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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Sunday Night Futures

by Calculated Risk on 5/20/2012 10:49:00 PM

There are no major economic releases scheduled for Monday. Atlanta Fed President Dennis Lockhart speaks in Tokyo on monetary policy at 5:15 AM ET, and at 8:30 AM, the Chicago Fed National Activity Index for April is scheduled to be released.

The Asian markets are mixed tonight. The Nikkei is up about 0.3%, and the Shanghai Composite is down 0.4%. On China, here is a worrisome article from the Financial Times: China buyers defer raw material cargos

Chinese consumers of thermal coal and iron ore are asking traders to defer cargos and – in some cases – defaulting on their contracts, in the clearest sign yet of the impact of the country’s economic slowdown on the global raw materials markets.

The deferrals and defaults have only emerged in the last few days ...
Excerpt with permission
From CNBC: Pre-Market Data and Bloomberg futures: the S&P 500 futures are up about 5, and Dow futures are up 40.

Oil: WTI futures are down to $91.49 (this is down from $109.77 in February) and Brent is at $107.24 per barrel.

Summary for Week Ending May 18th
Schedule for Week of May 20th

For the monthly economic question contest (for data to be released Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday):