Market Multiple Table: Fork in the Road?

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Market Multiple Table: Fork in the Road?
  • S&P 500 Chart: 50-50 Chance of New Lows
  • ISM Service Sector PMI
  • OPEC+ Policy Meeting Takeaways

U.S. stock futures have rebounded from overnight losses amid a steadying bond market and mostly upbeat economic data out of Europe.

Economically, German Industrial Production and Italian Retail Sales were both notably better than feared while the Final Q2 Eurozone GDP came in at 0.8% vs. (E) 0.6%, all of which is helping ease concerns about an imminent recession in Europe.

Today, there is one economic report to watch in the morning: International Trade in Goods (E: -$70.5B) and the Fed will release their Beige Book in the afternoon (2:00 p.m. ET) that could shed some light on the Fed’s current view of the economy and inflation trends ahead of this month’s FOMC meeting.

Additionally, there are a few Fed speakers over the course of the day: Mester (10:00 a.m. ET), Brainard (11:55 a.m. ET), and Barr (2:00 p.m. ET). Investors will be most closely focused on commentary from Vice Chair Brainard with the September meeting coming into view.

Bottom line, if data is generally good, rhetoric from the Fed is not more hawkish than it has been lately, and the bond market continues to stabilize, the S&P 500 should be able to hold the critical 3,900 area. However, a break below would be notable and greatly increase the odds of a retest of the June lows.

Three Keys to a Bottom (Updated)

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Three Keys to a Bottom Updated (Some Progress But Not There Yet)
  • Economic Takeaways – Goldilocks Trends Emerging
  • Weekly Economic Cheat Sheet

There is a tentative risk-on tone to trading this morning as U.S. equity futures track global shares higher thanks to new stimulus measures in China and easing natural gas prices in Europe.

The PBOC announced new measures to help stabilize the yuan and bolster the economy in the face of renewed Covid lockdowns and recent signs of slowing growth which was welcomed by markets overnight.

In Europe, German Manufacturers Orders fell -1.1% vs. (E) -0.4% but that is helping dial back some of the recently more hawkish policy expectations ahead of this week’s ECB meeting.

Looking into today’s session, there is one economic report to watch: ISM Services Index (E: 55.4), and no Fed officials are scheduled to speak.

That should leave the focus on currency and bond markets in the U.S. if both the dollar and short-duration yields can stabilize, and not move materially higher, then stocks should be able to make an attempt to stabilize after Friday’s late session reversal lower.

Additionally, if we see natural gas prices in Europe continue to pull back from Friday and yesterday’s rise, that should help the risk-on mood in markets persist as the Nord Stream 1 halt was the main catalyst for stocks rolling over on Friday.

What Powell’s Speech Means for Markets

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • What Powell’s Speech Means for Markets
  • Weekly Market Preview:  Are Central Banks Getting More Hawkish?
  • Weekly Economic Cheat Sheet:  How Strong is Growth (Jobs Report on Friday)

Futures are down close to 1% on follow through selling from Friday as hopes of a near term “Fed Pivot” continue to fade in reaction to Powell’s speech last week.

European shares are also sharply lower as tightening expectations for the ECB rose sharply on Friday.  Markets are now pricing in a minimum 50 bps hike next week with a 75 bps hike a real possibility.

There were no notable economic reports overnight.

Markets dropped on Friday as Powell dismissed the idea of an imminent “Fed Pivot,” but the ECB also signaled more hawkish intentions on Friday, and it was the two events that combined to cause the ugly declines.  Today there are no economic reports but there is an important Fed speaker, Brainard (2:15 p.m. ET) and if she echoes Powell’s comments from Friday, expect more losses in stocks.

Powell Speech Preview

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Powell Speech Preview

Futures are modestly lower following a mostly quiet night ahead of Powell’s speech at 10:00 a.m. this morning.

Economic data was slightly underwhelmed as the German Gfk Consumer Climate declined to –36.5 vs. (E) -31.

The UK increased the electricity price cap for households by 80%, underscoring the impact of surging natural gas prices.

Today focus will be on the Powell speech at 10:00 a.m. and the market will be looking for Powell to tacitly endorse the “Fed Pivot” theory that’s helped stocks rally.  Away from Powell, we also get two notable inflation readings via the Core PCE Price Index (E: 0.3% m/m, 4.7% y/y) and Consumer Sentiment (E: 55.1), but it will take a material surprise from either report to move markets today.

Technical Update: What Would Make This Bounce Sustainable?

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Technical Update:  What Would Make This Bounce Sustainable?
  • EIA Analysis and Oil Update

Futures are slightly lower following a busy night of mixed earnings reports and ahead of today’s ECB decision.

