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Sector Trends: Relative Strength to the S&P 500

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Sector Trends:  Relative Strength to the S&P 500
  • EIA Analysis and Oil Market Update

Futures are slightly higher as incrementally positive macro news offset more disappointing tech earnings.

Nvidia earnings underwhelmed and the stock fell 5% after hours, and that is weighing on tech this morning.

But, not as hawkish as feared in FOMC minutes and the continued reopening of Shanghai offset the soft NVDA earnings.

Today’s focus will be on economic data via the Revised Q1 GDP (-1.4%), Jobless Claims (E: 208K), and Pending Home Sales (E: -1.3%).  Given the recent weakness in other economic data, the market will want to see stability in the numbers to continue to push back on stagflation concerns.

Market Multiple Levels Chart

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Market Multiple Levels: S&P 500 Chart
  • Quick CPI Preview

There is a tentative sense of relief in markets this morning with stock futures tracking global equities higher while bond yields and the dollar pullback ahead of key inflation data in the U.S. today.

Economically, Chinese CPI and PPI were both hotter-than-expected however German CPI met estimates of 7.4% y/y which is giving investors hope that price pressures are still high but in the process of peaking.

Looking into today’s session investors will be primarily focused on the CPI report (E: 0.2% m/m, 8.1% y/y), and more specifically the Core CPI figures (E: 0.4% m/m, 6.0% y/y).

We will also hear from one Fed speaker: Bostic (12:00 p.m. ET), and there is a 10-Yr Treasury Note auction at 1:00 p.m. ET.

Bottom line, if today’s inflation data comes in below expectations, it will likely bolster this morning’s already solid gains in stock futures and lead to a further relief rally. Conversely, if inflation runs hot, expect more volatility across asset classes and the potential for new lows in the major equity indices.

Tom Essaye Quoted in Barron’s on May 5th, 2022

The Dow Lost More Than 1,000 Points as Wednesday Gain Vanishes

China’s PMI this morning was horrific, that underscores that the Chinese economy is a huge drag on global growth right now. It’s a risk to keep inflation high…said Tom Essaye, founder of Sevens Report Research. Click here to read the full article.

Tom Essaye Quoted in The Madison Leader Gazette on May 5, 2022

Stock Market Today: Dow Slides, Shopify Tumbles, NIO Slumps

We shouldn’t have gone up 2% yesterday on the news…said Tom Essaye, founder of Sevens Report Research. Click here to read the full article.

Update on the Three Headwinds on Stocks

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Update on the Three Headwinds on Stocks
  • Weekly Market Preview:  Is Inflation Finally Peaking?
  • Weekly Economic Cheat Sheet:  All About Inflation (CPI Wednesday)

Futures are sharply lower following new COVID lockdowns in China.

COVID cases in Shanghai are rising again, prompting new restrictions on movement and work.  Meanwhile, Beijing continues to suffer from limited lockdowns and this is compounding worries about global economic growth.

Geo-politically, Victory Day in Russia offered no notable news and there remains no end in sight to the Ukraine war.

Today there are no economic reports and just one Fed speaker, Bostic at 8:45 a.m. ET.  So, we should expect technicals to dominate trading and if last week’s intra-day lows are broken in the S&P 500 and we don’t get any positive news on 1) Fed hawkishness, 2) Chinese lockdowns or 3) Russia/Ukraine, we should not be shocked if the S&P 500 move closer to a test of support at 4,000.

What to Make of Yesterday’s Drop & Jobs Report Preview

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • What to Make of Yesterday’s Drop
  • Jobs Report Preview
  • Natural Gas Update

Futures are slightly lower as markets digest the whiplash of the past two trading days following a mostly quiet night.

German economic data again badly missed estimates as German Industrial Production fell –3.9% vs. (E) -1.0% and fears of outright stagflation in the EU are rising quickly.

Today focus will be on the Jobs Report and estimates are as follows:  Job Adds: 400K, UE Rate: 3.6%, Wages: 0.4% m/m, 5.5% y/y.  This market needs a “Goldilocks” report that’s subdued on wages and with job adds modestly below the estimate of 400k.  If markets get that Goldilocks jobs report it should help stocks stabilize.  If the report ends up “Too Hot” though, especially on wages, brace for more selling.

There are also numerous Fed speakers today including: Williams (9:15 a.m. ET), Kashkari (11:00 a.m. ET), Bostic (3:20 p.m. ET), Waller and Bullard (7:15 p.m. ET) and Daly (8:00 p.m. ET).  Don’t be surprised if they all sound more hawkish than Powell did on Wednesday.  Remember, it appears the Fed’s tactic is to “Talk Tough” on looming rate hikes and inflation, yet be more measured on actual rate hikes than rhetoric would suggest.  Regardless, if there’s a consistent chorus of hawkish commentary, that will likely weigh on stocks, at least partially.

