Catalysts to Watch This Week

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Roadmap for the Catalysts This Week
  • Economic Takeaways – Inflation Is Still High and the Consumer Is Still Healthy (For Now)
  • FOMC in Focus This Week – Will The Fed Signal a Pause?

Stock futures are little changed but cross-asset money flows remain cautious with Treasuries and gold both trading higher as the latest developments in the global banking sector are digested.

Swiss regulators brokered a deal for UBS to take over Credit Suisse for $3.2B over the weekend, a steep discount from CS’s $8B market value on Friday but global bank shares are relatively stable to start the week today helping the broader market hold steady in early trade.

The Fed and several other major central banks coordinated efforts to boost liquidity in dollar swaps over the weekend in their latest attempt to ease strains in the global financial system, which so far, is being received fairly well.

There are no notable economic reports today and no Fed officials are schedule to speak which will leave focus on the price action in banks today. If financials can hold above last week’s lows, that will be a positive, but if the selling pressure continues, the broader market is likely to be dragged lower with the banks as the March Fed meeting comes into focus.

Tom Essaye Quoted in Yahoo on March 14th, 2023

How the Bank Failures Could Impact You Even If It Wasn’t Your Money

Sevens Report analyst Tom Essaye told Forbes the selloff following Silicon Valley Bank’s collapse and a similar collapse by crypto bank Silvergate last week was “undoubtedly an unwelcome reminder” of the 2008 financial crisis. And noted that SVB tried but failed to stay to afloat after the bank was forced to sell a bond portfolio at a $1.8 billion loss because higher interest rates pushed bond prices “far below” where they were when purchased. Click here to read the full article.

What’s Making Stocks So Resilient?

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • What’s Making Stocks So Resilient (And Is It A Bullish Signal?)
  • Weekly Market Preview:  Will Powell be hawkish and will jobs data stay hot?
  • Weekly Economic Cheat Sheet:  All about employment (JOLTS, ADP and Jobs Report on Friday).

Futures are little changed following a quiet weekend and as investors look ahead to an important week of catalysts (Powell speeches and employment reports).

China released updated growth expectations for 2023 of “around 5%” and that’s slightly under estimates and was a mild disappointment.

Economic data was solid overnight as Euro Zone Retail Sales (1.0% vs. (E) 0.3%) and UK Construction PMI (54.6 vs. (E) 49.1) both beat estimates.

Today expect digestion of last week’s rally as there are no material economic reports or Fed speak, as markets look ahead to Powell’s testimony tomorrow.

Technical Update: Key Levels to Watch

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Technical Update:  Key Levels to Watch
  • Value vs. Growth – What Do the Charts Say?

Futures are modestly higher as a soft EU inflation reading is helping to extend Thursday’s rally.

Euro Zone PPI came in much lower than expectations (15% vs. (E) 17.7% y/y) and that’s helping to slightly offset the hot inflation data from earlier in the week.

Economically, Euro Zone and UK Composite PMIs were generally in-line with expectations.

Today the key report will be the ISM Services PMI (E: 54.5).  For stocks and bonds, the best case for this report is that the headline is stable (not much above expectations) while the price indices decline.  If that happens, stocks can extend the rally.

We also get several Fed speakers today including Logan (11:00 a.m. ET), Bostic (11:45 a.m. ET), Bowman (3:00 p.m. ET) and Barkin (4:15 p.m. ET).  If they echo Bostic’s comments from yesterday about the Fed being done with hikes by mid to late summer, that will be a tailwind on stocks.

Economic Breaker Panel: February Update

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Sevens Report Economic Breaker Panel – February Update
  • January Durable Goods Orders Takeaways
  • Breakout in Natural Gas Futures

Stocks futures are trading with modest gains this morning while Treasury yields are tracking European bond yields higher following stubbornly high inflation data overnight.

Economically, both Spanish and French CPI headlines were hotter than expected, above 6%, which saw European rates markets price in a 4% terminal ECB rate for the first time. Government bond yields across the Eurozone notably rose to multi-year highs.

Looking into today’s session, there are several economic reports to watch including: International Trade (E: -$91.0B), Case-Shiller Home Price Index (-0.5%), FHFA House Price Index (E: -0.3%), and Consumer Confidence (E: 108.5).

Traders will be looking for less signs of stagflation in the data as elevated inflation figures and weakening growth metrics were a headwind for equities last week.

Finally, the Chicago Fed’s Goolsbee (who just succeeded Evans) has his first speaking engagement since taking over the role at 2:30 p.m. ET, and as a voting member of the FOMC, his comments will be closely watched for any new clues about Fed policy plans in the months ahead. A notably hawkish tone, could easily cause another bout of volatility in risk assets this afternoon.

Now What? Updated Market Outlook

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Now What?  Updated Market Outlook
  • Weekly Market Preview:  Will Yields Keep Rising?
  • Weekly Economic Cheat Sheet:  Key Growth Updates This Week

Futures are modestly higher on a bounce back from last week’s losses following a generally quiet weekend of news.

Economic data was sparse and the only notable report was EU M3 money supply, which rose less than expected (3.5% vs. (E) 3.9%).

Geopolitically, fears are easing that China will send arms to Russia (concerns about this weighed on stocks late last week and an easing of them is helping futures rally).

Today focus will remain on economic data and the two notable reports are Durable Goods (E: -4.0%) and Pending Home Sales (E: 1.0%).  While neither should be a major market mover, markets will want to see stable data (so reports that don’t imply growth is too strong, or too weak).  We also get one Fed speaker, Jefferson (10:30 a.m. ET).

Is the Market Pendulum Swinging Back?

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Is the Market Pendulum Swinging Back?
  • Weekly Economic Cheat Sheet

Stock futures are lower while the dollar and Treasury yields move higher as part of a continuation of last week’s hawkish money flows, partially thanks to strong data overnight.

Economically, the EU Composite PMI jumped to 52.3 vs. (E) 50.7 due to strength in the service sector, bolstering expectations for increasingly aggressive monetary policy in the months ahead which is weighing on risk assets globally this morning.

Today, economic data will be in focus early with the key report in the U.S. being the PMI Composite Flash (E: 47.2) while Existing Home Sales (E: 4.10M) will also be released. A hot PMI print like we saw in Europe earlier this morning would likely add to the hawkish tone and weigh further on stocks today while a weaker, but not terrible report, could see yields and the dollar ease back and allow for a modest relief rally.

As far as other catalysts go, there are no Fed officials scheduled to speak but there is a 2-Yr Treasury Note auction at 1:00 p.m. ET and if yields continue higher in the wake of the auction, expect more pressure on stocks, especially higher valuation/growth names.

Finally, earning season is winding down but a pre-market release by WMT ($1.52) should shed some light on the health of the consumer and could impact markets as well.

Sevens Report Co-Editor, Tyler Richey, Quoted in MorningStar on February 8th, 2023

Oil futures close up a third straight session as U.S. data hint at higher demand

Overall, “an improving outlook for the health of the U.S. economy in the wake of the January jobs report, and ongoing optimism about the positive demand impact of China’s rapid reopening process are offering support to global oil markets right now,” said the Sevens Report’s Richey. Click here to read the full article.

Tom Essaye Interviewed by Financial Sense on February 10th, 2023

Tom McClellan: End of Bear Market Rally; Mike McGlone on Commodities, Gold, and Bonds

Now, Tom says, that ‘bear market rally’ is complete—having fooled enough people into thinking the bear market was over—and predicts more volatility and turbulence ahead with the big moves in tech to lead the major US indices lower. Click here to listen to the full interview.

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.