- The Topix index dropped before a Bank of Japan policy decision. The S&P 500 Index registered its biggest loss of the year as Trump’s order on immigration drew a rebuke from some Republican lawmakers, raising the specter of a rift between the executive and legislative branches. The dollar maintained losses and gold advanced for a third day. Oil was steady after two days of declines. Japan’s Topix slumped 0.8 percent as of 9:51 a.m. in Tokyo, with banks and exporters leading declines for a second day. NEC Corp. tumbled 15 percent after cutting its full-year profit forecast. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index lost 0.7 percent, led by energy shares.
- Large regional banks and some foreign lenders will get a big break in the Federal Reserve’s annual stress tests as the regulator said Monday it would no longer evaluate their plans for managing capital and risk. Letting banks with less than $250 billion in assets out of the so-called qualitative side of the stress tests is a particularly welcome move for the industry, because that part of the test has often proved to be a stumbling block for the companies. In issuing the new rule, the Fed decided that regional banks such as BB&T Corp., Fifth Third Bancorp and Zions Bancorporation don’t pose the kind of threat to the financial system the tests are meant to curtail.
Wall Street Journal:
- Corporate Criticism of Trump’s Travel Ban Moves Beyond Tech. Chiefs of Ford, Coke, Goldman among those condemning new immigration restrictions.
- Robot Baristas Serve Up the Future of Coffee at Cafe X. Automation is eliminating jobs for factory workers and Uber drivers—will your morning fix soon come from a precision caffeine machine?
- Facebook(FB) Is Trying Everything to Re-Enter China—and It’s Not Working. Since regulators blocked the service in 2009, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has hired well-connected executives, developed censorship tools and taken a ‘smog jog’ in Beijing—but the company has made no visible headway.
- Trump Dams the Regulatory Flood. His executive order should change the bureaucratic incentives.
Earnings of Note
8:30 am EST
- Seven Charts To Watch In 2017. (graph)
- Asian equity indices are -.75% to unch. on average.
- Asia Ex-Japan Investment Grade CDS Index 114.75 +3.5 basis points.
- Asia Pacific Sovereign CDS Index 32.75 +.5 basis point.
- Bloomberg Emerging Markets Currency Index 70.62 +.03%.
- S&P 500 futures -.04%.
- NASDAQ 100 futures -.07%.
Earnings of Note
8:30 am EST
- The 4Q Employment Cost Index is estimated to rise +.6% versus a +.6% gain in 3Q.
- The S&P CoreLogic CS 20-City MoM for November is estimated to rise +.7% verssu a +.7% gain in October.
- The Chicago Purchasing Manager Index for January is estimated to rise to 55.0 versus 54.6 in December.
- Consumer Confidence for January is estimated to fall to 112.8 versus 113.7 in December.
- None of note
- The Bank of Japan rate decision, German Unemployment rate, Eurozone GDP report, China Manufacturing PMI report and the weekly US retail sales reports could also impact trading today.