Tom Essaye Quoted in on June 27, 2020

“Coronavirus cases are spiking and reopenings are being delayed, which at a minimum will impact earnings. The resurgence in coronavirus cases is raising concerns that the rebound may be short-lived as voluntary or potentially more…” said Tom Essaye, founder of The Sevens Report. Click here to read the full article.

Market Multiple Levels: S&P 500

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Market Multiple Levels S&P 500 Chart

U.S. equity futures are tracking European shares higher this morning thanks to ongoing hopes that the global economy will reopen and normalize quickly amid coordinated efforts while economic data was not quite as bad as feared overnight

Economically, the EU Composite PMI was 13.6 vs. (E) 13.5 in April while March Retail Sales declined -11.2% vs. (E) -12.0%. Both figures were considerably better than some analysts had feared helping boost risk assets.

Looking into today’s session, focus will be on the first look at April payrolls data in the U.S. in the form of the ADP Employment Report, for which the consensus analyst estimate is for a staggering drop of 20 million in private payrolls. Later in the day, Atlanta Fed President, Bostic, will speak at 1:30 p.m. ET.

While investors are primarily concerned with the economy reopening, Q1 earnings continue to roll in with several notable releases that could move markets today: SHOP (-$0.19), CVS ($1.63), GM ($0.18), SQ ($0.13), PYPL ($0.76), LYFT (-$1.08), and WYNN (-$1.05).

Seizing Long Term Opportunities in Energy

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Seizing Long Term Opportunities in Energy

Futures are higher this morning while international equity markets are mixed as strong tech earnings offset soft economic data ahead of the FOMC Announcement today.

GOOGL is up 8% in pre-market trade after reporting strong Q1 results after the close yesterday while the European Commission’s Economic Sentiment Index fell more than expected, down to 67.0 vs. (E) 75.0 as the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic has weighed heavily on business activity.

Today, there are two economic reports to watch: GDP (E: -3.8%) and Pending Home Sales Index (E: -5.4%) but the main focus during the primary session will be on the FOMC Meeting Announcement (2:00 p.m. ET) followed up by Fed Chair Powell’s Press Conference (2:30 p.m. ET).

Earnings season also remains in full swing with: BA (-$2.04), MA ($1.72), HUM ($4.84), NOC ($5.42), YUM $0.64), SHW ($4.01), and VLO (-$0.19) all reporting ahead of the bell while MSFT ($1.27), FB ($1.72), QCOM ($0.80), and TSLA (-$0.53) release their Q1 results after the close.

The main thing investors are looking for today is reassurance from the Fed, specifically that they remain committed to doing “whatever it takes” to support the economy through the COVID-19 pandemic and are focused on restoring the economy to its previous state as quickly as possible.

Fed Meeting Preview

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • FOMC Preview

S&P futures are up 1% this morning, tracking European shares higher as economies around the globe begin to reopen while investor focus shifts ahead to the slew of earnings releases in the coming days as well as multiple central bank meetings this week.

Coronavirus headlines were mostly positive overnight as there were reports of expanded testing capabilities in the U.S., the growth rate of new cases continues to slow in the U.S., and states across the country are beginning the process of lifting COVID-19 containment policies.

The FOMC meeting begins today (concluding tomorrow) while there are a few notable economic reports to watch this morning: International Trade in Goods (E: -%51.5B), S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller HPI (E: 0.4%), and Consumer Confidence (E: 95.0).

Investors will be increasingly focused on earnings this week as we approach the peak of the Q1 reporting season.

There are several major corporations, from manufacturing to tech sectors, releasing results today including: MMM ($2.02), PEP ($ 1.02), PFE ($0.71), UPS ($1.23), CAT ($1.77), MRK ($1.39), LUV (-$0.48), BP ($0.28),  AMD ($0.18), GOOGL ($10.97), F (-$0.10), CHRW ($0.71).

Tom Essaye Quoted in CNBC on April 24, 2020

“Looking ahead, it’s still all about demand for oil right now, and so far there is little evidence to support the idea…” said Tom Essaye, founder of The Sevens Report. Click here to read the full article.


Tom Essaye Quoted in Herald Dispatch on April 15, 2020

“This will be a unique earnings season,” Tom Essaye, a former Merrill Lynch trader who founded the “Sevens Report” newsletter, wrote in a note. “But it remains critically important because it’ll give us microeconomic insight into the question of ‘How bad is the damage?’…Click here to read the full article.

Tom Essaye

Tom Essaye Quoted in Crain’s New York Business on April 14, 2020

Sevens Report Quoted in Market Beat on March 9, 2020

The positive feedback started off with B. of A. Securities strategists who noted that—once the panic finally died off—there was room for “huge rotation to growth stocks and bond proxies” to kick in. The Sevens Report noted that, currently, the S&P 500 was trading at 17 times estimated earnings for 2020, down from just under…Click here to read the full article.


Earnings Still Matter

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Earnings Still Matter: What Apple’s Guidance Cut Means for Markets

Stock futures are higher with global shares this morning as new cases of the coronavirus in China continue to fall while hopes for stimulus support tentative risk-on money flows.

China’s government is reportedly connecting IT companies with manufacturing facilities to help supply chain operations return to normal as soon as possible while speculation for more stimulus measures continues to rise.

Looking into today’s session, there are two economic reports to watch: Housing Starts (E: 1.420M) and PPI (E: 0.1%), and a slew of potential Fed catalysts.

The main focus will be the FOMC Meeting Minutes due out at 2:00 p.m. ET however there are also multiple Fed officials schedule to speak: Bostic (8:10 a.m. ET), Mester (8:30 a.m. ET), Kashkari (11:45 a.m. ET), Kaplan (1:30 p.m. ET), and Barkin (4: 30 p.m. ET).

The big risk for the market is any sort of hawkish surprise as investors have priced in a consistently dovish Fed for the foreseeable future and that remains one of the primary support pillars for stocks trading at current multiples.

Earnings Season Update

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Earnings Season Update (Not Great, But Not Bad, Either)
  • What’s Up With Natural Gas?

Futures are flat as concern about the Wuhan coronavirus offset better than expected earnings.

Chinese authorities expanded the quarantine zone around Wuhan to limit the transmission of the disease, and that’s increasing fears of a bigger negative economic impact.

Earnings overnight were solid as TXN beat estimates,  boosting semi-conductors and tech more generally.

Today we get an ECB Announcement, but no change in rates is expected and really markets will just want to hear a dovish tone from new ECB President Lagarde (which should happen).

Away from the ECB,  Jobless Claims (E: 213K) is the key economic report, while earnings season continues to roll on.  Some reports we’re watching today include: PG (E: $1.37) and INTC (E: $1.24).