FOMC Meeting Minutes Takeaways

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • FOMC Meeting Minutes Takeaways (Dovish in Hindsight)
  • Existing Home Sales Data Offers Mixed Signals

Futures are modestly higher this morning as a pullback in oil futures is pushing bond yields lower while investors digest a volatile reaction to mostly positive NVDA earnings.

Economically, U.K. CBI Industrial Trends saw the headline Orders Balance fall -35% vs. (E) -25% in November which is driving dovish money flows this morning.

Today’s economic calendar is a busy one with Durable Goods Orders (E: -3.2%), Jobless Claims (E: 225K), and Consumer Sentiment (E: 60.5, 1-Yr Inflation Expectations: 4.4%) all due to be released before 10:00 a.m. ET.

There are no Fed speakers today so markets will trade off of the data. If the reports are largely in line, expect mostly sideways price action with the Thanksgiving Day break looming, however, hawkish or dovish surprises will still move markets despite thin attendance and low volumes.

The Treasury will hold auctions for 4-week and 8-week Bills at 11:30 a.m. ET. While auctions for these securities usually don’t move markets, investors are more closely watching auction results following the recent weak 30-Yr auction that roiled markets. As there is potential the outcomes impact equities in an otherwise quiet environment ahead of Thanksgiving.

FOMC Meeting Minutes Takeaways

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Economic Breaker Panel: November Update

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Economic Breaker Panel – November Update

Stock futures are little changed in quiet holiday trading this morning as traders look ahead to the slew of economic data due out in the U.S. today as well as the release of the November Fed meeting minutes.

Economically, the Eurozone Composite PMI Flash came in at 47.8 vs. (E) 47.0 signaling economic contraction in the EU but the better-than-feared headline is helping European shares edge higher today.

This morning is lining up to be a busy one for economic data with Durable Goods Orders (E: 0.3%), Jobless Claims (E: 225K), PMI Composite Flash (E: 48.7), New Home Sales (E: 574K), and Consumer Sentiment (E: 55.0) all due to be released between 8:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. ET.

Additionally, the November Fed Meeting Minutes will be released at 2:00 p.m. ET.

Bottom line, with all the recent Fed speak, the Minutes are unlikely to offer any surprises today however data can move markets despite thinning attendance and light volumes. The market wants to see slowing but not collapsing growth measures and a downward acceleration in inflation (today’s inflation expectations within the Consumer Sentiment release will be the key figure to watch). If that materializes, the S&P might be able to break through key near-term technical resistance at 4,007 however high inflation and weaker-than-anticipated growth could send stocks tumbling back toward the lows of the week at 3,900.

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Tom Essaye Quoted in Barron’s on October 12th, 2022

S&P 500, Nasdaq Hit New Lows After Release of Fed Minutes

“I don’t think there’s anything in here [minutes] that changes the outlook,” said Sevens Report’s Tom Essaye. Click here to read the full article.

Market Multiple Table: Headwinds Building

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Market Multiple Table: Headwinds Building

Stock futures are higher this morning as Treasury markets are steady despite more turmoil in the Gilts market with the 30-Yr jumping another 20+ bp back towards 5.00%.

Economic data was mixed overnight as U.K. GDP dropped off further than expected in August (-0.3% vs. E: -0.1%) while EU Industrial Production for the same month was solid at 1.5% vs. (E) 0.5%.

Today, there is one inflation data point to watch pre-market: Producer Price Index (E: 0.2%) and if it runs hot, it would likely send yields to new highs and pressure risk assets ahead of the bell.

After the open, the focus will shift to the Fed with two officials speaking through the middle of the day: Kashkari (10:00 a.m. ET) and Barr (1:45 p.m. ET) before the most recent FOMC Meeting Minutes are due to be released at 2:00 p.m. ET.

In the minutes, investors will be looking for any new indication of a timeline for a policy “pivot” or what might result in one as that is still a major catalyst needed in order for stocks to bottom.

Finally, there is a 10-Yr Treasury Note Auction at 1:00 p.m. ET and if the outcome is weak, as was the case with yesterday’s 3-Yr Note auction, and yields begin to rise, that will likely be a renewed headwind on equities in the afternoon.

Bottom line, yields are still the primary driver of the stock market this week and if we see Treasuries remain stable as they are this morning, then stocks could break their multi-day losing streak, however, if yields do rise meaningfully it will be hard for the major indices to hold this week’s lows.

FOMC Minutes: Not as Dovish as the Market Reaction

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • FOMC Minutes:  Not as Dovish as the Market Reaction
  • Retail Earnings Takeaways
  • EIA and Oil Market Analysis

Futures are slightly higher on better-than-expected earnings, following an otherwise quiet night of news.

Cisco (CSCO) posted strong earnings and gave positive commentary on tech demand going forward.

Economically, EU HICP (their CPI) met expectations at 8.9% yoy and that reading means a 50 bps rate hike from the ECB is still likely in September.

Today’s focus will be on economic data, specifically the Philadelphia Fed Manufacturing Survey (E: -5.0).  If Philly Fed echoes the weak Empire Manufacturing reading and the price indices don’t decline, we’ll see stagflation concerns rise.  Other reports today include Jobless Claims (E: 265K) and Existing Home Sales (E: 4.85M) but neither should move markets.

We also get two Fed speakers, George (1:20 p.m. ET) and Kashkari (1:45 p.m. ET), and the market will be looking for any insight on a 50 bps vs. 75 bps hike in September (markets are expecting 50 bps).

General Technical Take for Equities

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • What the FOMC Minute Mean for Markets (Hawkish)
  • General Technical Take for Equities
  • EIA Analysis and Oil Market Update

Futures are bouncing slightly following a quiet night as markets digest the declines of the past two days.

Economic data was mixed overnight as German Industrial Production missed estimates while Euro Zone Retail Sales beat expectations, but neither number is moving markets.

Geopolitically there was no new news on Russia/Ukraine as the conflict continues with little signs of any progress towards a cease fire.

Today we get one notable economic report, Jobless Claims (E: 202K) but three Fed speakers:  Bullard (9:00 a.m. ET), Evans (2:00 p.m. ET) and Williams (4:05 p.m.).  We expect each of them to further hammer the point that rates are rising by 50 bps in May, with balance sheet reduction beginning in the same month.  But, as long as they don’t say anything “hawkishly new” then stocks should be able to look past the commentary.

Tom Essaye Quoted in on February 16, 2022

Dow falls for a 4th day in 5 as traders assess geopolitical risks, next Fed move

Traders continue to monitor the situation in Ukraine and look ahead to the Fed minutes release…Sevens Report’s Tom Essaye said in a note Wednesday morning. Click here to read the full article.