How Bad Can It Get? Valuation Worst Case Scenario

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • How Bad Can It Get?  Valuation Worst Case Scenario

Futures are sharply higher after China took further steps to support the economy while economic data was mixed.

China announced a 1% cut to bank reserve requirements and pledged to do more to support the economy.  This announcement is the main reason stocks are bouncing back this morning.

Global composite PMIs were mixed as China beat estimates (52.2 vs. (E) 51.9) while the Euro Zone Composite PMI missed expectations (51.1 vs. (E) 51.3).

Today focus will be on two big events.  First, the jobs report.  Expectations are for 180K jobs adds, a 3.7% unemployment rate and a 3.0% annual wage increase.  The best case number is a mild miss on all three metrics, so around 150kish jobs, 3.8% unemployment (or higher) and under 3.0% wages.  The worst case scenario (a stagflation number) is a miss on jobs but firm unemployment and wages.  If that happens, it’ll likely be another ugly day.

The other major event today is the  Powell speech at 10:15 a.m. ET (he’ll be joined by Yellen and Bernanke).  The key here is Powell changing his rhetoric to look more flexible on 1) rate increases and 2) balance sheet reduction.  If he does that, especially with regards to the balance sheet, then stocks can extend this early rally.

Why the October Sell Off Was Different

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Why The October Sell Off Was Different
  • Valuation Update (the market is fairly valued here)

Futures are moderately lower following more disappointing Chinese economic data.

Chinese auto sales plunged 12% yoy in November and annual car sales growth turned negative for the first time since the early 1990’s, further fanning fears of a Chinese economic slowdown.

Earnings results were mixed as DIS posted solid numbers while EU corporate earnings were disappointing.

Today focus will be on inflation via PPI (E: 0.2%) and it needs to remain “Goldilocks” so as to not put more downward pressure on stocks.  We also have several Fed speakers (Williams (8:30 a.m. ET), Harker (8:50 a.m. ET), Quarles (9:00 a.m. ET)) although the next big Fed event will be Fed Chair Powell speaking on Tuesday.