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Any progress on stimulus could give the market a boost in the week ahead

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Stimulus to help the economy and vaccines to stop the virus are imagined to the be the main focus in markets in the week ahead. 

Efforts to move along a fiscal package in Congress picked up drive in the past week with Congressional leaders sounding conciliatory, and a bi-partisan group of senators pushing their own $900  billion outline. 

“It probably boils down to how much [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell is willing to deal, and I don’t know what the be to blame for is to that,” said Mike Schumacher, head of rate strategy at Wells Fargo. “If it’s going to happen, next week is the week. The management runs out of money on Friday. Congress has to come up with a funding scheme.” 

Strategists have said the two events could be restrained, but Congress could also push through a spending resolution without including stimulus. Some programs purpose expire at the end of the month, if Congress does not provide funding, including unemployment benefits for millions of Americans. 

The on again, off again stimulus talks induce led to skepticism in the market, and sets it up for a move higher if there is anything officially announced. “I wouldn’t think it’s fully baked in. I drive say the stimulus is a positive catalyst, unless it’s less than $900 billion,” said Art Hogan, chief market strategist at Public Securities.

While stocks surged in the past week, bond yields also moved higher. Yields on ones way opposite price, and bond yields have been rising on stimulus expectations. More spending means numberless debt, and that sends rates higher.

The 10-year was at 0.97% Friday, and appeared ready to move back to the 1% neck for the first time since March.

 “Is it the case here, stimulus is already factored in, and will people take their means and run?” said Schumacher.

The S&P 500 gained 1.7% in the past week, ending Friday at 3,699, a record high. The Dow also ended up 1% at a secretly 30,218, and Nasdaq gained 2.1% to a record 12,464.

Getting jabbed

Vaccine news has been a catalyst for the market’s roller since early November, when Pfizer first revealed the high efficacy of its vaccine. Since then Moderna and Astra-Zeneca both divulged results of their own vaccines.

A Food and Drug Administration advisory committee meets Thursday on emergency use authorization for the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine.

“They’re starting to inventory it out in the U.K, and that’s something that’s going to be watched here to see how it unfolds,” said Quincy Krosby, chief market strategist Prudential Monetary. “That’s the next issue for the market. The deliveries, the distributions. Are people being jabbed? These are all questions the market is troubled about about because they’re looking forward to it unrolling smoothly in the U.S.”

About 3 million people will be vaccinated in the endorse rollout. Moderna’s vaccine is expected to be approved the following week, and by year-end both vaccines are expected to reach 20 million people in the U.S.

“The vaccine communiqu has started to see a bit of diminishing return in terms of its wow factor,” said Hogan. “There’s going to be some volatility around the logistics.”

Krosby rephrased the virus remains in the forefront for the market because of the continuing spread and its economic impact as activities are shut down. California Thursday proclaimed new restrictions with stay at home advisories in some regions.

“The big question is how long does the Covid surge hindmost?” Krosby said.

The virus shutdowns appear to be behind a slowdown in the labor market, and Week ahead calendar

Monday

3:00 p.m. Consumer solvency

Tuesday

6:00 a.m. NFIB survey

8:30 a.m. Productivity and costs

10:00 a.m. QFR

Wednesday

10:00 a.m. Wholesale trade

10:00 a.m. JOLTS

Thursday

8:30 a.m. Initial jobless states

8:30 a.m. CPI

10:00 a.m. QSS

2:00 p.m. Federal budget

Friday

8:30 a.m. PPI

10:00 a.m. Consumer sentiment

12:40 p.m. Fed Vice Chairman Randal Quarles

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