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Economic Breaker Panel: January Update

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Economic Breaker Panel – January Update
  • January Composite PMI Data Takeaways

U.S. stock futures are lower this morning, led by mega-cap tech after MSFT earnings topped estimates but guidance disappointed which is weighing on sentiment broadly.

Economically, the Business Expectations component of the German Ifo Survey notably firmed to 86.4 vs. (E) 85.0 further supporting hopes that Europe will avoid a recession in 2023 but concerns about the global tech sector is offsetting the good economic data this morning.

There are no notable economic reports and no Fed officials are scheduled to speak today which will leave the focus on earnings.

Notable companies releasing quarterly results today include: BA ($0.30), T ($0.58), and FCX ($0.40) ahead of the bell, and TSLA ($1.15), IBM ($3.60), CSX ($0.47), and STX ($0.08) after the close.

Intraday, the Treasury will hold a 5-Yr Note auction at 1:00 p.m. ET, and as we saw with yesterday’s 2-Yr auction which sent stocks to new session highs, the outcome of the auction could move markets before focus returns to post-market earnings reports.

Three Keys to a Bottom Updated

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Three Keys to a Bottom Updated – Some Progress
  • Economic Data Recap – Soft Landing Hopes Fade
  • Weekly Economic Cheat Sheet – Focus on PMI Data (Wednesday)

Stock futures are trading lower with global markets following negative Covid headlines out of China.

China reported a spike in Covid cases this weekend including the first Covid-related death in nearly six months which prompted new restrictions and lockdowns in cities that were previously in the process of reopening. That has triggered risk-off money flows this morning with equities declining globally and the dollar rising nearly 1% in early trade.

Economically, the German PPI for October was actually favorable as it fell a steep -4.2% vs. (E) +0.9%. However, in year-over-year terms, PPI remains up more than 30% which is a major headwind for the German economy.

Looking into today’s session, there are no economic reports and just one Fed speaker: Daly (1:00 p.m. ET) which will likely leave the focus on China and any new Covid-related headlines.

In the fixed income space, the Treasury will hold a 2-Yr Note auction at 11:30 a.m. ET and a 5-Yr Note auction at 1:00 p.m. ET. And if demand is soft and rates begin to move to meaningful new highs, expect selling pressure on the equity market to pick up moderately.

The Market Impact of Global Political Developments

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • What the Political News from the U.K. and China Mean for Markets
  • October Flash Composite PMI Takeaways

Futures are modestly lower as the Chinese yuan fell to a 14-year low overnight while traders look ahead to big tech earnings.

Economically, the German Ifo Survey was better than feared with Business Expectations up to 75.6 vs. (E) 74.8.

Looking into today’s session, there are several economic reports due to be released: Case-Shiller Home Price Index (E: -0.8%), FHFA House Price Index (E: -0.7%), and Consumer Confidence (E: 106.0). Since Friday’s renewed hopes for peak-hawkishness, the bad news is good news for markets so further softening in the data could keep downward pressure on yields and support a continued rebound in equities today.

There is also a 2-Yr Treasury Note auction at 1:00 p.m. ET that could shed some light on bond traders’ outlook for the terminal rate as a weak outcome could send yields higher and ultimately see the stock market give back some of the Friday/Monday gains.

Finally, earnings season is becoming the market’s primary focus and there are a lot of big names reporting today including: UPS ($2.84), KO ($0.64), GM ($1.89), MMM ($2.61), JBLU ($0.24), and SYF ($1.42) before the bell, while GOOGL ($1.25), MSFT ($2.30), and V ($1.86) are due to report after the close.

Market Setup into the Fed Decision

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Market Setup into the Fed Decision
  • Weekly Market Preview:  All About the Terminal Rate
  • Weekly Economic Cheat Sheet:  Flash PMIs Friday

Futures are moderately lower mostly on momentum from last week’s declines and following a generally quiet weekend of news.

Geo-politically, Russian President Putin and Ukrainian President Zelensky gave interviews over the weekend and neither implied the war would end anytime soon, which is a mild disappointment for markets.

Chinese authorities ended the lockdowns in Chengdu, but gave no indication the “Zero COVID” policy will change.

Today the calendar is sparse given there’s only one economic report, Housing Market Index (E: 48), and the UK and Japanese markets are closed.  So, positioning ahead of Wednesday’s FOMC decision should drive markets, and unless we get some positive corporate commentary to offset the FDX guidance, the path of least resistance into the Fed is lower.

Market Multiple Table: Fork in the Road?

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Market Multiple Table: Fork in the Road?
  • S&P 500 Chart: 50-50 Chance of New Lows
  • ISM Service Sector PMI
  • OPEC+ Policy Meeting Takeaways

U.S. stock futures have rebounded from overnight losses amid a steadying bond market and mostly upbeat economic data out of Europe.

Economically, German Industrial Production and Italian Retail Sales were both notably better than feared while the Final Q2 Eurozone GDP came in at 0.8% vs. (E) 0.6%, all of which is helping ease concerns about an imminent recession in Europe.

Today, there is one economic report to watch in the morning: International Trade in Goods (E: -$70.5B) and the Fed will release their Beige Book in the afternoon (2:00 p.m. ET) that could shed some light on the Fed’s current view of the economy and inflation trends ahead of this month’s FOMC meeting.

