Gold’s Outlook Following The Federal Reserve’s Decision

Gold’s Outlook: Sevens Report Analysts Quoted in MarketWatch

Gold gains for a 4th straight session to settle at a more than 2-week high

Gold futures posted a modest gain on Tuesday to mark another settlement at their highest in over two weeks, a day ahead of the Federal Reserve’s decision on interest rates.

“A hawkish decision would be decidedly bearish for gold…while a dovish surprise would support a run beyond $2,000” for gold, said analysts at Sevens Report Research, in Tuesday’s newsletter.

December gold climbed by 30 cents, or less than 0.1%, to settle at $1,953.70 an ounce on Comex.

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Key Technical Levels to Watch on Fed Day – Print or Share These Charts
  • Is Canadian CPI a Warning on Inflation?

U.S. equity futures are rising alongside European shares this morning. Resulting from a dovish market reaction to a “cooler than feared” inflation print in the U.K. overnight.

Headline CPI in the U.K. dropped to 6.7% vs. (E) 7.1% in August while Core fell to 6.2% vs. (E) 6.8%. The data was a clear surprise and has resulted in rates markets lowering odds of a BoE rate hike tomorrow to 50% from near 100% previously, supporting risk-on money flows this morning.

There are no economic reports or Treasury auctions today. This will likely leave markets in a state of “Fed Paralysis” until the FOMC Announcement (2:00 p.m. ET) and Fed Chair Powell’s press conference (2:30 p.m. ET).

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Sevens Report Analysts Quoted in MarketWatch on August 28th, 2023

Gold prices settle higher after back-to-back session losses

“On the charts, gold has held support at the $1,900 area, but more dollar strength or rising yields would jeopardize the year to date gains,” analysts at Sevens Report Research said in Monday’s newsletter.

Click here to read the full article.

What Pushes Stocks Higher from Here?

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • What Pushes Stocks Higher from Here?
  • Weekly Market Preview:  Earnings Take Center Stage
  • Weekly Economic Cheat Sheet:  Growth Data in Focus this Week

Futures are slightly lower following mixed Chinese economic data and a potential further escalation of the Russia/Ukraine war.

Chinese economic data was mixed as GDP and Retail Sales both missed estimates, while Industrial Production beat, and the data will keep markets  wanting more stimulus.

Possibility of further escalation of the Russia/Ukraine war increased after Ukraine claimed responsibility for the destruction of a bridge linking Crimea and Russia.

Today focus will be on the first data point for July, the Empire Manufacturing Index (E: -4.3).  Markets will want to see this number be stronger than expectations and ideally turn positive, furthering the “Golidlocks” market narrative of falling inflation but stable growth.

PPI and Jobless Claims Strengthen the “Goldilocks” Narrative

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • PPI and Jobless Claims Strengthen the “Goldilocks” Narrative

Futures are little changed following a quiet night of news as markets digest the Wed/Thurs rally and focus turns to the start of the Q2 earnings season.

Economically, there was more evidence of global disinflation (or deflation) as German Wholesale Prices (think their PPI) declined –2.9% y/y vs. (-1.2%) y/y.

Today focus will be on earnings, as we get several major bank earnings results:  JPM ($5.92), C ($1.31), WFC ($1.15), and BLK ($8.47) as well as UNH ($5.92).  These large cap companies usually don’t provide too many surprises in their earnings reports, but markets will want to hear positive commentary on the overall environment to further support this latest rally in stocks.

There are also two notable inflation linked economic reports today, Import & Export Prices (E: -0.2%, -0.4%), Consumer Sentiment (E: 65.0), but barring any major surprises they shouldn’t move markets.

What the CPI Report Means for Markets

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • What the CPI Report Means for Markets
  • EIA and Oil Market Analysis

It’s “green on the screen” as global indices and U.S. futures extend yesterday’s CPI driven rally.

Economically, UK Industrial Production (IP) was better than feared (down –1.2% vs. (E) -1.5%) while EU IP slightly missed estimates (0.2% vs. (E) 0.5%).

Earnings season officially begins today and the first reports are solid, as PEP and DAL both beat earnings estimates.

