Headline and Core CPI – The Important Difference

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • The Important Difference Between Headline and Core CPI
  • NFIB Small Business Optimism Index Contradicts the “No-Landing” Scenario

U.S. stock futures are tracking global shares lower this morning following more disappointing economic data in the Eurozone and continued pressure on the tech sector.

AAPL shares are extending yesterday’s post-product launch declines this morning, therefore, weighing on the tech sector broadly in pre-market trading.

Economically, U.K. GDP dropped to -0.5% vs. (E) -0.2% in July after hot wage data yesterday, bolstering stagflation fears while EU Industrial Production fell -1.1% vs. (E) -0.7%. Despite the recently soft data, rates markets continue to price in a 75% chance of an ECB rate hike this week.

Today, focus will primarily be on inflation data and how Treasuries react to the release: CPI (0.6% m/m, 3.6% y/y), Core CPI (E: 0.2% m/m, 4.4% y/y).

There are no Fed speakers or Treasury auctions today so a “hot” CPI report will likely spark cross-asset volatility while a Goldilocks release will setup a possible extension of the early September relief rally.

Headline and Core CPI

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Why Have Markets Become Volatile?

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Why Have Markets Become Volatile?
  • Weekly Market Preview:  Are the Three Pillars of the Rally Under Attack?
  • Weekly Economic Cheat Sheet:  Key Growth and Jobs Data This Week

Futures are slightly higher following more small stimulus steps from Chinese authorities, as investors look ahead to an important week of economic data.

Chinese authorities reduced the stamp tax on stock investment, providing a small economic tailwind and boost to Chinese stock prices.

Economically, the only notable number was the EU Money Supply (M3) and the number was bad as M3 declined –0.4% vs. (E) 0.6%.

Today there are no notable economic reports so markets will focus on the tech sector to see if it can continue to stabilize after last Thursday’s ugly reversal.

Is Bad Economic Data Good For Stocks Now?

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Is Bad Economic Data Good For Stocks Now?  No.
  • EIA Analysis and Oil Market Update

S&P 500 futures are solidly higher thanks to strength in tech following very strong NVDA earnings.

NVDA beat earnings estimates and raised guidance on strong AI chip demand and the stock is up 8% pre-market and boosting Nasdaq and S&P 500 futures.

However, the “non-tech” parts of the market are flat to down as investors digest Wednesday’s disappointing economic data.

Today another AI driven rally in tech, following the NVDA earnings, should help support markets.  But, away from tech, markets will be focused on Jobless Claims (242K) and Durable Goods (E: -4.0%), and again the key here is stability, in that the data doesn’t show a sudden deterioration in activity (so spike in claims, drop in Durable Goods) or extreme strength (which would undo yesterday’s Treasury yield decline and weigh on the markets).

Economic Breaker Panel: August Update

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Sevens Report Economic Breaker Panel – August Update
  • A Surprising Warning from Macy’s
  • NVDA Earnings Could Trigger a Huge Move In the Stock: Chart

Stock futures are solidly higher this morning ahead of the widely anticipated release of NVDA earnings after the close today while Treasuries yields are retreating on the back of weak economic data overseas.

The Eurozone PMI Composite Flash indicated the economy fell deeper into contraction territory this month (47.0 vs. E: 48.4) led by an unexpected drop off in service sector activity which is weighing on bond yields this morning and easing some concerns about continued aggressive policy by central banks.

This morning, focus will be on economic data with the U.S. PMI Flash data due out just after the open at 9:45 a.m. ET. The Manufacturing Flash is expected to come in at 48.8 while the Services Flash is expected to hold expansion territory at 52.0).

The market is looking for stabilization in the manufacturing sector and moderation, but not contraction, in the service sector. Material weakness in either headline will rekindle worries about a hard-landing while data that is much better than expected would raise Fed rate hike expectations. So, a “Goldilocks” release will be important for both stock and bond markets to stabilize today.

New Home Sales (E: 702K) will also be released at 10:00 a.m. ET but should have a limited impact on markets.

From there, focus will turn to earnings with NVDA reporting after the close (Earnings Estimate: $2.18, Revenue Estimate: $11.09B). Investors have very high hopes for NVDA’s quarterly performance as well as their forward guidance, so any meaningful disappointment is likely to weigh heavily on the stock, the tech complex, and the markets more broadly in after hours trade.

