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FOMC Preview (What Makes It Dovish Enough?)

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Tom Essaye Quoted in CNBC on September 2, 2020

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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.

The Vaccine Playbook

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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.

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 Quoted in CNBC on July 28, 2020

“To be clear, from an actual policy standpoint, it’s universally expected that the Fed won’t make any changes to 1) Rates…” wrote Tom Essaye, editor of the Sevens Report. Click here to read the full article.

Owning Gold for the Right Reasons

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Owning Gold for the Right Reasons
  • What About Silver?
  • Fed Day

Futures are marginally higher ahead of the Fed as markets bounce from Tuesday’s declines thanks to decent earnings.

Earnings after the bell were decent as AMD and SBUX both rallied, although Visa (V) made cautious comments on consumer spending late in Q2, which again implies we’re seeing a potential stall in the economic recovery.

Economically there were no notable reports overnight.

Today the key event is the FOMC Decision (E:  No Change to Rates or QE) and Fed Chair Press Conference at 2:30 p.m. ET.  Again, if there’s going to be a surprise from the Fed today (which is unlikely) it’s going to come from the press conference – so we’ll be watching.

Another Tailwind for European Stocks

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Another Positive for Europe (and European Stocks)
  • The Key Driver of the Precious Metals Rally

Stock futures are trading modestly lower this morning as rising U.S.-China tensions offset good economic data.

The U.S. directed China to close its consulate in Houston citing IP security risks, a move which China condemned as “an unprecedented escalation” of tensions.

Today, there are two economic reports to watch: FHFA House Price Index (E: 0.4%) and Existing Home Sales (E: 4.795M) while no Fed officials are scheduled to speak.

The Treasury will hold a 20-Yr Bond Auction at 1:00 p.m. ET and with yields near their lows for the year, a strong auction could act as a headwind for risk assets this afternoon.

Aside from those potential catalysts, investors will be watching the fluid situation between the U.S. and China for any signs of further deterioration in relations while earnings season remains in full swing with: BIIB ($7.99), and CP ($2.71) reporting before the open and TSLA (-$0.71), MSFT ($1.38), LVS (-$0.64), and CSX ($0.67) all due to release Q2 results after the close.