Progress on U.S./China Trade?

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Updated Market Outlook
  • Weekly Market Preview (This Week is More Important Than It Might Seem)
  • Weekly Economic Cheat Sheet (All About Growth)

Futures are solidly higher again as the Commerce Department extended Huawei waivers for 90 days, which is a mild positive in the U.S./China trade situation.

There were a lot of trade-related headlines out over the weekend (and some of them were conflicting) but the net/net is that tensions appear to be receding somewhat, which is helping to support an extension of Friday’s rally.

The only notable economic report was Japanese exports, which met expectations at –1.6% m/m and isn’t moving markets.

There are no economic reports today and no Fed speakers, so focus will be on any trade-related headlines and while we’re sure to get conflicting messages via twitter and other mediums, the bottom line is that tensions appear to be receding – which is positive for stocks.

Looking forward to this week, it’s an important one.  Powell’s Jackson Hole speech on Friday, combined with FOMC Minutes Wednesday and the global flash PMIs will give us important updated insight into 1) Whether central banks are going to try and correct the hawkish disappointments from July, and 2) If global growth is trying to stabilize.  If the answer is “yes” to both, then stocks can extend the rally.

Tom Essaye Quoted in Invezz on July 17, 2019

“Looking at this earnings season, the key question is: Will trade uncertainty cause businesses to pull back on spending and investment enough so that it begins to weigh on earnings?” Tom Essaye, founder of the Sevens Report, said in a note. Click here to read the full article.

What’s Next for the U.S. and China?

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • What’s Next for the U.S.-China Trade Talks?
  • Dr. Copper is Not Buying the Stock Rally
  • Global PMI Analysis

U.S. stock futures are slightly lower this morning as investors continue to digest the G20 “trade truce” against further deteriorating global economic data so far this week while news flows overnight were very slow.

Economic data overnight was largely Goldilocks with German Retail Sales coming in at -0.6% vs. (E) 0.7% (but revisions were positive) while Eurozone PPI was -0.1% vs. (E) 0.0%. Additionally, the RBA cut rates, as expected.

Looking into today’s session the only economic data coming out today is Motor Vehicle Sales (E: 17.0M) while there is just one Fed official scheduled to speak: Mester (11:00 a.m. ET).

That will likely make for a quiet session as traders look ahead to U.S. jobs data due out later in the week while trading schedules are non-typical thanks to the 4th of July holiday on Thursday.

Tom Essaye Quoted in Barron’s on June 18, 2019

“Today will likely be dominated by pre-Fed positioning and trading should be quiet, although there’s always the chance we get a U.S.—China trade…” writes Tom Essaye. Click here to read the full Barron’s article.

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Tyler Richey Appeared on TD Ameritrade Network on May 30, 2019

Tyler Richey, co-editor of the Sevens Report sat down with Ben Lichtenstein from TD Ameritrade Network to talk about oil, corn futures, energy market and more…Click here to watch the full interview.

TD Ameritrade interview clip

Why Downside Risks Are Building in Stocks

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Why Downside Risks Are Building in Stocks
  • Weekly Market Preview
  • Weekly Economic Cheat Sheet (Friday is an important day)

Futures are modestly lower following a generally quiet three day weekend, as investors digest last week’s deterioration in economic data and U.S.-China trade relations.

Economic data was sparse overnight and the only notable report was German GfK Consumer Climate, which slightly missed expectations (10.1 vs. (E ) 10.4).  There was no material economic data out Monday.

On trade, Trump’s trip to Japan was a general non-event and there were no new developments (positive or negative) on U.S.-China trade.

Today we have a few housing numbers including Cash-Shiller HPI (E: 2.5% y/y) and FHFA HPI (E: 0.3% m/m) as well as Consumer Confidence (E: 129.8), but none of those should move markets materially.

Instead, focus will be on the news wires for any updates on U.S. – China trade and on support in the S&P 500 at 2800, which is becoming an increasingly important level.

Updated Market Outlook

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Updated Market Outlook (Post U.S./China Trade Breakdown)
  • Weekly Market Preview
  • Weekly Economic Cheat Sheet

Futures are modestly lower following an uneventful weekend as investors digest Friday’s negative trade headline (that U.S./China trade discussions have been suspended).

On trade, there was no new news over the weekend, but several U.S. tech firms have stopped conducting business with Huawei, per the Commerce Department decision, and that’s just further escalating the U.S./China trade conflict.

Economically, there were no market moving reports (Japanese GDP was stronger than estimates but the details weren’t great).

There are no economic reports today but there are multiple Fed speakers, most important of which is Powell (7:00 p.m. ET), although he’s not expected to make extensive comments on policy.  Other Fed speakers today include:  Bostic (8:50 a.m. ET), Harker (9:30 a.m. ET), Williams & Clarida (1:00 p.m. ET).

Given the lack of data and important Fed speak, trade headlines should drive markets today and any formal retaliation by China for the Huawei decision will make the trade situation worse, and likely pressure stocks.


Tom Essaye Interviewed with Yahoo Finance on May 13, 2019

Tom Essaye interviewed with Yahoo Finance. A very timely chat on tariffs, fear within the market, what to expect with this market volatility and more…Watch the full interview here.

Tom Essaye Interview with Yahoo Finance


Tom Essaye Quoted in CNBC on May 9, 2019

Tom Essaye Quoted in CNBC on May 9, 2019. “Small caps are most sensitive to overall economic growth. I think small caps are declining because…” Click here to read the full CNBC article.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping

Tom Essaye Interviewed with Yahoo Finance on May 6, 2019

Tom Essaye joined Yahoo Finance’s Zack Guzman and Heidi Chung to discuss how Trump’s tariff threat could influence global markets. Click here or the video below to watch the full interview.

Yahoo Finance video clip