April 13, 2020 Headlines

The overnight session was relatively calm with both Hong Kong and London markets closed for holiday. Equity futures are slightly lower ahead of the open, and Treasury yields are up 2-3 bps in the belly and long-end of the curve. The first wave of Q1 corporate earnings announcements will begin this week, and most companies will likely struggle in providing forward guidance given the uncertain duration of social distancing guidelines. Oil prices were initially higher overnight on the OPEC agreement to cut production, but prices are now essentially unchanged on the day. There are concerns that the agreement won’t be enough to save smaller U.S. shale producers facing insolvency. On the monetary policy front, the Fed continues to taper back its purchases of Treasuries and MBS as it looks to settle in to a more “normal” schedule with markets more calm.

Jason Haley
Chief Investment Officer

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4/14/2020Import Price Index ex Petroleum MoM-0.20%0.20%
4/14/2020Import Price Index YoY-5.00%-1.20%
4/14/2020Export Price Index MoM-1.90%-1.10%
4/14/2020Export Price Index YoY-1.30%
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4/15/2020Retail Sales Advance MoM-8.00%-0.50%
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4/15/2020Retail Sales Ex Auto and Gas-6.10%-0.20%
4/15/2020Retail Sales Control Group-1.90%0.00%
4/15/2020Empire Manufacturing-35-21.5
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4/15/2020Capacity Utilization73.70%77.00%
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4/15/2020NAHB Housing Market Index5572
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4/15/2020Net Long-term TIC Flows$20.9b
4/15/2020Total Net TIC Flows$122.9b
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4/16/2020Continuing Claims7455k
4/16/2020Bloomberg Consumer Comfort49.9
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