Tyler Richey Appeared on TD Ameritrade on August 6, 2019

Tyler Richey, co-editor of the Sevens Report Research, had a great interview with TD Ameritrade’s Ben Lichtenstein on August 6, discussing copper trading near 2019 lows, correlation with tenure yields, what comes next for copper, possible influencers, catalysts for copper, stocks and more…Click here to watch the full interview

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Tom Essaye was Quoted in CNBC on August 5, 2019

Copper, a barometer for the global economy, drops to a 2-year low on trade war fears

“The combination of a disappointing Fed and an escalating trade war appears to be too much for this fragile global economy. The summer breakdown in copper…” said the Sevens Report’s Tom Essaye. Click here to read the full article.

Copper Pipes

Dr. Copper Update

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Dr. Copper Update
  • CPI – The Case for a July Rate Cut Got A Bit Stronger Yesterday
  • China & Treasuries: No Signs of a Buyers Strike (Yet)
  • Oil Outlook – Supplies Keep Rising.

Futures are marginally higher following a busy night of news, but none of it shifted the current market outlook.

If there is a “reason” for the gains this morning it’s hopes for more Chinese stimulus as Chinese Vice Premier Hu called for more stimulus to help the economy, although no specifics were given and China’s already been aggressively stimulating the economy for months – so this isn’t exactly incremental news.

Geo-politically, Brent crude oil surged 3% after two tankers were attacked via a torpedo and mine strike overnight in the Gulf of Oman (near the mouth of the Strait of Hormuz).  It’s unclear who is responsible at this point but that’s obviously increasing tensions in an already unstable part of the globe.

The remaining big event for the week comes tonight via the Chinese economic data, so today will be spent watching the headlines for any trade updates, while on the economic front we get Jobless Claims (E: 216K) and Import & Export Prices (E: -0.3%, 0.1%), but neither should move markets materially.  Finally, there is a 30 Yr. T-Bond Auction at 1:00 p.m. ET and we’ll be watching to see if there are any signs of a Chinese “buyers strike” for Treasuries (so far, it’s not happening).

Tom Essaye Quoted in Markets Insider on May 15, 2019

Tom Essaye was quoted in Markets Insider on May 15, 2019. The red metal has been the “single-best leading indicator for stocks over the past 18 months,” and is flashing a warning sign for…” Click here to read the full article.

Another Update From Dr. Copper (It’s Been Right)

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Another Update From Dr. Copper (It’s Been Right)

Futures are modestly weaker following disappointing Chinese economic data.  Nothing new happened over night with U.S./China trade.

Chinese Retail Sales (7.2% vs. (E) 8.6%), Fixed Asset Investment (6.1% vs. (E) 6.4%) and Industrial Production (5.4% vs. (E) 6.3%) all missed estimates, implying the Chinese economic recovery might not be as solid as thought.

Today focus will shift back to economic data.  The Chinese data was underwhelming and that will put more pressure on today’s U.S. data to reassure markets about growth.

The key reports today (in order of importance) are:  Retail Sales (E: 0.2%), Empire State Manufacturing Survey (E: 9.0), Industrial Production (E: 0.0%), Housing Market Index (E: 64).  Again, “bad” numbers from these reports that makes the Fed more dovish may cause a temporary bounce in stocks, but that’s not good for stocks in the medium/longer term.

Finally, there are two Fed Speakers, Quarles (9:30 a.m. ET) and Barkin (1:00 p.m. ET) but neither should move markets.

An Update from Dr. Copper

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • An Update from Dr. Copper

Futures are little changed following more U.S./China trade optimism and mixed earnings.

President Trump said he expects to host Chinese Premier Xi at the White House “soon” and a trade deal could be signed in June.

Earnings after the bell were mixed at INTC badly missed, while F and AMZN both posted solid numbers.

There was no material economic data overnight.

Today should be a generally quiet day as the volume of earnings reports subsides (reports we’re watching include XOM ($0.75), AAL ($0.50) and CVX ($1.26)) and are just two economic reports: Preliminary Q1 ‘19 GDP (E: 2.2%) and Consumer Sentiment (E: 97.1).  If GDP is a bad miss (which is unlikely) that might temporarily pressure stocks, but really markets are already looking ahead to next week, which is absolutely full of important macro events and continued earnings.

A New Prognosis from Dr. Copper?

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Is  Dr. Copper’s Prognosis for the Markets Just Change?
  • Economic Data (Yesterday Was Not a Good Day)
  • Energy Update

Futures are recouping yesterday’s losses not because of what happened overnight (which was nothing) but instead of what might happen today.

Trump & Chinese Vice Premier He will meet at 2:30 ET and markets hope more progress on a deal is signaled.

Additionally, markets hope Fed officials (specifically Williams and Clarida) give more clarity on the end of QT at a Fed conference later this afternoon.

As mentioned, there are no economic reports or notable earnings today so focus will be on the Trump/He meeting and the various Fed speakers making comments today:  Williams (10:15 a.m. ET), Bullard (1:30 p.m. ET), Clarida (1:30 p.m. ET), Harker (1:30 p.m. ET).  For those events to power stocks meaningfully higher, we’ll need to see hints that a U.S./China deal would reduce current tariffs, and a clear indication that QT will end in 2019.

