Dow Theory Update: Bullish Reversal in July

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Dow Theory Update – Bullish Reversal in July
  • Central Bank Decision Expectations: Fed, ECB, and BOE this Week

Futures are modestly lower as traders digest mixed mega-cap tech earnings and look ahead to today’s Fed decision.

On the earnings front, GOOGL is up 8%+ in premarket trade thanks to strong reported revenue growth while MSFT is down 3.5% on soft sales and weaker guidance specifically in the company’s cloud computing division.

Today, there is one economic report to watch: New Home Sales (E: 727K) before focus will turn to the Fed with the FOMC Meeting Announcement at 2:00 p.m. ET (E: +25 bp hike) and Fed Chair Powell’s Press Conference at 2:30 p.m. ET.

A busy week of earnings will also continue with T ($0.60), BA (-$0.99), and KO ($0.72) releasing quarterly results before the bell while META ($2.87) and STX (-$0.26) will report after the close.

VIX History and the Current Bear Market

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • A Look at VIX History and the Current Bear Market
  • Chart: 30-Yr Treasury Bonds Fall to New Lows

Stock futures are testing the 2022 lows this morning as global bond yields push multi-year highs amid renewed turmoil in the U.K.’s government bond market.

The BOE expanded its emergency bond-buying program overnight after Gilt yields spiked higher, with officials warning that market dysfunction is threatening the U.K.’s financial stability.

Economically, the NFIB Small Business Optimism Index came in at  92.1 vs. (E) 91.5 for September.

There are no additional economic reports today but there are two Fed officials scheduled to speak: Harker (11:30 a.m. ET) and Mester (12:00 p.m. ET).

Looking back to the bond markets, there is a 3-Yr Treasury Note auction at 1:00 p.m. ET and if the results are weak, sending yields higher, that would further pressure stocks today.

Bottom line is, turmoil in the U.K. Gilts market is once again sending global yields higher and weighing on risk assets and if we don’t see bond markets stabilize this morning, then expect stocks and other risk assets to remain under pressure today.

Understanding What’s Happening in the UK and with the BOE (This Matters to U.S. Stocks and Bonds)

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Understanding What’s Happening in the UK and with the BOE (This Matters to U.S. Stocks and Bonds)
  • What the Nordstream Pipeline Sabotage Means for Energy Markets

Futures are down close to 1% on digestion of Monday’s bounce and as UK PM Truss defended her spending plan.

UK Prime Minister Truss doubled down on her tax cut and spending package, calling it the “right plan.”  The market still disagrees, however, and the Pound is down –0.5% and 10-year GILT yields are up 14 bps on the comments.

Economically the only notable report was EU Economic Sentiment which missed estimates (93.7 vs. (E) 96.0).

Today the key economic report will be weekly Jobless Claims (E: 218K) and as we’ve consistently said, the sooner this number moves towards 300k, the better for markets.  We also get the final Q2 GDP (E: -0.6%) and there are two Fed speakers, Mester (1:00 p.m. ET) and Daly (4:45 p.m. ET) but they shouldn’t move markets.

Like the past several days, the British Pound and 10-year GILT yields will drive global markets.  If the Pound drops and GILT yields rise further, stocks will fall and could give back most, if not all, of yesterday’s gains.

Jobs Day

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Jobs Day
  • Why the BOE Hiked 50 bps Yesterday

Futures are flat ahead of today’s jobs report and following a generally quiet night of news.

The only notable economic report was German Industrial Production and it beat estimates rising 0.4% vs. (E) -0.4%.

Geo-politically, China suspended military, climate, and drug enforcement communications with the U.S in retaliation for the Pelosi visit to Taiwan.  But, unless retaliation from China impacts U.S./China trade or commodities prices, markets will largely ignore it.

Today the focus will be on the jobs report and the key for markets is that it shows easing wage pressures and moderation in the labor market.  So, a mildly underwhelming reports vs expectations (E: 250K job adds, 3.6% UE Rate, 5.0% y/y wage growth) is the best outcome for stocks.

There’s also one Fed speaker today, Barkin at 8:00 a.m. ET, but he shouldn’t move markets.