Coffee With Greta: Counting Down


DJIA Futures: -48 (-0.1%)

SPX Futures: -1 (-0.02%)

NASDAQ Futures: +44 (+0.3%)

Good morning friends!

Futures are little changed as traders gear up for the second-to-last trading session of 2023.

Let’s get right to it!

SPX Inches Toward Record

The S&P 500 is inching closer to setting a fresh all-time record before 2023 ends. 

The index closed within just over 0.3% of its previous closing record on Wednesday. 

That mark was set at 4,796.56 in January 2022. 

SPX is on track to finish the year up more than 24%, the Dow is poised to rise more than 13% for the year, and the Nasdaq is on track for yearly gains of more than 44%. 

All three major indexes are also on track to notch their ninth straight winning week. 

Bonds Rise

Treasury yields are rising this morning as traders continue to assess the economic outlook for 2024. 

The 10-year yield is up 3 basis points at 3.83% while the 2-year yield is up 2 basis points at 4.26%.

Today, CME Group’s FedWatch Tool shows over 73% of traders expecting a March rate cut. 

Important economic data for the Fed and that decision kicks off right away next week with new labor market data from JOLTS to the December jobs report.

Weekly Jobless Claims Jump

Weekly jobless claims rose more than expected last week. 

The Labor Department reported 218,000 Americans filed initial claims for unemployment benefits. 

That was up by 12,000 from the previous week and higher than 215,000 expected.

Continuing jobless claims rose by 14,000 to 1.875 million as expected in the week ending December 16. 

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