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January is over and most are happy to forget the month. It is the worst start of the year since 2008 as the selloff has erased over $7 trillion from market value worldwide. January is also the worst month since 2010. Will February be the inverse?
Yesterday stocks rallied on the strength of earnings and oil. After trading closed however, Amazon disappointed greatly and at the time of this writing shares are down almost 12% or almost a $100. As widely discussed, AMZN is one of those “must own stocks.” Can I write has “another one bites the dust” as Freddie Mercury used to sing?
Can I soon quote Genesis “And then there were three?” First Apple, then Amazon. Who is next? Google?
Today is the preliminary release of fourth quarter GDP. The quarter is expected to grow by 0.8%, a slowdown from the 2.0% measured in the third quarter because of trade and inventories.
I view a decline in inventories as positive given the necessity to restock stores. I can make an argument companies recall the winter induced slowdown of the last three years and are/were determined not to enter the winter quarter fully stocked thus kept stores lean.
Most will focus on core GDP—GDP less inventories, trade, and government spending—to assess the strength of the economy, the indicator the central bank uses to help set monetary policy. Such is expected to increase around 1.9%.
What will happen today?
Last night the foreign markets were up. London was up 1.16%, Paris up 0.72% and Frankfurt up 0.52%. China was up 3.71%, Japan up 2.80% and Hang Sang up 2.54%.
The Dow should open considerably higher following the Bank of Japan’s surprising move to adopt a negative interest rate strategy. The 10-year is up 14/32 to yield 1.94%.

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Ken Engelke

Chief Economic Strategist Managing Director

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