rest in future if it chooses.
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