Sevens Report Analysts Quoted in on August 21st, 2023

Dow Jones, Nasdaq, S&P 500 weekly preview: All eyes on Nvidia and Powell

Sevens Report analysts: “The market of 2023 is being defined almost by hyperbolic extremes. We started 2023 with investors fearing a catastrophic recession, 1970s- style inflation and 1970s-style rate hikes. That hasn’t happened. But just because that didn’t happen, it doesn’t mean that: No economic slowdown will occur, inflation will magically crash to late 20-teens levels, and the Fed will suddenly turn dovish (as markets priced in at 4,600). The truth is in the middle, and that’s where we are now.”

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What Is “R Star” and Why Is It Important?

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • What is “R*” and Why Is It Important?
  • Palo Alto Shares Rip Higher by 15%, Sparking Tech Rally – Chart

Stock futures are higher this morning with mega-cap tech shares extending this week’s strong advance following news that SoftBank’s Arm semiconductor unit has filed for the largest U.S. IPO in 2 years after the close yesterday while traders await NVDA earnings tomorrow.

Overseas, the PBOC set the strongest yuan fixing on record overnight which has helped the currency stabilize and that is contributing to risk-on money flows this morning.

There were no other market moving headlines overnight and no notable economic reports were released.

Looking into today’s session, there is one economic report due out in the U.S. this morning: Existing Home Sales (E: 4.160 million) but it is unlikely to impact markets with traders primarily focused on tech so far this week.

There are two Fed speakers today: Barkin (7:15 a.m. ET) and Goolsbee (2:30 p.m. ET) and their commentary could move markets as markets look ahead to Fed Chair Powell’s remarks from Jackson Hole on Friday. Anything that sparks a further rise in Treasury yields could pour cold water on this week’s tech rally which is basically entirely responsible for the week-to-date gains in the broader equity markets.

Pullback or Something More?

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Pullback or Something More?
  • EIA Analysis and Oil Market Update

Futures are slightly higher on better than expected CSCO earnings amidst an otherwise quiet night.

Earnings this week have been solid and that continued with CSCO results overnight (stock up about 3% pre-market) and that’s driving the bounce in futures.

Earlier this week HD, TGT and TJX all posted solid results and the earnings reinforced the $240 2024 S&P 500 earnings expectation (which helps with market valuation).

Today focus will be on economic data and the key reports are:  Jobless Claims (E: 240K), Philly Fed Manufacturing Index  (E: -10) and Leading Indicators (E: -0.4%).

Markets need Goldilocks economic data to stop rising Treasury yields while at the same time further downplaying hard landing worries.  If the data is “Too Hot” yields will rise and stocks will likely fall, while conversely, a sudden drop in activity will increase worries about a hard landing (and likely pressure stocks).  Numbers close to expectations are what investors need to help support stocks.

Tom Essaye Quoted in Barron’s on August 2nd, 2023

Stocks Open Lower Amid Fitch Downgrade

“Looking into today’s session, focus will be on the U.S. credit downgrade as investors digest the potential implications on fixed income markets and re-assess valuations of risk assets,” wrote Tom Essaye, founder of the Sevens Report.

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Tom Essaye Quoted in Barron’s on August 2nd, 2023

Tech Stocks Lead the Market Lower

Wednesday’s market action is a reminder to investors that stocks can still go down, Tom Essaye, founder of the Sevens Report, said in an interview with Barron’s.

“When you have a market that is essentially pricing in nothing bad happening and all of a sudden you get kind of a surprise – then it’s a reason to sell and I think that’s what we’re seeing today,” Essaye said.

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What’s Causing the Increased Volatility in Stocks?

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • What’s Causing the Increased Volatility in Stocks?
  • Weekly Market Preview:  Do the Three Pillars of the Rally Stay Intact?
  • Weekly Economic Cheat Sheet:  Key Inflation Data This Week (CPI on Thursday)

Futures are rebounding modestly from last week’s declines following a quiet weekend of news and ahead of an important week of inflation data.

Economically, the only notable number was German Industrial Production, which fell more than expected (-1.5% vs. (E.) -0.5%) and again underscored growing recession risks in Europe.

Today the key economic report is the Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index (9:00 a.m. ET) as this is viewed as an anecdotal reading on inflation, and markets will want to see a further decline in car prices.

We also get Consumer Credit (E: $13.00B) and there are two Fed speakers, Harker (8:15 a.m. ET) and Bowman (8:30 a.m. ET), and markets will want to see those events reinforce the Goldilocks narrative (solid consumer spending and the Fed basically done with rate hikes).