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An Important Jobs Day

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • An Important Jobs Day (Jobs Report Preview – Abbreviated Version)

Futures are modestly higher following better than expected economic data overnight and on positioning ahead of today’s important jobs report.

Japanese Household Spending (3.9% vs. (E) 0.6%) and German Manufacturers’ Orders (3.9% vs. (E) 2.1%) both beat estimates. This points to some resilience in the global economy.

Today focus will be on the jobs report and expectations are as follows:  Job Adds: 160K, UE Rate: 3.7%, Wage Growth: 0.3% m/m & 4.3% y/y.  For markets, a job adds figure modestly below expectations with an increase in unemployment and drop in wages should push Treasury yields lower and spur a strong rebound in stocks.

Conversely, if we see a job adds number close to or above 250k, a decline in unemployment or rise in wages, expect higher Treasury yields and lower stock prices.

Outside of the jobs report today we also get Consumer Credit (E: $11.5B) and one Fed speaker, Waller (12:00 p.m. ET), but they shouldn’t move markets.

An Important Jobs Day

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Renewed Global Growth Concerns

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Stocks Slip as Trading Resumes After the Long Weekend With Renewed Global Growth Concerns Out of China.

“The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 33 points, or 0.1%. The S&P 500 declined 0.3%, and the Nasdaq Composite was down 0.3%.

Weighing on the markets were “renewed global growth concerns,” said Tom Essaye, founder of The Sevens Report. China’s purchasing-managers’ index (PMI) showed that the country’s services sector expanded at the slowest pace in eight months.

The remainder of the week looks slow on the economic data front, and investors will continue to digest U.S. jobs data from Friday which gave signs to suggest the labor market may be cooling. That’s what the Federal Reserve wants to see as it works to battle historically high inflation through interest-rate hikes.”

Also, click here to view the full Barron’s article published on September 5th, 2023.

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Tom Essaye Quoted in Barron’s on July 17th, 2023

4 ETFs to Play a Stock Market That Keeps Rallying

However, last week’s readings point toward falling inflation and stable economic growth—a goldilocks scenario, or Immaculate Disinflation, as Sevens Reports’ founder Tom Essaye writes. However, last week’s readings point toward falling inflation and stable economic growth—a goldilocks scenario, or Immaculate Disinflation, as Sevens Reports’ founder Tom Essaye writes. Click here to read the full article.

Why the Sintra Comments Were Slightly Hawkish

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Why the Sintra Comments Were Slightly Hawkish (And What They Mean for Markets)
  • Clarifying the “Growth On” Trade vs. “Growth” Style

Futures are modestly higher after all 23 U.S. banks passed the Fed’s annual stress tests.

The 23 largest banks in the U.S. passed the Fed’s annual stress tests, and while none were expected to fail, the fact that there were no negative surprises is a general positive for the banking sector and financials.

Economically, Euro Zone Economic Sentiment, was basically in-line with expectations and isn’t moving markets.

Today focus will be on economic data, and the key reports today are:  German CPI (E: 6.3% y/y), Jobless Claims (E: 270k) and Final Q1 GDP (E: 1.4%).  Markets have priced in “Immaculate Disinflation” so inflation needs to continue to fall everywhere (including Germany), while markets also need to see jobless claims gradually rise (a big spike in claims would be a negative) to keep to bullish momentum going.

 

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FOMC Preview (Watch the Dots)

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • FOMC Preview (Watch the Dots)
  • Why Yesterday’s CPI Boosted the “Growth On” Trade
  • Gold Update:  Are the 2023 Highs Already In?

Futures are modestly higher following a quiet night of news as markets look ahead to the FOMC decision and expected pause in rate hikes.

Economic data was mixed overnight as UK Industrial Production missed estimates (-0.3% vs. (E) -0.1% in manufacturing) while Euro Zone IP slightly beat (1.0% vs. (E) 0.9%), but neither number is moving markets.

Today focus will be on the FOMC Decision and the consensus expectation is that the Fed will pause.  But, it’s not clear how many additional 2023 rate hikes the “dots” will show, and that will determine if the Fed decision is hawkish or dovish (more on that inside).

Away from the Fed we also get the May PPI (E: -0.1% m/m, 1.6% y/y) and Core PPI (E: 0.2% m/m, 2.9% y/y) and if this metric comes in under expectations that’ll boost the “Immaculate Disinflation” expectation and should help cyclical sectors extend the rally.

