The Market News Today: June Inflation Reports Crucial for Investor Outlook

James Hyerczyk
Published: Jul 8, 2024, 09:58 GMT+00:00

Key Points:

  • Triple Focus: Powell's Testimony, CPI Report and Q2 Earnings Kick-off
  • Powell's Congressional Testimony: Monetary Policy and Banking Regulations Take Center Stage
  • CPI Report: Key to Fed's Rate Decision and Economic Outlook
  • Q2 Earnings Season Kicks Off: S&P 500 Companies Poised for Growth
  • Stock Futures Lower as Boeing Faces Legal Setback
The Market News Today

Triple Focus: Powell’s Testimony, CPI Report and Q2 Earnings Kick-off

Investors are focused on the upcoming June inflation report, with expectations of continued moderation. Recent data shows signs of a softening labor market and easing inflationary pressures. Federal Reserve Chair Powell is set to testify before Congress, likely addressing monetary policy and regulatory issues. The Q2 earnings season is projected to show strong growth for S&P 500 companies. Analysts are watching for signals that could influence the Fed’s interest rate decisions, with some anticipating potential rate cuts later this year if economic trends continue.

Powell’s Congressional Testimony: Monetary Policy and Banking Regulations Take Center Stage

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell is set to testify before the Senate and House this week, focusing on monetary policy and addressing regulatory concerns. TD Cowen analysts anticipate questions on Basel 3 Endgame, regional bank debt, and liquidity requirements. Powell is expected to use this platform to set expectations for upcoming banking proposals. Lawmakers are likely to inquire about economic conditions and the Fed’s timeline for interest rate cuts. Other Federal Reserve officials, including Vice Chair Michael S. Barr, Gov. Michelle Bowman, and Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic, are also scheduled to speak this week.

CPI Report: Key to Fed’s Rate Decision and Economic Outlook

The June inflation report, set for release on Thursday, July 11, is highly anticipated by investors and economists. Street expectations predict a 0.1% month-over-month increase and a 3.1% year-over-year change, with core CPI expected to rise 0.2%. Bank of America aligns with these projections but anticipates a slightly higher 3.2% annual rate. The report’s outcome could influence the Federal Reserve’s decision on interest rate cuts, potentially as early as December. Additionally, the Producer Price Index and consumer sentiment data, both due Friday, will provide further insights into economic trends and price pressures.

Q2 Earnings Season Kicks Off: S&P 500 Companies Poised for Growth

The Q2 earnings season is set to begin, with projections indicating strong performance for S&P 500 companies. Earnings are expected to increase by 8.6% year-over-year, while revenues are forecasted to rise by 4.7%. This growth rate is the highest since Q1 2022. Major banks like JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, and Citigroup will lead the earnings reports on Friday. Other notable companies reporting include Helen of Troy, WD-40, PepsiCo, and Delta Air Lines, providing insights into various sectors of the economy and consumer behavior.

Stock futures edged lower on Monday as investors anticipate crucial inflation data and earnings reports from major financial and consumer companies. The S&P 500’s 16.7% year-to-date rally reflects optimism about cooling inflation and potential Fed rate cuts. June’s CPI and PPI releases could reinforce these expectations. Meanwhile, Boeing agreed to plead guilty to criminal fraud charges related to the 737 Max crashes, facing a $243.6 million fine. This legal development comes as the company attempts to overcome recent safety crises while the broader market focuses on economic indicators.

About the Author

James is a Florida-based technical analyst, market researcher, educator and trader with 35+ years of experience. He is an expert in the area of patterns, price and time analysis as it applies to futures, Forex, and stocks.

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