Investors might be getting a little more nervous around growth

Investors might be getting a little more nervous around growth: Sevens Report Editor, Tom Essaye, Quoted in Barron’s


The Market Had Another Great Week—but Trouble Still Lurks

In fact, investors might be getting a little more nervous around growth, wrote Sevens Report President Tom Essaye on Friday.

“To be clear, I’m not saying a slowdown is upon us and I’m not saying that the economic expansion is ending. Growth is still solid. What I am saying is that the market calculus…may be changing a bit at the margin,” Essaye wrote.

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The consumer sentiment reading will be the inflation data in that report

The consumer sentiment reading will be the inflation data in that report: Sevens Report Editor, Tom Essaye, Quoted in Barron’s


Stocks Open Lower. S&P 500 and Nasdaq Pull Back From Record Highs.

“But, more important than the consumer sentiment reading will be the inflation data in that report,” writes Sevens Report Research’s Tom Essaye. “Markets will want to see stable consumer sentiment and better than expected inflation readings to rally.”

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Investors are taking a bit off the top with markets hovering near all-time highs.

Investors are taking a bit off the top: Sevens Report Editor, Tom Essaye, Quoted in Barron’s


2 Big Reasons Why the Dow and S&P 500 Are Down

Sevens Report Research’s Tom Essaye told Barron’s that he thinks investors are taking a bit off the top with markets hovering near all-time highs.

“I think that markets are, especially at these levels, a bit nervous that perhaps growth is stronger than they think, and maybe inflation is just a touch stickier than they think following the jobs report,” he said in a phone interview.

Essaye thinks that it would take a very hot inflation report, one that spooks even the generally dovish Powell, to send stocks falling fast on Wednesday.

“If that starts to percolate, that’s a substantial change, because now they may hike again,” Essaye said. “And that would cause volatility. I think the chances of that happening tomorrow are extremely slim, unless CPI is just a total shock.”

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Market Multiple Table: Pushing Justifiable Valuations

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • June Market Multiple Table – Pushing the Edge of Justifiable Valuations
  • Empire State Manufacturing Survey Takeaways
  • Chart – NVDA Tests Near-Term Uptrend

Futures are little changed as ongoing strength in technology shares offsets weakness in small caps in pre-market trade after mixed economic data overnight.

Economically, the German ZEW Survey missed estimates while the EU’s Narrow Core HICP (Core CPI equivalent) was inline with the May Flash of 2.9%, which was up from 2.7% in April.

Today, focus will be on economic data early with Retail Sales (E: 0.3%) and Industrial Production (E: 0.3%) both due to be released. Investors will be looking for signs of healthy consumer spending but not a figure that is “too hot” (hawkish policy concerns) or “too cold” (growth worries) while steady factory sector data would be welcomed but not as impactful for markets today.

There is also a long list of Fed speakers today. In chronological order, we will hear from: Barkin (10:00 a.m. ET), Collins (11:40 a.m. ET), Musalem (1:00 p.m. ET), Logan (1:00 p.m. ET) and Goolsbee (2:00 p.m. ET).

Finally, there is a 20-Yr Treasury Bond auction at 1:00 p.m. ET and weak demand could send yields higher and weigh on equities in afternoon trade.


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Is Disinflation Still Good for Markets? (The Answer May Surprise You)

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Is Disinflation Still Good for Markets? (The Answer May Surprise You)
  • Weekly Market Preview:  Are Hard Landing Chances Rising?
  • Weekly Economic Cheat Sheet:  A holiday-shortened week, but still one with important growth updates.

Futures are slightly lower on mixed Chinese economic data and following a quiet summer weekend of news.

Chinese Fixed Asset Investment (4.0% vs. (E) 4.2%) and Industrial Production (5.6% vs. (E) 6.2%) both missed estimates while Retail Sales beat (3.7% vs. (E) 3.0%) leaving the outlook for Chinese growth still mixed (at best).

There were no notable political or geo-political updates over the weekend.

The focus of the data this week will be on economic growth and today we get the first look as June activity via the June Empire Manufacturing Index (E: -12.50).  Given recent worries about growth, the stronger this number, the better for the broader markets.

We also have three Fed speakers today, Williams (12:00 p.m. ET), Harker (1:0 p.m. ET) and Cook (11:00 p.m. ET) but again, given last week’s Fed meeting, they shouldn’t move markets.

Finally, markets are closed on Wednesday for observance of Juneteenth (this is a recently new Federal holiday so I just want to make sure everyone was aware of the closure).


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Evidence That Investors Are Starting to Worry About Growth

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Evidence That Investors Are Starting to Worry About Growth

Futures are moderately lower despite a slightly dovish Bank of Japan decision and more strong tech earnings (ADBE), as growing political anxiety in Europe weighed on markets.

