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Tom Essaye Quoted in Bloomberg on July 21, 201

“We will start to get results from some of the big multi-national industrials and tech firms, which should shed more light on the effects of the trade war…” Tom Essaye who founded “The Sevens Report” newsletter, wrote in a note to clients. Click here to read the full article.

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Tom Essaye Quoted in MarketWatch on May 30, 2019

Tom Essaye, president of the Sevens Report, said in a Thursday note to clients that trade on Wednesday “somewhat shockingly saw outright gains by China ETFs and emerging market ETFs along with banks. That flies in the face of…” click here to read the full article.

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Technical Tipping Point

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Technical Update – We’ve Reached the Tipping Point
  • Why Copper Really Rallied Yesterday

Futures are slightly lower and international markets were mixed overnight as investor focus is shifting to today’s release of the January FOMC Meeting Minutes.

Japanese Exports in January were worse than feared (-8.4% vs. E: -6.1%) while the British CBI Industrial Trends Survey was 6 vs. (E) -5 but neither release moved markets o/n.

There are no economic reports in the U.S. today however the European Commission releases Flash Consumer Confidence data for February (10:00 a.m. ET) and given the recent string of underwhelming EU data points, another bad number could weigh on EU (and to a lesser extend U.S.) stocks into the European close.

The big event today will be the release of the January FOMC Meeting Minutes at 2:00 p.m. ET. Investors will be looking for any further clues as to the Fed’s plans for the balance sheet as a dovish adjustment is one of the few potentially bullish catalysts left for this stock rally right now.

Other than the Fed, U.S.-China trade negotiations continue in Washington however a deal is largely priced in and the talks are now a risk to the market as any “bad news” regarding the trade war would likely hit stocks hard.

Technical Update (Bounce or Bottom?)

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Technical Market Update – Bounce or Bottom?
  • U.S./China Trade Update (What’s Next and What Sectors Benefit)

Futures are modestly lower as markets digest the recent rally following a quiet night of news.

Economically, Chinese inflation underwhelmed as CPI rose 1.9% vs. (E) 2.0% and PPI gained just 0.9% vs. (E) 2.7%.  However, those soft numbers give Chinese authorities more room to further stimulate their economy, so low inflation isn’t a negative.

On trade, there were no further comments from either side (a slight negative) as some were hoping for some optimistic official statement from the Chinese.

Today focus will remain on the Fed as we get multiple Fed speakers, highlighted by Fed Chair Powell (1:00 PM) and Vice Chair Clarida (5:30 PM).  We expect more dovish language from virtually all the speakers today, but at this point most of the benefit from dovish Fed speak is priced in, so don’t expect the comments to be a major positive catalyst unless there’s a surprise.

Economically, the calendar is quiet although we do get Jobless Claims (E: 224k) and we want to see those move back towards 200k and away from 250k.

Technical Update

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Technical Update
  • Economic Data Recap
  • EIA Analysis and Oil Update

US futures are down roughly 0.5% this morning thanks to soft earnings after the close yesterday, most notably by NVDA (the company’s shares fell nearly 20% overnight). Otherwise it was a relatively quiet night of news.

Oil is up over 1% this morning on optimism surrounding a potential OPEC-cut, but serious technical damage has been done on the charts this week, and right now, the medium term outlook is neutral at best for energy.

Economically, the only data point released overnight was Eurozone HICP which matched estimates at 2.2% y/y and is not materially affecting the euro or longer term outlook for the ECB.

Today, there is one important economic report to watch: Industrial Production (E: 0.2%) and two Fed speakers: Clarida before the open (8:30 a.m. ET) and Evans just before lunch (11:30 a.m. ET).

Otherwise, focus will be on tech shares today as if the bad earnings from NVDA weigh on the sector more broadly, then stocks will have a hard time extending yesterday’s bounce.

On the charts, yesterday’s close of 2730 in the S&P is an important level to watch as a close above would be a positive development for the near term technical outlook.

Technical Update

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Market Technical Update (Three Support Levels for the S&P 500 and a Line in the Sand for the VIX)

Futures are slightly higher thanks to a rally in Asian markets following mixed Chinese economic data.

Chinese Fixed Asset Investment (5.4% vs. (E) 5.3%) and Retail Sales (9.2% vs. (E) 9.1%) beat estimates, while GDP (6.5% vs. (E) 6.6%) and Industrial Production (5.8% vs. (E) 6.0%)  missed.  But, commentary from Chinese officials raised hopes of more economic stimulus and Chinese markets rallied more than 1%.

Today there is one economic report, Existing Home Sales (E: 5.30M) and two Fed speakers: Bostic (12:00 p.m. ET) and Kaplan (12:45 p.m. ET), but focus will remain on earnings (which were “ok” overnight and this morning as AXP, PYPL and HON beat) and Italy.  If there’s further deterioration in the Italy/EU situation, stocks will come under pressure once again.

Tom’s Take on the Tech Weakness on Seeking Alpha, September 6, 2018

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“Yesterday’s tech weakness, even if it just part of a healthy pullback in an extended sector, does set up a potential danger spot for stocks over the coming days,” says Tom Essaye of The Sevens Report, noting tech has powered stock gains this year even in the face of trade uncertainty.

Read the full article here.