Tom Essaye Quoted in Barron’s on August 16, 2021

Dow, S&P 500 Notch Records, Overcoming Earlier Slide

A political negative for Biden which could hurt the chances any infrastructure bill is passed…wrote The Seven Report’s Tom Essaye. Click here to read the full article.

Tom Essaye Quoted in Yahoo Finance on August 12, 2021

3 Things That Could Send The S&P 500 Down 20%

The consensus expectations for the Federal Reserve monthly asset purchasing is that the Fed will announce a plan for tapering sometime in…Essaye said. Click here to read the full article.

Market Multiple Levels: S&P 500 Chart

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Market Multiple Levels: S&P 500 Chart
  • NFIB Small Business Optimism Index: Labor Market Issues Remain a Headwind

Futures are slightly lower while global shares extended recent gains overnight ahead of key inflation data and more progress on U.S. infrastructure and spending plans.

After passing the bipartisan $1.2T infrastructure bill yesterday, the Senate narrowly passed a $3.5T spending plan aimed at fighting climate change and poverty overnight however neither of the bills is likely to be taken up in the House until after the summer recess in September.

Economically, German CPI met estimates of 0.9% in July which did not have a material impact on markets.

Today, the focus will be on economic data early with the July CPI report due out ahead of the bell (E: 0.5% m/m, 5.5%y/y).

Then after the open, there are a couple of Fed speakers to watch: Bostic (10:30 a.m. ET) and George (12:00 p.m. ET). The narrative has been shifting slightly more hawkish recently so look for a continuation of that trend in the speeches which may cause a further rise in Treasury yields today.

Finally, in the early afternoon, there is a 10-Yr Treasury Note auction at 1:00 p.m. ET. If the outcome is weak (tails) expect a continued move higher in longer maturity yields that will have some degree of hawkish impact across asset classes while a strong auction would likely see yields pull back from their recent gains which would likely offer a boost to growth/tech stocks.

Tom Essaye Quoted in CNBC on May 25, 2021

S&P 500 erases gains and ends day slightly lower as market rally stalls

The market is basically in a holding pattern until the next big event, which is the Fed’s tapering schedule (or not tapering schedule), until we have more…said Tom Essaye, founder of Sevens Report. Click here to read the full article.

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How Does the S&P 500 Get to 4500?

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • How Does the S&P 500 Get to 4500?
  • Weekly Market Preview:  Important inflation data, bank earnings, and Treasury auctions.
  • Weekly Economic Cheat Sheet:  Inflation Wednesday, April Data Starts Thursday.

Futures are slightly lower following a “not as dovish as expected” 60 Minutes interview of Fed Chair Powell.

Fed Chair Powell was more optimistic on near-term economic growth during a 60 Minutes interview on Sunday, and while he was by no means “hawkish,” his tone was taken as less dovish than expected and that’s weighing slightly on futures.

Economically, the only notable number was EU Retail Sales which beat expectations, rising 3.0% vs. (E) 1.2%.

Today there are no economic reports and only one Fed speaker, Rosengren (1:00 p.m. ET), so focus will remain on the 10 year yield.  Today there’s a 10 year Treasury auction and tomorrow there’s a 30 year Treasury auction.  If yields can remain stable amidst this stock rally, then the S&P 500 can continue to move higher.  But, if we see a resumption of the rise in yields, expect a headwind on stocks.

Tom Essaye Quoted in CNBC on November 9, 2020

S&P 500 could hit 3,900, according to the Sevens Report

Amid news of a successful Covid-19 vaccine, the S&P 500 making a run to the 3,900 level is possible, according to editor of the Sevens Report, Tom Essaye. “It is materially bullish for stocks in the near term…” Essaye told clients. Click here to read the full article.

FOMC Preview

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • FOMC Preview (Wildcard to Watch)
  • What Do Rising Treasury Yields Really Mean?

S&P 500 futures are down roughly 1% this morning tracking European shares lower after German trade data showed a much larger than anticipated drop in exports during the depths of the COVID-19 pandemic in April.

