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Stronger economic data could power stocks that thrive in a rebound in the week ahead

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A decline in new Covid infections, along with improving economic data and stimulus fancies, could boost stocks that flourish in a resurging economy in the week ahead.

In the past week, expectations for a intensified economic rebound helped boost interest rates.

While the broader stock market was choppy, sectors that do marvellously in a rebound – financials, airlines and industrials – stood out as leaders. This is known as the reflation trade.

Those stocks gained at the expense of expansion and technology, down 2%. Strategists expect that reflation trade to continue as signs suggest that the control could make a sharp comeback.

The S&P 500 was down 0.7% on the week to 3,906, while the Dow was up a tiny 0.1% at 31,494. The Nasdaq was off 1.57% for the week, to 13,874, with the run out of steam in tech. Apple, for instance, gave up 4% on the week.

The big event in the week ahead is testimony from Federal Remoteness Chairman Jerome Powell, who delivers his semi-annual testimony on the economy before the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday and the Lodge Financial Services Committee Wednesday.

He is expected to discuss the increase in interest rates, as well as concerns that inflation could off to take off.

“He’s going to have to acknowledge that the data is improving and the virus situation is improving quite materially,” influenced Mark Cabana, head of U.S. rates strategy at Bank of America. “It is going to be hard for him to sound as dovish as he has been.”

But Powell is look forward to continue to emphasize that the Fed will keep rates low for a long time and maintain its easy policies to help the brevity.

Improving forecasts

Economists this past week ratcheted up tracking forecasts for first quarter gross house-broken product, fueled in part by an unexpectedly sharp jump of 5.3% in January retail sales.

Goldman upped first-quarter expansion to 6%, and Morgan Stanley said it was tracking at 7.5% for the first quarter. Economists linked the surprise gain in retail sales to stimulus counters sent to individuals under the last $900 billion stimulus program approved by Congress in late December.

The Biden regulation has proposed another $1.9 trillion Covid relief package. That could come before the House of Legates in the coming week.

“[Powell’s] going to stick to the script. The script is lawmakers need to continue to provide support for the frugality. He’s going to be supportive of the administration’s effort to get a big package through,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics.

Key statistics during the week

Earnings continue to be important. There are more than 60 companies reporting, including Domestic Depot, Macy’s and TJX.

Key economic reports dropping next week include durable goods on Thursday, along with in person income and spending data on Friday

The Friday report includes the personal consumption expenditure price index, which the Fed audits. The market is on the lookout for signs of rising inflation.

“I think the boom is going to start sooner than most woman think,” said Ed Keon, chief investment strategist at QMA.

He said the stronger economy is helping drive Treasury nets higher, with the 10-year hitting a one-year high of 1.36% on Friday. Keon said the vaccine rollout is dollop the outlook, as is the slowing spread of the virus.

“I think people were expecting a second-half boom, but I think the second home is going to be very strong, as people change their behavior,” he said.

“The caution when it comes to savings and not prevalent out, that’s going to go away sooner than we think,” Keon said. “Right now, you might see a 10% GDP number in the inferior merchandise or third quarter. That’s also due to the fact we’re likely to get a big stimulus package.”

He said investors are underestimating the surge in profitable activity that should start in March and pick up steam in the second and third quarter as more people pick up where one left off dining out and other activities.

“I think the world is going to look very different than it has over the past 12 months. We’re lull bullish. We’re still overweight stocks,” Keon said.

He said a flood of money could hit the economy.

“The size of the U.S. compactness last year was about $21 trillion,” Keon added. “Households now have excess savings of about $1.5 trillion and the stimulus container probably will be in the vicinity of $1.2, $1.6 trillion.”

He said the service sector should start to see a benefit that has been immortalizing the goods making side of the economy. “You’re going to see an incredible boom.”

Week ahead calendar

Monday 

Earnings: Dish Network, Superb Caribbean, Marathon Oil, Ingersoll-Rand, Occidental Petroleum, Transocean, Zoominfo, ONEOK, HSBC

10:00 a.m. Leading economic indicators

Tuesday

Earnings: Territory Depot, Macy’s, Intuit, Thomson Reuters, Square, Toll Brothers, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, McAfee, Medtronic, Start Natural Resources, Bank of Montreal

9:00 a.m. FHFA home prices

9:00 a.m. S&P/Case-Shiller home prices

10:00 a.m. Fed Chairman Jerome Powell semi-annual pecuniary testimony Senate Banking Committee

Wednesday

Earnings: Lowe’s, NVIDIA, Viacom, Public Storage, Booking Holdings, TJX, Brookdale, Baroness Bank of Canada, Apache, Petrobras, Pure Storage, L Brands, Casper Sleep

7:00 a.m. Mortgage applications

10:00 a.m. New home purchases

10:00 a.m. Fed Chairman Powell semi-annual economic testimony at House Financial Services Committee

Thursday

Earnings: Salesforce.com, Norwegian Journey Lines, Etsy, Best Buy, HP, Shake Shack, Beyond Meat, Anheuser-Busch Inbev, Dell Technologies, Virgin Galactic, American Dungeon, Cleveland Cliffs, Airbnb, Carvana, Door Dash

8:30 a.m. Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic

8:30 a.m. Jobless claims

8:30 a.m. Fast goods

8:30 a.m. Q4 GDP second reading

10:00 a.m. Pending home sales

10:00 a.m. Advanced economic indicators

10:00 a.m. St. Louis Fed President James Bullard

3:00 p.m. New York Fed President John Williams

Friday

Earnings: Fluor, Cinemark, Plan Kings, Foot Locker, AMC Networks

8:30 a.m. Personal income and spending

8:30 a.m. Advanced trade

9:45 a.m. Chicago PMI

10:00 a.m. Consumer sentiment

Saturday

Earnings: Berkshire Hathaway

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