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Is It Time to Buy Gold

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Is It Time to Buy Gold? Bull Case vs. Bear Case
  • ISM Services Index Takeaways – Still Healthy Readings But Cracks Emerge
  • JOLTS Plunge Below Pre-Pandemic Trend

U.S. equity futures are tracking global stocks higher this morning. More underwhelming economic data overseas is helping bolster the case for rate cuts from the world’s biggest central banks in the first quarter of 2024.

Economically, German Manufacturer’s Orders fell -3.7% vs. (E) +0.5% in October. Eurozone Retail Sales edged up just +0.1% vs. (E) +0.3%. This is helping drive a bid in bond markets amid dovish money flows across asset classes today.

Looking into today’s session, focus will be on economic data early. The ADP Employment Report (E: 123K), International Trade in Goods and Services (E: -$64.1B) and Productivity and Costs (E: +4.8%, -0.9%) data will release before the bell.

Finally, there are no Fed officials scheduled to speak today. So the market will be looking for a still healthy but not “hot” ADP print, steady trade data, and a continued decline in unit labor costs (wage inflation) to help support soft-landing hopes and extend the November rally.

Is It Time to Buy Gold

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November Market Multiple Levels Chart: S&P 500

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • November Market Multiple Levels Chart – S&P 500 (Printable/Sharable PDF)
  • Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index Falls 4% Y/Y – Chart

Stock futures are flat as Treasury yields edge higher following a mostly quiet night of new with Powell’s morning commentary coming in to focus.

Economically, German CPI was unchanged in October at 3.8% y/y, meeting estimates, while Eurozone Retail Sales were not as bad as feared, falling -2.9% vs. (E) -3.2%.

Looking into today’s session, there are no market-moving economic reports in the U.S. today, but the Treasury will hold a 10-Yr Note auction at 1:00 p.m. ET that could move bond markets. And if we see yields begin to creep higher after the auction, that will act as a strengthening headwind for equity markets.

Outside of the Treasury auction, focus will be on Fed speak starting with Powell this morning before Williams, Barr, and Jefferson speak after the lunch hour.

Earnings continue to wind down but there are two notable companies reporting today: DIS ($0.68), LYFT ($0.13).

Bottom line, a lot of the November rally in stocks has been based on a dovish shift in Fed policy expectations and if either the Treasury auction or commentary from Fed officials suggest markets have become too dovish, stocks are likely to give back some of the recent gains.

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Trading Today Will be Dominated by Politics, Geopolitics, and Yields

Trading Today Will be Dominated by Politics, Geopolitics, and Yields: Tom Essaye Quoted in Barron’s


Stocks Continue Falling Following Powell Remarks

The 10-year Treasury yield ticked lower to 4.949% after threatening to hit 5% for the first time since 2007.

Sevens Reports Research’s Tom Essaye notes that although two Federal Reserve officials are set to speak publicly today. He doesn’t expect either to move markets following Powell’s comments on Thursday.

“So, trading today will be dominated by politics, geopolitics, and yields,” he writes. “Any progress on finding a Speaker of the House will be welcomed by markets (regardless of whether it’s Jordan, McHenry or anyone else), and calming of tensions in the Middle East will similarly be welcomed by markets as would a decline in the 10-year yield. Meanwhile, the opposite of any of those will likely add more headwinds to stocks.”

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It’ll be Very Hard for This Market to Rally

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Why Didn’t Powells’ Comments Cause A Rally?

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Why Didn’t Powells’ Comments Cause A Rally?

Futures are modestly lower as global economic data pointed to slowing growth and falling inflation pressures.

German PPI declined more than expected (-0.2% vs. (E) 0.4%). While UK Retail Sales were weak (-0.9% vs. (E) -0.1%) pointing to slowing growth and lower inflation.

Politically, there remains no end in sight to Republicans’ efforts to elect a Speaker, as Jim Jordan is expected to seek a third round of voting (one he is likely to lose, again).

Today there are no economic reports but there are two Fed speakers, Harker (9:00 a.m. ET) and Mester (12:15 p.m. ET), although given Powell’s comments yesterday neither should move markets.

So, trading today will be dominated by politics, geopolitics and yields.  Any progress on finding a Speaker of the House will be welcomed by market (regardless of whether it’s Jordan, McHenry or anyone else), any calming of tensions in the Middle East will similarly be welcomed by markets as would a decline in the 10-year yield.  Meanwhile, the opposite of any of those will likely add more headwinds to stocks.

Why Didn’t Powells’ Comments Cause A Rally?


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Stable Treasury Yields: Tom Essaye’s Insight

Stable Treasury Yields: Tom Essaye Quoted in Barron’s


Stocks Are Rising, With Tech Leading the Way Higher

Technology stocks were leading the broader market higher in early Monday trading as traders braced for a busy week ahead.

“Today there are no notable economic reports nor any Fed speakers, so focus will remain on Treasury yields and if yields are relatively stable, then stocks can rebound from last week’s losses,” writes Sevens Report Research’s Tom Essaye. 

The big event of the week will be the release of the consumer-price index for August on Wednesday. The inflation reading will inform the Federal Reserve’s next moves on inflation. 

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Treasury Yields

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Is the Bullish Argument for Stocks Becoming Unsustainable?

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Is the Bullish Argument for Stocks Becoming Unsustainable?
  • Weekly Market Preview:  Does Disinflation Continue or Reverse?
  • Weekly Economic Cheat Sheet:  CPI on Wednesday is the Key Report This Week

Futures are moderately higher on encouraging Chinese economic data. As well as multiple financial publications predicted the Fed is done with rate hikes.

