Tyler Richey Quoted in MarketWatch on August 21, 2019

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Tom Essaye Quoted in Yahoo Finance on August 22, 2019

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Powell Speech Preview

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Powell Speech Preview
  • Can Strong Consumer Spending Prevent a Recession?

Futures are marginally higher following a quiet night as trader position ahead of the Powell speech later this morning.

Economic data was sparse overnight although core Japanese CPI met expectations at 0.6% y/y.

There was no trade news overnight although Kudlow (Director of the National Economic Council) said discussions between the U.S. and China were “productive” on Wednesday (although he always says that).

Today the big event is the Powell speech at 10:00 a.m. ET. From a market standpoint, the 10’s-2’s spread will tell us whether the speech is positive or negative for stocks.  If Powell is sufficiently dovish, then 10’s-2’s should widen out towards 5 basis points, and that should help stocks rally.  Conversely, if Powell is not sufficiently dovish, 10s’-2’s will invert, likely notably, and in that case, if could get a bit ugly for stocks in the afternoon.

Rising Chances of a True Yield Curve Inversion

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • FOMC Minutes Takeaway – Increased Chances of a True Inversion
  • EIA/Oil Market Update

Futures are slightly lower as markets digest yesterday’s “not dovish” FOMC Minutes, another temporary yield curve inversion, and mixed economic data.

Global flash PMIs were better than expected but still remained below 50 (so still signaling contracting activity).  The EU flash PMI rose to 47.0 vs. (E) 46.2.

The 10’s-2’s Treasury yield spread temporarily inverted again on Wednesday but currently sits at +2 bps.

Today focus will be on the August Flash Composite PMI (E: 51.9) and as has been the case lately, a good number will be good for stocks.  We also get Jobless Claims (E: 215K) this morning.

Bottom line, bond yields should continue to lead stocks.  If the flash PMI is solid and yields rally, so can stocks, and if the PMI is soft and yields drop, then so will stocks.

Did the Yield Curve Actually Invert?

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Why Italian Political Drama Matters to You
  • Did the Yield Curve Actually Invert? Only Sort Of

Futures are solidly higher this morning, rising in sympathy with EU shares as Italian political concerns ease while a German Bond auction was unexpectedly weak, both of which are helping bolster stocks.

In Italy, odds of a coalition government being formed are rising materially, reducing fears and general uncertainties surrounding new elections this fall.

Economic data was thin o/n however there was a soft 30-Year Bond auction in Germany this morning which is helping yields rise and fueling general risk-on money flows.

After a choppy start to the trading week, the list of market catalysts picks up today as there is one economic report: Existing Home Sales (E: 5.380M) but investors will be primarily focused on the July FOMC Meeting Minutes (2:00 p.m. ET).

If the Minutes release is another “hawkish disappointment” like the announcement and Powell’s press conference were in late July, we could see another wave of volatility as investors’ dovish hopes are elevated going into the Jackson Hole Economic Symposium later this week.

Tyler Richey Quoted in MarketWatch on August 13, 2019

“Looking ahead though, the outlook for oil remains neutral at best right now as global growth concerns remain the single biggest headwind for…”  said Tyler Richey, co-editor at Sevens Report Research. Click here to read the full article.

Man in an Oil rig

Updated Market Multiples

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Market Multiple Table Updated

Futures are drifting higher this morning, tracking gains in overseas markets as the recent rally in global equities is digested amid a much quieter macro backdrop this week.

Sentiment towards the trade war has been improving since Friday as the Trump administration appears increasingly concerned with the impact of tariffs on the U.S. economy, and that is continuing to act as a mild tailwind on stocks.

There were no material economic reports or other market-moving headlines overnight.

Looking into today’s session, there are no economic reports in the U.S. however there are two more Fed officials scheduled to speak before Powell’s Jackson Hole speech on Friday: Daly (4:30 p.m. ET) and Quarles (6:00 p.m. ET).

If Daly and Quarles have a similar tone to Rosengren from yesterday, which was “less dovish” that could weigh on stocks in the after-hours session (both speakers are after the bell) as expectations for Powell to deliver a more well-defined, dovish policy outlook on Friday will be dialed back.

Progress on U.S./China Trade?

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Updated Market Outlook
  • Weekly Market Preview (This Week is More Important Than It Might Seem)
  • Weekly Economic Cheat Sheet (All About Growth)

Futures are solidly higher again as the Commerce Department extended Huawei waivers for 90 days, which is a mild positive in the U.S./China trade situation.

There were a lot of trade-related headlines out over the weekend (and some of them were conflicting) but the net/net is that tensions appear to be receding somewhat, which is helping to support an extension of Friday’s rally.

The only notable economic report was Japanese exports, which met expectations at –1.6% m/m and isn’t moving markets.

There are no economic reports today and no Fed speakers, so focus will be on any trade-related headlines and while we’re sure to get conflicting messages via twitter and other mediums, the bottom line is that tensions appear to be receding – which is positive for stocks.

Looking forward to this week, it’s an important one.  Powell’s Jackson Hole speech on Friday, combined with FOMC Minutes Wednesday and the global flash PMIs will give us important updated insight into 1) Whether central banks are going to try and correct the hawkish disappointments from July, and 2) If global growth is trying to stabilize.  If the answer is “yes” to both, then stocks can extend the rally.

Tom Essaye Quoted in Benzinga on August 14, 2019

“So, while the inversion is certainly a disconcerting signal over the medium and longer-term, it’s not a signal to necessarily ‘sell now,’ because a lot can happen between now and six months or more…” wrote Tom Essaye. Click here to read the full article.

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Tom Essaye Quoted in CNBC on August 15, 2019

“The yield curve inverted which created a temporary ‘pile on’ effect in the bond markets. We have absolutely not seen what we wanted to out of the Fed. We had hoped for a rally in the 10-year yield…” wrote Tom Essaye of the Sevens Report. Click here to read the full article.