By Danny Jasper, Senior Vice President, Capital Markets

With a busy week ahead, mortgages and treasuries are rallying while equities are lower this Monday morning on renewed concern over Chinese equity markets and less than ideal U.S. economic data.  Overnight, stocks in China plunged, with the Shanghai index falling as much as 8.5%, as worry grows that the Chinese government’s recent efforts to stabilize the market and prop up Chinese markets will not be successful (or even possible).  This has created a ripple into European and U.S. markets, with European stocks down 1.5% and U.S. stocks are down for the fifth consecutive day.  Naturally, a flight-to-quality bid has ensued on this, and the 10-year treasury is currently at its lowest level in three weeks, hovering at around 2.23%.

Earlier today, we had disappointing results on durable goods orders, where the headline number beat but prior month numbers at the headline level and excluding aircraft were revised significantly lower.  Orders for June came in at +3.4% vs. a +3.2% expectations, but May was revised down to -2.1% from -1.8%.  Excluding transportation, durables were +0.8% vs. +0.5% survey, but May was revised from +0.5% down to -0.1%.

Capital goods numbers weren’t much better, with orders at +0.9% vs. +0.5%, but revised prior month from +0.4% to -0.4%, and capital goods shipped widely missed at -0.1% vs. +0.6% expectation and May was down to -0.3% vs. an initial +0.3% print.  The most notable of these misses is the capital goods orders print, which strongly forecasts business investment in equipment, a critical indicator in business sentiment.  Combining all of the revisions from May as a whole, net orders for June were roughly 0.4% lower than expected.

Economic Data for the Week Ahead

The week ahead brings a full plate of other economic data and government auctions, with the highlight of the calendar being the release of the FOMC rate decision after the conclusion of this month’s two-day meeting.  The Fed will release their decision Wednesday at 2 p.m. EST  and since there will not be a press conference from Fed Chair Janet Yellen following the release, the wording from the release alone will be heavily scrutinized.

While a July rate increase is still a possibility, it is unlikely to happen, with the majority of sentiment pointing to September.  Analysts will look to this announcement to see what changes are made to set the table for that September increase, though the Fed is likely to be extremely cautious in their wording in hopes of preventing a market panic, especially considering the less than optimal data seen over the last month (excluding labor markets, which have remained relatively solid).

Other economic highlights this week include: the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices and Consumer Confidence Index releases Tuesday; June pending home sales prior to the FOMC announcement Wednesday; Q2 GDP and personal consumption reports Thursday; and we close the week with the Q2 employment cost index and University of Michigan consumer sentiment reports on Friday.

Second quarter GDP is forecast to come in at +2.5% after we had negative GDP of -0.2% in Q1.  The U.S. Treasury will sell $26 billion in two-year notes Tuesday, $35 billion in five-year notes Wednesday, and $29 billion in seven-year notes Thursday.

Here is the full economic calendar for this week, courtesy of the FNMA trading desk:

Date Time Event Period Surv(M) Actual Prior Revised
07/27/15 08:30 Durable Goods Orders Jun 3.20% 3.4% -1.8% -2.1%
07/27/15 08:30 Durables Ex Transportation Jun 0.50% 0.8% 0.50% -0.1%
07/27/15 08:30 Cap Goods Orders Nondef Ex Air Jun 0.50% 0.9% 0.40% -0.4%
07/27/15 08:30 Cap Goods Ship Nondef Ex Air Jun 0.60% -0.1% 0.30% -0.3%
07/27/15 10:30 Dallas Fed Manf. Activity Jul -3 -4.6 -7
07/28/15 09:00 S&P/CS 20 City MoM SA May 0.30% 0.30%
07/28/15 09:00 S&P/CS Composite-20 YoY May 5.60% 4.91%
07/28/15 09:00 S&P/CaseShiller 20-City Index NSA May 180.34 177
07/28/15 09:00 S&P/Case-Shiller US HPI MoM May -0.02%
07/28/15 09:00 S&P/Case-Shiller US HPI YoY May 4.50% 4.23%
07/28/15 09:00 S&P/Case-Shiller US HPI NSA May 170
07/28/15 09:45 Markit US Composite PMI Jul P 54.6
07/28/15 09:45 Markit US Services PMI Jul P 55 54.8
07/28/15 10:00 Consumer Confidence Index Jul 100 101.4
07/28/15 10:00 Richmond Fed Manufact. Index Jul 8 6
07/29/15 07:00 MBA Mortgage Applications 24-Jul 0.10%
07/29/15 10:00 Pending Home Sales MoM Jun 1.00% 0.90%
07/29/15 10:00 Pending Home Sales NSA YoY Jun 12.00% 8.30%
07/29/15 14:00 FOMC Rate Decision (Upper Bound) 29-Jul 0.25% 0.25%
07/29/15 14:00 FOMC Rate Decision (Lower Bound) 29-Jul 0.00% 0.00%
07/30/15 08:30 Revisions: U.S. GDP
07/30/15 08:30 GDP Annualized QoQ 2Q A 2.50% -0.20%
07/30/15 08:30 Personal Consumption 2Q A 2.70% 2.10%
07/30/15 08:30 GDP Price Index 2Q A 1.50% 0.00%
07/30/15 08:30 Core PCE QoQ 2Q A 1.60% 0.80%
07/30/15 08:30 Initial Jobless Claims 25-Jul 270K 255K
07/30/15 08:30 Continuing Claims 18-Jul 2211K 2207K
07/30/15 08:30 New Advance Report: U.S. International Trade in Goods
07/30/15 09:45 Bloomberg Consumer Comfort 26-Jul 42.4
07/31/15 08:30 Employment Cost Index 2Q 0.60% 0.70%
07/31/15 09:00 ISM Milwaukee Jul 50 46.55
07/31/15 09:45 Chicago Purchasing Manager Jul 50.9 49.4
07/31/15 10:00 U. of Mich. Sentiment Jul F 94 93.3
07/31/15 10:00 U. of Mich. Current Conditions Jul F 106
07/31/15 10:00 U. of Mich. Expectations Jul F 85.2
07/31/15 10:00 U. of Mich. 1 Yr Inflation Jul F 2.80%
07/31/15 10:00 U. of Mich. 5-10 Yr Inflation Jul F 2.70%