Chinese New Yuan Loans rose 1,360 billion vs. (E) 1,200 billion hinting the Chinese economy may be stabilizing.

Reuters, Bloomberg and the WSJ have published articles since Friday essentially saying the Fed is done with rate hikes and while that’s not new news, it’s helping futures rally this morning.

Today there are no notable economic reports nor any Fed speakers. Today’s focus will remain on Treasury yields and if yields are relatively stable, then stocks can rebound from last week’s losses.

Join us for an in-depth exploration of the stock market’s current trajectory. 

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Navigating Market Signals: Tom Essaye’s Insight on Growth and Demand

Market Growth and Demand Signals – Tom Essaye Quoted in Barron’s: Strengthen your market knowledge with a free trial of The Sevens Report.


U.S. Stock Futures Slip as Higher Oil Prices Renew Inflation Fears

Economic data on tap includes the ISM services index for August, the trade balance for July, and the release of the Fed’s Beige Book, an anecdotal report of current economic conditions published eight times a year.

“As has been the case lately, the market is looking for signs of slowing demand but not a sharp downturn in growth,” said Tom Essaye, the founder of Sevens Report Research.

“The ISM will be the more important report to watch so a number that is ‘too hot’ or ‘too cold’ will likely see yesterday’s stock market declines extended, while a Goldilocks print will help markets stabilize.”

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Market Growth and Demand Signals


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What’s Causing the Increased Volatility in Stocks?

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • What’s Causing the Increased Volatility in Stocks?
  • Weekly Market Preview:  Do the Three Pillars of the Rally Stay Intact?
  • Weekly Economic Cheat Sheet:  Key Inflation Data This Week (CPI on Thursday)

Futures are rebounding modestly from last week’s declines following a quiet weekend of news and ahead of an important week of inflation data.

Economically, the only notable number was German Industrial Production, which fell more than expected (-1.5% vs. (E.) -0.5%) and again underscored growing recession risks in Europe.

Today the key economic report is the Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index (9:00 a.m. ET) as this is viewed as an anecdotal reading on inflation, and markets will want to see a further decline in car prices.

We also get Consumer Credit (E: $13.00B) and there are two Fed speakers, Harker (8:15 a.m. ET) and Bowman (8:30 a.m. ET), and markets will want to see those events reinforce the Goldilocks narrative (solid consumer spending and the Fed basically done with rate hikes).

What Caused Yesterday’s Selloff? (It Wasn’t the Fitch Downgrade)

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • What Caused Yesterday’s Selloff? (It Wasn’t the Fitch Downgrade)
  • Jobs Report Preview
  • EIA Analysis and Oil Market Update

Futures are modestly lower following Wednesday’s selloff on more disappointing earnings and mixed economic data.

Economically, the EU Composite PMI slightly missed estimates (48.6 vs. (E) 48.9) as recession worries creep higher.

Tech earnings underwhelmed again, with disappointing results from QCOM and PYPL (both stocks down 7%-ish).

Today will be a busy day of data and earnings.  First, the BOE is set to hike rates 50 bps, but markets will want to see if they signal this is the last hike of the cycle.

Turning to the U.S., there are several important economic reports today including: Jobless Claims (E: 225K), ISM Services PMI (E: 53.0) and Unit Labor Costs (E: 2.6%).  Investors need Goldilocks economic data to help stabilize stocks, and if these reports are stronger than expected, look for Treasury yields to rise and for stocks to fall (like what happened yesterday).

Finally, on earnings, we get results from two of the biggest stocks in the market after the close:  AAPL ($1.19) and AMZN ($0.34).

How to Explain Inflation Base Effects to Clients and Prospects

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • How to Explain Inflation to Clients and Prospects
  • JOLTS Return to Pre-Covid Trend Path, But Is That Enough for the Fed?
  • ISM Manufacturing Index Takeaways – Another “Goldilocks” Report
  • The Yield Curve Will Return to Zero, How It Gets There is What Matters Most (Chart)

Stock futures are trading lower with global risk assets after a U.S. credit downgrade late yesterday.

Fitch Ratings downgraded the U.S. from its top rating AAA to AA+ yesterday, citing the massive fiscal deficit, but the downgrade should not result in any forced selling of Treasuries and therefore should have a limited near-term impact on yields and markets more broadly.

Looking into today’s session, focus will be on the U.S. credit downgrade as investors digest the potential implications on fixed income markets and re-assess valuations of risk assets, but we also get the first look at July jobs data in the form of the ADP Employment Report (E: 185K) ahead of the bell. If the data comes in “too hot” or “too cold” market volatility may pick up this morning. Motor Vehicle Sales will also be released (E: 15.6 million) but that data should not move markets.

There are no Fed speakers or notable Treasury auctions today, so beyond the early jobs data investors will continue to focus on Q2 earnings season with CVS ($2.12), KHC ($0.74), and PSX ($3.54) releasing results before the open while PYPL ($1.16), QCOM ($1.63) and MET ($1.85) will report after the close.

 

Sevens Report Technicals – Five Recessionary Bear Market Signals to Watch

The biggest risk to equity markets right now is a hard economic landing developing in H2’23 or sometime in 2024. Using modern market history as a guide, stock market rallies following yield curve inversions are typically reversed entirely during subsequent recessions (so all of the 2023 gains are at risk, and then some).

So, in this week’s edition of Sevens Report Technicals we included a list of Five Recessionary Bear Market Signals to Watch, which includes specific levels to monitor in various asset classes that will help us realize the onset of a looming recession in real time.

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