It's working! The ginormous fiscal stimulus program undertaken by the ECB is having an effect. Economic activity in the eurozone showed its fastest growth in four years as evidenced by Markit's Composite Flash Purchasing Managers' Index, which came in at 54.1 in June, up from 53.6 in May.
Meanwhile, China's stimulus still needs some time to work its way through the system, as its factory activity contracted for the fourth month in a row as the June HSBC/Markit Flash China Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index came in at 49.6 in June. That was up from 49.2 in May, but still below 50 which is the level that delineates growth from contraction.
And still no change in Greece, as the market remains hopeful that some reform measures submitted by the Greeks yesterday may be enough to get the creditors back into serious negotiations.
We remain unenthused by the latest developments in the Greek drama and believe the Greek lawmakers are playing a dangerous game of chicken, as some have criticized Greece's latest offer to the IMF and said they would work to block the reforms' passage.
U.S. stock index futures point to a higher open for Wall Street. Asian stocks ended in the green after a rollercoaster ride for the Shanghai index, while European shares are up on hopes for a deal for Greece.
Some earnings calls of note today include IHS (IHS), BlackBerry (BBRY), Darden Restaurants (DRI), and Carnival (CCL).
Today's domestic economic calendar includes the May Durable Goods Orders at 8:30 a.m., with estimates calling for -1.0%, the FHFA House Price Index for April at 9 a.m., with consensus at 0.5%, the preliminary June Markit U.S. Manufacturing PMI report at 9:45 a.m. with consensus at 54.1, the May New Home Sales report with analysts looking for 523,000 at 10 a.m., and lastly, the API weekly oil inventories report at 4:30 p.m.