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Why There’s Some Cause for (Cautious) Optimism

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Why There’s Some Cause for Cautious Optimism

Futures are slightly lower following a quiet night of news as markets digest Thursday’s rally.

Economically the only notable number was the UK Home Price Index, which like the U.S. readings this week saw smaller than expected declines, falling –0.1% vs. (E) -0.7%.

Geopolitically, Russia continued Thursday’s missile bombardment of Ukraine is a clear signal that fighting will rage on as the New Year begins.

Trading today will be dominated by book squaring and year-end positioning but there is one notable economic report, Chicago PMI (E: 41.0), and if it’s weak it could weigh on markets moderately.

Sevens Report Analysts Quoted in Market Watch on December 21st, 2022

Oil prices end higher after drop in U.S. crude inventories

“Specifically, despite skyrocketing cases and reports of stressed hospitals, Chinese authorities are not locking down cities and that implies continued increases in energy demand as the world’s second largest economy comes back online,” said analysts at Sevens Report Research, in a note. Click here to read the full article.

Five Market Questions That Need to be Answered in 2023

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Five Market Questions That Need to be Answered in 2023 (And Which Answers are Positive or Negative)

Futures were volatile overnight but are now little changed following the Bank of Japan’s shock announcement of an effective interest rate increase.

The BOJ announced that it is widening the trading band on the 10 year Japanese Government Bond to 0.00% – 0.50% from the previous 0.0% – 0.25%.  This amounts to a 25 basis point rate hike.

Economic data was positive as German PPI fell more than expected (-3.9% m/m vs. (E) -2.2%) in what is another sign of global dis-inflation.

Today there is one economic number, Housing Starts (E: 1.4M), but that won’t move markets.

Instead, focus will be on the fallout from the BOJ surprise “ rate hike.”  Bottom line, markets dropped late last week and yesterday in part on higher global bond yields (following the hawkish ECB announcement) so this rate hike by the BOJ is another headwind and I’d not be surprised to see stock decline modestly on this news today, barring any positive surprises.

Sevens Report Analysts Quoted in Market Watch on December 12th, 2022

Oil ends higher as a major pipeline shutdown and improving Chinese demand outlook feed supply worries

Oil traded lower into the weekend, but the pace of declines “slowed as WTI approached technical support between $70 and $72,” said analysts at Sevens Report Research in Monday’s newsletter. Click here to read the full article.

Sevens Report Co-Editor Tyler Richey Quoted in Market Watch on December 8th, 2022

Oil prices down 5 sessions in a row, at their lowest in nearly a year

The report “pointed to some further deterioration in consumer demand as we approach the end of the year,” Tyler Richey, co-editor at Sevens Report Research wrote in Thursday’s newsletter. Click here to read the full article.

Market Multiple Table: December Update

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Market Multiple Table December Update: Macro Improvement But It’s More Than Priced In
  • November ISM Services Index Takeaways

Futures are little changed this morning despite a stabilizing bond market and mostly positive global news flow overnight as yesterday’s hawkish money flows are digested.

Economically, German Manufacturer’s Orders rose 0.8% vs. (E) -0.2% in October suggesting that factory demand may be stabilizing.

In China, new Covid cases have declined for 8 consecutive days and the government is reducing testing requirements, bolstering optimism about a move away from the crippling Zero Covid policies.

Today is lining up to be a fairly slow day of news with just one lesser followed economic release: International Trade in Goods and Services (E: -$80.0B) and no Fed speakers as they remain in their pre-meeting blackout period. That said, equity markets will likely queue off of Treasuries and if we see a further rise in shorter-duration yields due to rising terminal rate expectations, yesterday’s declines could very well continue.

 

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Was Powell’s Speech That Bullish? No. Here’s Why.

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Was Powell’s Speech That Bullish?  No.  Here’s Why
  • Jobs Report Preview
  • EIA Update and Oil Market Analysis

Futures are slightly lower as markets digest yesterday’s post-Powell speech rally and focus on key economic data today (manufacturing PMI) and tomorrow (jobs report).

Global economic data underwhelmed overnight, as the Euro Zone manufacturing PMI missed estimates (47.1 vs. (E) 47.3) while the UK manufacturing PMI remained firmly in contraction territory (46.5 vs. (E) 46.2).

Looking forward to today, there are three important economic reports including (in order of importance):  ISM Manufacturing Index (E: 49.9), Core PCE Price Index (E: 0.3% m/m, 5.0% y/y), and Jobless Claims (E: 235K).  Markets will want to see 1) More evidence of easing price pressures in the ISM Manufacturing PMI and Core PCE Price Index and 2) Further labor market deterioration in jobless claims if the data is to help extend yesterday’s rally.

We also get three Fed speakers today, Logan (9:25 a.m. ET), Bowman (9:30 a.m. ET), and Barr (3:00 p.m. ET), but their commentary should be largely overshadowed by Powell’s less hawkish-than-feared remarks yesterday and I don’t expect them to move markets.

Sevens Report Co-Editor Tyler Richey Quoted in Market Watch on November 16th, 2022

U.S. oil prices settle at a 3-week low after missile strike in Poland, as global supply risks ease

Tuesday’s “geopolitical fear bid, related to the initially unidentified missiles hitting Poland, is unwinding as details emerge that suggest the projectiles did not actually originate in Russia after all,” Tyler Richey, co-editor at Sevens Report Research, told MarketWatch. Click here to read the full article.

When to Brace for More Volatility

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Revisiting the VIX – When to Brace for More Volatility
  • Familiar Holiday Volatility Courtesy of OPEC & Russia

U.S. equity futures are slightly higher and the dollar is pulling back modestly after a mostly quiet night of news as traders eye a stabilizing oil market.

After a volatile session yesterday, WTI crude oil is trading comfortably above $80/barrel this morning, fueling a rally in energy companies which is buoying index futures in pre-market trading.

Today, there is only one lesser-followed economic report due out: Richmond Fed Manufacturing Index (E: -1.0) and two Fed officials are scheduled to speak: Mester (11:00 a.m. ET) and George (2:15 p.m. ET).

Additionally, there is a 7-Yr Treasury Note auction at 1:00 p.m. ET that could move markets but the tape has been very quiet this week as attendance is light and volumes are down given the Thanksgiving holiday schedule. So more choppy and rangebound trading between 3,900 and 4,000 in the S&P is likely.

Was Bullard That Hawkish? (No)

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Was Bullard That Hawkish?  (No).

Futures are moderately higher following more geo-political progress amidst an otherwise quiet night.

Russian officials signaled they are open to high-level talks with the U.S. on strategic stability, which is being taken as another (small) step towards an ultimate cease-fire.

Economically, the only notable number was UK Retail Sales and they were better than expected, rising 0.6% vs. (E) 0.2%.

Today the calendar is sparse with just Existing Home Sales (E: 4.360M) and one Fed speaker, Collins (8:40 a.m. ET) but if she doesn’t provide any hawkish surprises, this early rally can continue as stocks recoup yesterday’s Bullard inspired losses.