Tom Essaye Quoted in Barron’s on May 31st, 2023

Stocks Open Lower as Traders Fret About China Manufacturing, Debt Bill

“Republican Representatives have said this morning that they have the votes to pass it. If that comes to fruition, that should remove a headwind from risk assets and open the door to a continued move higher in equity markets,” writes Tom Essaye, the founder of Sevens Report Research. Click here to read the full article.

What Drove Yesterday’s Rally? (It Wasn’t AI)

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • What Drove Yesterday’s Rally? (It Wasn’t AI)

Futures are higher and global markets rallied overnight on rising hopes for a rapid decline in inflation.

Inflation metrics on Thursday hinted at accelerating disinflation (ISM Prices Paid and Unit Labor Costs were yesterday’s bullish catalysts) and that was reinforced this morning by a decline in Korean CPI.

Chinese stocks surged overnight thanks to a Bloomberg article that raised hopes for more government stimulus.

Today focus will be on the jobs report and estimates are as follows: 180K job adds, 3.5% Unemployment Rate and 0.3% m/m & 4.4% y/y wage gains.  Given yesterday’s momentum, if the jobs report shows solid job gains and underwhelming wage growth, the rally should continue.  However, if the jobs report comes in “Too Hot” on the headline or wages, don’t be surprised if markets give back part of yesterday’s rally.

Tom Essaye Quoted in on May 30th, 2023

“Yes, AI does have great potential and it does appear to be the ‘next big thing’,” wrote Tom Essaye, a former Merrill Lynch trader who founded The Sevens Report newsletter. “But I don’t see how that promise can offset the reality of higher interest rates and more pressure on the economy, at least not for a sustainable period.” Click here to read the full article.

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Sevens Report Analysts Quoted in MarketWatch on May 25th, 2023

Gold and silver settle at their lowest prices in about 9 weeks

“The debt ceiling drama is getting most of the attention, but a hawkish shift in tone by a list of [U.S. Federal Reserve] officials recently has holstered the dollar and sent policy-sensitive rates (beyond those durations reacting to the debt negotiations) higher,” analysts at Sevens Report Research wrote on Thursday’s newsletter. Click here to read the full article.

Jobs Report Preview

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Jobs Report Preview

Futures are modestly higher after the House of Representatives passed the debt ceiling extension.

The House passed the debt ceiling extension 314-117, effectively ending this drama (passage in the Senate is all but guaranteed).

Economically, EU Core HICP (their core CPI) rose 5.3% vs. (E) 5.5%, hinting at the re-start of disinflation.

Today focus will be on economic data and there are numerous potentially important reports, starting with the ISM Manufacturing PMI (E: 47.0), where markets will want to see stability in the data (so not dramatically above or below the expectation).  On employment, we get two important reports via the ADP Employment Report (E: 160K) and Jobless Claims (E: 235K), and moderation in both reports (so a drop in ADP and rise in claims) will be welcomed by markets.  Finally, on inflation, Unit Labor Costs (E: 6.3%) will give us the latest insight into wages (the lower this number, the better).  Finally, there is also one Fed speaker: Harker (1:00 p.m. ET).


Debt Ceiling Deal Update

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Debt Ceiling Deal Update
  • AI May Be Great, But Fundamentals Matter Too
  • Weekly Economic Cheat Sheet – Summer Rate Hike Back in Play

Stock futures are higher and Treasury yields are falling this morning amid renewed optimism for a debt ceiling deal.

President Biden and Speaker McCarthy agreed in principle to a two-year debt ceiling extension, which markets expect to be signed before the June 5th “X date.”

Eurozone Economic Sentiment dropped to 96.5 vs. (E) 99.4, underscoring worries about growth overseas but the debt ceiling deal optimism is overshadowing worries about the economy this morning.

Today, there are several economic reports to watch including the Case-Shiller Home Price Index (E: -0.1%), FHFA House Price Index (E: 0.3%), and Consumer Confidence (E: 100.0).

Additionally, there is one Fed speaker: Barkin (1:00 p.m. ET), however investors will remain primarily focused on the debt ceiling deal and as long as news flow surrounding the final negotiations remains positive, risk on money flows should continue today.

Why Treasury Yields Surged Yesterday (Hint: Inflation)

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Why Treasury Yields Surged Yesterday (Hint:  inflation)

Futures are flat as markets digest Thursday’s rally and consider multiple reports that a debt ceiling deal is imminent.

Numerous media outlets have reported a two-year debt ceiling deal is imminent, and if that becomes official today we should expect a modest and temporary rally.

AI optimism/euphoria continued overnight with Marvell Technologies (MRVL) rising 18% on strong AI guidance.

Focus today will first be on the debt ceiling, and if a formal deal is announced with should expect a knee jerk rally, although by itself a debt ceiling compromise won’t be a sustainable bullish catalyst.  Outside of the debt ceiling, the key reports today include the Core PCE Price Index (E: 0.3% m/m, 4.6% y/y)  and Durable Goods Orders (E: -1.1%) and investors will want to see stability in both reports to hint at ongoing disinflation and a soft landing.  We also get Consumer Sentiment (E: 58.0) and if inflation expectations rise further in that report, it could become a headwind on stocks.

What Happens If There’s No Debt Ceiling Deal?

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • What Happens If There’s No Debt Ceiling Deal?
  • Why CPI Was Positive for Stocks and Bonds Yesterday
  • EIA Analysis and Oil Market Update

Futures are modestly higher mostly on momentum from Wednesday’s rally and following a quiet night of news.

China’s CPI rose 0.1% vs. (E) 0.3% and that’s combining with recently underwhelming Chinese economic data to raise doubts about the economic recovery.

There was no notable news on the debt ceiling, although another round of high level meetings will occur tomorrow.

Today focus will first be on the Bank of England Rate Decision (E: 25 bps hike) and then on economic data, specifically Jobless Claims (E: 245K) and PPI (E: 0.3% m/m, 2.5% y/y).  Stocks have benefitted from mostly “goldilocks” data over the past week, and if we get more of the same via in-line claims and PPI, stocks should be able to extend the rally.  Finally, there’s one Fed speaker, Waller (10:15 a.m. ET), but he shouldn’t move markets.

Tom Essaye Quoted in Barron’s on May 9th, 2023

U.S. Stock Futures Slip as Investors Look Ahead to Inflation Data

With increasing focus on the debt ceiling, investors will be keenly focused on today’s meeting between President Biden and Congressional leadership as hopes for a delay to September are building and any disappointment of those hopes could result in volatility across asset classes, said Tom Essaye, the founder of Sevens Report Research. Click here to read the full article.

How the Debt Ceiling is Starting to Impact Markets

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • How the Debt Ceiling is Starting to Impact Markets

Futures are slightly lower despite solid economic data overnight, as markets await this morning flash PMIs.

EU and UK flash composite PMIs were better than expected at 54.4. vs. (E) 54.0 for the Euro Zone and 53.9 vs. (E) 52.4 for the UK, and both numbers are pushing back on the global recession narrative.

Today the focus will be on the April Flash Composite PMI (E: 50.7) and after yesterday’s soft Philly data, markets will absolutely want to see solid numbers. If that happens, we should expect a rebound from yesterday’s declines.

We also get another Fed speaker, Cook at 4:35 p.m. ET and some additional earnings: PG ($1.32), HCA ($3.99), SLB ($0.61), FCX ($0.46), RF ($0.65), SAP ($1.25).