What the Hawkish Fed Decision Means for Markets

Hawkish Fed Decision: Strengthen your market knowledge with a free trial of The Sevens Report.

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • What the Hawkish Fed Decision Means for Markets
  • Key Levels to Watch:  Post-Fed Takeaways
  • EIA Analysis and Oil Market Update

Futures are moderately lower on momentum from Wednesday’s late sell-off. As the Fed’s hawkish statement and projections weighed on global markets overnight.

The Norges Bank (Central Bank of Norway) hiked rates by 25 bps and signaled another hike in December. This wasn’t expected and added to hawkish central bank anxiety.

Economically there were no notable reports overnight.

Today will be another busy day and the first important event is the Bank of England Rate Decision (E: 25 bps hike).  If the BOE hikes 25 bps and strongly signals another hike is coming, that will be incrementally hawkish and likely add to global selling pressure.

Looking at economic data, there are two important reports today: Jobless Claims (E: 225K) and Philly Fed (E: 0.5).  Especially after yesterday’s declines, markets will want to see stable data, because if data is “Too Hot” it’ll push Treasury yields higher and weigh on stocks and if data is suddenly very bad it’ll increase stagflation concerns.  We also get Existing Home Sales (E: 4.10M) but that number shouldn’t move markets.


Hawkish Fed

Join hundreds of advisors from huge brokerage firms like Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, Wells Fargo Advisors, Raymond James, and more! To start your quarterly subscription and see how The Sevens Report can help you grow your business, click here

Sevens Report Analysts Quoted in MarketWatch on May 25th, 2023

Gold and silver settle at their lowest prices in about 9 weeks

“The debt ceiling drama is getting most of the attention, but a hawkish shift in tone by a list of [U.S. Federal Reserve] officials recently has holstered the dollar and sent policy-sensitive rates (beyond those durations reacting to the debt negotiations) higher,” analysts at Sevens Report Research wrote on Thursday’s newsletter. Click here to read the full article.

Tom Essaye Quoted in Barron’s on July 22nd, 2022

The Stock Market Is at a Crossroads. What to Watch Next.

You’ve seen a relief rally, the Fed maybe being slightly less hawkish than you think is the hope…said Tom Essaye, founder of Sevens Report Research. Click here to read the full article.

Understanding Fed Hawks vs. Fed Doves

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Understanding Fed Hawks vs. Fed Doves (Table)

Easing geopolitical tensions are driving risk on money flows this morning with U.S. stock futures higher by well over 1% while bonds and other safe havens decline.

Multiple news outlets reported overnight that Russian troops completed their drills and were returning to their bases, reducing fears of an imminent invasion of Ukraine.

There were a few economic reports overnight including the U.K. Labour Market report and the German ZEW Survey but both largely met estimates and neither meaningfully moved markets.

Looking into today’s session, there are no Fed speakers or Treasury auctions but there are two notable economic reports to watch: PPI (E: 0.5%, 9.2%) and Empire State Manufacturing Index (E: 10.0).

Bottom line, this is a headline driven market right now and investors will want to see continued de-escalation in the Russia-Ukraine conflict (German Chancellor Scholz meets with Russian President Putin) as well as a PPI print that is not too hot and Empire report that shows growth is not materially slowing for the overnight relief rally to extend higher.

Are the Hot CPI and Bullard’s Hawkish Commentary Bearish Gamechanger?

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Are the Hot CPI and Bullard’s Hawkish Comments Bearish Gamechangers?

Futures are moderately weaker mostly on momentum from Thursday’s selloff and despite some reassuring commentary from Fed officials overnight.

Fed Presidents Daly and Barkin both pushed back on the idea of a 50 basis point rate hike in March, countering the hawkish commentary from Fed President Bullard.

Economic data was mixed as German CPI met estimates (4.9% y/y) while UK GDP and Industrial Production both slightly missed estimates.

Today there are no notable economic reports and no Fed speakers scheduled, so focus will be on Consumer Sentiment (E: 67.5) and specifically the inflation expectations indices.  If one year and five year inflation expectations can decline, that will help ease some inflation concerns and could spark a rebound later this morning.

