Stimulus Negotiations Are Back Into Spotlight
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi talked about the potential stimulus package for the first time after the presidential election.
At first glance, Republicans and Democrats remain far apart. Senate leader Mitch McConnell wants to include a targeted relief bill into the $1.4 trillion funding bill for the government, but Democrats will likely oppose this proposal.
Meanwhile, a group of lawmakers unveiled a new coronavirus aid package plan worth $908 billion, which is aimed at bridging the gap between Republicans and Democrats.
It remains to be seen whether both sides are ready to reach a compromise deal. The market is not impressed, and S&P 500 futures are losing ground in premarket trading.
ADP Employment Data Disappoints
The U.S. has just released ADP Employment Change report which indicated that private businesses hired 307,000 workers in November. Analysts expected that the ADP Employment Change report will show that about 400,000 jobs were added.
The report shows that the second wave of coronavirus has started to put material pressure on the job market. Traders will soon have a chance to take a look at additional employment data. On Thursday, Initial Jobless Claims and Continuing Jobless Claims reports will be released. Analysts expect Initial Jobless Claims of 775,000 and Continuing Jobless Claims of 5.9 million.
On Friday, market’s focus will shift to Non Farm Payrolls and Unemployment Rate reports. The Non Farm Payrolls report is projected to show that the economy added 481,000 jobs in November while Unemployment Rate is expected to decline to 6.9% to 6.8%.
If these reports confirm that the recovery of the job market is slowing down, stocks may find themselves under pressure.
UK Approves Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine
Not surprisingly, Pfizer and BioNTech shares are gaining ground in premarket trading.
The reaction of the broader market is muted. Perhaps, traders wait for the approval of Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna‘s vaccines in the U.S.
For a look at all of today’s economic events, check out our economic calendar.