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Consumer demand remains rather strong

Consumer demand remains rather strong: Tyler Richey, Sevens Report Co-Editor, Quoted in MarketWatch on MSN


Oil prices log first gain in 4 sessions with crude supply down a second straight week

Consumer demand remains rather strong “despite higher prices at the pump this year and simmering concerns about the health of the economy,” Tyler Richey, co-editor at Sevens Report Research, told MarketWatch.

‘An added tailwind for oil is the largely dovish tone from [Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome] Powell this week helping to shore up expectations of a soft economic landing and fading concerns about a demand-crippling hard landing in 2024.’ — Tyler Richey, Sevens Report Research

“An added tailwind for oil is the largely dovish tone from [Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome] Powell this week helping to shore up expectations of a soft economic landing and fading concerns about a demand-crippling hard landing in 2024,” he said.

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July MMT Chart and Powell Testimony Takeaways

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Powell Testimony Takeaways – Underappreciated Growth Risks
  • July MMT Chart – All Scenario Targets Hit New Highs

Futures are higher again this morning amid firming Fed rate cut bets after Powell’s first day of semiannual testimony on Capitol Hill while inflation data was mixed overnight.

Economically, inflation data in Asia was mixed as Chinese CPI fell to 0.2% vs. (E) 0.4% y/y but Japanese PPI rose from an upwardly revised 2.6% in May to 2.9% in June.

There are no notable economic reports in the U.S. today which will leave markets primarily focused on Fed Chair Powell’s second day of Congressional testimony, this time before the House Financial Services Committee.

There are two additional Fed speakers this afternoon, Goolsbee and Bowman at 2:30 p.m. ET while Cook speaks later this evening, well after the close (7:30 p.m. ET).

Finally, there is a 10-Yr Treasury Note auction at 1:00 p.m. ET. Yesterday’s 3-Yr Note auction saw solid demand, however there is some uncertainty about demand for longer duration Treasuries right now, and weak results at today’s auction could send those yields higher which has the potential to trigger some profit taking in equities.


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Market Multiple Table: An Important Change

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Market Multiple Table: An Important Change

Stock futures are trading higher this morning with tech stocks continuing to outperform as traders look ahead to Fed Chair Powell’s Congressional testimony today.

Economically, the NFIB Small Business Optimism Index rose 1 point to 91.5 vs. (E) 90.3 in June.

There are no additional economic reports today which will leave trader focus on Fed Chair Powell’s semi-annual testimony before Congress beginning at 10:00 a.m. ET. There are two additional Fed speakers as well today: Barr (9:15 a.m. ET) and Bowman (1:30 p.m. ET).

The only other potential catalyst on the calendar is a 3-Yr Treasury Note auction at 1:00 p.m. ET. Weak demand and subsequently rising yields after the auction could weigh on stocks as money flows have been very dovish in recent weeks.

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Jobs Day

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Jobs Day
  • Why Wednesday’s Weak Economic Data Is Increasing Growth Concerns

Futures are little changed following the U.S. holiday as the last 24 didn’t provide any substantial market surprises while focus turns towards today’s jobs report.

The Labour Party won a landslide election victory in the UK, as expected, but that victory isn’t altering the outlook for growth or inflation (so it’s not impacting markets).

U.S. growth worries are creeping slightly higher following Wednesday’s surprisingly soft economic data.

Today focus will be on the jobs report and expectations are as follows: 189K Job-Adds, 4.0% Unemployment Rate, 0.3% m/m & 3.9% y/y Wage Growth.  Markets are still in a “bad is good” mode for data so the biggest risk to markets today is for a “Too Hot” number.  But, that said, Wednesday’s economic data was outright bad and for those paying attention, there are now a lot of signs that the U.S. economy may be losing more momentum than expected.  So, if there is a surprisingly weak jobs report (possible but unlikely) it will increase growth concerns and that’s a future risk to this rally.


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Potential slowdown in demand at the pump

Potential slowdown in demand at the pump: Tyler Richey Quoted in MarketWatch


Oil gains on hopes for better demand as worries over wider Middle East conflict linger

There was evidence of that “potential slowdown in demand at the pump” in the Energy Information Administration’s report released Wednesday, said Tyler Richey, co-editor at Sevens Report Research. The implied measure of U.S. consumer demand, gasoline supplied, dropped to a one-month low of 8.969 million barrels per day for the week that ended June 21, he said. That compares with 9.386 million bpd a week earlier.

“The main takeaway is that the unforeseen strength in consumer demand that powered oil futures to multi-month highs in June began to show signs of easing back below trend last week,” Richey said in Thursday’s newsletter.

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Why Is NVDA Falling? (And Is It A Problem for the Market?)

