It’s the last day of a short week packed with more important economic data — which the market has managed to ignore so far. Today might be a little different, as the spike in the savings rate and the collapse in consumption confirm a troubled road ahead for the strong consumer narrative. Gee, could 25% unemployment actually begin to matter?
Ignore the spike in personal income, as it reflects the massive government stimulus checks sent out last month.
The PCE deflator also surprised, plunging almost to 2009 levels. So far, the futures have managed a muted reaction, with a likely falling wedge setting up following yesterday’s reversal at our channel midline target.But, with China trouble, riots in Minneapolis, and Trump taking a swing at social media darlings, maybe the data will matter for a change.
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