Tom Essaye Quoted in Forbes on March 1, 2023

These U.S.-Listed Stocks Surge—Alibaba, Baidu And More—After China’s Economic Rebound

The unexpected gain indicates that China’s post-pandemic recovery, which has long been marred by ongoing Covid lockdowns that ushered in the economy’s second-worst showing since 1976 last year, is gaining momentum, says Sevens Report analyst Tom Essaye, who notes the data helped fuel optimism across global markets on Wednesday. Click here to read the full article.

Technical Update: Key Levels to Watch

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Technical Update:  Key Levels to Watch
  • Value vs. Growth – What Do the Charts Say?

Futures are modestly higher as a soft EU inflation reading is helping to extend Thursday’s rally.

Euro Zone PPI came in much lower than expectations (15% vs. (E) 17.7% y/y) and that’s helping to slightly offset the hot inflation data from earlier in the week.

Economically, Euro Zone and UK Composite PMIs were generally in-line with expectations.

Today the key report will be the ISM Services PMI (E: 54.5).  For stocks and bonds, the best case for this report is that the headline is stable (not much above expectations) while the price indices decline.  If that happens, stocks can extend the rally.

We also get several Fed speakers today including Logan (11:00 a.m. ET), Bostic (11:45 a.m. ET), Bowman (3:00 p.m. ET) and Barkin (4:15 p.m. ET).  If they echo Bostic’s comments from yesterday about the Fed being done with hikes by mid to late summer, that will be a tailwind on stocks.

Tom Essaye Joins Yahoo Finance To Discuss The Economy on February 21st, 2023

‘The economy is stronger than everybody thought,’ Sevens Report Research Founder says

Sevens Report Research Founder and President Tom Essaye to discuss the expectations for the Fed’s upcoming FOMC minutes meeting, the future of Fed policy pathway, why investors should remain on recession watch in 2023, and the outlook for markets. Click here to watch the full discussion.

Why Is Tech/Growth Rallying So Hard?

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Why Is Tech/Growth Rallying So Hard?
  • Leading Indicators – Data Takeaways
  • Chart: Dollar Index Approaches Key Long-Term Technical Support

Futures are slightly lower as yesterday’s gains are digested while focus shifts to the start of big tech earnings.

Economically, Flash PMI data was mixed overnight with the broader Eurozone figure topping estimates but the U.K. headline badly missing expectations. The Solid Eurozone data is helping shore up recently more hawkish policy expectations for the ECB and that is weighing on EU shares this morning.

Today, the U.S. Composite PMI Flash will be in focus right after the opening bell. The report is comprised of two parts: the PMI Manufacturing Flash (E: 46.5) and the PMI Services Flash (E: 45.5) and investors will want to see some degree of stabilization in the data.

There are no Fed speakers today however the Treasury will hold a 2-Yr Note auction at 1:00 p.m. ET and the results could shed light on the market’s latest policy expectations ahead of next week’s Fed meeting, and weak demand (higher yields out of the auction) could weigh on stocks.

Finally, earnings season is continuing to pick up with: JNJ ($2.22), VZ ($1.21), MMM ($2.34), UNP ($2.75), and TRV ($3.50) reporting before the bell while the big report will be MSFT  ($2.29) after the bell. COF ($3.81) will also report after the close.

Hard Landing or Soft Landing?

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Hard Landing or Soft Landing?
  • Weekly Economic Cheat Sheet:  Does Growth Stabilize?
  • Weekly Market Preview:  The Peak of Earnings Season

Futures are little changed following a mostly quiet weekend of news as markets look ahead to more earnings and economic data this week.

On Sunday the WSJ published an article on the Fed that stated the Fed will hike 25 bps at the upcoming meeting and begin discussions on when to end the rate hike cycle.  The article is being taken as dovish, but it’s not very different from current consensus thinking.

Today the focus will be on Leading Indicators (E: -0.7%) because this number flashed an intense recession warning signal last month and if there’s further deterioration that will likely weigh on stocks modestly.

On the earnings front, most of the key names this week report Tuesday – Thursday, but some results we’re watching today include:  SYF ($1.12), BKR ($0.41), and LOGI ($1.06).