Dow Theory & Managing Risk-Reward in Stocks

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Dow Theory & Managing Risk-Reward in Stocks
  • What Is the TIPS Market Telling Us?

Money flows are decidedly risk off this morning with stock futures lower while Treasury yields fall sharply amid continued worries about the global banking system.

UBS shares are down more than 6% after Jefferies downgraded the bank following its acquisition of Credit Suisse while the bank is also under investigation regarding its bankers role in helping Russian oligarchs avoid sanctions following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Economically, measure of Core CPI in Japan came in hot at 3.5% vs. (E) 3.4% y/y while the European PMI Composite Flash was strong, jumping to 54.1 vs. (E) 52.0. Both data points have hawkish implication for respective central bank policy in the near term but banking fears are preventing a move higher in yields.

Looking into today’s session, there are two economic reports to watch: Durable Goods Orders (E: 1.5%) and the PMI Composite Flash (E: 49.3) while there is one Fed speaker: Bullard (9:30 a.m. ET). Markets want to see signs of slowing growth, but not a collapse, in the data, and a less hawkish tone from Bullard.

Bottom line, banks have reemerged as the primary influence on markets in the back half of the week and if the weakness in the sector continues today, stocks will have a very hard time extending yesterday’s modest bounce. Conversely if banks are able to stabilize, we could see the S&P 500 move back towards the 4,000 mark.