Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Quick Late Day Comment

The stock market managed to chalk up some modest gains, but nothing major as one would expect ahead of the Fed's rate decision and statement due at 2:15 on Wednesday

Wednesday is going to be a banner day on the economic calendar:

7 AM MBA mortgage data release. 8:15 ADP employment index is released. 8:30 4th qtr GDP expected to show 3.1% annualized growth with a 1.5% deflator. Employment Cost Index also due at 8:30 forecast to show 1% gain. 10:00 Construction Spending forecast to show December gain of .5%. Chicago PMI also due at 10 forecast at 52.

My take is that Q4 GDP will be sufficiently strong to keep the debate on when a recession hits raging on. But we've talked about a number of looming risks, especially in the area of credit. JP Morgan's Jamie Dimon today had a few words on that matter (Read here about Dimon and recession risk).

Ahead of all those eco figures the dollar is stuck at just under $1.30 vs the Euro. Gold is treading water at just below $646. Treasuries nudged a tad higher.

There's minor energy profit taking with crude giving back 37 cents and nat gas lower by 5 cents. Wednesday will be interesting for the liquids. Can crude get itself up to the 50 day moving avg at $58.92? That may largely depend on the DOE and API crude inventory figures that come out at 10:30 ET.

Stock futures are drifting lower. Sandisk (SNDK) got a 10% clobbering on worries profit margins will shrink on a glut of flash memory chips. This whole area of the chip market will get slammed tomorrow no doubt.

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