Evidence of Some Deterioration in the Fundamentals

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Market Multiple Table:  Evidence of Some Deterioration in the Fundamentals

Futures are modestly lower on another negative AAPL article and more mixed economic data.

AAPL shares fell another 3% pre-market as Bloomberg also reported certain Chinese government agencies would be banned from using foreign made phones.

Economically, Chinese exports were no worse than feared (-8.8%). However, German Industrial Production missed estimates (-0.8% vs. (E) -0.2%) as global recession fears crept higher.

Today focus will be on economic data and Fed speak.  The two key reports to watch are Jobless Claims (E: 238K) and Unit Labor Costs (E: 1.7%).  Markets will want to see the former rise more than expected (but not too much more) and the later be less than expectations.  The opposite (low claims and high Unit Labor Costs) will push Treasuries higher and weigh further on stocks.

Turning to the Fed, New York Fed President Williams speaks at 3:30 ET. Since he’s part of Fed leadership, we’ll pay attention and markets will hope he hints that rate hikes are done.  Bostic also speaks at 3:45 ET but his message will likely be predictably dovish, and as such it won’t move markets.


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Market Multiple Table: April Update

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Market Multiple Table: April Update
  • S&P 500 Chart – Cautious Trade Ahead of Today’s CPI Report

Equity futures are slightly higher while the policy-sensitive 2-Yr Treasury yield is pushing further beyond 4% in pre-market trade as focus is exclusively on today’s CPI report.

Economically, Japanese PPI came in at 0.0% vs. (E) 0.1% which is adding a slight tailwind to risk assets this morning.

Looking into today’s session, all eyes will be on inflation data ahead of the open: CPI (E: 0.3% m/m, 5.2% y/y), Core CPI (E: 0.4% m/m, 5.6% y/y).

From there, focus will shift to the Fed as Barkin speaks ahead of the bell (9:10 a.m. ET) and Daly speaks mid-day (12:00 p.m. ET), before the latest FOMC meeting minutes will be released at 2:00 p.m. ET. Any hawkish commentary or verbiage within the minutes will likely weigh on stocks and push yields higher.

Bottom line, the CPI data will be the main catalyst today and to recap yesterday’s “CPI Preview” the “good scenario” is a headline below 5.2% with Core below 5.5%, the “bad scenario” is a headline between 5.2% and 6.0% with Core at 5.6%, and the “ugly scenario” is a headline above 6.0% with Core above 5.6%.

Market Multiple Table: January Update

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Market Multiple Table – January Update: Still More Optimistic Than Fundamentals Warrant

S&P 500 futures are trading with modest losses this morning as investors digest positive economic news out of Europe ahead of Powell’s speech today.

In Europe, French Industrial Production rose 2.0% vs. (E) 0.8% in November while GS dropped their Euro-area recession call for 2023 bolstering market hopes for a soft landing.

Domestically, the NFIB Small Business Optimism Index fell to 89.8 vs. (E) 91.3 which is weighing modestly on sentiment in pre-market trading.

There are no additional economic reports in the U.S. today which will leave investors focused on any insight Fed Chair Powell offers on either the economy or monetary policy plans when he speaks in Sweden at a Riksbank symposium beginning at 9:00 a.m. ET.

Hawkish Fed speak out of Daly and Bostic is what caused stocks to reverse early gains and close lower yesterday, so if Powell strikes a hawkish tone and pushes back against the market’s latest optimism for a lower terminal rate (below 5%), that could see stocks extend yesterday’s afternoon selloff and the market give back some or all of Friday’s post-jobs report gains.

Finally, The Treasury will hold a 3-Yr Note auction at 1:00 p.m. ET that could signal the bond markets response to Powell (if he even says anything notable). A weak outcome to the auction and rising yields could amplify any hawkish money flows and result in more broad market volatility.

Market Multiple Table: April Update

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Market Multiple Table: April Update

Futures are modestly lower with European markets while oil rallies and global bond yields move higher amid simmering geopolitical tensions and lingering inflation fears.

Economically, Final Composite PMI data was mostly better than expected in Europe overnight but price measures continued to rise, suggesting inflation has still not peaked.

Today, we will get two economic reports starting with International Trade (E: -$88.8B), but the ISM Services Index (E: 58.5) will be the more important release to watch shortly after the opening bell as a continued rise in the price measures could further stoke inflation/stagflation fears.

Additionally, there are multiple Fed speakers today: Kashkari (10:00 a.m. ET), Brainard (11:05 a.m. ET), Daly (12:30 p.m. ET), and Williams (2:00 p.m. ET). And if their tone is more hawkish than current market expectations, that could send yields to new highs and pressure high growth tech names which would drag the broad market lower.

Market Multiple Table: February Update

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Market Multiple Table: February Update

Stock futures swung between gains and losses overnight as the sizeable two-day rally to end January is being digested while most global equity markets rallied to start the month of February.

Economically, the EU unemployment rate fell to 7.0% vs. (E) 7.2% but final Manufacturing PMIs were disappointing. None of the data is materially impacting markets this morning, however.

Looking into the U.S. session, there are a few economic reports to watch today: ISM Manufacturing Index (E: 57.5), Construction Spending (E: 0.7%), and JOLTS (10.5 million) while no Fed officials are scheduled to speak.

