What Trump’s COVID-19 Diagnosis Means for Markets

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Tom Essaye Quoted in Barron’s on August 28, 2020

“Now, over the medium and long term, the Fed’s average inflation target means that when cyclicals start to outperform, and when yields begin to rise, both those rallies will last longer…” writes Tom Essaye of The Sevens Report newsletter. Click here to read the full article.

Tom Essaye Quoted in Forbes on August 13, 2020

Investors are still expecting another stimulus package will eventually get passed: “The market still wants, and very much expects, an actual stimulus bill to be signed…” according to Tom Essaye, editor of the Sevens Report. Click here to read the full article.

Tom Essaye Quoted in CNBC on August 4, 2020

“The bottom line is that if we do see real disappointment in stimulus or the vaccine, then a 10% correction is the likely best-case scenario, and it’ll come…” said Tom Essaye of The Sevens Report, in a note. Click here to read the full article.

Tom Essaye Interviewed with Yahoo Finance on August 4, 2020

Yahoo Finance’s Brian Sozzi and Alexis Christoforous break down latest market action with The Sevens Report Founder, Tom Essaye. Click here to watch the full interview.

What to Make of this Market (In Plain English)

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • What to Make of This Market (In Plain English)
  • Weekly Market Preview:  Is the Recovery Pausing/Stalling?
  • Weekly Economic Cheat Sheet:  Jobs Friday, Manufacturing Today

Futures are marginally higher following decent economic data combined with some mild progress on stimulus hopes.

Global manufacturing PMIs were generally better than expected as the Chinese PMI rose to 52.8 vs. (E) 51.1 while the EU number also beat expectations (51.8 vs. (E) 51.1).

On the stimulus front, both parties acknowledged some progress on negotiations, but they remained far apart.

Today focus will be on the ISM Manufacturing PMI (E: 53.5) and the market needs/wants a strong number here to help refute the growing list of indicators that imply the economic recovery is pausing/stalling.

Regarding stimulus, headlines will move the market this week but more broadly, investors are expecting some significant progress by the end of the week.  If that progress doesn’t occur, that will become a headwind on stocks.

Finally, there are also two Fed speakers today, Bullard (12:30 p.m.ET) and Evans (2:00 p.m. ET), but neither should move markets.

Tom Essaye Interviewed with Yahoo Finance on June 29, 2020

Tom Essaye – Sevens Report Founder and President weighs on on current market moves with Adam Shapiro and Julie Hyman on Yahoo Finance’s On The Move. Click here to watch the full interview.

Tom Essaye

Can Stocks Go Down Anymore?

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • “Can Stocks Go Down Anymore?”
  • Weekly Economic Preview

Futures are higher this morning suggesting that U.S. equities will extend last week’s rally and rise in sympathy with global shares today as investors look ahead to earnings season while coronavirus cases continue to surge globally.

New COVID-19 cases continued to rise sharply over the weekend (Florida set a record with more than 15,000 new cases in a single day Saturday) but the death rate importantly remains low which is allowing the market to largely shrug off the spike.

PEP ($1.25) unofficially kicks off earnings season today while major banks including JPM, C, and WFC are due to report their earnings tomorrow which will be one of the more important market catalysts of the week ahead.

Looking into today’s session, things are lining up to be relatively quiet as there are no economic reports and investors will hear from just two Fed officials: Williams (11:30 a.m. ET) and Kaplan (1:00 p.m. ET).