How to Explain the Israel-Hamas Conflict to Clients

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • How to Explain the Israel-Hamas Conflict to Clients (How It Matters to Markets)
  • Empire State Manufacturing Index Takeaways (More Goldilocks Data)

Stock futures are modestly lower this morning as Treasury yields are rising back towards cycle highs. This is on news that President Biden will travel to Israel tomorrow to try and ease tensions in the region.

Economic data was largely shrugged off overnight. There were more signs of disinflation as wage pressures eased in the latest U.K. Labour Report. While New Zealand’s latest CPI report undershot estimates at 5.6% vs. (E) 5.9% year-over-year.

Today is lining up to be a busy session news-wise as we get several economic reports in the U.S. including: Retail Sales (E: 0.3%), Industrial Production (E: 0.0%), Business Inventories (E: 0.3%), and the Housing Market Index (E: 45). Investors will want to see more Goldilocks data supporting both peak-Fed-hawkishness and prospects for a soft economic landing in order for stocks to continue to rally.

There are also multiple Fed speakers to watch: Williams, Bowman, Barkin, and Kashkari. Markets will be looking for more commentary that suggests the FOMC is done with rate hikes for the cycle.

Finally, earnings season continues to ramp up with: BAC ($0.80), GS ($5.32), JNJ ($2.52), and LMT ($6.66) reporting results before the bell. While UAL ($3.40) and JBHT ($1.87) will report after the close. A drop-off in earnings is not priced into markets at these levels so investors will be looking for positive quarterly results and upbeat guidance.

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What Caused Yesterday’s Selloff? (It Wasn’t the Fitch Downgrade)

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • What Caused Yesterday’s Selloff? (It Wasn’t the Fitch Downgrade)
  • Jobs Report Preview
  • EIA Analysis and Oil Market Update

Futures are modestly lower following Wednesday’s selloff on more disappointing earnings and mixed economic data.

Economically, the EU Composite PMI slightly missed estimates (48.6 vs. (E) 48.9) as recession worries creep higher.

Tech earnings underwhelmed again, with disappointing results from QCOM and PYPL (both stocks down 7%-ish).

Today will be a busy day of data and earnings.  First, the BOE is set to hike rates 50 bps, but markets will want to see if they signal this is the last hike of the cycle.

Turning to the U.S., there are several important economic reports today including: Jobless Claims (E: 225K), ISM Services PMI (E: 53.0) and Unit Labor Costs (E: 2.6%).  Investors need Goldilocks economic data to help stabilize stocks, and if these reports are stronger than expected, look for Treasury yields to rise and for stocks to fall (like what happened yesterday).

Finally, on earnings, we get results from two of the biggest stocks in the market after the close:  AAPL ($1.19) and AMZN ($0.34).

Tom Essaye Quoted in Barron’s on June 30th, 2023

Bank Stocks Are Higher After Passing Fed’s Stress Test

The 23 largest banks in the U.S. passed the Fed’s annual stress tests, and while none were expected to fail, the fact that there were no negative surprises is a general positive for the banking sector and financials, Tom Essaye, founder of research firm Sevens Reports, wrote Thursday. Click here to read the full article.

Why Did Banks Drop Yesterday?

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Why Did Banks Drop Yesterday?
  • Technical Update: Two S&P 500 Charts to Watch

Futures are slightly higher despite more pain in regional bank shares in the pre-market and soft tech earnings from late yesterday as focus shifts to today’s Fed decision.

AMD is down 7%+ after a disappointing sales forecast late yesterday while shares of PACW and WAL (which fell sharply yesterday and weighed on the broader banking complex) are both down 7% to 12% in pre-market trade this morning.

Economically, Australian Retail Sales were better than expected while the Eurozone Unemployment Rate dipped which saw bond yields move off the overnight lows.

Looking into today’s session there are two important economic reports to watch as they could alter Fed policy expectations depending on how they come in. The ADP Employment Report (E: 143K) is due out before the bell while the ISM Services Index (E: 51.7) will be released at the top of the 10:00 a.m. hour ET.

From there focus will turn to the Fed with the FOMC Decision at 2:00 p.m. ET (E: +25 bp) and Fed Chair Powell’s press conference at 2:30 p.m. ET. How the Fed handles forward guidance in the statement and any insights Powell provides in the presser will be the key factors in determining whether stocks extend yesterday’s declines or stabilize and recover to test the YTD highs.


