Overseas reports dominate calendar
David Russell | firstname.lastname@example.org
Today's economic calendar is mostly empty, with overseas data the only events.
Chinese retail sales and inflation numbers, released last night, may affect trading this morning--especially in commodities.
The only scheduled event on the today's calendar is the Bank of Japan's interest-rate announcement tonight. The news could affect trading because strong Japanese equities and a weak yen have helped support global sentiment this year.
Tomorrow remains relatively quiet, with French and Italian industrial production scheduled for the morning. The Federal Reserve will also release minutes from its last meeting in the afternoon.
The agenda is more active on Thursday as retailers report same-store sales and the Labor Department announces initial jobless claims.
Revised GDP, Yellen lead calendar
March 27, 2015
The final reading of fourth-quarter gross domestic product is due at 8:30 a.m. ET, and Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is slated to deliver a speech at 3:45 p.m. ET.
Stocks fall amid Yemen airstrikes
March 26, 2015
S&P 500 futures are down 0.7 percent, while the Nasdaq remained weaker with a drop of 1 percent. European indexes slid 1-2 percent, and Asia was broadly lower overnight. Oil and the yen are surging.
Jobless claims lead quiet calendar
March 26, 2015
The report at 8:30 a.m. ET is expected to show that 290,000 Americans sought unemployment benefits for the first time, down slightly from 291,000 the previous week.
Stocks edge lower, drifting in range
March 25, 2015
S&P 500 futures are down 0.1 percent as investors wait for the next catalyst. European stocks are lower as well, while Asia was little-changed overnight.
Stocks inch higher, lifted by Europe
March 24, 2015
S&P 500 futures rose 0.2 percent. They're following the move across the Atlantic, where Markit's purchasing managers index rose more than expected to its highest level in almost four years.