Tom Essaye Quoted in International Business Times on August 5, 2020

“The bottom line is that if we do see real disappointment in stimulus or the vaccine, then a 10% correction is the likely best-case scenario…” said Tom Essaye of The Sevens Report, in a note. Click here to read the full article.

Jobs Report Preview (Recovery On/Recovery Pause/Recovery Stall)

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Jobs Report Preview:  Recovery On/Recovery Pause/Recovery Stall

Futures are moderately lower following lack of progress on the stimulus bill, combined with further escalation of U.S./China tech tensions.

Markets were hoping for a stimulus deal by today, but there’s been no progress on negotiations for two days.  So while the market still fully expects a deal by next week, there is disappointment that it likely won’t get done by the end of this week.

U.S./China geo-political tensions continue to rise as President Trump issued an executive order banning U.S. transactions with the parent companies of TikTok and WeChat.

Focus today will be on the Employment Situation report and expectations are as follows:   Job Adds: (E) 2.0M, Unemployment Rate: (E) 10.5%.

Bottom line, the strong economic data from earlier this week has made this jobs report more important than it was going to be, as this morning’s number now has the chance to signal the economic recovery is still on (a positive for stocks) or increase concern it’s stalling (which will be a headwind on equities, especially at these levels).

Tom Essaye Quoted in ETF Trends on August 5, 2020

“The bottom line is that if we do see the real disappointment in the stimulus or the vaccine, then a 10% correction is the likely…” said Tom Essaye of The Sevens Report, in a note. Click here to read the full article.

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Market Multiple Levels:  S&P 500 Chart
  • Is the Jobs Market Rolling Over? (ADP Data was Deceiving)

Futures are little changed as solid economic data is offsetting mildly negative stimulus headlines.

Regarding stimulus, the headlines over the last 12 hours were slightly negative (more sticking points are emerging) but the market still expects a deal within the next few days and for that deal to be at the upper end of expectations (the weekly unemployment payments are looking to be $400/week into year-end, which is higher than market expectations).

Economic data was solid as German Manufacturers’ Orders (27.9% vs. (E) 9.6%) and the British Construction PMI (58.1 vs. (E) 57.0) both beat estimates.

Today the focus will be on the weekly Jobless Claims (E: 1.442M), and simply put the market does not want to see any further increases in weekly claims as that implies the recovery is pausing.  A number above 1.5MM will likely put a headwind on stocks today (unless there’s positive stimulus headlines).  There’s also one Fed speaker, Kaplan (E: 10:00 a.m. ET), but he shouldn’t move markets.

Tom Essaye Quoted in CNBC on August 4, 2020

“The bottom line is that if we do see real disappointment in stimulus or the vaccine, then a 10% correction is the likely best-case scenario, and it’ll come…” said Tom Essaye of The Sevens Report, in a note. Click here to read the full article.

Tom Essaye Interviewed with TD Ameritrade on August 5, 2020

Tom Essaye intereviewed with Oliver Renick from TD Ameritrade discussing ISM non-manufacturing, COVID-19 trends, stimulus and more…Click here to watch the full interview.

Tom Essaye Interviewed with Yahoo Finance on August 4, 2020

Yahoo Finance’s Brian Sozzi and Alexis Christoforous break down latest market action with The Sevens Report Founder, Tom Essaye. Click here to watch the full interview.

Market Multiple Table: August Update

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The Yield Curve Is Still Bullish on Stocks

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • ISM Manufacturing Index Takeaways
  • The Yield Curve Is Still Bullish on Stocks

U.S. equity futures are churning lower this morning after a mostly quiet night of news as investors digest yesterday’s strong start to the month of August and continue to wait for details regarding the next stimulus package.

Economically, eurozone PPI rose 0.7% vs. (E) 0.5% in June helping support a modest bounce in the euro vs. the dollar this morning.

Today, there are two economic data points due to be released: Motor Vehicle Sales (14.0M) and Factory Orders (E: 5.2%) while no Fed officials are scheduled to speak today.

On the earnings front, there are a few notable reports today including: BP (-$0.99), BYND (-$0.01), ALL ($1.41), and PRU ($1.72) but none of those should materially move markets as investors will remain focused on the stimulus talks on Capitol Hill while the July labor market statistics, which begin to hit tomorrow, are also coming into focus.

What to Make of this Market (In Plain English)

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • What to Make of This Market (In Plain English)
  • Weekly Market Preview:  Is the Recovery Pausing/Stalling?
  • Weekly Economic Cheat Sheet:  Jobs Friday, Manufacturing Today

Futures are marginally higher following decent economic data combined with some mild progress on stimulus hopes.

Global manufacturing PMIs were generally better than expected as the Chinese PMI rose to 52.8 vs. (E) 51.1 while the EU number also beat expectations (51.8 vs. (E) 51.1).

On the stimulus front, both parties acknowledged some progress on negotiations, but they remained far apart.

Today focus will be on the ISM Manufacturing PMI (E: 53.5) and the market needs/wants a strong number here to help refute the growing list of indicators that imply the economic recovery is pausing/stalling.

Regarding stimulus, headlines will move the market this week but more broadly, investors are expecting some significant progress by the end of the week.  If that progress doesn’t occur, that will become a headwind on stocks.

Finally, there are also two Fed speakers today, Bullard (12:30 p.m.ET) and Evans (2:00 p.m. ET), but neither should move markets.