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Was Yesterday’s CPI Another Bullish Catalyst?

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Was Yesterday’s CPI Another Bullish Catalyst?
  • Can the Rotation Out of Tech and Into the “Rest” of the Market Continue?

Futures are flat following a quiet night of news as investors digested the CPI report and rotation out of tech.

Politically, Biden’s press conference performance is pushing back, for now, on moves to replace him as candidate.

Economically, there was no notable data overnight.

Today focus will stay on inflation as we get PPI (E: 0.1% m/m, 2.3% y/y) and the 1-Yr Inflation Expectations (E: 3.0%) and 5-Yr. Inflation Expectations (E:  3.0%) in the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Survey.  As we saw yesterday with the CPI report, the better the inflation data, the stronger the tailwind on stocks (especially the “rest” of the market, meaning away from tech).

Earnings season also unofficially begins today with big bank earnings and results we’re watching include:  JPM ($4.19), WFC ($1.27), C ($1.40), BK ($1.43), FAST ($0.51).


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Market Multiple Table: An Important Change

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Market Multiple Table: An Important Change

Stock futures are trading higher this morning with tech stocks continuing to outperform as traders look ahead to Fed Chair Powell’s Congressional testimony today.

Economically, the NFIB Small Business Optimism Index rose 1 point to 91.5 vs. (E) 90.3 in June.

There are no additional economic reports today which will leave trader focus on Fed Chair Powell’s semi-annual testimony before Congress beginning at 10:00 a.m. ET. There are two additional Fed speakers as well today: Barr (9:15 a.m. ET) and Bowman (1:30 p.m. ET).

The only other potential catalyst on the calendar is a 3-Yr Treasury Note auction at 1:00 p.m. ET. Weak demand and subsequently rising yields after the auction could weigh on stocks as money flows have been very dovish in recent weeks.

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The Economy: Landing or Crashing?

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • The Economy:  Landing or Crashing?
  • Weekly Market Preview:  Will A September Rate Cut Become a Guarantee This Week?
  • Weekly Economic Data:  Inflation Back in Focus (CPI This Week)

Futures are little changed despite positive geo-political news over the weekend.

In France, the “far-right” National Rally party underperformed expectations and will not be the majority party, reducing the chances of radical French policy changes.

In the Middle East, chatter surrounding a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas continues to get louder and a deal could be announced soon.  That news is weighing on oil this morning.

This week will be an important one with two days of Powell testimony, the CPI report and the start of the Q2 earnings season, but today will be relatively quiet as there are no economic reports today and no Fed speakers.

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Jobs Day

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Jobs Day
  • Why Wednesday’s Weak Economic Data Is Increasing Growth Concerns

Futures are little changed following the U.S. holiday as the last 24 didn’t provide any substantial market surprises while focus turns towards today’s jobs report.

The Labour Party won a landslide election victory in the UK, as expected, but that victory isn’t altering the outlook for growth or inflation (so it’s not impacting markets).

U.S. growth worries are creeping slightly higher following Wednesday’s surprisingly soft economic data.

Today focus will be on the jobs report and expectations are as follows: 189K Job-Adds, 4.0% Unemployment Rate, 0.3% m/m & 3.9% y/y Wage Growth.  Markets are still in a “bad is good” mode for data so the biggest risk to markets today is for a “Too Hot” number.  But, that said, Wednesday’s economic data was outright bad and for those paying attention, there are now a lot of signs that the U.S. economy may be losing more momentum than expected.  So, if there is a surprisingly weak jobs report (possible but unlikely) it will increase growth concerns and that’s a future risk to this rally.


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This number reinforces expectations for a September rate cut

Expectations for a September rate cut: Sevens Report Editor, Tom Essaye, Quoted in Barron’s


Stocks Give Back Gains. Bond Yields Spike.

Sevens Report Research’s Tom Essaye told Barron’s the report was more of a “Goldilocks” number, meaning it was “just right.” He cited rising new orders, a leading indicator, and declines in prices that indicate easing inflation pressures.

“In the short term, this number reinforces expectations for a September rate cut (which is positive) but at the same time, and beyond the short term, it does keep alive concerns that the economy is weaker than people think and we continue to think that’s the biggest risk to the rally as we start the second half of 2024,” says Essaye.

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Potential slowdown in demand at the pump

Potential slowdown in demand at the pump: Tyler Richey Quoted in MarketWatch


Oil gains on hopes for better demand as worries over wider Middle East conflict linger

There was evidence of that “potential slowdown in demand at the pump” in the Energy Information Administration’s report released Wednesday, said Tyler Richey, co-editor at Sevens Report Research. The implied measure of U.S. consumer demand, gasoline supplied, dropped to a one-month low of 8.969 million barrels per day for the week that ended June 21, he said. That compares with 9.386 million bpd a week earlier.

