The doves are flying. Is there any doubt that, when it really comes to who influences markets, central banks rule the world?
Stocks in Europe moved up right after the open there. An European Central Bank board member, Benoit Coeure, said the ECB will start purchasing assets within days and that additional accommodation was available.
Separately, the Bank of England's chief economist, Andrew Haldane, said "interest rates could remain lower for longer, certainly than I had expected three months ago."
Then, this morning China's central bank said it would inject up to 200 billion yuan ($32.8 billion) into 20 large national and regional banks.
All this, following comments yesterday from St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank President James Bullard that the Fed should consider delaying the end of its bond purchase program to halt the decline in inflation expectations.
Sure sounds like coordinated central bank action, doesn't it?
Regardless, the fact that we were able to reverse massive losses two days in a row is very constructive.
Finally, the big industrials are reporting. Both produced a small beat on earnings.
This is not a time to microscopically diagnose the returns. GE kept its guidance, but most importantly orders were pretty good, up roughly 22 percent year over year versus 4 percent in the second quarter.
Honeywell raised the low end of its 2014 earnings and revenue guidance.
The fact that these companies aren't missing or guiding lower, given where expectations have come, is a great relief.
GE is down 5 percent, Honeywell down 7 percent this month.
You can see this spill over into Google was well. The company is spinning the quarter positive, though on the surface, Google was a disappointment. Revenues and earnings were below expectations, and advertising was lighter than expected.
But the spin this morning seems all positive. Paid clicks were up, though not as much as expected. Cost per click—or CPC—a widely used metric for Google, declined but not as much as expected. Smartphone and YouTube revenues are continuing to ramp up.