- China Will Rein in Growth, Credit Targets in 2017 Master Plan: Economists. China will set lower economic growth and monetary expansion targets this year as policy makers switch gears to curb excessive credit growth and reduce financial risks, according to economists surveyed by Bloomberg News. Premier Li Keqiang will set the 2017 gross domestic product growth goal at "about 6.5 percent," versus a range of 6.5 to 7 percent in 2016, according to the median of 20 responses in a Feb. 17-23 survey of analysts. The target for M2 money supply expansion will be 11.5 percent from 13 percent in 2016, according to the median of estimates.
- In China, Public-Private Partnerships Are Really Public-Public. China’s effort to promote public-private partnerships to fund roads, bridges and railways and keep a lid on rampant debt growth is succeeding in luring companies to the projects. Problem is, they’re mainly state-owned. Two years into the PPP push, the majority of partners in the projects have turned out to be state-owned enterprises, according to analysts at Fitch Ratings Ltd., Bank of America Corp. and Oxford Economics Ltd. The upshot: while debt pressure will be relieved for local governments, it’ll just end up on the books of another arm of the state.
- Japan’s Industrial Output Falls for First Time in Six Months. Japan’s industrial production fell for the first time in six months in January, raising questions about the sustainability of Japan’s export-driven growth in the second half of 2016. Retail sales rose. Industrial production fell 0.8 percent in January from a month earlier (forecast +0.4 percent).
- Yen Drop Buoys Japan Stocks as Dow Streak Hits 12. A weaker yen lent support to Japanese stocks as the dollar nudged higher ahead of Donald Trump’s address to Congress. Japan’s Topix index climbed with Australian equities after the Dow Jones Industrial Average pushed its winning streak to 12 sessions, the longest in 30 years. The dollar strengthened as the Trump administration began outlining spending priorities ahead of the president’s speech Tuesday. The yen fell less than 0.1 percent to 112.70 per dollar as of 9:27 a.m. in Tokyo, after sliding 0.5 percent to end a three-day winning streak. The Topix index rose 0.8 percent, rebounding from Monday’s 1 percent decline, and Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index added 0.4 percent. New Zealand’s S&P/NZX 50 Index gained 0.3 percent.
Wall Street Journal:
- As Donald Trump Heads to Congress, a New Polarization Is Hardening. An inability to find common ground could test the president’s agenda.
- Paul Tudor Jones’ New Hedge Fund Pitch: Low, Low Prices. Tudor’s flagship fund ended 2016 roughly flat despite a run-up in the U.S. stock market.
- College Faculty’s New Focus: Don’t Offend. Professors across the country are adapting to an environment in which a word or turn of phrase has the power to derail a career.
- AT&T(T) Lowers Price of Unlimited Data Plans. Smaller rivals T-Mobile and Sprint have been taking market share from AT&T and Verizon by pushing lower prices and plans without data caps.
Earnings of Note
8:30 am EST
- Cowen Upgrades US Steel (X) to Outperform. Cowen upgraded US Steel (NYSE: X) from Market Perform to Outperform with a price target of $60.00 (from $36.00).
- Asian equity indices are -.25% to +.5% on average.
- Asia Ex-Japan Investment Grade CDS Index 96.0 +.5 basis point.
- Asia Pacific Sovereign CDS Index 25.5 +.25 basis point.
- Bloomberg Emerging Markets Currency Index 71.58 -.02%.
- S&P 500 futures -.05%.
- NASDAQ 100 futures -.07%.
Earnings of Note
8:30 am EST
- 4Q GDP QoQ is estimated to rise +2.1% versus a prior estimate of a +1.9% gain.
- 4Q Personal Consumption is estimated to rise +2.6% versus a prior estimate of a +2.5% gain.
- 4Q GDP Price Index is estimated to rise +2.1% versus a prior estimate of a +1.9% gain.
- Core PCE QoQ is estimated to rise +1.3% versus a prior estimate of a +1.3% gain.
- Wholesale Inventories MoM for January are estimated to rise +.5% versus a +1.0% gain in December.
- S&P CoreLogic CS 20-City MoM for December is estimated to rise +.7% versus a +.88% gain in November.
- Chicago Purchasing Manager for February is estimated to rise to 53.3 versus 50.3 in January.
- Consumer Confidence for February is estimated to fall to 111.0 versus 111.8 in January.
- The Richmond Fed Manufacturing Index for February is estimated to fall to 10.0 versus 12.0 in January.
- None of note
- The Fed's George speaking, Fed's Williams speaking, Fed's Bullard speaking, President Trump's address to Congress, China Manufacturing PMI report, Eurozone GDP report, weekly US retail sales report, (JPM) investor day and the CSFB Healthcare Conference could also impact trading today.