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Geopolitical factors remain the primary influence on the oil market

Geopolitical factors remain the primary influence on the oil market: Tyler Richey, Sevens Report Co-Editor, Quoted in MarketWatch on MSN


Oil prices fall, but settle above lows, as traders monitor Middle East risks

Geopolitical factors remain the “primary influence on the oil market,” and news that Israel was withdrawing some troops from parts of Gaza was seen as a step toward de-escalation in its military conflict with Hamas, Tyler Richey, co-editor at Sevens Report Research, told MarketWatch.

Also, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly announced that a date has been set for an invasion of Rafah, which has been a “hotly contested issue in the ongoing talks between Israel and Hamas,” said Richey.

“The initial perception of improving geopolitical dynamics between Israel and Hamas initially weighed on oil prices [Monday], but renewed uncertainties about the potential for the military conflict to intensify” saw much of the early losses recovered before the close, Richey noted.

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Is the Baltimore Bridge Collapse a Risk to Inflation?

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Could the Baltimore Bridge Collapse Spark a Rebound in Inflation?
  • Durable Goods Orders Takeaways (More Weak Revisions)
  • Philly Fed Nonmanufacturing Survey (Another Whiff of Stagflation)
  • Consumer Confidence Shows Fading Household Financial Situations – Chart

Stock futures are rebounding from yesterday’s late session selloff as economic data overnight was mostly market-friendly while traders eye continued volatility in the yen.

Economically, Chinese Industrial Profits jumped by 10.2% y/y in the first two months of the year and the Eurozone Economic Sentiment headline rose to 96.3 vs. (E) 95.8. The overseas data helped ease global growth concerns.

The yen is attempting to stabilize this morning after falling to its lowest level against the dollar since 1990 overnight. A short-squeeze in the yen is a threat stocks and other risk assets as it would force traditional carry trades to unwind. The yen warrants close attention into the end of the week here.

There is no economic data today and just one Fed speaker after the close: Waller 6:00 p.m. ET.

There is a 7-Yr Treasury Note auction at 1:00 p.m. ET today. Yesterday’s 5-Yr auction was solid and investors will be looking for more strong demand for Treasuries in the belly of the duration curve today (a rise in yields would weigh on stocks).


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Data from the EIA was largely bullish

Data from the EIA was largely bullish: Sevens Report Co-Editor, Tyler Richey, Quoted in MarketWatch


Oil futures edge lower early Thursday

“Yesterday’s weekly inventory data from the EIA was largely bullish but the futures market had become overbought and there was a knee-jerk selloff in the immediate wake of the release as short-term traders booked profits on the latest breakout to new 2024 highs,” analysts at Sevens Report Research wrote in a note.

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The initial market reaction to the CPI release was a hawkish one

Oil prices decline to session lows: Sevens Report Co-Editor, Tyler Richey, Quoted in MarketWatch


Oil futures move up after CPI data, OPEC’s latest forecast for growth in oil demand

The initial market reaction to the CPI release was “a hawkish one, which saw oil prices decline to session lows,” said Tyler Richey, co-editor at Sevens Report Research. “Hawkish central bank policy is bad for the oil market because high interest rates over time act as a steady headwind on global growth and ultimately that weighs on consumer demand expectations.”

Looking at the reaction in the rates markets, “hawkish money flows were only modest, and investors are still pricing in a June rate cut from the Fed, just with a slight dip in confidence,” Richey said.

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How oil futures close out the week today will largely depend on how investors digest today’s jobs data

Sevens Report Analysts Quoted in MarketWatch


Jobs report could decide how oil closes out the week

“How oil futures close out the week today will largely depend on how investors digest today’s jobs data. If it is more ‘market-friendly’ data that points to slowing inflation (specifically wages) and more loosening in the jobs market, oil is likely to rally past the $80/barrel mark,” analysts at Sevens Report Research said in a note.

“Conversely, a ‘hot’ report would likely send futures back towards support in the mid-$70s,” they wrote.

