Oil Market Analysis: Potential Pullback Amidst Upward Trend

Global Oil Demand & Market Analysis: Sevens Report Analysts Quoted in MorningStar

Oil prices extend rise on supply worries

“On balance, the absence of sizable downward revisions to global oil demand over the next two years, despite recession risks, helped the oil market power on to new highs. Futures have become overextended to the upside and are in technically overbought territory on the daily time frame charts, leaving the market susceptible to a profit-taking pullback in what is otherwise a still clearly upwardly trending energy market,” analysts at Sevens Report Research said in a note.

A hot consumer-price index reading Wednesday morning or a bearish weekly supply report from the Energy Information Administration could serve as a catalyst for a pullback,” they wrote.

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What CPI Means for Markets

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • What CPI Means for Markets (Four Takeaways)
  • EIA Analysis and Oil Market Update

Futures are modestly higher thanks to more Chinese economic stimulus and as markets await the ECB decision and important economic data later this morning.

China cut bank reserve requirements by 25 bps in the latest step to help support the Chinese economy and there are signs these measures are starting to have an impact.

Economically, there were no important reports overnight.

Today will be a busy day starting with the ECB Meeting and the market expects a 25 bps hike. But it’ll be a close call and no hike and hawkish rhetoric shouldn’t be a shock.

Lastly, there are multiple important reports today including: Jobless Claims (E: 225K), Retail Sales (E: 0.2%), Core PPI (E: 0.2% m/m, 2.2% y/y), and PPI (E: 0.4% m/m, 1.3% y/y).  Bottom line, markets want Goldilocks data, especially from the jobs report and Control Group in retail sales. Because that data will show easing wage pressures and resilient consumer spending.

What CPI Means

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Jobs Report Preview

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Jobs Report Preview
  • Oil Market Update & EIA Analysis

Futures are little changed following a busy night of mixed economic data.

Positively, the August Chinese PMIs were better than feared, rising to 50.3 vs. (E) 50.1 and helping to slightly reduce China recession worries.

Negatively, the EU flash HICP (their version of CPI) was hot on the headline (5.3% vs. (E) 5.1%) but in-line on core (5.3% y/y), underscoring that inflation is sticky in the EU.

Focus today will be on economic data, specifically Jobless Claims (E: 238K) and the Core PCE Price Index (E: 0.2% m/m, 4.2% y/y).  For stocks to extend the week’s gains (and continue to bounce back from the broader pullback) investors won’t want any surprises.  In the case of jobless claims, that means no big jump in claims that hints at economic weakness, nor a further drop that might make the Fed more hawkish.  On the core PCE Price Index, an in-line to slightly below reading would be positive as it’d further pressure Treasury yields and likely lift stocks.

Finally, there is one Fed speaker today, Collins at 9:00 a.m. ET, but she shouldn’t move 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.

Will Today’s CPI Report Extend the Pullback?

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Market Multiple Table Chart (August Update)
  • CPI Preview
  • EIA Analysis and Oil Market Update

Futures are modestly higher as markets bounce back ahead of this morning’s CPI report and following some positive U.S./China geopolitical headlines.

The U.S. unveiled Chinese investment restriction rules that were less intense than feared, while China removed restrictions on group travel to the U.S. (providing small steps towards a more normal U.S./China relationship).

Today focus will be on CPI and estimates are as follows: E: 0.2% m/m, 3.3% y/y, Core CPI E: 0.2% m/m, 4.8% y/y.  As we state in the CPI Preview, the risk for markets is that CPI is more resilient than expected, because at these levels investors are already assuming continued disinflation.

The other notable economic report is Jobless Claims (E: 230K) and markets will want to see that number gradually move higher to reduce the likelihood of one more rate hike. Finally, there’s one Fed speaker today, Harker (4:15 p.m. ET), but he shouldn’t move markets.

What the Fed Decision Means for Markets

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • What the Fed Decision Means for Markets
  • EIA Analysis and Oil Market Update

Futures are moderately higher mostly on momentum as yesterday’s FOMC decision reinforced market expectations that rate hikes are over, while markets anticipate a dovish hike from the ECB later this morning.

