The Rally Forges On
Today's financial recap and tomorrow's financial outlook.
On the global news stage, new Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda said that he would do "whatever it takes" to fight deflation in Japan and increase inflation to 2%. This echoed the statements made by ECB president Mario Draghi last August when he stated that he would do whatever it took to defend the survival of the euro.
Also in Asia, China instituted new real estate tightening measures to curb price speculation on new home purchases. For second-home purchases, buyers will be required to post a larger down payment and be forced into higher interest rate mortgages. As well, income taxes on all home purchases will rise to 20%.
Oil struggled today as did the eurodollar, which early on kept risk markets lower. Treasuries were generally weak and sold off. The 10-year yield rose three basis points to 1.874%.
Tomorrow's Financial Outlook
Tomorrow morning is the February ISM non-manufacturing composite, which economists are expecting to remain relatively unchanged month-to-month at 55.0 from January's 55.2. Last week, the ISM manufacturing composite increased to 54.3 from 53.1 the month prior.
Overnight in the US, China will release HSBC services PMI and the Reserve Bank of Australia will make its monthly rate decision. While the RBA has been more dovish in its recent commentary, the overwhelming majority of economists do not believe that they will lower rates from the current 3% level. Lastly, the UK and eurozone will release their respective services PMI from February.
As the 4Q earnings season comes to a close, Smith & Wesson (NASDAQ:SWHC) and VeriFone Systems (NYSE:PAY) will be the only major reports.
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