Is the Fed’s Bark Worse than Its Bite?

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • What the FOMC Decision Means for Markets (Is the Fed’s Bark Worse than Its Bite?)
  • EIA Analysis and Oil Outlook Update

Futures are moderately lower as markets digest Wednesday’s big post-Fed rally following a night of underwhelming economic data.

The April Chinese services PMI plunged to 36.2 vs. (E) 41.1, reflecting the economic damage from lockdowns.  In Europe, data was mixed as German Manufacturers’ Orders missed estimates while UK Services PMI beat expectations.

There are multiple Fed speakers today on financial media outlets (there are no official speeches scheduled) and don’t be surprised if they sound hawkish and push back on the post FOMC rally yesterday (this is especially true for Bullard, whose doing interviews today).

Today’s focus will be on the aforementioned Fed speakers, and again don’t be shocked if they sound “hawkish” and that causes some giveback from yesterday’s rally (but a hawkish tone won’t undo the positives from Powell’s press conference, either).

Economically, there is a BOE Rate decision and they are expected to hike 25 bps.  Domestically, the key report today is Unit Labor Costs (E: 6.8%) as that will give us a good look at total wage inflation (and if it’s higher than estimates that will be a negative).  We also get Jobless Claims (E: 178K) but that shouldn’t move markets.

Economic Breaker Panel: May Update

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Economic Breaker Panel – May Update
  • Chart: Copper Breakdown

Stock futures are trading cautiously higher this morning ahead of the Fed while oil prices are spiking after the EU announced plans for a full Russian oil embargo that will be phased in over the next 6 months.

Economic data was mostly in-line with estimates overnight with Composite PMI reports notably holding up better than the recently released manufacturing PMIs which is a modest tailwind for risk assets this morning.

Looking into today’s session, focus will be on economic data early with the ADP Employment Report (E: 398K) due out ahead of the open while the ISM Services Index (E: 58.9) will be released shortly after the bell. The market will want to see firm data that helps contradict the idea that the Fed is beginning to accelerate the pace of rate hikes into an economic slowdown.

From there, price action should begin to slow as the Fed comes into focus with the FOMC Announcement (2:00 p.m. ET) and Fed Chair Press Conference (2:30 p.m. ET) in the afternoon. A more hawkish than expected Fed could send stocks back down to test Monday’s lows while a not-as-hawkish-as-feared announcement/press conference would open the door to a relief rally back towards 4,300.

On the earnings front, there are a few notables today including: MRNA ($5.18), CVS ($2.14), MAR ($0.94), YUM ($1.07), UBER (-$0.28), and EBAY ($1.03).

Fed Meeting Preview

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • FOMC Preview
  • Q&A: Technical Resistance and Downside Targets for the S&P
  • ISM Manufacturing Index Takeaways

Stock futures are little changed as yesterday’s late-session rally is being digested following more hot inflation data and a slightly hawkish RBA hike (25 bp vs. E: 15 bp) overnight.

Economic data on growth was better than feared overnight but Eurozone PPI was hotter than expected with a staggering annual rise of 36.8% vs. (E) 36.2% in March.

Looking into today’s session, there are a few economic reports to watch including March JOLTS (E: 11.27M) and Factory Orders (E: 1.1%), however, with the May FOMC Meeting beginning this morning, a sense of Fed paralysis is likely to begin to grip markets ahead of tomorrow’s announcement.

Finally, earnings season does continue with a few notables reporting today: PFE ($1.66), BP ($1.41), HLT ($0.59), AMD ($0.90), and SBUX ($0.60) which could have an impact on sector trading but is not likely to move the broader markets given the focus-shift to the Fed.

Is the Outlook Really This Bad?

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Is the Outlook Really This Bad?
  • Weekly Market Preview:  FOMC Decision Wednesday (Will It Be More Hawkish Than Feared?)
  • Weekly Economic Cheat Sheet:  A Busy and Important Week (ISM Manufacturing PMI today, FOMC Decision Wednesday, Jobs Report Friday)

Futures are enjoying a modest oversold bounce following Friday’s selloff, but there was no improvement over the weekend on the three headwinds pressuring stocks:  Chinese growth worries, Ukraine war and hawkish Fed.

Economic data was mixed as the April Chinese manufacturing PMI dropped further (to 47.4 from 49.5) while the EU PMI slightly beat estimates (55.5 vs. (E) 55.3) and German Retail Sales underwhelmed (-0.1% vs. (E) 0.3%).

Today focus will be on the ISM Manufacturing PMI (E: 58.0) and markets need to see a solid number to push back on stagflation concerns.  If we get a weak number, expect the selling to resume and stagflation fears to grow.

Earnings season will begin to wind down this week but there are still some important results coming and some we’re watching today include:  NXPI ($3,17), CAR ($3.54) and MGM ($-0.09).