Well yesterday we got some consumer price index (CPI) numbers that we hotter than forecast – markets reacted strongly – for about 90 minutes and then yawned. The S&P500 fell a bit–but nothing of significance, while the 10 year treasury fell 5 basis points to close at 3.98%. Right now equity futures are falling with the S&P500 off by about 1/3%.
Today we have the producer price index (PPI)–forecasts are for numbers that are up .1%. Is there a reason to think markets will react strongly – nope. In fact after the release of CPI yesterday the odds of a rate cut by the Fed in March rose to 70% – hope springs eternal I guess.
Maybe a bigger issue to markets at this moment is the U.S. and UK airstrikes in Yemen last night which has served to drive up crude oil prices by $2-3/barrel. The escalation of issues in the Middle East could easily drive oil prices up by $10-$20/barrel–or more. Let’s hope this situation settles down-for lots of reasons, but certainly for economic reasons–i.e. shut down of the Suez canal.
Last night Eagle Point Credit (ECC) priced a new issue of term preferred at 8%. This is a monthly payer and will trade under ticker ECCF. Egan-Jones has the issue at BBB. The pricing term sheet is here.
I did nothing yesterday–no buying or selling. Accounts are sitting just below record levels–daily movements have been minimal–movements are primarily around dividend and interest payment dates. I have very large maturities of CDs in February and March–I have concerns that I will be able to deploy these funds in a timely and responsible fashion, but given that I can earn 5.3% in a money market fund I have a little grace period to figure it out.
So let’s get this day rolling!!