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It’s now less about a taper announcement, because it’s certainly coming, and more about the pace the Fed tapers its $120 billion in monthly asset purchases. U.S. benchmarks finished off their worst levels yesterday and found not-so-hawkish comments from Fed Chair Jerome Powell to be supportive. Despite a powerful finish, there was little follow through overnight and all 4 major U.S. benchmarks are lower at the onset of U.S. hours with the Russell 2000 leading.Is inflation transitory? The debate is front and center. Data for July is expected to increase but at a slower pace than the last three months.Federal Reserve wants to be able to taper assets, but the reemergence of another Covid wave has buoyed markets, specifically Tech, as it may elongate the Fed’s path.U.S. benchmarks again retreated at 3:00 a.m. CT. This time, it was on the heels of aggressive comments from China’s President Xi, who called for foreign countries to end their “bullying” of the communist nation.Travel stocks, Financials, Industrials, and Energy have all suffered. However, we see the potential for a strong rebound in these sectors upon steady to slightly better economic data heading into the July 4th holiday.The Delta Variant grabbed headlines yesterday and markets reacted. Tech stocks led the way as traders and managers pulled out their 2020 Covid-19 playbooks.The economic calendar culminates with Nonfarm Payroll on Friday. There’s a deluge of Manufacturing data from the U.S., Europe, and China leading into Friday.The first half of the week can be characterized by Fed speak, but infrastructure is now attracting headlines, and so will the economic data. -

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