Eurozone GDP and the NFIB Small Business Optimism Index slightly beat expectations however German exports declined by the most on record in April, tumbling by -24.0% on the month which is weighing heavily on EU shares today.

Looking into today’s session, there are two lesser followed economic reports due to be released: April JOLTS (E: 5.750M) and Wholesale Trade (E: 0.4%) which are not likely to move markets while there are no Fed speakers as the June FOMC Meeting Begins today.

With tomorrow’s Fed announcement and Powell’s press conference coming into focus, it is possible we see a continued wave of profit taking today, especially given the disappointing economic data out of Europe, however a sense of “Fed paralysis” should keep the losses somewhat limited.

Market Multiple Levels: S&P 500

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Market Multiple Levels S&P 500 Chart

U.S. equity futures are tracking European shares higher this morning thanks to ongoing hopes that the global economy will reopen and normalize quickly amid coordinated efforts while economic data was not quite as bad as feared overnight

Economically, the EU Composite PMI was 13.6 vs. (E) 13.5 in April while March Retail Sales declined -11.2% vs. (E) -12.0%. Both figures were considerably better than some analysts had feared helping boost risk assets.

Looking into today’s session, focus will be on the first look at April payrolls data in the U.S. in the form of the ADP Employment Report, for which the consensus analyst estimate is for a staggering drop of 20 million in private payrolls. Later in the day, Atlanta Fed President, Bostic, will speak at 1:30 p.m. ET.

While investors are primarily concerned with the economy reopening, Q1 earnings continue to roll in with several notable releases that could move markets today: SHOP (-$0.19), CVS ($1.63), GM ($0.18), SQ ($0.13), PYPL ($0.76), LYFT (-$1.08), and WYNN (-$1.05).

Valuation Support in the S&P (Updated)

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • How Intense Was the Selling Yesterday?
  • Valuation Support and Technical Update: S&P 500

Stock futures enjoyed a “relief rally” overnight but have since returned to the flat mark as yields continue to bleed lower amid coronavirus fears however there were no materially negative developments regarding the outbreak since yesterday’s close.

There were no market-moving economic reports overnight.

While investor focus will continue to be on the COVID-19 outbreak, there are a handful of additional catalysts on the calendar today that could move markets.

First, there are four economic reports to watch: S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller HPI (E: 0.5%), FHFA House Price Index (E: 0.3%), Consumer Confidence (E: 132.5), and the Richmond Fed Manufacturing Index (E: 13). Two Fed officials are also scheduled to speak during market hours: Kaplan (9:45 a.m. ET) and Clarida (3:00 p.m. ET).

Finally, the U.S. Treasury will hold a 2-Yr Note Auction at 1:00 p.m. ET. This could be an important event to watch as the results of the auction could shed further light on the market’s expectations for rate cuts in the months ahead (which have risen significantly this week) and potentially compress the 10s-2s yield curve spread to fresh multi-month lows which could further stoke fears of a global slowdown.

Why Can’t the S&P 500 Get Through 3000?

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Why Can’t the S&P 500 Get Through 3000?
  • Brexit Resolution Today?
  • Weekly Market Preview (There’s a big speech coming on Thursday)
  • Weekly Economic Cheat Sheet

Futures are slightly higher on continued hopes of Brexit resolution and improvement in U.S./China trade relations.

The vote on the new Brexit deal was delayed in Parliament on Saturday, but it’s likely to happen today or tomorrow and passage of the deal is (narrowly) expected.

On U.S./China trade, Chinese Vice Premier Liu He made positive comments on U.S./China trade negotiations although he didn’t say anything new.

Today there are no economic reports and just one Fed speaker, Bowman (11;40 a.m. ET).  So, the focus will be on Brexit headlines as a final vote on the Brexit deal in Parliament could happen later today.  If the Brexit deal passes Parliament, we could see a short term rally, although again I don’t think Brexit resolution is enough, by itself, to send stocks sustainably higher from here.