Today focus will be on economic data, specifically Jobless Claims (E: 245K) and PPI (E: 0.2% m/m, 0.4% y/y, Core PPI E: 0.2% m/m, 2.8% y/y).  If jobless claims are mostly stable and PPI falls more than expected, markets should extend yesterday’s “Immaculate Disinflation” driven rally. Finally, there is one Fed speaker today, Waller (6:45 p.m. ET), but markets are ignoring hawkish rhetoric right now so he shouldn’t move markets.

CPI Preview: Good, Bad, and Ugly

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • CPI Preview – Good, Bad, & Ugly
  • Chart: Is Disinflation Accelerating?

U.S. stock futures are extending this week’s gains ahead of the all-important CPI report this morning following a mostly quiet night of news.

There were no economic reports overnight but the Reserve Bank of New Zealand did notably pause their rate hiking cycle leaving their policy rate unchanged at 5.50% (however this was expected and did not meaningfully move markets).

Looking into today’s session the big catalyst is the CPI report due out before the open. On the headline, CPI is expected to come in at 0.3% m/m and 3.1% y/y while the Core figure is seen rising 0.3% m/m and 5.0% y/y.

From there, focus will turn to Fed speakers with Kashkari speaking shortly after the open (9:45 a.m. ET) and Mester at the close (4:00 p.m. ET).

Finally, there is a 10-Yr Treasury Note auction at 1:00 p.m. ET and the outcome could shed light on the bond market’s outlook for the economy and Fed policy expectations in the wake of the CPI data release, so there is potential this auction moves markets in the early afternoon.

Jobs Day

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • How the Two-Year Yield Caused Yesterday’s Drop in Stocks
  • EIA Analysis and Oil Market Update

Futures are slightly lower following a mostly quiet night of news as investors wait for this morning’s jobs report.

Economic data underwhelmed as Japanese Household Spending (-1.1% vs. (E) 0.5%) and German Industrial Production (-0.2% vs. (E) -0.1%) both missed expectations.

Taiwan exports also fell more than expected, down 23.4%, and that’s adding to general anxiety about future global growth.

Today the only major event is the June jobs report and expectations are as follows:  213K job adds, 3.7% UE Rate, 0.3% wage increase m/m and 4.2% y/y.  As we saw from yesterday’s ADP report, a “Too Hot” number will spike yields and further pressure stocks, as the rise in yields is now getting high enough to be a headwind on the market.  Conversely, a “Too Cold” number will increase stagflation worries.

A job adds number in the 100k range coupled with an increase in the unemployment rate and a drop in wages remains the best outcome for stocks, and if we get that number don’t be surprised if the S&P 500 recoups all of yesterday’s losses.

Tom Essaye Quote in Barron’s on June 30th, 2023

U.S. Stock Futures Rise Ahead of Key PCE Inflation Data

Futures are moderately higher mostly on momentum and end of quarter/half positioning, as economic data overnight was mixed but not bad enough to interrupt the rally, said Tom Essaye, founder at Sevens Report Research. Click here to read the full article.

S&P 500 Tests MMT Resistance

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • S&P 500 Tests “Better If” MMT Target
  • Economic Data Takeaways (Goldilocks So Far)
  • ECB Has More Work to Do on Inflation

Stock futures are flat as yesterday’s rally is digested while global markets were mostly higher overnight thanks to continued optimism about AI focused investments and in-line inflation data in Europe.

ADBE shares were up as much as 4% in pre-market trading after strong earnings and AI-related guidance yesterday which is supporting mega-cap tech ahead of the open this morning.

The Narrow Core inflation reading within the Eurozone HICP (their CPI equivalent) fell from 5.6% to 5.3% y/y in May, meeting estimates and offering further confirmation that the global disinflation trend has resumed.

Today, there are no Fed officials scheduled to speak and just one economic report to watch: Consumer Sentiment (E: 60.5), but the consumer inflation expectations components within the release could move markets if they are meaningfully different from the previous release.

Finally, on a derivatives market note, today is a Quadruple Witching options expiration which means volumes will be elevated and volatility could potentially spike due to trader repositioning.