There was no market moving economic data overnight.

Today is a busy day on both the economics and earnings front.  The key event is the ECB Rate Decision (E: 25 bps hike) and markets will want to see if Lagarde implies the next rate hike (likely in September) will be the last one (if so, that’ll be a positive for markets).

Economically, there are several important reports today including, in order of importance: Jobless Claims (E: 235K), Durable Goods (E: 0.5%), Advanced Q2 GDP (E: 1.5% y/y) and Pending Home Sales (E: 0.3%).  As has been the case for much of 2023, the more “Goldilocks” the data, the better for stocks (especially cyclicals).

Finally, on the earnings front, there are numerous notable reports today including: RCL ($1.58), MCD ($2.77), LUV ($1.08), MA ($2.84), HON ($2.20), F ($0.51) and INTC (-$0.04) and investors will remain focused on margins and guidance (they want to see positive commentary on both).

Sevens Report Co-Editor, Tyler Richey, Quoted in Morningstar on June 15th, 2023

Oil prices climb as traders weigh prospects for energy demand

Tyler Richey, co-editor at Sevens Report Research, pointed out that the EIA showed that the four-week moving average of gasoline supplied, a proxy for consumer fuel demand, rose to a new 18-month high of 9.24 million barrels a day. That suggests that the trend in gasoline demand is “one that is increasing, and that is a good thing for the time being,” he said. Click here to read the full article.

Market Multiple Levels: S&P 500 Chart

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Market Multiple Levels: S&P 500 Chart (Unbranded PDF Available)
  • Why Did Small Caps Surge?

Stock futures are little changed in premarket trade indicating this week’s digestive churn sideways could continue today following mixed economic data overnight.

Chinese exports dropped -7.5% vs. (E) +1.0% year-over-year in May adding to worries about the health of the recovery in the world’s second largest economy.

Conversely, in Europe, German Industrial Production jumped 1.8% vs. (E) 1.4% y/y helping ease some worries about the health of the EU economy.

Looking into today’s session, the list of potential catalysts remains light as there are just two economic reports to watch: International Trade in Goods and Services (E: -$76.0B) and Consumer Credit (E: $21.0B) while there are no Fed officials scheduled to speak.

That will leave focus on market internals and whether or not the early June money flows into cyclicals and small cap stocks can continue. If so, the improving breadth in the market with the S&P 500 sitting just under YTD highs will add to the case that the 2023 rally is sustainable.

Sevens Report Analyst Quoted in MarketWatch on May 31st, 2023

U.S. oil futures settle at lowest since March

The potential fallout from the U.S. debt-ceiling debacle and rising odds of a June interest-rate hike both “weighed on oil as the former influence would be a broader riskoff market event, while the latter would further reduce already waning optimism for a soft economic landing this year,” analysts at Sevens Report Research wrote in Wednesday’s newsletter. Click here to read the full article.


What Is Immaculate Disinflation, and Why Did It Cause Last Week’s Rally?

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • What Is Immaculate Disinflation, and Why Did It Cause Last Week’s Rally?
  • Weekly Market Preview:  Does Economic Data Stay Resilient?
  • Weekly Economic Cheat Sheet:  Service Sector in Focus This Week

Futures are little changed as markets digest the Thursday/Friday rally amidst a mostly quiet weekend of news.

Oil prices are solidly higher (Brent crude up 1.7%) after Saudi Arabia announced a voluntary 1M bpd production cut for the next month, although that’s not seen as a sustainable bullish catalyst.

Economically, global service PMIs were mixed as the Euro Zone Service PMI missed expectations (55.1 vs. (E) 55.9) while the UK and Chinese service PMIs were in-line.

Today focus will be on the ISM Services Index (E: 52.0.) and specifically the price index in this report.  Last week, a sharp drop in the ISM Manufacturing PMI Prices Paid Index ignited the rally, and if we see a similar drop in the services price index, it’ll help extend the rally as markets will get more confident disinflation is accelerating.