Upward Pressure in Treasury Yields

Upward Pressure in Treasury Yields: Tom Essaye Quoted in Barron’s

Stock Futures Slide as Bond Yields Keep Rising

Firstly, “Markets want to see Congress take some actual steps towards curbing spending and addressing the long-term fiscal issues facing the country,” wrote Tom Essaye, president of Sevens Report Research. “In order for that to happen, the Congress needs to function relatively normally, and that’s in doubt.”

“That doubt is adding to the upward pressure in Treasury yields. While that is not the only reason yields have risen, it is a contributing factor that the sooner the markets get more confidence in Congress being able to function properly, the sooner it removes a tailwind on Treasury yields (that will be good for stocks),” he continued.

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Upward Pressure in Treasury Yields

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Tom Essaye Quoted in Barron’s on February 10th, 2023

Dow Rises, but Higher Bond Yields Weigh on Tech Stocks

“Global bond yields moved higher after Nikkei reported Kazuo Ueda will become the next BOJ governor, and not the ultra-dove Masayoshi Amamiya (who was expected),” wrote Sevens Report’s Tom Essaye. Click here to read the full article.

The Three Assumptions Supporting Stocks

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • The Three Assumptions Supporting Stocks
  • Weekly Economic Cheat Sheet (All About Inflation and Growth This)
  • Weekly Market Preview:  Can Stocks Continue to Ignore Rising Bond Yields?

Futures are little changed following a mostly quiet weekend of news as markets look ahead to tomorrow’s CPI report.

The only notable economic report overnight was better than expected growth and inflation updates from the European Commission, who now sees EU growth rising 0.9% this year (up from 0.3%) and inflation at 5.6% (down from the previous 6.1%).  These revised estimates are helping to bolster the “No Landing” economic scenario.

Markets should mostly be in a holding pattern today as the CPI report looms tomorrow morning, but there are two notable events on the calendar to watch:  New York Fed Inflation Expectations (One Year: 5.0%, Five-Year: 2.4%) and one Fed speaker:  Bowman (8:00 a.m. ET).  If inflation expectations are higher than before or Bowman is hawkish, that could mildly pressure stocks.

Two Reasons Rising Bond Yields Haven’t Caused a Pullback (Yet)

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Two Reasons Rising Bond Yields Haven’t Caused a Pullback (Yet)
  • Natural Gas Update

Futures are modestly weaker following a rally in oil prices and a continued rise in bond yields overnight.

Oil rallied 2% after Russia announced it was voluntarily reducing output by 500k bpd while OPEC+ did not signal any intention to increase output to offset the reduction.

Global bond yields moved higher after Nikkei reported Kazuo Ueda will become the next BOJ governor, and not the ultra-dove Masayoshi Amamiya (who was expected).

Today focus will remain on the data and specifically University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment (E: 65.0) and the inflation expectations in the report (any further decline will be positive for stocks).  We also get two Fed speakers: Waller (12:30 p.m. ET) and Harker (4:00 p.m. ET) and markets will want to see if they echo the hawkish tone from regional Fed presidents this week.

February Inflation Expectations Update

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Inflation Expectations Update: February 2022

Stock futures are solidly higher this morning after another mostly quiet night of news as tech shares rise amid falling bond yields ahead of tomorrow’s CPI report.

There were no market-moving economic reports overnight and no data is due to be released in the U.S. today.

With no economic data on the calendar, the focus will be on Fed speakers: Bowman (10:30 a.m. ET) and Mester (12:00 p.m. ET) as well as a 10-Yr Treasury Note auction at 1:00 p.m. ET.

There are also a few notable companies due to release earnings today including: TEVA ($0.70), UBER (-$0.33), and DIS ($0.57).

Bottom line, the market remains keenly focused on inflation right now and with bond yields pulling back from recent highs, stocks are enjoying a renewed relief rally that could extend higher today as long as yields don’t reverse back towards recent highs.

Tom Essaye Quoted in Barron’s on September 23, 2021

Value Stocks Look Poised to Shine Again

Value and cyclical sectors have given back some of their early-year outperformance in recent weeks, but as long as bond yields begin to rebound, value and cyclicals should outpace growth…said Tom Essaye, founder of Sevens Report Research. Click here to read the full article.


Why Are Bond Yields At Multi-Month Lows?

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Is the Market Already Warning Us On Growth?
  • Why Are Bond Yields Threatening to Breakdown?
  • When the Coronavirus will matter more to stocks

Futures are moderately lower following a generally quiet night of news.

There was no notable economic or geo-political news overnight, and the reason stocks are lower this morning is digestion of this week’s news combined with still worsening coronavirus statistics.

Coronavirus trends remained concerning as the U.S. posted a second straight day of 60k plus new cases, while coronavirus related deaths remain near six week highs, increasing the chances that we see a further pause in the economic reopening, or even the re-imposition of widespread lockdowns.

Today there’s not much scheduled news, as PPI (E: 0.4%) is the only economic report and that won’t move markets.  So, focus will remain on whether we see more economic re-openings pause given the surge in coronavirus cases.  The low on Thursday in the S&P 500 was 3,115, and that’s a level to watch today.  If that’s broken, then we could see selling pressure increase in the near term.

Bond Yield Breakout

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Did Global Bond Yields Finally Breakout?

Futures are slightly lower following a quiet night as markets digest Thursday’s “tariff reduction” headlines while economic data continued to show mild improvement.  There was no new trade news overnight.

Economically, Chinese and German exports slightly beat estimates (Chinese exports down –0.9% vs. (E) -3.9%), German exports up 1.5% vs. (E) 0.3%) in another sign that global growth may be stabilizing.

Today there is just one economic report, Consumer Sentiment (E 96.0) and three Fed speakers, Daly (11:45 a.m. ET), Williams (8:00 p.m. ET) and Brainard (8:45 p.m. ET) but none of that should move markets as U.S./China trade is totally dominating the market narrative right now.

Given that, any confirmation of immediate tariff reduction with a phase one agreement will extend the rally in stocks and yields, while any contradiction of yesterday’s tariff reduction headlines will weigh on markets.