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Expectations of a “higher-for longer” policy by the Federal Reserve

Expectations of a “higher-for longer” policy by the Federal Reserve: Tyler Richey Quoted in Morningstar


U.S. oil prices stretch gains into a sixth straight session

Expectations of a “higher-for longer” policy by the Federal Reserve are weighing on the demand outlook and have therefore acted as a headwind for U.S. benchmark oil prices recently, Tyler Richey, co-editor at Sevens Report Research, told MarketWatch.

However, Monday’s New York Fed Consumer Survey data showed a drop from 2.6% to 2.4% in the three-year inflation outlook, which was “received as dovish by the markets and helped support the domestic oil market to start the week,” Richey said.

On Tuesday, focus will shift to the U.S. CPI report, he said. A “hot” print would once again be a “headwind for oil prices, while a favorably ‘cool’ print could send WTI futures beyond $80” a barrel for the first time in 2024.

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Oil Inventories

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The Oil Market Has Seemed Skeptical

The Oil Market Has Seemed Skeptical: Tyler Richey Quoted in Morningstar


Oil prices finish higher as traders weighs risks tied to U.S. airstrikes

The oil market has “seemed skeptical of the potentially positive demand implications of the recent string of strong economic data,” though prices did move up in the wake of the better-than-expected ISM report, Tyler Richey, co-editor of Sevens Report Research, told MarketWatch.

As far as what to watch for this week, Richey said a rise in consumer demand for refined products metrics in the weekly Energy Information Administration report due out Wednesday would be a bullish development, while a return to record U.S. oil output would be “negative for prices in the near term.”

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Oil Inventories

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Why Did Stocks and Bonds Drop to Start 2024?

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Why Did Stocks and Bonds Drop to Start 2024?
  • Weekly Market Preview:  Can Data Meet Market Expectations For Growth and Rate Cuts?
  • Weekly Economic Cheat Sheet:  Inflation In Focus (CPI on Thursday)

Futures are slightly lower following some disappointing EU economic data and on hawkish Fed commentary.

Economically, German Manufacturers’ Orders and Euro Zone retail sales both missed estimates, reminding investors of recession risks in Europe.

This weekend, Dallas Fed President Logan warned that financial conditions have eased materially recently and that may prevent the Fed from cutting rates anytime soon.

Today there are two notable market events including the NY Fed Inflation Expectations (E: 3.4%) and comments by Atlanta Fed President Bostic (12:00 p.m. ET).  If either event pushes back on the idea of imminent rate cuts (via inflation expectations being higher than estimates or Bostic sounding hawkish) expect more modest pressure on stocks and bonds.


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Jobs Report Preview

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Jobs Report Preview

Futures are rebounding very slightly following better than expected global service PMIs.

The December Chinese Service PMI handily beat estimates (52.9 vs. (E) 51.6) offering an encouraging signal on Chinese growth while the EU and UK services PMIs also slightly best estimates.

On inflation, data was more mixed as French CPI met estimates at 3.7% but rose slightly from last month challenging the disinflation narrative.

Today focus will be on economic data and specifically the labor market via Jobless Claims (E: 218K) and the ADP Employment Report (E: 115K) and the key here remains Goldilocks data that isn’t so strong it reduces rate cut expectations nor so bad it stirs worries about the economy.  Also, we get the December PMI Composite Index (E: 51.0) but barring a major surprise that shouldn’t move markets.

Jobs Report


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Happy New Year

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Happy New Year

Futures are little changed following a quiet night of news and ahead of the final trading day of the year.

Economically there was more evidence of global disinflation overnight as South Korea’s Core CPI fell to 2.8% vs. (E) 2.9% while Spain’s Core CPI also declined to 3.8% from 4.5%.

Geo-politically, there were no significant events overnight and the number of ships transiting the Suez Canal is rising again although tensions remain high.

Today there is one economic report, the Chicago PMI (E: 50.0), but barring a massive drop that shouldn’t move markets and we’d expect a mostly quiet trading on the final day of a good year in the markets and ahead of a long weekend.   From all of us at Sevens Report Research please have a happy and safe New Year.

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