It’s a jam-packed Fed Day and U.S benchmarks are flat looking to the open. Earnings remain in the spotlight when Facebook and then Apple report.
It was a strong start to the week with all four major U.S benchmarks gaining at least 0.5%. The ES and NQ each set fresh record highs and the board is stable ahead of the bell. Earnings remain in the spotlight.
Earnings and trade optimism have lifted the S&P back to highs of the week. Although it is flirting above a crucial marker at 3008.50, the NQ trails slightly in relevance to highs set Tuesday and last Thursday.
U.S benchmarks slipped late in the session yesterday after U.K Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s fast-track Brexit deal did not get through the House of Commons.
U.S benchmarks started the week off on strong and the S&P extended to one-month highs overnight. A tailwind of positive sentiment comes from Washington and China lauding substantial progress in talks while pointing to the likeliness of an interim deal.
U.S benchmarks are shaking off weaker than expected China GDP from last night, the worst in nearly 30 years. Coming in at 6.0% versus 6.1% expected, it’s an ever-present headline reminder of the deteriorating growth conditions around the world.
 U.S benchmarks have been subdued just slightly from yesterday’s exuberance. Strong earnings, solid economic data and formidable Brexit framework all lifted the S&P by 1.1% and the NQ by 1.3%.
U.S benchmarks are surging into U.S hours Friday in hopes of an interim trade deal. President Trump has lauded progress between high-level delegates and is set to meet Vice Premier Liu He today before the closing bell.
Price action broke to a new low on the week in both the S&P and NQ but has steadily recovered overnight.
The revolving U.S and China trade headlines continue and just like that the S&P was nearly 2% off last night’s low. China said Monday it would never consider changes in intellectual property laws and yesterday the U.S blacklisted 28 Chinese companies.