Does Dow Theory Outperform? (Yes)

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • A Good Question on Dow Theory Returns Over the Years

Stock futures are little changed this morning while bond yields are moving higher with the 2-Yr Note yield notably trading above 4% as banking fears continue to ease although markets still remain on edge.

There were no market moving economic reports overnight and news wires were generally quiet.

Looking into today’s session, there are several economic reports due to be released in the U.S. including: International Trade in Goods (E: -$90.0B), Case-Shiller Home Price Index (E: 3.7%), FHFA House Price Index (E: -0.2%), and Consumer Confidence (E: 101.0).

Shortly after the open, the Fed’s Barr will testify before the Senate beginning at 10:00 a.m. ET regarding the recent banking turmoil and state of the financial industry. Any negative comments or developments during the testimony that weighs on bank shares will very likely drag down the broader market.

Looking to the afternoon, there is a 5-Yr Treasury Note auction at 1:00 p.m. ET that could impact the broader bond market and move stocks.

Why Have RSP and SPY Diverged?

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Why Have RSP and SPY Diverged?

Futures are little changed following a mostly quiet night as markets digest the actions by large banks to shore up FRC.

Positively, banks borrowed $165 billion from the Fed via the discount window and the new BTFP this week and that importantly shows banks are using the Fed’s programs to shore up liquidity.

On inflation, core EU HICP met expectations at 5.6% y/y, although that’s an increase from the previous 5.3% gain.

Today focus will remain on any banking headlines and economic data, but as long as there are no surprises from either (meaning KRE is stable) then stocks can digest this week’s volatility and hold yesterday’s gains.

Economically, notable reports today include Industrial Production (E: 0.4%), Consumer Sentiment (E: 67.0) and Leading Indicators (E: -0.2%), but again it’ll take a substantial surprise from them to move markets.

Tom Essaye Quoted in Yahoo on March 14th, 2023

How the Bank Failures Could Impact You Even If It Wasn’t Your Money

Sevens Report analyst Tom Essaye told Forbes the selloff following Silicon Valley Bank’s collapse and a similar collapse by crypto bank Silvergate last week was “undoubtedly an unwelcome reminder” of the 2008 financial crisis. And noted that SVB tried but failed to stay to afloat after the bank was forced to sell a bond portfolio at a $1.8 billion loss because higher interest rates pushed bond prices “far below” where they were when purchased. Click here to read the full article.

Tom Essaye Quoted in Forbes on March 14th, 2023

Inflation Fell To 6% In February—But Some Experts Fear Banking Crisis Could Make Prices Worse

“If the bank crisis is limited to just a few banks, then the actions taken on Sunday by the Fed and Treasury will prove inflationary,” says Sevens Report analyst Tom Essaye. “By backstopping the depositors, the government has avoided the lion’s share of economic loss from this crisis,” he says, and the $25 billion Bank Term Funding Program, which offers banks loans of up to one year, will increase the Fed’s balance sheet a time when it’s actively trying to shrink it, further reversing the central bank’s recent policy actions, Essaye explains. Click here to read the full article.

Market Multiple Table Chart

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Market Multiple Table Chart
  • Update on Credit Suisse
  • An Important Difference Between Now and 2008

Futures are little changed despite the Swiss National Bank providing Credit Suisse (CS) liquidity, as that news isn’t eliminating general market anxiety.

Credit Suisse is rallying more than 20% pre-open after it was granted a $54 billion credit line from the Swiss National Bank.

Despite the positive CS news, investors remain very nervous and jittery about U.S. regional banks (especially FRC).

Today is an important day as there are numerous potentially market moving events this morning, with the most important being the ECB Decision (E: 50 bps hike). Markets will want to see the ECB “blink” in the face of market turmoil and hike less than 50 bps.  If the ECB sticks to a 50 bps hike, don’t be shocked to see more volatility today.

