Japanese and Hong Kong markets were closed today for holidays. Much of the US, including the bond market, was also closed for Columbus Day. Volumes were understandably light. Additionally, most Asian stock indexes closed in negative territory. Chinese consumer prices rose 3.1% from the prior year, which is the fastest pace in the last seven months. Eurozone industrial production rose 1% in August.
(INDEXSP:.INX) futures opened down 0.7% last night in Globex trading as news broke that negotiations between House Speaker Boehner and President Obama had broken down. However, news surfaced later in the day that Senate leaders may have reached a deal that would re-open the government until December 15 and extend the government's borrowing authority to February 15 of next year. The budget extension would allow both parties to sort out their long-term differences.
Utility stocks were the worst performers today. Though the bond market was closed, interest rate futures indicated that the 10-year Treasury yield had risen roughly 4.5 basis points from its prior close. Telecom stocks were also down. Energy and tech sector stocks were the best performers in the S&P 500.
Tomorrow's Financial Outlook
Earnings reports will be the main events tomorrow. Tech earnings will be in focus with Intel
(NASDAQ:INTC) and Yahoo
(NASDAQ:YHOO) set to report after the close. Other notable reports include Charles Schwab
(NYSE:KO), Johnson & Johnso
n (NYSE:JNJ), Mosaic
(NYSE:MOS), and CSX
(NYSE:CSX). The first glimpse of November economic data is also set to be released. The New York regional manufacturing survey will be released at 8:30 a.m. ET.
Global market-moving economic data is due out from Australia, the UK, and the eurozone. Australia's central bank will release the minutes of its monetary policy meeting from earlier this month. The Reserve Bank of Australia has turned more dovish in response to slowing economic growth and inflation. The UK will release consumer and producer inflation indexes. The eurozone will release its ZEW survey of financial market experts' expectations of future economic growth.
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