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“Europe was created by history. America was created by philosophy.” – Margaret Thatcher

Morning stock market summary

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US futures are little changed, but treasury yields are higher this morning with the 10-year yield above 4.45%. European stocks are firmly in positive territory as they play catchup to Friday’s strength in the US.  The April reading of European investor sentiment from Sentix also came in less bad than expected in another sign that investor confidence around the globe has been improving. Gains in the short term are likely to be kept in check with this week’s ECB policy meeting looming on Thursday. No change in rates is expected, but markets are still pricing in a June cut, something here in the US that has been increasingly priced as less likely.

There’s not much in the way of economic activity to speak of this morning.  The only report on the calendar is the NY Fed’s survey of Consumer Expectations, and the key metric to watch in that report is the reading on one-year inflation expectations. March’s reading showed a modest uptick from 3.00% up to 3.04% which was the first monthly increase since September, and that increase only added fuel to the fire of fears that the progress we’ve seen on inflation is starting to slow. From a broader perspective, though, last month’s increase came after eight declines in ten months. Not only that but including March’s increase, since the peak of 6.78% back in June 2022, expectations for inflation have declined in 15 out of the last 20 months. So, the road lower in inflation was never expected to be a straight line, but so far, there hasn’t been a break of the downtrend.

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