A Four Way Assault on the Bullish Mantra

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Why Did Stocks Drop and What’s It Mean for Markets? (Four Reasons)
  • JOLTS Data Takeaways – “Solid Enough” for Now
  • Chart: The S&P 500 Violated It’s 2024 Uptrend Yesterday
  • Chart: The “Short-Vol Trade” Is Beginning to Unravel (More to Come)

Stock futures are lower again this morning as the hawkish money flows of early Q2 continue with the 10-Yr yield at YTD highs ahead of Powell’s speech on the economy today.

Economically, China’s Composite PMI met estimates at 52.7 while the EU’s “Narrow Core HICP” (their Core-CPI equivalent) favorably fell from 3.1% to 2.9% vs. (E) 3.0%.

Today, there are two important economic reports due out: The ADP Employment Report (E: 150K) before the open and then the ISM Services Index (E: 52.7). Good economic news has been bad for markets lately, so softening growth numbers and low/falling inflation metrics in today’s data are the best case scenario for stocks today.

Beyond the data this morning, there are several Fed officials scheduled to speak: Bowman (9:45 a.m. ET), Goolsbee (12:00 p.m. ET), Powell (12:10 p.m. ET), and Barr (1:10 p.m. ET).

Powell’s speech at Standford shortly after 12:00 p.m. (ET) will get the most attention as traders look for him to reiterate the key takeaways from the March FOMC meeting (likely summer rate cut, three cuts in 2024 expected). Any hints at “higher for longer” will add to the hawkish money flows that have been weighing on stocks so far in Q2.

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