Futures Turn Lower After Mixed Europe News

US stock futures are turned down Tuesday morning and now point to a lower open on Wall St. Last night futures were a bit under pressure after Moody’s Investors Service cut the sovereign debt rating of several European countries. Spain’s rating was cut by two notches while Portugal and Italy saw their trimmed one notch. However, strong investor sentiment from Germany helped to spark a market turnaround, and futures are were higher this morning.

Apple (AAPL) will likely remain at the forefront of the action today due to more news about a possible new addition to its product line-up (sort-of). After the iPod we saw the iPod mini and then shuffle. There has been talk of a smaller, cheaper iPhone. Now, Dow Jones Newswires is reporting that the company is testing a new, smaller, cheaper version of its popular iPad tablet. The screen would reportedly be about 8 inches. AAPL is higher overnight, but off pre-market highs.

Earnings season is winding down, but there are still a few notable reports this week. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. (GT) swung to a profit from a loss in the year-ago quarter, but sees slower growth in the future due to weakness across multiple markets. The stock is only marginally lower this morning.

The economic calendar today includes January retail sales and January import prices, both due at 8:30 ET. Also, at 10am ET, Treasury Secretary Geithner will testify before the Senate Finance Committee about President Obama’s budget proposal for fiscal 2013.

Boeing (BA) is higher this morning after reporting that it has signed its largest-ever airplane order contract with Indonesia’s Lion Air. The deal, worth $22.4 billion, is for 230 planes – 201 737 MAXs and 29 next-generation 737-900 ERs.

While investors anxiety has shifted away from Greece for the time-being, the Euro zone will now have to tackle how to bring the country’s debt load down significantly. The goal is to bring debt-to-GDP down to 120%–from current levels of about 160%–by 2020. It is a tall task given that the Greek economy shrank by 7% in the fourth quarter amid deep austerity cuts, the largest drop of the recession.

Disclosures: Scott Redler is long SPY, OIH, WMT, VMW, QCOM, LULU. Short QQQ, DIA.

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Scott Redler is the Chief Strategic Officer of T3 Live. He develops all trading strategies for the service and acts as the face of T3 Live. Mr. Redler focuses on thorough preparation and discipline as a trader.

Mr. Redler has been trading equities for more than 10 years and has more recently received widespread recognition from the financial community for his insightful, pragmatic approach. He began his career as a broker and venture capitalist where he was able to facilitate relationships that led him into trading. Beginning his trading career at Broadway Trading in 1999, Mr. Redler moved on with Marc Sperling to Sperling Enterprises, LLC after establishing himself as one of the best young traders in the firm. As a manager at Sperling Enterprises, continued to trade actively while working closely with all traders in the firm to dramatically increase performance.

Mr. Redler has participated in more than 30 triathlons and one IronMan, exhibiting a work ethic that also defines his trading. His vast knowledge and meticulous attention to detail has led to regular appearances on CNBC, Fox Business, Bloomberg, and he is a regular contributor to Minyanville and Forbes’ Intelligent Investing blog. He has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal and Investor's Business Daily, among other publications.

Scott received a B.B.A. in Marketing/Finance from the State University of New York at Albany, graduating Magna Cum Laude from Albany's School of Business.

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