Tuesday, January 7–Jim Wyckoff’s Morning Markets Report
Asian and European stock markets were mostly firmer overnight. U.S. stock indexes are pointed toward narrowly mixed openings when the New York day session begins. It appears risk aversion in the global marketplace has at least temporarily subsided following last week’s geopolitical shockwave that occurred when a U.S. drone strike killed a leading Iranian general in Baghdad, Iraq. U.S. stock indexes rebounded Monday to close firmer. Gold and oil prices have backed down from their spike highs scored on Monday.
It could be that many traders and investors figure Iran will not execute a major retaliation against the U.S. and its vaunted military, knowing such a move would invite a likely massive and devastating counter-attack from the U.S.—as was threatened by President Trump in a weekend tweet. Other veteran market watchers reckon Iran will retaliate against the U.S. but not right away. However, virtually all market participants agree the U.S. drone strike further stokes and already volatile Middle East.
In overnight news, the Euro zone December consumer price index was reported up 1.3%, year-on-year, versus November’s reading of up 1.0%. The December reading was in line with market expectations.
The key “outside markets” today see crude oil prices weaker and trading around $63.00 a barrel. Meantime, the U.S. dollar index is firmer.
U.S. economic data due for release Tuesday includes the weekly Goldman Sacs and Johnson Redbook retail sales reports, U.S. international trade data, the ISM non-manufacturing report on business, and manufacturers’ shipments and inventories.