French stocks dropped another 1% (down 5% on the week) on growing political uncertainty and that’s weighing on European markets and U.S. futures.

Today focus will remain on economic data and the notable report is the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index (E: 73.0).  But, more important than the consumer sentiment reading will be the inflation data in that report (1-Year Inflation Expectations E: 3.2%, Five-Year Inflation Expectations E: 3.0%) and markets will want to see stable consumer sentiment and better than expected inflation readings to rally.

We also have two Fed speakers today, Goolsbee (2:00 p.m. ET) and Cook (7:00 p.m. ET)., but they shouldn’t move markets.


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What the Good CPI and Mixed Fed Message Means for Markets

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • What Yesterday’s Good CPI and Mixed Fed Messaging Means for Markets

Futures are little changed despite more positive tech earnings as markets digest Wednesday’s CPI driven rally.

Broadcom (AVGO) became the latest AI-linked tech company (after AAPL and ORCL) to post strong earnings as the stock is up 14% pre-market.

Economically, it was a mostly quiet night as EU Industrial Production slightly missed estimates (-0.1% vs. (E) 0.1%) but that isn’t moving markets.

Today focus will remain on economic data and the two notable reports are Jobless Claims (222k) and PPI (E: 0.1% m/m, 2.5% y/y).  Of the two, PPI is more important and if it is lower than expected that’ll strengthen the belief in disinflation and increase September rate cut expectations, and stocks should extend yesterday’s rally.

Additionally, we do get one Fed speaker today, Williams at 12:00 p.m. ET, and he is part of leadership so his commentary on rate cuts could move markets.


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FOMC Preview (All About the Dots)

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • FOMC Preview (All About the Dots)

Futures are slightly higher following more solid tech earnings and despite some stagflationary economic data.

ORCL earnings beat estimates and the stock is up 9% pre-market, helping to support stock futures.

Economically, Chinese inflation ran slightly hot while UK Industrial Production badly missed estimates.

Today brings the two key events of the week via CPI and the Fed Decision.  For CPI, estimates are:  E: 0.1% m/m, 3.4% y/y, Core CPI (0.3% m/m, 3.5% y/y).  The key here is that core CPI is flat or declines from last month.  If we see a bounce back above 3.6% that will likely be a material surprise negative.

For the Fed, there is no change expected to rates and focus at 2:00 will be on the dots (and how much they changed since March).  Anything from the Fed (dots or Powell commentary) that makes a September rate cut more likely will help stocks, while anything that makes it less likely will be a headwind.


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Tom Essaye has proposed two unlikely scenarios for Friday’s jobs report

Two unlikely scenarios for Friday’s jobs report: Tom Essaye Quoted in MarketWatch


Two ‘wildcard’ scenarios for Friday’s jobs report

Tom Essaye, founder of Sevens Report Research, has proposed two unlikely scenarios for Friday’s jobs report that are nevertheless worth considering.

In a report shared with MarketWatch early Friday, Essaye outlined his two “wildcard” scenarios — one where jobs growth surprises to the upside, but wage growth slows, and another that is essentially the inverse.

  • “The first potential wildcard to watch today is a jobs report that supports the case for a “no landing” or already-achieved soft-landing, which would be characterized by an as-expected or better-than-anticipated job adds headline, steady or falling unemployment rate, and significant drop in wage growth to suggest suddenly easing inflation pressures.”
  • “The second wildcard to watch is data that suggests the economy is falling into a rut of stagflation with a sharp slowdown in growth that is on the brink of contraction but with still sticky and elevated inflation pressures. A very underwhelming job adds headline, a spike in the unemployment rate, and an unforeseen jump in wage growth would fit the criteria of a stagflationary release.”

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Prices had sold off with risk assets in the immediate wake of the U.S. jobs data

Prices had sold off with risk assets: Sevens Report Co-Editor, Tyler Richey, Quoted in MarketWatch


Oil prices fall for a third week in a row

Prices had sold off with risk assets in the immediate wake of the U.S. jobs data for May as they were “perceived as ‘hot’ and hawkish for Fed policy” and “ultimately negative for growth and consumer demand,” said Tyler Richey, co-editor at Sevens Report Research. “But futures have since recovered as the details of the report were not nearly as strong as the headline would suggest.”

“In the near term, an uncertain and potentially fluid OPEC+ backdrop, simmering geopolitical tensions and perceived resilience could support oil prices and even see a retest of $80 [a] barrel” by WTI crude, he said. “But looking at the longer-term setup for oil, it is less than encouraging with all the telltale signs of a looming recession falling into place at a time when OPEC+ is likely maxed out with regard to their willingness to curb production any further than they already have.”

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