What Would Stop the Bond Market Selloff?

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • What Would Stop the Bond Market Selloff? (Fundamental and Technical Perspectives)
  • October Flash PMI Takeaways – More Goldilocks Data (Chart)

Stock futures are trading lower as investors digest a mixed start to big tech earnings and a moderate rise in yields.

On the earnings front, GOOGL is down 6.75% this morning as cloud revenue missed estimates. While MSFT is up 3.30% amid a broadly positive quarterly earnings report bolstered by positive AI growth metrics.

Today, focus will be on economic data early with New Home Sales (E: 685K). From there focus will turn to the bond markets as there is a 5-Yr Treasury Note Auction at 1:00 p.m. ET that has the potential to move yields and impact equities (any further retreat in yields will be welcomed by investors).

Fed Chair Powell will be speaking after the close (4:35 p.m. ET). That is likely to result in some hesitation in the afternoon as traders position/hedge ahead of his post-close commentary.

Earnings season remains in full swing as well with quarterly results due from BA (-$3.05), TMO ($5.60), and GD ($2.87) this morning. While tech giants META ($3.62) and IBM ($2.12) report after the close.

What Would Stop the Bond Market Selloff?

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Tom Essaye Interviewed by Yahoo Finance on November 15, 2021

Market Recap: Monday, November 15: Stocks drop as tech leads losses, 10-year yield tops 1.6%

I think what it is, is essentially that the bond market is looking past this transitory spike in inflation…said Tom Essaye, founder of Sevens Report Research. Click here to watch the full interview.

Tom Essaye Quoted in Barron’s on September 29, 2021

Why Higher Bond Yields Are Bad News for Tech Stocks Like Amazon and Zoom

Bottom line, the stock market is being driven by the bond market this week and if we see…writes Tom Essaye, founder of Sevens Report Research. Click here to read the full article.

Tom Essaye Quoted in The Madison Leader Gazette on September 28, 2021

Dow skids around 400 points lower as rising bond yields spark equity selloff

Bottom line, the stock market is being driven by the bond market this week and if we see bonds…said Tom Essaye, founder and president of Sevens Report Research. Click here to read the full article.

What Is Happening With the Bond Market?

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • What Is Happening With the Bond Market?

Stock futures are little changed amid a stable bond market this morning following good economic data while focus shifts to the unofficial start of earnings season and the latest consumer inflation report in the U.S.

Economically, the NFIB Small Business Optimism Index came in at 102.5 vs. (E) 99.2 for the month of June.

Today, earnings will come into focus as the big banks kick off the Q2 reporting season. Notable companies releasing results today include: JPM ($3.05), GS ($9.57), PEP ($1.52), and FAST ($0.41).

The latest U.S. inflation data will also be released ahead of the opening bell: CPI (0.5% m/m, 5.0% y/y) while there are several Fed officials scheduled to speak in the afternoon: Bostic (12:00 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. ET), Kashkari (12:45 p.m. ET), Rosengren (2:50 p.m. ET).

Bottom line, the number of influences on equities clearly picks up today and for stocks to hold the latest record highs we will need to see 1) earnings at least meet estimates, 2) CPI data not run “hot,” and 3) Fed chatter remain accommodative and importantly not take a hawkish turn.


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An Important Few Weeks for Bonds

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Why The Next Few Weeks Are Critical for the Bond Market
  • Weekly Market Preview:  Earnings Season Starts
  • Weekly Economic Cheat Sheet:  Inflation This Week

Futures are slightly lower following a very quiet weekend of news as markets wait for the start of earnings this week along with updated inflation data.

G-20 finance ministers agreed to move forward with a plan for a global minimum tax, but this remains a very, very long way from actual implementation.

China’s reserve requirement ratio cut remained top of the news but it’s unlikely to provide major stimulus and as such it’s not a material bullish catalyst for global stocks.

Today there are no economic reports and just two Fed speakers: Williams (9:30 a.m. ET) and Kashkari (12:00 p.m. ET).  As was the case last week, we expect yields to dictate trading in stocks, so if Treasury yields continue to bounce, stocks should extend Friday’s rally.

Coronavirus and the Bond Market

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Bond Market Update: Bull Steepening and New Record Lows in the 10-Year Yield
  • Coronavirus Facts and Fears

U.S. stock futures were volatile overnight, reversing from tentative gains to losses as global shares continued to decline amid the evolving coronavirus outbreak situation.

News regarding COVID-19 remained largely the same overnight; the outbreak in China continues to be contained but is spreading more rapidly in other regions including the EU.

The 10-Yr yield is encouragingly stabilizing this morning while the 2-Yr continues to decline as traders are now pricing in 65% odds of a Fed rate cut by April due to the coronavirus outbreak’s negative effects on the economy.

Today, coronavirus headlines will continue to dominate the news and markets however, there is one economic report to watch: New Home Sales (E: 708K) and two Fed officials are scheduled to speak: Kaplan (9:35 a.m. ET) and Kashkari (1:00 p.m. ET).

Is The Bond Market Finally Turning Positive on Global Growth?

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Is The Bond Market Finally Turning More Positive On Growth?
  • Another Brexit Worry?
  • EIA and Oil Market Update – No Breakout Yet

Futures are flat following a very quiet night of news.

Economic data was mixed as Australian jobs adds beat expectations (39k vs. (E) 18k) while British retail sales badly missed estimates in November (-0.6% vs. (E) 0.5%. But, neither number is moving markets.

On the earnings front, Micron (MU) had positive commentary and the stock rallied 5% after hours, and that’s helping broader market sentiment this morning (it’s the single biggest reason stocks are flat).

Today’s focus will remain on economic data, and there are three notable reports including (in order of importance):  Jobless Claims (E: 221K), Philly Fed (E: 8.5) and Existing Home Sales (E: 5.450M).

As has been the case, the stronger the data, the better, and if we get decent prints from these reports, we’ll be looking at 3200 in the S&P 500 shortly after the open.

Tom Essaye Quoted in CNBC on August 14, 2019

“Historically speaking the inversion of that benchmark yield curve measure means that we now must expect a recession anywhere from six-to-18 months from today which will…” said Tom Essaye in a note on Wednesday. Click here to read the full article.

Yield Curve Graph

Tom Essaye Quoted in ETF Daily News on June 27, 2019

“For now what the bond market is doing is signaling the chances of a recession are more likely than the chances of a renewal of the expansion,” said Tom Essaye, founder of Sevens Report Research. Click here to read the full article.