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Fed Wildcard to Watch: Dual Risks

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Fed Wildcard to Watch: Dual Risks
  • Economic Data Takeaways: A Hot JOLTS Report Offsets a Favorable ISM Release
  • Chart – The Fed Could Make or Break the Gold Market Today

Futures are higher ahead of today’s Fed announcement amid continued China reopening hopes and good earnings.

AMD is up more than 4% after good earnings yesterday evening which is bolstering tech shares this morning.

Today, the focus will be on economic data early with the ADP Employment Report (E: 200K) due out ahead of the bell. The market will want to see some headline weakness to help offset yesterday’s JOLTS data in order for stocks to rebound into the Fed. Motor Vehicle Sales (E: 14.2M) will also be released over the course of the morning.

Then focus will turn to the Fed with the FOMC Announcement at 2:00 p.m. ET followed by Powell’s Press Conference at 2:30 p.m. ET. A dovish release could trigger a sharp and squeezy rally while a hawkish decision would almost certainly result in investor pain.

Earnings will be on the backburner today but there are still a few notable releases to watch: CVS ($1.99), PGR ($1.48), CHRW ($2.15), QCOM ($3.14), EBAY ($0.93).

Have We Reached Peak Hawkishness?

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Are We At Peak Hawkishness?
  • Putting the Pullback in 2-Yr Yields in Perspective: Chart
  • JOLTS Fall Sharply

Stock futures are down roughly 1% this morning as investors digest the sizeable week-to-date gains amid rebounds in Treasury yields and the dollar.

Looking overseas, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand raised rates 50 bps overnight, meeting consensus expectations while the Eurozone Composite PMI came in at 48.1 vs. (E) 48.2.

Today, the focus will be on economic data early with the ADP Employment Report (E: 200K) due out before the bell as well as data on International Trade in Goods and Services (E: -$68.0B), and then the ISM Services Index (E: 56.0).

There is also one Fed official scheduled to speak in the afternoon: Bostic  (4:00 p.m. ET).

Bottom line, most of this week’s gains have been a function of renewed “peak-hawkishness” hopes however if economic data comes in stronger than expected and we see yields turn back higher and the dollar resume its rally, then we could see stocks give back some of this week’s rally which has admittedly occurred at an unsustainable pace.

What Should Clients Do in This Environment?

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • What Should Clients Do in This Environment?
  • S&P 500 Approaching Key Support: Chart
  • JOLTS Data Takeaways – Labor Market Remains Tight

Stock futures pulled back from overnight gains and are now trading flat as most international markets are lower following mixed economic data.

Japanese Retail Sales and Industrial Production figures both handily topped estimates but the August HICP Flash in Europe (their CPI equivalent) showed core inflation jumped 4.3% vs. (E) 4.0%, reiterating inflation risks.

Today, the early focus will be on the ADP Employment Report (E: 200K) which will be the first one since they updated the methodology of the report so be prepared for a potentially surprising print.

From a market standpoint, traders will want to see a moderation in the labor market (especially after yesterday’s JOLTS report) to show the Fed’s tightening actions are beginning to cool the labor market which is one of the key steps towards reaching “peak hawkishness.”

There are also a few Fed speakers to watch today: Mester (8:00 a.m. ET), Logan (6:00 p.m. ET), and Bostic (6:30 p.m. ET) and the market would welcome any degree of less hawkish commentary as the more hawkish tone of the last week has been largely responsible for the equity market losses into the end of the month.

The Latest on Taiwan and China

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • The Latest on Taiwan and China
  • JOLTS Decline But Remain Historically Elevated
  • Big One-Day Reversal in the 10-Year Yield: Chart

Stock futures are trading cautiously higher this morning as geopolitical angst is easing after Pelosi’s departure from Taiwan while economic data was mostly positive overnight.

Chinese and EU Composite PMIs for July topped estimates while Eurozone PPI was no worse than feared and that data is helping some of the hawkish fears from Tuesday unwind.

Looking into today’s session, earnings season is beginning to wind down but there are still a few notable reports due out today: MRNA ($4.50), CVS ($2.16), YUM ($1.08), HOOD (-$0.36), EBAY ($0.89), and MGM ($0.24).

However, the market’s main focus will be on economic data today with ISM Services Index (E: 53.0) and Factory Orders (E: 1.1%) both due out shortly after the open while there is one Fed speaker: Harker (10:30 a.m. ET).

Investors will want to see still solid growth numbers in the data, further easing in inflation readings, and hopefully a less hawkish tone out of the Fed if the July relief rally is going to extend into August.

Market Multiple Table: August Update

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Market Multiple Table: August Update
  • Chart: JOLTS Hit New Record

Stock futures are little changed this morning as investors digest Monday’s hawkish Fed chatter and continue to monitor the status of the Delta variant outbreak around the globe.

Economically, Germany’s August ZEW Survey was moderately disappointing while domestically, the NFIB Small Business Optimism Index came in at 99.7 vs. (E) 103.3, however neither report is materially moving markets given the recent focus on the very strong July jobs report in the U.S.

On infrastructure, the $1.2T bipartisan bill is expected to pass a final vote in the Senate later this morning but that has largely been priced into markets already.

Today, there is one economic report to watch: Productivity and Costs (E: 3.5%, 1.2%) and one Fed speaker: Evans (2:30 p.m. ET).

Additionally, there is a 3-Year Treasury Note auction at 1:00 p.m. ET, and a soft outcome could result in another wave of hawkish money flows like we saw on Monday (yields higher, dollar higher, mixed price action in equities).

Market Multiple Levels: S&P 500 Chart

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Market Multiple Levels: S&P 500 Chart
  • May JOLTS Report Takeaways

Stock futures are sharply lower along with most international equity markets this morning while bond yields are extending recent declines amid new COVID-19 concerns.

Japanese Prime Minister, Yoshihide Suga, issued a state of emergency for Tokyo overnight and the latest reports suggest spectators will be banned from the summer Olympics which is weighing heavily on investor sentiment today.

10-Year yields are down another 7 basis points in early trade while travel and leisure shares are leading markets lower in the pre-market, underscoring concerns about the state of the economic recovery and emerging concerns surrounding the Delta variant of COVID-19.

Today, there is just one economic report: Jobless Claims (E: 353K) and no Fed officials are scheduled to speak.

Investors will be looking for a continued drop in the weekly jobless claims data but focus will likely be on COVID-19 trends and the latest lockdown developments as the health of the economic recovery is reassessed.

Why the JOLTS Report Matters to Markets

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Why the JOLTS Report Matters to Markets

Stock futures are little changed this morning while overseas markets were down modestly overnight as a sense of trader paralysis grips global markets ahead of key catalysts due in the back half of the week.

Economically, Chinese PPI hit 9.0% vs. (E) 8.3% in May, the hottest reading since 2008, however, May CPI was 1.3% vs. (E) 1.5%, keeping inflation fears relatively subdued.

There are no market moving economic reports on the calendar for today and no Fed officials are scheduled to speak however the Treasury will hold a 10-Yr Note auction at 1:00 p.m. ET.

The Treasury auction could move markets today but only if there is a big surprise in the results as markets are more likely to continue to churn into tomorrow’s CPI report and ECB Announcement.