“The main takeaway is that the unforeseen strength in consumer demand that powered oil futures to multi-month highs in June began to show signs of easing back below trend last week,” Richey said in Thursday’s newsletter.

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Jobs Report Preview

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Jobs Report Preview
  • JOLTS Report Takeaways

Futures are slightly higher as Powell’s dovish comments continue to be digested amid more Goldilocks economic data overnight.

In Asia, Australian Retail Sales rose 0.6% vs. (E) 0.3% but China’s Services PMI dropped to 51.2 vs. (E) 53.4.

In Europe, the Eurozone Composite PMI fell to 50.9 vs. (E) 50.8 while the EU PPI fell -4.2% y/y vs. (E) -4.1%, both of which are helping bonds remain stable ahead of multiple important economic releases in the U.S. today.

Looking into today’s session we will first get more labor market data with the ADP Report (E: 161K) and Jobless Claims (E: 233K) releases before the open. The market is looking for as-expected numbers and any signs of material weakness or data that is “too hot” could trigger some profit taking in thin holiday trading with stock indices sitting on record highs.

At the top of the 10:00 a.m. hour Wall Street time, the ISM Services Index (E: 53.0) and Factory Orders (E: 0.2%) reports will be released. The ISM will be the release to watch with investors again looking for stability in the headline but also a favorable move lower in the prices subindex to help confirm the disinflation trend has indeed resumed.

There is also one Fed speaker today: Williams (7:00 a.m. ET) and the FOMC Minutes will be released at 2:00 p.m. ET which is after the NYSE’s early close (1:00 p.m. ET) ahead of the 4th of July holiday tomorrow.


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Examining the Market Impacts of Thursday’s Debate

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Examining the Market Impacts of Thursday’s Debate (What Happens If Biden’s Replaced?)
  • Weekly Market Preview:  Will Economic Data Keep Growth Concerns At Bay?
  • Weekly Economic Cheat Sheet:  Jobs Report Friday, ISM PMIs Today and Wednesday.

Futures are slightly higher ahead of a busy and holiday-shortened week of data, as French election results weren’t as bad as feared while global economic data was mixed.

National Rally slightly underperformed in the first round of voting in the French election and the other major parties have agreed to form a coalition to prevent it from becoming an outright majority, reducing French political risks.

Economically, EU and UK May Manufacturing PMIs were mixed but importantly didn’t raise any growth concerns.

This is a busy and important week for economic data as the reports will either increase growth concerns or push back on them.  Today the key report is the ISM Manufacturing PMI (E: 49.1) and the stronger this number, the better for markets.


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Oil has recovered from its early June pullback to test seven-week highs

Oil has recovered from its early June pullback to test seven-week highs: Sevens Report Co-Editor, Tyler Richey, Quoted in Morningstar


Oil prices settle at highest since April on brighter demand prospects

Oil has recovered from its early June pullback to test seven-week highs on “price-supportive rhetoric” from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies, said Tyler Richey, co-editor at Sevens Report Research.

The initial “knee-jerk selloff” reaction to the June 2 decision by OPEC+ to phase out voluntary oil-production cuts after the third quarter was “largely reversed and seen as overdone,” Richey told MarketWatch. OPEC+ leadership “confirmed that they will remain flexible and only reduce their voluntary output cuts if market conditions warranted, and clarified increasing production is not necessarily a base-case expectation right now,” he said.

“Evidence of strong domestic demand at the start of the U.S. summer driving season, rising geopolitical tensions overseas and renewed hopes for a perfectly executed [economic] soft landing” by the Federal Reserve have also contributed to oil’s price rebound, Richey said.

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Oil Inventories

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Investor hopes around “immaculate disinflation” may be coming undone

Investor hopes around “immaculate disinflation” may be coming undone: Tom Essaye Quoted in MarketWatch


Are stock-market investors losing faith in ‘immaculate disinflation’?

That’s a sign that investor hopes around “immaculate disinflation” may be coming undone, said Tom Essaye, founder of Sevens Report Research, in a Monday note.

While the S&P 500 rallied 1.58% last week, the small-cap Russell 2000 fell 1.25%, the Dow industrials lost 0.54% and RSP (S&P 500 equal weight) declined 0.53%. “The reason the ‘rest’ of the market declined last week was that while disinflation is occurring, it may not be ‘immaculate’ and that’s a potential negative for stocks.,” he wrote.

“Here’s the point: If inflation falls because growth is slowing, that’s not an automatic positive for stocks anymore and we saw that this past week as sectors and stocks that weren’t attached to AI declined, despite the drop in CPI and rising Fed cut expectations,” he wrote.

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