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Why Is NVDA Falling? (And Is It A Problem for the Market?)
  • EIA Update and Oil Market Analysis

Futures are slightly lower following several underwhelming earnings reports and ahead of important economic data.

Micron (MU) and Levi-Strauss (LEVI) missed earnings and are declining solidly pre-market and those disappointing results are weighing on futures.

Economically, it was a quiet night and none of the reports are moving markets.

Today focus will be on economic data and the key reports, in order of importance, are as follows: Jobless Claims (E: 236K), Durable Goods Orders (E: 0.0%), Final Q1 GDP (E: 1.4%) and Pending Home Sales (E: 1.9%).  Given some cautious commentary on the economy from corporate management (including this morning), markets will want to see solid data that meets or slightly exceeds expectations and if that’s the case, the broad markets should be able to rally (even despite some tech headwinds from MU).

Additionally, today is the first (and potentially only) Presidential Debate (9:00 p.m. ET) and the closer look at the two candidates’ policies could move markets on Friday.


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The Fed outlook is essentially known at this point

The Fed outlook is essentially known at this point: Sevens Report Editor, Tom Essaye, Quoted in Barron’s


Stock Market Is In a Holding Pattern as Fed Officials Speak

“The Fed outlook is essentially known at this point,” Sevens Report Research’s Tom Essaye tells Barron’s.

He says that whether a first rate cut comes in September or December, it won’t matter too much.

“Maybe it causes a percent or two of volatility, but I don’t think it’s a substantial issue anymore,” Essaye says. “We know we’re getting something in September or December. I think the bigger question is, what’s growth look like when we get it.”

That’s why markets may hope for upbeat economic data in the months ahead, as signs of a slowing for the economy could have a more substantial impact on stocks than a brief delay for rate cuts.

“In the grand scheme of things, 25 basis points in September versus December, that’s not going to stop a slowdown if it’s occurring,” he says. “If somebody came out and said, ‘We’re thinking about not cutting rates at all,’ that would move markets. But I don’t think there’s any chance of that happening.”

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Oil has recovered from its early June pullback to test seven-week highs

Oil has recovered from its early June pullback to test seven-week highs: Sevens Report Co-Editor, Tyler Richey, Quoted in Morningstar


Oil prices settle at highest since April on brighter demand prospects

Oil has recovered from its early June pullback to test seven-week highs on “price-supportive rhetoric” from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies, said Tyler Richey, co-editor at Sevens Report Research.

The initial “knee-jerk selloff” reaction to the June 2 decision by OPEC+ to phase out voluntary oil-production cuts after the third quarter was “largely reversed and seen as overdone,” Richey told MarketWatch. OPEC+ leadership “confirmed that they will remain flexible and only reduce their voluntary output cuts if market conditions warranted, and clarified increasing production is not necessarily a base-case expectation right now,” he said.

“Evidence of strong domestic demand at the start of the U.S. summer driving season, rising geopolitical tensions overseas and renewed hopes for a perfectly executed [economic] soft landing” by the Federal Reserve have also contributed to oil’s price rebound, Richey said.

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Oil Inventories

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These are all contributing to the recent rebound in the oil market

These are all contributing to the recent rebound in the oil market: Tyler Richey Quoted in MarketWatch


Oil futures end higher as demand prospects improve

“Price-supportive OPEC+ rhetoric, evidence of strong domestic demand at the start of the U.S. summer driving season, rising geopolitical tensions overseas, and renewed hopes for a perfectly executed soft landing by the [Federal Reserve] are all contributing to the recent rebound in the oil market,” said Tyler Richey, co-editor at Sevens Report Research.

“Sentiment is fragile, however, and if we see any headlines that contradict any of those factors that have supported the latest rally, or even just an uptick in broad market volatility into the end of the quarter, we could see oil markets correct back towards the mid-$70-a-barrel range,” he told MarketWatch.

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Investor hopes around “immaculate disinflation” may be coming undone

Investor hopes around “immaculate disinflation” may be coming undone: Tom Essaye Quoted in MarketWatch


Are stock-market investors losing faith in ‘immaculate disinflation’?

That’s a sign that investor hopes around “immaculate disinflation” may be coming undone, said Tom Essaye, founder of Sevens Report Research, in a Monday note.

While the S&P 500 rallied 1.58% last week, the small-cap Russell 2000 fell 1.25%, the Dow industrials lost 0.54% and RSP (S&P 500 equal weight) declined 0.53%. “The reason the ‘rest’ of the market declined last week was that while disinflation is occurring, it may not be ‘immaculate’ and that’s a potential negative for stocks.,” he wrote.

“Here’s the point: If inflation falls because growth is slowing, that’s not an automatic positive for stocks anymore and we saw that this past week as sectors and stocks that weren’t attached to AI declined, despite the drop in CPI and rising Fed cut expectations,” he wrote.

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