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Expect General Digestion of Last Week’s Rally

Expect General Digestion of Last Week’s Rally: Tom Essaye Quoted in Barron’s


Stock Futures Slip as Investors Look Ahead to Jobs Report

“It’d take a major beat or miss to move markets, so we should expect continued general digestion of last week’s rally,” said Tom Essaye, founder of Sevens Report Research.

Investors will want to see signs that the economy is no longer running hot—inflation and growth moderating sufficiently to support the lowering of borrowing costs.

But markets also don’t want to see signs of undue weakness, which could suggest that the economy is slowing to a worrying degree.

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Expect General Digestion of Last Week’s Rally

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Why Did Stocks Drop? (Familiar Reasons)

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Why Did Stocks Drop? (Familiar Reasons)
  • What A Seven Month High In Continuing Jobless Claims Means for Markets

Futures are little changed following a quiet night of news. Markets digest Thursday’s two “hawkish” events (poor Treasury auction and Powell comments), the rebound in Treasury yields and stock pullback.

Economic data was mixed overnight as UK manufacturing slightly disappointed (0.1% vs. (E) 0.3%). While monthly GDP slightly beat (-0.2% vs. (E) -0.1%) but overall, the data isn’t moving markets.

Treasury yields will likely remain in control of this market and if they continue to rise, expect more declines in stocks.  From a data standpoint, the numbers that could move Treasury yields today are Consumer Sentiment (E: 64.5) and the Five-Year Inflation Expectations (E: 3.0%).  Markets will want to see in-line readings for both (or lower in the case of inflation expectations) to pressure yields.

We also have two Fed speakers today, Logan (7:30 a.m. ET) and Bostic (9:00 a.m. ET) but they shouldn’t move markets (Logan will likely be slightly hawkish and Bostic slightly dovish).

Why Did Stocks Drop?


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What the Fed Decision Means for Markets

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • What the Fed Decision Means for Markets
  • EIA Analysis and Oil Market Update

Futures are moderately higher on momentum from Wednesday’s post-Fed rally while earnings and data were solid overnight.

Economically, Euro Zone Manufacturing PMI was slightly better than expected (43.1 vs. (E ) 43.0).

On earnings, reports were good overnight with solid reports from ALL, CLX, PYPL, QCOM and others.

Today focus will be on economic data and a big earnings report after the close.  Economically, the two notable reports are Jobless Claims (E: 213K) and Unit Labor Costs (E: 0.7%).  Of the two, Unit Labor Costs are the more important number and markets will want to see an in-line or lower reading to imply receding inflation risks.

On the earnings front, there are a lot of reports today, but the highlight is clearly AAPL ($1.39) which reports after the close.  Other notable earnings include SQ ($0.47) and SBUX ($0.97).

Bottom line, if the market gets more Goldilocks data and solid earnings, this relief rally can continue. But if yields start to rise, don’t be shocked if there’s a reversal.

What the Fed Decision Means for Markets


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Is Another Crash Imminent?

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Is Another Crash Imminent?
  • Chart – M2 Money Supply Still Up Massively Despite QT
  • The Recent Gold Rally and Inflation Expectations

Stock futures are rebounding modestly this morning amid further stabilization in the Treasury market as big tech earnings come into focus while economic data overseas disappointed overnight.

The Eurozone PMI Composite Flash came in at 46.5. vs. (E) 47.4 with a softer than expected Services sub-index which added to existing recession worries in the EU overnight. And that soft data is contributing to the steady bond market this morning.

Looking into the U.S. session, there is one economic report to watch: PMI Composite Flash (E: 49.4), and as has been the case, a release that supports a soft-landing scenario (easing growth and falling price measures) will support stocks while a “hot” report that sends yields back higher will be a negative.

There are no Fed speakers today but there is a “policy-sensitive” 2-Yr Treasury Note auction at 1:00 p.m. ET.  If demand is weak, that could put upward pressure on yields and reintroduce a headwind on equities and other risk assets as big tech earnings come into focus this week.

Earnings Update

Earnings season continues to ramp up this week with: KO ($0.69), VZ ($1.17), GE ($0.56), MMM ($2.34), and SYF ($1.44) reporting before the bell. While MSFT ($2.65), GOOGL ($1.45), and V ($2.23) will release results after the close.

Investors will want to see some better than expected results from the big tech names as they have been responsible for most of the 2023 stock market gains. Any disappointment will almost certainly mean new lows in the major indices this week.

Is Another Crash Imminent


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Trading Today Will be Dominated by Politics, Geopolitics, and Yields

Trading Today Will be Dominated by Politics, Geopolitics, and Yields: Tom Essaye Quoted in Barron’s


Stocks Continue Falling Following Powell Remarks

The 10-year Treasury yield ticked lower to 4.949% after threatening to hit 5% for the first time since 2007.

Sevens Reports Research’s Tom Essaye notes that although two Federal Reserve officials are set to speak publicly today. He doesn’t expect either to move markets following Powell’s comments on Thursday.

“So, trading today will be dominated by politics, geopolitics, and yields,” he writes. “Any progress on finding a Speaker of the House will be welcomed by markets (regardless of whether it’s Jordan, McHenry or anyone else), and calming of tensions in the Middle East will similarly be welcomed by markets as would a decline in the 10-year yield. Meanwhile, the opposite of any of those will likely add more headwinds to stocks.”

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It’ll be Very Hard for This Market to Rally

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Why Have Stocks Dropped?