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Moment of Truth: Does the Fed Signal a Pause?

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Moment of Truth:  Does the Fed Signal a Pause?
  • Weekly Market Preview:  Important New Insight into the Hard vs. Soft Landing Debate
  • Weekly Economic Cheat Sheet:  ISM Manufacturing Today, Services Wednesday, Jobs Report Friday (It’s a Very Busy and Important Week)

Futures are little changed as markets digest the FRC seizure and asset sale to JPM and look ahead to this week’s FOMC decision and important economic data.

First Republic (FRC) failed over the weekend and was seized by the FDIC.  Assets were then sold to JPM who will effectively absorb the bank.  FRC’s failure was widely expected, and as such it’s not a new negative on markets.

Economically, the Chinese April manufacturing PMI missed expectations and fell back below 50 (49.2 vs. (E) 51.4.).

Today there is only one notable economic report, the April ISM Manufacturing PMI (E: 46.8), and markets will want to see stability in the data (so no further declines).

On the banks, again FRC’s failure was priced in last week, so it’s not a new negative on markets.  The key now is seeing if any other regional banks with large uninsured deposits come under pressure, so as we said last week, we’ll be watching WAL, CMA and ZION over the coming days.

Tom Essaye Interviewed on BNN Bloomberg

In a scared market, fundamental valuations don’t matter: Tom Essaye

Tom Essaye, president of Sevens Report Research, joins BNN Bloomberg to discuss what’s going on in the markets. Essaye says that the focuses this week are bank stability and inflation, and that he prefers defensive sectors right now such as consumer staples and healthcare. Click here to watch the full interview.


Tom Essaye Quoted in Barron’s on March 29th, 2023

Markets Pop as Banking Fears Ease, Tech Stocks Rally

“The UBS move is easing some of the angst surrounding the recent turmoil in the banking sector,” wrote Tom Essaye, founder of Sevens Report Research. Click here to read the full article.

Bull Case vs. Bear Case Part II (Tactical Ideas and My Opinion)

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Bull Case vs. the Bear Case Part II (Tactical Ideas and My Opinion)

Futures are little changed as global inflation and regional bank liquidity stress both remain elevated.

The Fed’s balance sheet shrank slightly as discount window borrowing dropped –22 bln. while BTFP lending increased 10.7 bln. as bank liquidity stress didn’t get much worse, but it didn’t get much better, either.

On inflation, EU HICP fell to 6.9% from 8.5% y/y, but core HICP rose to 5.7% from 5.6%, reflecting still sticky inflation.

For the final day of the first quarter focus will be on inflation and specifically the Core PCE Price Index (E: 0.4%, 4.7%) and investors need to see that number at or below expectations to further the “Fed Pivot” idea that’s supporting stocks.  We also get Consumer Sentiment (E: 63.4) and the five-year inflation expectations and there’s one Fed speaker Williams (3:05 p.m. ET).  As mentioned, if the data and Williams support the “Fed Pivot” idea, stocks can extend the rally.  If they refute that idea, stocks could give back some of the recent gains.

Tom Essaye Quoted in Barron’s on March 24th, 2023

Stocks Gain as Volatile Week Ends

“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,” says Tom Essaye, the founder of Sevens Report Research. Click here to read the full article.

The True Indicator of Banking Stress

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • The True Indicator of Banking Stress
  • Case Shiller Home Price Index and Consumer Confidence: Charts

Stock futures are trading solidly higher with overseas markets following some positive bank headlines out of Europe and strong price action in Asian tech shares.

BABA announced a corporate restructuring plan that sent shares higher by 14% overnight, boosting sentiment across Asian equity markets and buoying U.S. equity futures with tech leading the way higher.

In Europe, it was reported that UBS has brought back former CEO Sergio Ermotti to oversee the CS takeover which is further easing some of the angst surrounding the recent turmoil in the banking sector.

Looking into today’s session, there is one more housing data release to watch: Pending Home Sales (E: 1.0%) before Fed Vice Chair Barr continues with his Congressional testimony regarding recent bank failures at 10:00 a.m. ET. There is also a 7-Yr Treasury Note auction at 1:00 p.m. ET.

Bottom line, equity markets appear to be stabilizing but the tape does remain thin and tentative with the “pain trade” to the upside. One materially negative headline out of the banking sector or regarding Fed policy, however, could reignite the volatility of recent weeks.