We are getting into the heart of earnings season and there are some notable companies releasing Q4 results today including: UPS ($3.11), and XOM ($1.96) before the open and then PYPL ($1.13), AMD ($0.76), GOOGL ($26.69), GM ($1.15) and SBUX ($0.80) after the close.

Bottom line, near-term momentum continues to favor the bulls right now and this relief rally can continue if economic data is inline or slightly better than estimates (not too hot), earnings remain positive, and Fed policy expectations continue to get less hawkish.

Market Multiple Table: January Update

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Market Multiple Table: January Update
  • OPEC+ Meeting Takeaways (Not So Bullish)

Stock futures are down modestly this morning, but off the overnight lows in sympathy with rising European shares while Asian markets declined on Chinese regulatory concerns and fresh COVID lockdowns in Hong Kong.

Final December Composite PMI’s were slightly disappointing but investors are already looking ahead to 2022.

Today, there are three economic reports to watch: Motor Vehicle Sales (E: 13.2M), ADP Employment Report (E: 414K), PMI Composite Final (E: 56.9). It will be important for the latter two to point to continued growth but not at a pace that would cause an additional hawkish shift by the Fed as that would likely send rates sharply higher and act as a headwind on broader equity markets.

There are no Fed speakers today but the minutes from the December FOMC meeting will be released at 2:00 p.m. ET.

Market Multiple Table Chart

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Market Multiple Table Chart
  • EIA Analysis and Oil Update

Futures are modestly lower on a slightly hawkish Reuters article about ECB QE and as markets digest this week’s rally.

According to Reuters, the ECB is considering tapering its QE program in March, which is sooner than markets expected and is another reminder that global central banks will be removing accommodation throughout 2022.

Economic data was sparse overnight as Chinese CPI met expectations rising 0.4%.

Today the only notable economic report is Jobless Claims (E: 223K) and they should show continued improvement in the labor market.  Additionally, markets will remain on the lookout for any official government data or more findings from MRNA/PFE on vaccine effectiveness against Omicron, and anything that implies substantial protection against infection and severe illness will be a tailwind on stocks (although at this point the market doesn’t view Omicron as a material threat so the tailwind won’t be that strong).


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Market Multiple Table: November Update

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Market Multiple Table: November Update

Stock futures pulled back overnight following the release of the Fed’s Financial Stability Report, which noted stretched asset prices, but markets have since stabilized as new domestic inflation data comes into focus.

Economically, the German ZEW Survey was mixed (Current Conditions missed, Economic Sentiment beat) while the NFIB report was mildly underwhelming however neither report materially moved markets in pre-market trade.

Looking into today’s session, earnings season continues with a lot of smaller cap companies reporting however focus this morning will be on economic data with the October PPI report due before the bell (E: 0.6% M/M, 8.6% Y/Y).

Then the Fed speaker circuit also remains active today with Bullard (7:50 a.m. ET), Powell (9:00 a.m. ET), Kashkari (1:30 p.m. ET) all speaking over the course of the session and the market will be looking for further confirmation that rate hikes will not commence before late 2022 otherwise we could see a hawkish reaction from markets.

Finally, there is a 10-Yr Treasury Note Auction at 1:00 p.m. ET that could move bonds and subsequently trigger a reaction from stocks.

Market Multiple Table: September Update

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Market Multiple Table: September Update
  • Chart: The Yield Curve is Steepening

Stock futures are trading modestly lower while most overseas markets declined overnight amid lingering concerns about the Delta variant’s impact on growth as well as the threat of a hawkish shift in tone from the ECB this week.

Economically, Japanese Q2 GDP was revised up to 1.9% vs. (E) 1.6% y/y which helped the Nikkei buck the trend and rally nearly 1% overnight.

Today, there are a few potential market-moving catalysts beginning with the July JOLTS report (E 10.0M). Then there are two Fed speakers to watch: Williams (1:10 p.m. ET) and Kaplan (6:00 p.m. ET). Finally, there is also a 10-Year Treasury Note Auction at 1:00 p.m. ET.

Bottom line, markets have become more “on edge” this week as the balance between economic growth trends and subsequent Fed policy outlook has become less certain.

So any combination of economic data deteriorating, the outlook for Fed policy getting more hawkish, or interest rates accelerating too quickly will continue to weigh on equities and other risk assets this week.

Market Multiple Update

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Market Multiple Table – June Update
  • ISM Manufacturing Index Takeaways

Futures are solidly higher today, rising with international markets thanks to easing geopolitical tensions offsetting COVID-19 worries and historic civil unrest in the U.S.

Chinese firms reportedly purchased multiple shipments of U.S. soybeans on Monday, contradicting earlier headlines that the government had broadly halted ag orders. The positive trade activity is acting as a tentative tailwind this morning.

There were no economic reports overnight but oil prices are up nearly 3% as OPEC+ (including Russia) is expected to extend current policy and output cuts beyond June.

Today, Motor Vehicle Sales (E: 10.0M) is the only economic data due to be released while there are no Fed officials scheduled to speak. That will leave investors largely focused on the simmering trade tensions between the U.S. and China as well as the ongoing, in some cases violent, protests across much of the U.S.