Stock markets have been steady overnight. US index futures are up marginally while the Dax, FTSE and Nikkei are down marginally. There was no major economic or political news overnight. It's still not clear if the Fed is planning to raise rates in March or not. It does look‎ the announcements on tax and health care reform may not come until March leaving me wondering if traders patience can last that long.

Currencies have been mixed overnight. EUR is under pressure relative to USD and GBP again as French polls show Euroskeptic Marine Le Pen adding to her first round lead. Other majors are trading slightly higher or slightly lower relative to USD.

Canadian banks could attract attention today after CIBC kicked off their earnings season with a bang. CIBC‎ reported adjusted EPS of $2.89 well above the $2.60 street estimate. It also raised its dividend slightly. Loblaw's report was mixed with a small miss on earnings potentially offset by a small beat on sales.

Corporate News

CIBC            $2.89 vs street $2.60, $0.03 dividend increase to $1.27

Loblaw            $0.97 vs street $0.98, sales $11.1B vs street $11.0B

Gildan            $0.32 vs street $0.29

Tesla Motors        ($0.69) vs street ($0.53)


Economic News

Germany GDP update            1.7% as expected

Italy retail sales                (0.2%) vs street 0.9%

UK CBI retail sales            9 vs street 4 and previous (8)
UK CBI distributor sales            25 vs street 24 and previous 26

Singapore consumer prices        0.6% as expected
Singapore core CPI            1.5% vs street 1.3%

Upcoming significant economic announcements include:

8:30 am EST        US jobless claims            street 240K

10:30 am EST        US natural gas                street (86 BCF)
11:00 am EST        US DOE crude oil inventories        street 3.5 mmbbls
11:00 am EST        US DOE gasoline inventories        street (1.5 mmbbls) 

8:35 am EST        FOMC Lockhart speaking
1:00 pm EST        FOMC Kaplan speaking

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