Fed Chair Jerome Powell reinforced Fed’s James Bullard’s remarks that trade wars with China, Mexico, and the EU put a dark cloud over the US economy. Powell said yesterday “as always, we will act as appropriate to sustain the expansion, with a strong labor market and inflation near our symmetric 2% objective.” Fedwatch now places the probability of a interest rate decrease at 53% for July.
Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders will be crashing Walmart’s annual meeting at the invitation of WalMart workers. He expected to push Walmart to raise wages higher than the $11/hour minimum wage.
Earnings today include FIVE, AEO, GILL, CPB, CLDR, SFIX, MDB, and UNFI. The economic calendar is full with focus on the 8:15am EST ADP and 10:00am EST ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI. Also on the calendar are Final Services PMI @ 9:45am EST, Oil @ 10:30am EST and Beige Book @ 2:00pm EST.
Fed speakers include Vice-Chair Clarida @ 9:45am EST and Bowman @ 10:00am EST. Volatility is up again due to yesterday’s Fed induced rally. US stocks had their largest move in over 5 months. Size bias is long into the US session open.