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Morning stock market summary

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It’s been a mixed start to the week for indices like the Nasdaq and Russell 2000 while the S&P 500 has been down for three straight days.  This morning, futures are flat with a slight positive bias. Overnight in Asia, stocks traded lower on reports that the BoJ is gearing up for rate hikes. That led to a spike in yields and the yen and a decline of over 1% in the Nikkei. In Europe, the declines haven’t been as steep as GDP for the region declined 0.1% which was in line with forecasts, although Industrial Production in Germany unexpectedly declined.

Less than three months ago, the price of a gallon of gas in the US was pushing $3.90 and was up 21% on the year, and the price of crude oil was near $95 per barrel.  Since then, crude oil prices have tumbled below $70 per barrel (as of yesterday’s close), and a gallon of gas is $3.20 which is down 17.5% from its peak and down slightly on the year.  Next week’s CPI report on Tuesday and the subsequent FOMC report should be interesting.

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