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Why Have Stocks Already Recouped Most of Tuesday’s Losses?

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Why Have Stocks Already Recouped Most of Tuesday’s Losses?

Futures are slightly higher mostly on momentum from Thursday’s rally and despite hotter than expected economic data and hawkish Fed commentary.

UK Retail Sales rose 3.4% vs. (E) 1.5% and that hot reading is pushing back on yesterday’s dovish expectations.

Atlanta Fed President Bostic pushed back on near term rate cut expectations during a speech Thursday night.

Today focus will remain on economic data and the key report today is PPI (E: 0.1% m/m, 0.7% y/y).  PPI isn’t as important as Tuesday’s CPI, but if it shows a similar pop higher, that add to inflation anxiety and likely push yields higher (and stocks lower).

Other notable data and events today include Housing Starts (E: 1.47 million), Consumer Sentiment (E: 80) and two Fed speakers:  Barr (9:10 a.m. ET), Daly (12:10 p.m. ET).  But, barring a big surprise from the data or Daly, they shouldn’t move markets.


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Was Yesterday the Start of a Pullback?

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Was Yesterday’s Hot CPI the Start of a Pullback? (Four Issues to Address)
  • VIX Chart Shows Options Trading Amplified Yesterday’s Selloff
  • CPI Takeaways

Stock futures are rebounding back from yesterday’s steep post-CPI selloff thanks to some “cooler” inflation data in the U.K. overnight and better than expected factory data out of Europe. The 10-Yr yield is stable, just below 4.30%.

Economically, the Q4 Eurozone GDP Flash met estimates at a tepid 0.1% y/y but EU Industrial Production jumped 2.6% vs. (E) -0.3% in December easing some ongoing growth worries.

U.K. PPI also favorably declined across the board which is offsetting the nation’s slightly higher than expected CPI data.

Looking into today’s session, there are no notable economic reports but two Fed officials who happen to be scheduled to speak at the open and close: Goolsbee (9:30 a.m. ET), Barr (4:00 p.m. ET).

Goolsbee is notably an FOMC voting member who leans towards the dovish camp and could potentially add support for a relief rally today after yesterday’s sharp decline. VIX futures expiration could also impact money flows in early trade.


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Five Measurable Similarities to 2006/2007

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Five Measurable Similarities to 2006/2007: A Market Cycle Update

Futures are little changed ahead of the holiday weekend as poor Nike (NKE) earnings weigh on sentiment.

Earnings this week haven’t been great and that continued overnight as Nike (NKE) missed on revenues and cut revenue guidance. The stock is down –12% pre-market.

Economically, UK data was mixed as quarterly GDP declined (-0.1% vs. (E) 0.0%) while retail sales were strong.

Otherwise, the focus will remain on economic data and the key report today is the November Core PCE Price Index (E: 0.2% m/m, 3.4% y/y), which is the Fed’s preferred inflation metric.  It is expected to show declines in the pace of headline and core inflation from October and if that happens, it should support stocks and bonds and reinforce rate cut expectations.

Other notable data today includes Durable Goods (E: 2.4%), New Home Sales (E: 690K) and Consumer Sentiment (E: 69.4, 1-Yr inflation: 3.1%). But barring a major surprise from them, they shouldn’t move markets.

Meanwhile the bond market closes at 2:00 p.m. today with the looming holiday weekend. So, we expect activity to quiet considerably in the markets as the trading day goes on.

Finally, from all of us at Sevens Report Research, please have a happy and safe holiday weekend.

Five Measurable Similarities

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S&P 500 Market Multiple Levels Chart

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • S&P 500 Market Multiple Targets – December Update (Shareable PDF Available)
  • Housing Market Update: Where Are the Declines?
  • Housing Starts Come in “Hot” – Chart

Stock futures are modestly lower and bond yields are continuing to fall. As cooler-than-expected European inflation data o/n has investors weighing simmering recession fears.

Economically, U.K. CPI fell from 4.6% to 3.9% vs. (E) 4.3% in November while German PPI was down -7.9% vs. (E) -7.5%. The data is being digested by some as “too cold”. This is causing renewed recession worries which is weighing on risk assets this morning.

Today, we will get two economic reports in the morning: Consumer Confidence (E: 103.4) and Existing Home Sales (E: 3.775 million). The market will want to see more signs of a resilient consumer to reaffirm soft landing hopes and keep recession fears contained.

Finally, in the afternoon there is a 20-Yr Treasury Bond auction at 1:00 p.m. ET which could shed light on how sustainable the bond market rally is. There is a risk that a weak auction outcome could pour some cold water on bonds and lead to some profit taking in equities ahead of more critical economic data due in the back half of the week.

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Why the Bar for the Fed to Be Hawkish Is High

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Why the Bar for the Fed to Be Hawkish Is High
  • What the CPI Report Means for Markets

Futures are slightly higher despite soft economic data, as markets await the Fed decision later this afternoon.

Economically, data from the UK and the EU was bad and is slightly increasing growth concerns.   UK monthly GDP  and UK & EU Industrial Production all missed estimates.

Chinese growth concerns also rose as China declared industrial development as the #1 economic priority, potentially signaling less economic stimulus in 2024.

Today focus will be on the FOMC decision (2:00 p.m. ET, No change to rates expected) and the keys are the 2024 dot (does it show 50 bps of cuts?) and whether Powell slams the door on the idea of rate cuts (or leaves it slightly open).  In addition to the Fed, we also get another important inflation reading via PPI (E: 0.1% 1.0%). A further decline will be peripherally positive for markets.