Technical Tipping Point

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Technical Update – We’ve Reached the Tipping Point
  • Why Copper Really Rallied Yesterday

Futures are slightly lower and international markets were mixed overnight as investor focus is shifting to today’s release of the January FOMC Meeting Minutes.

Japanese Exports in January were worse than feared (-8.4% vs. E: -6.1%) while the British CBI Industrial Trends Survey was 6 vs. (E) -5 but neither release moved markets o/n.

There are no economic reports in the U.S. today however the European Commission releases Flash Consumer Confidence data for February (10:00 a.m. ET) and given the recent string of underwhelming EU data points, another bad number could weigh on EU (and to a lesser extend U.S.) stocks into the European close.

The big event today will be the release of the January FOMC Meeting Minutes at 2:00 p.m. ET. Investors will be looking for any further clues as to the Fed’s plans for the balance sheet as a dovish adjustment is one of the few potentially bullish catalysts left for this stock rally right now.

Other than the Fed, U.S.-China trade negotiations continue in Washington however a deal is largely priced in and the talks are now a risk to the market as any “bad news” regarding the trade war would likely hit stocks hard.

An Update from Dr. Copper

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • An Update from Dr. Copper (Mildly Encouraging)

Futures are up modestly, but off the highs as investors digest the latest Brexit drama, Chinese stimulus, and mixed economic data ahead of more key US bank earnings.

Economically, Japanese Machine Orders badly missed expectations in November (0.0% vs. E: 3.3%) pointing to soft capital spending while European inflation data was largely inline with estimates.

Today, the government shutdown is going to start affecting the flow of economic data as the December Retail report will not be released. To that point, concerns are starting to build about the economic headwinds the shutdown will have as it drags on, and eventually those worries will begin to weigh on stocks.

U.S. economic data on Import & Export Prices (E: -1.2%, -0.3%) and the Housing Market Index (E: 57.0) will still be released as scheduled however, and there is one Fed official speaking: Kashkari (1:00 p.m. ET).

On the earnings front, focus will be on financials early with: BAC ($0.63), GS ($5.37), BLK ($6.39), and BK ($0.92) all due to report ahead of the bell while two notably growth-sensitive companies: AA ($0.49) and CSX ($1.00) will report after the close.

Commodities Update, August 22, 2017

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Commodities were mostly higher yesterday as gold continued to benefit from risk-off money flows and a weaker dollar, which also propped up copper futures. Meanwhile, crude oil bucked the trend and gave back most of Friday’s rally. The benchmark commodity index ETF, DBC, fell 1.21% thanks to he declines in energy futures.

Yesterday’s pullback in oil was a textbook retracement of Friday’s very “squeezy” rally. Shorts that were run out of the market late last week repositioned yesterday morning, which influenced the heavy trading that was largely dictated by technicals. WTI futures fell 2.22% on the day.

Friday’s big rally essentially created a “gap” in the market as the bulk of the move occurred in less than an hour, and on very light volume. That set things up for a reversal, and because newswires were very quiet yesterday, algos and technical traders took control of the market and largely “filled the gap” as we ended the day near where Friday’s rally began.

As far as the longer-term trend in oil goes, yesterday’s session was rather insignificant. The market remains in a broad, sideways range with the $50 mark continuing to act as a stubborn resistance level.

Fundamentally, the OPEC/NOPEC meeting in Vienna was anticlimactic. The previous extraordinary meeting was a non-event as well, and the market is beginning to shrug off OPEC-related headlines more and more as the cartel has been largely ineffective in recent months.

The oil market remain bearish for now, as US production continues to grind higher and OPEC has so far failed at trying to offer material support to the market through their policy decisions. Looking ahead, the $50 mark in WTI is a very important technical and psychological resistance level that will not likely be violated in the absence of a legitimate bullish catalyst.

Natural gas rallied 2.42% yesterday as the market continues to show signs of life in the late summer. There was no real catalyst for the move yesterday, but nat gas is continuing to show signs of putting a bottom in and forming support in
the $2.80-$2.90 area.

Looking ahead, the bulls have their sights set on reclaiming the $3.00 mark, and a close above would be a bullish development on the charts. That would match the supply side fundamentals showing a potential long-term shift of supply levels turning lower.

In the metals, the weaker dollar was the primary influence on the market yesterday, as gold rallied 0.39% and copper rallied 1.36%. Gold continued to catch a bid from the cautious feel in the market after last week’s sharp pullback in stocks, but futures failed to close at a new high and above the $1300 mark despite rallying through the important resistance level briefly in Friday trade.

For now, we remain cautious on gold as the technical outlook is rather cloudy. If, however, bond yields break- down further (more on that in the currencies and bonds section) then gold will surely have the support to break out through $1300 and begin a new uptrend.

Copper continued to grind higher yesterday with futures hitting the highest level since late 2014. With the price action in gold and the bond market both flashing a warning sign for risk assets, copper continues to flash a positive signal for the global economy.

Looking ahead, the path of least resistance is still higher for copper, which is a positive for the global economic outlook and risk assets. Yet, the biggest thing to watch with regard to the rally is the dollar, as a reversal back higher in the buck could significantly damage the uptrend in all metals.

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