What to Make of Yesterday’s Drop & Jobs Report Preview

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • What to Make of Yesterday’s Drop
  • Jobs Report Preview
  • Natural Gas Update

Futures are slightly lower as markets digest the whiplash of the past two trading days following a mostly quiet night.

German economic data again badly missed estimates as German Industrial Production fell –3.9% vs. (E) -1.0% and fears of outright stagflation in the EU are rising quickly.

Today focus will be on the Jobs Report and estimates are as follows:  Job Adds: 400K, UE Rate: 3.6%, Wages: 0.4% m/m, 5.5% y/y.  This market needs a “Goldilocks” report that’s subdued on wages and with job adds modestly below the estimate of 400k.  If markets get that Goldilocks jobs report it should help stocks stabilize.  If the report ends up “Too Hot” though, especially on wages, brace for more selling.

There are also numerous Fed speakers today including: Williams (9:15 a.m. ET), Kashkari (11:00 a.m. ET), Bostic (3:20 p.m. ET), Waller and Bullard (7:15 p.m. ET) and Daly (8:00 p.m. ET).  Don’t be surprised if they all sound more hawkish than Powell did on Wednesday.  Remember, it appears the Fed’s tactic is to “Talk Tough” on looming rate hikes and inflation, yet be more measured on actual rate hikes than rhetoric would suggest.  Regardless, if there’s a consistent chorus of hawkish commentary, that will likely weigh on stocks, at least partially.

Tom Essaye Quoted in CNBC on June 11, 2020

Tom Essaye, founder of the Sevens Report, on what triggered the sell-off

“Fed chair Powell yesterday really reminded investors that there’s a huge, huge gap between the economic reality and the market reality. Just that reminder combined with a lot of the second wave…” Essaye told CNBC. —Li 

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Tom Essaye Interviewed with Yahoo Finance on February 28, 2020

Tom Essaye intereviewed with Brian Sozzi and Alexis Christoforous from Yahoo Finance to discuss the debate on whether the Federal Reserve must hold an emergency meeting this weekend and cut interest rates to arrest the coronavirus stock market crash.

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Tom Essaye Interview with Yahoo Finance

What to Make of Yesterday’s Selloff

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • What To Make Of Yesterday’s Collapse
  • Yield Curve Update (Steepening But for the Wrong Reasons)

Futures are down sharply  but well off the overnight lows as markets digest yesterday’s collapse in stocks.

Coronavirus continues to spread (new cases in Nigeria and New Zealand) but China announced the fewest number of new cases since January 23rd, so there is progress occurring.

Economically, Japanese Retail Sales (-0.4% vs. (E) –1.0%) and Industrial Production beat estimates.

Coronavirus headlines will continue to dominate trading and today will be another volatile day (Friday’s in corrections always are), but outside of coronavirus markets will be focused on the Core PCE Price Index (E: 1.8%), Consumer Sentiment (E: 100.9) and one Fed speaker Bullard (9:15 a.m. ET).