Additionally, there are a few Fed speakers over the course of the day: Mester (10:00 a.m. ET), Brainard (11:55 a.m. ET), and Barr (2:00 p.m. ET). Investors will be most closely focused on commentary from Vice Chair Brainard with the September meeting coming into view.

Bottom line, if data is generally good, rhetoric from the Fed is not more hawkish than it has been lately, and the bond market continues to stabilize, the S&P 500 should be able to hold the critical 3,900 area. However, a break below would be notable and greatly increase the odds of a retest of the June lows.

Economic Breaker Panel: August Update

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Sevens Report Economic Breaker Panel: August Update
  • S&P 500 Reaches Key Technical Support: Chart

Stock futures are steady this morning as this week’s rise in both the dollar and bond yields has paused while economic data in Europe was better than feared

Economically, the Eurozone Manufacturing PMI was 49.7 vs. (E) 49.0 and the Services PMI came in at 50.2 vs. (E) 49.0 which is helping ease some stagflation concerns after last week’s soft growth numbers yet stubbornly high inflation across Europe.

Looking into today’s session, the focus will be on economic data early, specifically, the PMI Composite Flash (E: 49.2) as investors will want to continue to see steady moderation and evidence of slowing growth but not an all-out crash in the data either. New Home Sales (E: 575K) will also be released shortly after the open.

Outside of the data, there is one Fed speaker on the calendar: Kashkari, but not until after the close (7:00 p.m. ET) while there is a 2-Yr Treasury Note auction at 1:00 p.m. ET that could move yields.

Bottom line, news flow has not been decidedly negative over the last few sessions and the pullback in stocks has been largely driven by the rally in the dollar and rising bond yields. So if we can see those two markets stabilize, equities should be able to stabilize today as well, especially with the S&P into solid technical support, however, if the dollar and yields both grind higher, expect further volatility in the stock market ahead of Jackson Hole.

Why the Transmission Protection Instrument Matters to Markets

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Why the Transmission Protection Instrument Matters to Markets
  • ECB Decision Takeaways (Not Hawkish Enough)
  • Another Sign Inflation Has Peaked?

Stocks are resilient this morning as futures are only slightly lower despite disappointing overnight earnings and ugly economic reports from Europe.

Earnings overnight were bad with several ugly reports including SNAP (-30%), COF (-3.5%), and STX (-13%).

Economically, July flash PMIs from the EU were also ugly as the composite PMI fell into contraction territory at 49.6 vs. (E) 51.0.

Hope that inflation has peaked is the reason stocks are resilient lately, so today’s focus will be on the July Flash Manufacturing PMI (E: 51.8) and the July Flash Services PMI (E: 52.3).  If these reports show meaningful drops in the price indices (like we’ve seen in the Empire and Philly Fed surveys) then that will further the idea that inflation is peaking and support stocks (as long as the headline readings aren’t huge misses).

On the earnings front, results to watch today include TWTR (-$0.06), VZ $1.34), and AXP ($2.37).

Market Multiple Levels: S&P 500 Chart

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Market Multiple Levels Chart: S&P 500

U.S. futures are tracking European shares lower this morning amid hawkish money flows ahead of tomorrow’s ECB meeting announcement.

Economically, Eurozone Q1 GDP was revised up to 0.6% vs. (E) 0.3%, bolstering bets that the ECB could raise rates by 50 bp in July which is driving bond yields higher and pressuring equities this morning.

There are no notable economic reports and no Fed officials are scheduled to speak today but there is a 10-Yr Treasury Note auction at 1:00 p.m. ET.

Bottom line, investors remain focused on high inflation and uncertain economic growth right now and if we see rates begin to meaningfully move higher again today, especially in the wake of the 10-year auction, then the S&P 500 test and potentially break down through key near term support at 4,080 today.

Tom Essaye Quoted in CNBC on June 2, 2022

Dow falls 300 points, Nasdaq drops 2%, as major indexes notch weekly losses

Numbers this strong would likely reverse any hopes the Fed would consider a pause in rate hikes after the June/July increases, because it would signal the labor market remains very tight…Tom Essaye of the Sevens Report said. Click here to read the full article.

Are Semiconductors A Buy?

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Are Semiconductors A Buy?

Futures are little changed following a quiet night of news.

Economic data was mixed as final May manufacturing PMIs were in-line with expectations for the EU and UK, although German Retail Sales missed estimates (–5.4% vs. (E) -0.1%).

On the Fed front, Bostic said his comments about a “pause” on rate hikes shouldn’t be interpreted that the Fed will help rescue volatile markets.

Today focus will be on economic data and Fed speak via the ISM Manufacturing PMI (E: 54.5), JOLTS (E: 11.40M) and comments by Williams (11:30 a.m. ET) and Bullard (1:00 p.m. ET).  Bottom line, the ideas of slowly moderating (but not collapsing) growth and the possibility for a Fed “pause” in rate hikes in late summer/early fall have helped stocks rally, and as long as today’s data and Fed speak don’t refute those possibilities, stocks can extend the recent rally.