Politically, Italian PM Draghi formally resigned and there will be elections in Italy this fall, which is adding to general macro-economic uncertainty.

Earnings overnight were mixed although TSLA posted solid results and the stock rallied 3% after hours.

Today will be a busy day for economic data and earnings and the key event is the ECB Decision.  A 25 bps hike is expected although a 50 bps hike is very possible.  From a stock standpoint, markets will be hoping for a 50 bps hike because that will boost the euro and weigh on the dollar (the dollar being this high is a problem for U.S. corporate earnings).  Outside of the ECB we also get Jobless Claims (E: 240K) and Philadelphia Fed (E: -3.3).

On the earnings front, results continue to roll in and so far this season they are decidedly mixed (not good, but not materially worse than feared, either).  Some results we’re watching today include:  T ($0.59), FCX ($0.80), UNP ($2.38), COF ($5.09).

The State of Inflation (CPI Preview and Inflation Expectations Update)

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • The State of Inflation:  CPI Preview and Inflation Expectations Update
  • EIA Data and Oil Market Analysis (How High Can The Rally Go?)

Futures are modestly higher as markets bounce back from Wednesday’s declines following mixed news from China.

Positively, Chinese authorities may allow ANT Group to IPO, which is another sign China is easing pressure on tech companies. Additionally, Chinese exports handily beat estimates (16.9% vs. (E) 8.0%).

Negatively, Shanghai and Beijing reimposed some COVID restrictions, showing “Zero COVID” remains in effect.

Today focus will be on the ECB Rate Decision, and while no rate hike is expected, President Lagarde is expected to hint that a rate hike is coming in July and another rate hike is coming later this year (if it’s more hawkish than that, that will be a headwind on global stocks).  We also get Jobless Claims (E: 210K) but that shouldn’t move markets.

Jobs Day

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Jobs Day (An Important Report)

Futures are moderately lower and European markets are down 3% as the Russia/Ukraine war shows little to no signs of actual de-escalation.

Russian forces attacked the largest nuclear power plant in Ukraine (and Europe) and a fire broke out at the plant.  The fire has been extinguished, but Russians now control the plant and the episode highlights the increasing chances of regional collateral damage from the ongoing conflict.

Today focus will remain first on the Russia/Ukraine conflict and any headlines about a cease-fire will obviously result in a knee-jerk rally higher (although to be clear no cease-fire headlines are expected today).

Away from Russia/Ukraine, the key event today is the Employment Situation report and expectations are as follows:  Job adds: 390K, Unemployment Rate: 3.9%, Wages: 0.5% m/m, 5.8% y/y.  Especially given geopolitical concerns, the market needs a “Just Right” number to help limit losses this morning, and if we get a “Too Hot” reading (on all three metrics) or a very soft number, expect losses to accelerate.

Finally, we get one Fed speaker today, Evans (8:45 a.m. ET), but he shouldn’t move markets given Powell’s testimony the past two days.

Sevens Report Co-Editor Tyler Richey Quoted in MarketWatch on January 10, 2022

Oil prices settle lower as traders weigh risks to supply and demand

The various conflicts and threats across eastern Europe and the Middle East will remain supportive for energy in the near term, but it already appears that some of the supply and production disruptions are being…said Tyler Richey, co-editor at Sevens Report Research. Click here to read the full article.


Sevens Report Co-Editor Tyler Richey Quoted in Market Watch on January 10, 2022

Oil prices settle lower as traders weigh risks to supply and demand

The various conflicts and threats across eastern Europe and the Middle East will remain supportive for energy in the near term, but it already appears that some of the supply and production…said Tyler Richey, co-editor at Sevens Report Research. Click here to read the full article.

Is Europe a Buy?

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • How Powerful Is the Growth to Value Rotation?
  • Is Europe a Buy?

Futures are edging higher in early trade while most international markets rallied on better-than-feared data overnight.

In Europe, the headline to the German ZEW Survey was a slight miss but business expectations rebounded to -2.1 vs. (E) -12.5 as recession fears continued to moderate.

In the U.S., the NFIB Small Business Optimism Index was 102.4 vs. (E) 102.0 another incremental economic positive.

With no economic reports today, focus will be on Trump’s midday speech in NY regarding the trade war. Additionally, there are two Fed speakers: Harker (1:00 p.m. ET) and Kashkari (6:00 p.m. ET).

The trade war is still by far the most important influence on the markets right now so whether Trump is negative or positive in his discussion regarding trade negotiations today will likely decide whether stocks rally or extend yesterday’s pullback this afternoon.