Economically, the hope that the Fed “blinks” and does not hike 25 bps next week has helped support stock and bond markets this week, so investors will want to see today’s economic data come in soft enough to make no hike more likely next week.  Key reports today are, in order of importance: Philly Fed (E: -15.8), Jobless Claims (E: 205K), Housing Starts (E: 1.315M).

Market Multiple Table: March Update

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Market Multiple Table – March Update (Printable PDF Available)
  • February CPI Takeaways
  • Breakdown in the Energy Markets: Oil Update

Markets are trading with a risk-off tone this morning amid renewed worries about the global banking system.

Credit Suisse’s 2022 annual report revealed “material weaknesses” but the bank’s chairman ruled out government assistance while the largest shareholder, the Saudi National Bank, said further financing was not an option. The negative news flow has sent Credit Suisse shares down more than 20% to a new record low this morning and that is dragging global bank stocks lower and weighing heavily on sentiment.

Economic data overnight was mostly better than expected with Housing Sales in China notably rising more than expected while the PBOC injected more liquidity into he system than anticipated, both of which helped bolster Asian markets overnight.

Looking into today’s session, focus will be on economic data early with PPI (E: 0.3%, 5.4%), Retail Sales (E: -0.3%), the Empire State Manufacturing Index (E: -7.7), and the Housing Market Index (E: 41) all due out this morning.

Regarding the data, markets want to see a further decline in inflation metrics and more slowing in growth readings to help shore up less hawkish Fed expectations, however, focus will also remain on the banking sector and if banks can’t stabilize and start to rebound broadly, the major indexes are going to have a hard time finding their own footing today.

Tom Essaye Quoted on Yahoo on March 13th, 2023

How the Bank Failures Could Impact You Even If It Wasn’t Your Money

Sevens Report analyst Tom Essaye told Forbes the selloff following Silicon Valley Bank’s collapse — and a similar collapse by crypto bank Silvergate last week — was “undoubtedly an unwelcome reminder” of the 2008 financial crisis. Click here to read the full article.

Is the Fed Really Going to Turn That Dovish?

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Why Did the Nasdaq Rally Yesterday?
  • Is the Fed Really Going to Turn That Dovish?
  • Charts: 2-Yr Note Yield Plunges the Most in Decades, VIX Has Further to Run

Stock futures are cautiously higher and yields are bouncing globally following better than expected economic data overnight and more stable price action in U.S. bank shares while traders continue to unwind hawkish Fed policy bets ahead of today’s CPI report.

Economically, the U.K’s ILO Unemployment Rate came in at 3.7% vs. (E) 3.8% which is pressuring Gilts (down 11 bp) and lifting yields across Europe and the U.S. while the NFIB Small Business Optimism Index rose to 90.9 vs. (E) 89.9.

Looking into today’s session, focus will be on the February Consumer Price Index release before the bell with the headline expected to rise 0.4% m/m (6.0% y/y) while the all-important Core CPI figure is also expected to rise 0.4% m/m (5.5% y/y).

There are no Fed speakers today so if the inflation data comes in hot, expect a rebound in yields that would likely pressure equities as traders reassess the less-hawkish policy expectations that have been priced into rates markets since the SVB debacle began.

Additionally, bank shares (KBE) will remain in focus and if contagion fears persist and financial stocks remain under pressure, it will be hard for the broader equity market to meaningfully stabilize, much less recover some of the recent losses.

What the Bank Failures Mean for Markets

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • What’s Happened with the Bank Failures
  • What the Government Response Means for Markets
  • Is This A Bearish Gamechanger?
  • CPI Preview

Futures are little changed as markets digest the three bank failures last week and the government response.

Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) and Signature Bank of New York (SBNY) both failed over the weekend, making three bank failures last week.  In response to the SVB and SBNY failures, the government announced the creation of a bank lending facility, the Bank Term Funding Program, which is helping to ease concern about a broader bank run (but doesn’t entirely solve the crisis).

Today President Biden will address the nation on the situation this morning, but the key remains stability in the regional banks and in Treasury yields (they need to stop collapsing).  If regional banks (KRE) and yields stabilize, markets can rally.