Be cautious about stocks for these 3 reasons

Equity investors will receive information in three important areas over the next week, and two have been the driving force behind the stock market’s recent euphoria.

First, China will release its export data on Wednesday. Given the growth warnings officials communicated over the weekend, we should expect this to be a weak number.

The two additional catalysts are the European Central Bank and Donald Trump’s budget proposal.

The ECB meets on Thursday, and we are likely to hear about the increased levels of inflation that are being seen in the eurozone. The ECB has been cautious in reducing its bond-buying program and ending stimulus because inflation wasn’t yet at its objective, but now it is.

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