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Daily U.S. Market Update

Michael Reinking
Senior Market Strategist

MAY 18, 2021 AT 9:15 AM EDT

Yesterday, US markets ended lower but off of the worst levels of the session. Asian markets rallied sharply overnight led by Taiwan which was up >5% reversing some of the recent Covid related weakness. European markets also opened higher but have drifted back to around unchanged. S&P futures have followed a similar path and are currently up ~0.1%. Retail earnings from (HD, M, WMT) were blowout with all three stocks trading higher in the pre-market. The housing starts numbers were disappointing, though not shocking given rising commodity costs, falling ~10% m/m. Building permits were in-line with expectations. Yields are a touch lower this morning. The US dollar index is breaking below the recent lows ~$90 currently down -$0.40 to $89.70. The move is being driven by strength in the €/£. The January lows were around $89.17. Commodities markets are moving higher again. There is some outperformance by tech in the pre-market. After the open Treasury Secretary Yellen will address the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to pitch the administration’s infrastructure proposal/tax policy changes. The Republican counter proposal is expected to be unveiled today with ~$800B price tag being floated in the press.

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