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Today, the futures aren’t even attempting to sucker traders in with a rally, so maybe today, we’ll actually get a bounce.  Treasuries are continuing to rally again this morning, while crude oil trades modestly lower and crypto plunges.  Overnight, China pledged further support to its economy.  On the geopolitical front, Finland has said it is preparing to apply for membership in NATO, and Russia has responded by threatening retaliatory steps of both military and ‘other’ measures.

We just got a chunk of economic data in the form of PPI and jobless claims.  In terms of PPI. headline CPI was in line with forecasts at a m/m gain of 0.5%.  Core PPI rose much less than expected at 0.4% vs 0.7%, but data for March was revised higher.  In terms of jobless claims, initial claims came in 10K higher than expected 203K vs 193K while continuing claims showed another drop falling to 1.343 million versus forecasts for 1.372 million.  Equity futures have seen little in the way of a reaction to the news while treasury yields remain lower.

In today’s Morning Lineup, we recap the recent developments in the crypto space (pg 4), overnight earnings (pg 5), economic data out of Europe (pg 6), and a lot more.

The year is barely more than a third over, but already the Nasdaq has had 24 different over the course of just 90 trading days.  That works out to more than once a week!  Again, we still have nearly two-thirds of the year left ahead of us, but already, the number of 2%+ daily declines this year ranks as the 8th highest in the Nasdaq’s history.  The only years that were higher were 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2008, 2009, and 2020.  If, and this is a big if, the current pace of 2% declines continues, 2022 wouldn’t quite catch 2000 for the record number of 2% declines in a single year, but it would be a close second.

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