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Why Have Stocks Dropped (And Are the Reasons Legitimate?)
  • Weekly Market Preview:  Focus Turns to Earnings (And They Need To Be Good)
  • Weekly Economic Cheat Sheet:  Important Growth and Inflation Updates

Futures are solidly lower following a further increase in geopolitical tensions and a lack of domestic political progress over the weekend.

Attacks on Israel from Lebanon increased over the weekend, raising fears of a two-front conflict.

Domestically, political gridlock continued as nine Republicans are now running for Speaker. But it’s not clear any of them have enough support to actually become Speaker.

Today the calendar is quiet as there’s just one notable economic report, the Chicago Fed National Activity Index (E: 0.05), so focus will remain on yields.  The 10-year yield sits at 5.00% as of this writing, and the higher it goes today, the lower stocks will likely fall.  Any progress on electing a Speaker of the House will be welcomed by the markets and likely push yields lower.

On the earnings front, we get a lot of important reports later this week, including MSFT, AMZN, KO, VZ, META, and others. But they come on Tues/Wed/Thurs and today there are just two reports to watch:  CLF ($ 0.46) and LOGI ($0.60).

Why Have Stocks Dropped


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It’ll be Very Hard for This Market to Rally

It’ll be Very Hard for This Market to Rally: Tom Essaye Quoted in Barron’s


Dow Falls Nearly 250 Points. 10-Year Nears 5%.

Stocks tumbled and bond yields rose Thursday after Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell paved the way for keeping rates steady.

“Treasury yields are doing exactly what we’d expect given Powell essentially said rates won’t go any higher, but they will stay higher for longer and the economy is strong,” Sevens Report Research’s Tom Essaye told Barron’s.

 “It’ll be very hard for this market to meaningfully rally with yields this high. But, barring a major geo-political positive surprise or great earnings season.”

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It’ll be Very Hard for This Market to Rally

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Why Didn’t Powells’ Comments Cause A Rally?

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Why Didn’t Powells’ Comments Cause A Rally?

Futures are modestly lower as global economic data pointed to slowing growth and falling inflation pressures.

German PPI declined more than expected (-0.2% vs. (E) 0.4%). While UK Retail Sales were weak (-0.9% vs. (E) -0.1%) pointing to slowing growth and lower inflation.

Politically, there remains no end in sight to Republicans’ efforts to elect a Speaker, as Jim Jordan is expected to seek a third round of voting (one he is likely to lose, again).

Today there are no economic reports but there are two Fed speakers, Harker (9:00 a.m. ET) and Mester (12:15 p.m. ET), although given Powell’s comments yesterday neither should move markets.

So, trading today will be dominated by politics, geopolitics and yields.  Any progress on finding a Speaker of the House will be welcomed by market (regardless of whether it’s Jordan, McHenry or anyone else), any calming of tensions in the Middle East will similarly be welcomed by markets as would a decline in the 10-year yield.  Meanwhile, the opposite of any of those will likely add more headwinds to stocks.

Why Didn’t Powells’ Comments Cause A Rally?


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Powell Speech Preview

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Powell Speech Preview:  Good, Bad & Ugly
  • EIA Update and Oil Market Analysis

Futures are slightly higher following a quiet night of news as investors await Fed Chair Powell’s speech later today.

Earnings overnight were mixed with TSLA (down 5% after hours) missing estimates while NFLX (up 14% after hours) posted strong results.

Today will be a very busy day of data and Fed speak.  The key event today is Powell’s speech at noon, and to keep things simple, if Powell repeats the sentiment that the spike in Treasury yields has done the Fed’s job for it and, as such, another rate hike is unlikely, that should be positive for stocks and bonds.  If he does not repeat that sentiment and leaves the door open for another hike in 2023, that will be a negative.

Outside of Powell, we get several important economic reports today including:  Jobless Claims (E: 211K), Philadelphia Fed Manufacturing (E: -7.0) and Existing Home Sales (E: 3.900M) and markets will want to see Goldilocks data to support a bounce.

Back to the Fed, there are multiple speakers today other than Powell, including Jefferson (9:00 a.m. ET), Goolsbee (1:20 p.m. ET), Barr (1:30 p.m. ET), Bostic (4:00 p.m. ET); Harker (5:30 p.m. ET) and Logan (7:00 p.m. ET) although their comments will be overshadowed by Powell, so they shouldn’t move markets.

Finally, earnings continue and important reports today include:  T ($0.63), TSM (1.16), AAL (0.26), WAL ($1.91) and CSX ($0.42).

Powell Speech Preview


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Why Markets Are Resilient Despite Geopolitical Risks

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Why Markets Are Resilient Despite Geopolitical Risks
  • Weekly Market Preview:  Will Powell Signal Rate Hikes Are Over?
  • Weekly Economic Cheat Sheet:  Can Economic Growth Stay Strong?

Futures are slightly higher as the weekend brought no major changes to the current macroeconomic set up.

Geo-politically, an invasion of Gaza by Israel remains imminent but so far the conflict hasn’t expanded regionally and oil is little changed as a result.

Economically, inflation in India declined –0.25% vs. (E) 0.50%, reinforcing that inflation is declining globally.

Today focus will be on the October Empire Manufacturing Survey (E: -5.0) and markets will want to see “Goldilocks” data that largely meets expectations combined with declines in the price indices.  We also get one Fed speaker today, Harker (10:30 a.m. ET & 4:30 p.m. ET), and one notable earnings report, SCHW ($0.75), but barring any major surprises they shouldn’t move markets.


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