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“Change is the law of life and those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”  – John F. Kennedy

In what seems like a change of pace from recent weeks, Nasdaq futures are leading the way higher this morning as it is actually the only one of the major indices indicated to open higher on the day.  Futures weakened modestly following the release of the February Retail Sales report, and the 10-year yield is still slightly lower.  The headline Retail Sales readings came in well below consensus forecasts, but mitigating factors like the storms that hit the midwest and a big upward revision to January’s report helped to soften the blow.  Next up on the economic calendar is Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization at 9:15 Eastern and then Business Inventories and Homebuilder Sentiment at 10 AM.

Be sure to check out today’s Morning Lineup for updates on the latest market news and events, including a recap of moves in the rates market overnight, an update on inflation data out of Europe, Australian Housing and Central Bank data, economic sentiment, the latest US and international COVID trends including our series of charts tracking vaccinations, and much more.


Yesterday, we highlighted the fact that semis have been lagging the broader market rally.  Despite the weakness, the SOX had a positive start to the week yesterday and actually managed to close back above its 50-DMA for the first time since late February.  It’s a start.

Lastly, if you didn’t catch it yesterday, make sure to check out yesterday’s CNBC segment with Paul Hickey discussing markets and the state of business travel in the future.

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