Tom Essaye Quoted in Blockworks on January 31, 2022

Bitcoin, Stocks Rebound to End Month, But Sell Off May Continue, Analysts Warn

For stocks to stabilize and rebound, they need one, the Fed to stop providing hawkish surprises. Two, inflation data to peak and recede. And three, economic data to remain firm to…said Tom Essaye, founder of Sevens Report Research. Click here to read the full article.

It’s a Tightening Tantrum, Not a Taper Tantrum

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • It’s a Tightening Tantrum, Not a Taper Tantrum
  • Weekly Market Preview:  Will the Fed Ease Hawkish Concerns, and Will Earnings Improve?
  • Weekly Economic Cheat Sheet:  FOMC Decision Wednesday, Key Inflation Data

Futures are modestly lower as escalating Russia/NATO tensions erased early solid gains.

Tensions between Russia and NATO increased over the weekend as the US and UK reduced embassy personnel, implying a military conflict could be imminent.

Economically, the EU flash manufacturing PMI beat estimates at 59.0 vs. (E) 57.9, but the UK number slightly missed (56.9 vs. (E) 57.3).

Today’s focus will be on the U.S. Flash January Composite PMI (E: 56.7) and markets will want to see stable data to ensure the economy is solid heading into future Fed rate hikes.  On the earnings front, there are three notable reports today, HAL ($0.34), IBM ($3.39), and LOGI ($1.22), but the really important reports won’t come until later this week.

On the geopolitical front, headlines have turned more ominous regarding a conflict in Ukraine, but as long as it’s limited and there isn’t imminent risk of a larger Russia/NATO conflict, then markets should largely look past the issue as it won’t impact economic growth or Fed policy.

Why the 7% CPI Print Wasn’t Incrementally Hawkish

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • What the 7% CPI Print Wasn’t Incrementally Hawkish
  • EIA Analysis and Energy Market Update

Futures are little changed following a generally quiet night of news.

Vice-Chair Brainard’s prepared remarks for today’s testimony were released after the close and she said fighting inflation was the Fed’s “most important task” largely echoing Powell’s commentary from Tuesday.

Senator Manchin called the 7% CPI print “very troubling,” further reducing the chances of Build Back Better passing.

Today focus will be on Brainard’s testimony, but as long as she doesn’t imply sooner than expected balance sheet reduction, the market shouldn’t take her comments too hawkishly.  Other potential market events today include, in order of importance:  PPI (E: 0.4%, 9.8%), Jobless Claims (E: 205K) and three Fed speakers:  Harker (8:00 a.m. ET), Barkin (12:00 p.m. ET) and Evans (1:00 p.m. ET).

With stocks not too far from recent highs, they will again be sensitive to more hawkish rhetoric, so if Brainard and her Fed officials are hawkish, and we get a stronger than expected PPI report, don’t be surprised if that puts a mild headwind on stocks today.

The Single Reason the FOMC Minutes Were Hawkish

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Jobs Report Preview
  • The Single Reason the FOMC Minutes Were Hawkish

Futures are little changed following Wednesday’s sell-off, as solid economic data is helping sentiment.

The Chinese December Composite PMI beat estimates at 53.0 vs. (E) 51.2, the second straight better than expected data point from China.  UK Composite PMI also beat estimates, imply a resilient economy in response to Omicron.

President Biden and Senator Manchin are set to resume negotiations on “Build Back Better” signaling the legislation isn’t dead (again passage of this in Q1 shouldn’t shock markets but it will not likely be a major market influence, either).

Today’s focus will be on economic data, specifically Jobless Claims (E: 205K) and the ISM Services PMI (E: 67.0).  If the data is very strong, will that increase concerns the Fed will get even more hawkish, and that will pressure stocks again.

Tom Essaye Quoted in CNBC on October 28, 2021

10-year Treasury yield moves higher despite disappointing GDP update

The last few weeks have seen the ‘hawkish’ global central banks making a lot of noise…Tom Essaye of the Sevens Report said in a note. Click here to read the full article.