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The Important Question in a Noisy Market

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • The Important Question in a Noisy Market

Futures are slightly higher mostly on momentum as markets again ignore disappointing retailer earnings.

Hugo Boss became the latest retailer to post poor results and cut guidance as anecdotal warnings on consumer spending continue to grow.

The only notable economic number overnight was the German ZEW Sentiment Index and it met expectations.

Today focus will stay on economic data and earnings. The key economic report today (and of the week) is Retail Sales (E: -0.3%) and if that number is weaker than expected, look for concerns about a slowdown to grow (although that likely won’t hit stocks immediately as bad data is still good for stocks).  We also get the Housing Market Index (E: 43) and one Fed speaker, Kugler (2:45 p.m. ET), but they shouldn’t move markets.

On the earnings front the season continues to heat up and reports we’ll be watching today include:  BAC ($0.79), UNH ($6.65) and MS ($1.65).


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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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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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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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Prices had sold off with risk assets in the immediate wake of the U.S. jobs data

Prices had sold off with risk assets: Sevens Report Co-Editor, Tyler Richey, Quoted in MarketWatch


Oil prices fall for a third week in a row

Prices had sold off with risk assets in the immediate wake of the U.S. jobs data for May as they were “perceived as ‘hot’ and hawkish for Fed policy” and “ultimately negative for growth and consumer demand,” said Tyler Richey, co-editor at Sevens Report Research. “But futures have since recovered as the details of the report were not nearly as strong as the headline would suggest.”

“In the near term, an uncertain and potentially fluid OPEC+ backdrop, simmering geopolitical tensions and perceived resilience could support oil prices and even see a retest of $80 [a] barrel” by WTI crude, he said. “But looking at the longer-term setup for oil, it is less than encouraging with all the telltale signs of a looming recession falling into place at a time when OPEC+ is likely maxed out with regard to their willingness to curb production any further than they already have.”

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One Emerging Market Winner (Regardless of the Election Outcome)

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Politics in Focus: One Emerging Market Winner (Regardless of the President)

Stock futures are moderately lower this morning as the rally in mega-cap tech stocks is taking a breather amid a 10 basis point rise in the 10-Yr yield so far this week.

Economically, regional German CPI figures have come in mixed so far this morning ahead of the official German estimate due to be released at 8:00 a.m. ET while Germany’s GfK Consumer Climate Index rose to -20.9 vs. (E) -24.0.

Today, there is one lesser-followed Fed survey due to be released: The Richmond Fed Manufacturing Index (E: -6.0) but survey data has moved markets recently so if the release is a surprise (hot or cold) it could move markets today.

There are also two Fed speakers on the calendar for this afternoon and evening: Williams (1:45 p.m. ET) and Bostic (7:00 p.m. ET).

However, after yesterday’s Treasury auctions sent yields spiking higher and ultimately weighed heavily on stocks in the afternoon, the Treasury’s 7-Yr Note auction at 1:00 p.m. ET will likely be the most important catalyst for markets today. Another soft auction outcome will further pressure stocks while strong demand for the Notes could help stocks stabilize from this pre-market weakness.


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Is Gasoline Demand Another Economic Warning Sign?

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Is Gasoline Demand Another Economic Warning Sign?
  • Did Earnings Season Change the Market Outlook?

Futures are solidly higher thanks to continued momentum from Thursday’s rally following a quiet night of news.

Economically, UK data was stronger than expected (GDP and Industrial Production beat estimates) but it’s not changing BOE June rate cut assumptions.

Today there is just one notable economic report, the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index (E: 77.0) and the key parts of that release will be the 1-Yr Inflation Expectations (E: 3.2%) and the 5-Yr. Inflation Expectations (E: 3.0%).  If both of those numbers are higher than expected, it’ll be another negative signal on inflation and don’t be surprised if Treasury yields rise in response to them and stocks give back these early gains.

In addition to that one economic report, we also get numerous Fed speakers today including: Bowman (9:00 a.m. ET), Logan (10:00 a.m. ET), Kashkari (10:00 a.m. ET), Goolsbee (12:45 p.m. ET) and Barr (1:30 p.m. ET).  However, unless one of them explicitly advocates for rate hikes, they shouldn’t move markets.


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What Are The GRANOLAS and Why Are They Attractive?

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • What Are The GRANOLAS and Why Are They Attractive?
  • EIA Analysis and Oil Market Update

Futures are modestly weaker following a quiet night of news as investors digest the last weeks’ gains.

Economically, Chinese exports (1.5% vs. (E) 1.3%) and imports (8.4% vs. (E) 4.7%) were stronger than expected, offering some optimism for that economy.

Tech earnings continued to be mixed as semiconductor company ARM Holdings (ARM) posted soft guidance and the stock is down 8% pre-market.

Today focus initially will be on the BOE Rate Decision, as no rate cut is expected but the BOE may signal a rate cut is coming in June.  In the U.S., the only notable number is Jobless Claims (E: 212K) and there’s just one Fed speaker today (Daly at 2:00 p.m. ET) and it’ll take a significant surprise from either event to move markets.


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The Longer-Term Outlook For Oil

The Longer-Term Outlook For Oil: Tyler Richey Quoted in Morningstar


Oil futures give up early gains to finish lower

The longer-term outlook for oil remains much less certain with a significant increase in U.S. oil production “dulling the effects of the OPEC+ output cuts led by Saudi Arabia and Russia,” said Tyler Richey, co-editor at Sevens Report Research.

“With longer-term demand expectations fading with the latest string of disappointing global economic reports we received this week, there is growing concern the physical markets will tip into a surplus in the months or quarter ahead.” 

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Oil Futures

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Current Market Glossary (For Clients & Prospects)

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Current Market Glossary (For Clients & Prospects)

Futures are slightly lower following a night of disappointing tech earnings.

NFLX, TSLA and TSM all posted disappointing earnings results (stocks down 3% – 6% pre-market) and that’s weighing on Nasdaq and S&P 500 futures.

There was no notable economic data overnight.

Today will be another busy day of data and earnings results.  On the economic front, the two key reports are Weekly Jobless Claims (E: 250k) and Philly Fed (E: -10.0), and as you can guess (and especially at these stretched valuations) markets will want to see more Goldilocks data (so stable claims and Philly and falling prices).  We also get Existing Home Sales (E: 4.23M) but, barring a big miss, that shouldn’t move markets.

Turning to earnings, focus today is on industrials and consumer/healthcare names, and some important results to watch include:  AAL ($1.58), TSM ($1.07), JNJ ($2.61), PM ($1.48), COF ($3.31), CSX ($0.49), and PPG ($2.14).