Market Multiple Table: April Update

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Market Multiple Table: April Update
  • S&P 500 Chart – Cautious Trade Ahead of Today’s CPI Report

Equity futures are slightly higher while the policy-sensitive 2-Yr Treasury yield is pushing further beyond 4% in pre-market trade as focus is exclusively on today’s CPI report.

Economically, Japanese PPI came in at 0.0% vs. (E) 0.1% which is adding a slight tailwind to risk assets this morning.

Looking into today’s session, all eyes will be on inflation data ahead of the open: CPI (E: 0.3% m/m, 5.2% y/y), Core CPI (E: 0.4% m/m, 5.6% y/y).

From there, focus will shift to the Fed as Barkin speaks ahead of the bell (9:10 a.m. ET) and Daly speaks mid-day (12:00 p.m. ET), before the latest FOMC meeting minutes will be released at 2:00 p.m. ET. Any hawkish commentary or verbiage within the minutes will likely weigh on stocks and push yields higher.

Bottom line, the CPI data will be the main catalyst today and to recap yesterday’s “CPI Preview” the “good scenario” is a headline below 5.2% with Core below 5.5%, the “bad scenario” is a headline between 5.2% and 6.0% with Core at 5.6%, and the “ugly scenario” is a headline above 6.0% with Core above 5.6%.

Tom Essaye Quoted in Forbes on March 10th, 2023

Biggest Bank Failure Since Great Recession Sparks ‘Overblown’ Fears Of Contagion—But Big Lingering Risks Remain

The broad selloff was “undoubtedly an unwelcome reminder” of the 2008 financial crisis, says Sevens Report analyst Tom Essaye, noting SVB scrambled and ultimately failed to stay afloat after it was forced to sell a bond portfolio at a $1.8 billion loss because higher interest rates pushed bond prices “far below” where they were when purchased. Click here to read the full article.

What the Bank Failures Mean for Markets

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • What’s Happened with the Bank Failures
  • What the Government Response Means for Markets
  • Is This A Bearish Gamechanger?
  • CPI Preview

Futures are little changed as markets digest the three bank failures last week and the government response.

Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) and Signature Bank of New York (SBNY) both failed over the weekend, making three bank failures last week.  In response to the SVB and SBNY failures, the government announced the creation of a bank lending facility, the Bank Term Funding Program, which is helping to ease concern about a broader bank run (but doesn’t entirely solve the crisis).

Today President Biden will address the nation on the situation this morning, but the key remains stability in the regional banks and in Treasury yields (they need to stop collapsing).  If regional banks (KRE) and yields stabilize, markets can rally.