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Three Pillars of the Rally Updated

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Three Pillars of the Rally Updated (An Important Change to Watch)
  • Weekly Economic Cheat Sheet – Friday’s Flash Composite PMI in Focus

Futures are steady after a mostly quiet weekend of financial news and thinning volumes coming into the holiday-shortened Thanksgiving trading week.

Geopolitically, Iran-backed Houthi rebels seized a cargo ship in the Red Sea. This is rekindling a fear bid in global energy markets as seaborne oil cargoes are viewed as “at risk.” The rise in oil prices is modestly pressuring Treasuries this morning (yields up slightly).

Economically, German PPI met estimates of -11.0% Y/Y in October further solidifying the global peak-inflation argument.

Looking into today’s session, there is just one economic report on the calendar with Leading Indicators (E: -0.6%) due out shortly after the open and there is just one Fed speaker midday: Barkin (12:00 p.m. ET).

One potential catalyst that could shake up markets today is the 20-Year Treasury Bond auction at 1:00 p.m. ET as weak results could trigger a rebound in yields. Especially given fading attendance this week and subsequently less liquid market conditions across asset classes.

Three Pillars


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Market Multiple Table – October Edition

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Market Multiple Table – October Edition
  • Why Didn’t a Hot PPI Report Weigh on Markets?

Futures are modestly higher on more reports of global disinflation combined with additional Chinese stimulus.

Japanese PPI rose less than expected (2.0% vs. (E) 2.5%). And, that added to the recent list of inflation data points that imply ongoing global disinflation.

China’s sovereign wealth fund bought shares in the nation’s largest banks, boosting Asian markets.

Today the focus will be on the CPI report and expectations are as follows: Headline CPI:  0.3% m/m, 3.6% y/y, Core CPI: 0.3% m/m, 4.1% y/y.  Bottom line, a CPI Report under expectations should pressure yields and fuel a continued rally in stocks while a hot CPI should lift yields and likely weigh on stocks.

Away from the CPI report we also get Jobless Claims (E: 209K) and have multiple Fed speakers: Bostic & Collins.

Market Multiple Table - October Edition


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CPI Preview: Good, Bad, and Ugly

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • CPI Preview: Good, Bad, & Ugly
  • “Soft Components” of the NFIB Small Business Optimism Index Fall to GFC Lows
  • Chart – Equal-Weighted S&P 500 Index (RSP) Remains in Steep Downtrend, Underscoring Thin Market Breadth

U.S. equity futures are modestly higher this morning despite escalating tensions in the Middle East overnight as investors embrace a continued pullback in global bond yields after steady inflation data in the EU overnight.

Economically, German CPI was unchanged from August, coming in at 4.5% y/y in September, meeting estimates. The inline inflation print is helping bonds continue to stabilize and supporting modest risk-on money flows this morning.

Today, focus will be on economic data early with PPI (E: 0.3% m/m. 1.2% y/y) and Core PPI (E: 0.2% m/m, 2.1% y/y) due out ahead of the bell.

From there focus will turn to the Fed with multiple officials scheduled to speak: Waller, Bostic, Collins. Additionally, the latest FOMC meeting minutes will come at 2:00 p.m. ET.

Bottom line, if PPI is more or less inline with estimates and the FOMC minutes and Fed chatter over the course of the day continue to support the less-hawkish narrative of recent. Then this week’s rally can continue, however and reversal back higher in yields will pressure stocks and other risk assets.

CPI Preview: Good, Bad, & Ugly


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Economic Data Fueled the Rally

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Why Yesterday’s Economic Data Fueled the Rally
  • An Important Chart (On Page One)

Futures are slightly higher on more Chinese economic optimism as data was better than expected while Chinese officials announced more stimulus.

Chinese Retail Sales (4.6% vs. (E) 3.9%) and Industrial Production (4.5% vs. (E) 3.9%) beat expectations while authorities injected 120 billion yuan into a lending facility.

Today’s focus will be on economic data and if data is “Goldilocks” like we saw on Thursday, expect a continuation of yesterday’s rally.  Conversely, if the data shows inflation hot or growth slowing, the markets could give back most of yesterday’s rally.

Also, the important reports to watch today include:  Empire State Manufacturing Index (E: -10.0), Import and Export Prices (E: 0.3%, 0.4%), Industrial Production (E: 0.1%), and Consumer Sentiment (E: 69.2).

Finally, today is quadruple witching options expiration so don’t be surprised by big volumes and increased volatility during the final hour of trading.

Economic Data


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What Happens If There’s No Debt Ceiling Deal?

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • What Happens If There’s No Debt Ceiling Deal?
  • Why CPI Was Positive for Stocks and Bonds Yesterday
  • EIA Analysis and Oil Market Update

Futures are modestly higher mostly on momentum from Wednesday’s rally and following a quiet night of news.

China’s CPI rose 0.1% vs. (E) 0.3% and that’s combining with recently underwhelming Chinese economic data to raise doubts about the economic recovery.

There was no notable news on the debt ceiling, although another round of high level meetings will occur tomorrow.

Today focus will first be on the Bank of England Rate Decision (E: 25 bps hike) and then on economic data, specifically Jobless Claims (E: 245K) and PPI (E: 0.3% m/m, 2.5% y/y).  Stocks have benefitted from mostly “goldilocks” data over the past week, and if we get more of the same via in-line claims and PPI, stocks should be able to extend the rally.  Finally, there’s one Fed speaker, Waller (10:15 a.m. ET), but he shouldn’t move markets.