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Reminiscent Of The 2018 ‘Volmageddon’ Event

Reminiscent Of The 2018 ‘Volmageddon’ Event: Tom Essaye Quoted in Morningstar


‘Volmageddon 2’ may be coming to a stock market near you, says this analyst

An important reason why the S&P 500 dropped 1.4% on Tuesday, according to Essaye, was an an overcrowded short side of the options market, which exacerbated the selling.

The action, says Essaye, “was reminiscent of the 2018 ‘Volmageddon’ event that ultimately resulted in several ‘short-volatility’ ETF’s being forced to liquidate as volatility exploded higher amid a more than 10% drop in the S&P 500 in just two weeks.”

“Fast forward to late 2023 and early 2024 and we are once again seeing similar, volatile price action into certain derivatives expirations, namely the monthly VIX futures expirations,” says Essaye. The chart below shows the sharp gap-down sell-offs for the S&P 500 into each of the last three VIX expirations.

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Rising level Of Greed In The ‘Short-Volatility’ Trade

Rising level Of Greed In The ‘Short-Volatility’ Trade: Tom Essaye Quoted in Business Insider


Stocks are vulnerable to a 5% ‘air-pocket drawdown’ as greedy traders short volatility, research firm says

“Stocks on Tuesday seemed to have an additional influence weighing on the broader market,” Tom Essaye, the founder and president of Sevens Report Research, wrote in a note on Thursday. “It turns out that it did… an overcrowded short side of the options market which was reminiscent of the 2018 ‘Volmageddon’ event.”

“Based on the magnitude of the move in VIX futures on Tuesday, there is an increasing threat that the rising level of greed in the ‘short-volatility’ trade, similar to what we saw in 2018, could result in an air-pocket drawdown of 5% or more in the S&P 500,” Essaye said.

“The rebound in interest in short-volatility strategies is once again posing a risk to the broader markets here as a negative catalyst can clearly spark a momentous, derivatives-driven selloff in the broader stock market like that which we saw in 2018,” Essaye said.

“Going forward, these expirations will remain dates to keep in mind as the threat of volatility will be elevated as we move further into 2024,” Essaye said.

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China Cut Reserve Requirements

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • China Cut Reserve Requirements.  Does that Improve Risk/Reward?

Futures are little changed following a mixed night of earnings and ahead of the ECB rate decision.

Earnings were mixed overnight with cautious TSLA guidance (TSLA down –7% pre-market). This is offsetting other solid tech results from IBM, NOW and others.

Today focus will remain on rates, data and earnings.  The key event today is the ECB meeting there is little to no chance of a rate hike or cut.  Instead, the key will be insight into when the ECB expects the first rate cut.  If it’s before the summer, that’s dovish/bullish.  If it’s after the summer that’s hawkish/bearish.

Turning to the data, there are several notable reports today. Including (in order of importance) Advanced Q4 GDP (E: 2.0%), Jobless Claims (E: 200K), Durable Goods (E: 1.0%) and New Home Sales (E: 650K). “Goldilocks” data that meets expectations is the best outcome for stocks.

Finally, earnings season rolls on and important reports today include: AAL ($0.06), LUV ($0.11), VLO ($2.95), SHW ($1.80), INTC ($0.48), V ($2.33), TMUS ($1.90), COF ($2.50).


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What Is The VIX Suggesting?

What Is The VIX Suggesting?: Tom Essaye Quoted in Morningstar


What this key stock-market gauge is telling investors amid a rough start to 2024

Meanwhile, a break above the December high for the VIX “would suggest more volatility looming ahead. Conversely, a reversal back towards the current 2024 low of 13.10 would suggest volatility is easing and stocks would be in an improving position to stabilize in the weeks ahead and potentially resume the late-2023 rally,” said Tom Essaye, founder of Sevens Report Research, in a Friday note.

Also, click here to view the full MarketWatch article published on Morningstar on January 6th, 2024. However, to see the Sevens Report’s full comments on the current market environment sign up here.

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All Of Us In The Markets Are In A Proverbial Canoe

All Of Us In The Markets Are In A Proverbial Canoe: Tom Essaye Quoted in Courthouse News Service


Markets roar in 2023 as inflation ticks down and Fed eases rate hikes

Tom Essaye of the Sevens Report likened the market in 2023 to rough sailing. “I can’t help but feel as though all of us in the markets are in a proverbial canoe and the investing public is violently leaning to one side of the canoe and then the other, causing it to nearly tip each time,” he wrote in an investor’s note.

Essaye wrote that many believe the Fed will slash interest rates about six times next year, believing inflation will soon “go into some sort of freefall” and the S&P 500 may hit 5,000 points. “But I’ve been in this industry long enough to know that when everyone seems to be leaning on one side of the proverbial canoe, it pays to move to the middle,” he wrote.

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A Volatile Start to 2024, But Don’t Read Too Much Into It

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • A Volatile Start to 2024, But Don’t Read Too Much Into It
  • SPDR Reveals Nearly 5% Divergence Between Best and Worst Sectors Yesterday
  • Chart – S&P Global Manufacturing PMI Remains in Contraction Territory

Stock futures are modestly lower and Treasury yields are extending their early 2024 gains as some of the dominant money flows from late last year continue to unwind to start 2024.

Economically, Germany’s Unemployment Rate held steady, as expected, at 5.9% in December which is not moving markets.

Today, trader focus will be on two key economic reports in early trade with the ISM Manufacturing Index (E: 47.2) and JOLTS (E: 8.75 million) report both due out shortly after the opening bell. Motor Vehicle Sales (E: 15.4 million) will also be released today.

Additionally, there is one Fed speaker: Barkin (8:00 a.m. ET) that will be closely watched ahead of the release of the December FOMC Meeting Minutes this afternoon (2:00 p.m. ET).

Bottom line, start-of-year portfolio rebalancing is likely to continue to dominate the tape today, however, if economic data comes in “Goldilocks” and the Fed Minutes don’t derail the market’s dovish policy expectations for 2023, stocks and bonds should both be able to stabilize as calendar-driven volatility begins to subside.

A Volatile Start


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Five Measurable Similarities To 2006/2007

Five Measurable Similarities To 2006/2007: Sevens Report Analysts Quoted in Investing.com


Sevens Report Research sees similarities to 06/07, market susceptible to bouts of sudden volatility

Sevens Report Research said in its morning note on Friday that they see “five measurable similarities to 2006/2007.”

The firm explained that answering the question regarding what lies ahead for the stock market and bond market in 2024 is especially difficult right now, considering “the slew of mixed signals we are facing as we approach the end of 2023.”

“A few of those notable signals include 1) The deepest yield curve inversion since 1981, 2) The highest real interest rates since 2008, 3) Unexpectedly resilient economic data with Real GDP pushing 5% in Q3, 4) Stocks testing all-time highs, and 5) A historically complacent VIX reading,” they stated.

“But these are not unprecedented dynamics, and frankly, they’re reminiscent of the time period spanning 2006 and 2007,” said the firm.

“As long as the market’s fundamental consensus is uncertain and lacks conviction, which remains the case right now, this market will be susceptible to pullbacks and bouts of sudden volatility,” claims the firm.

Also, click here to view the full Investing.com article published on December 22nd, 2023. However, to see the Sevens Report’s full comments on the current market environment sign up here.

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What’s the VIX Saying About This Market?

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • What’s the VIX Saying About This Market?

Futures are solidly higher as Thursday’s bounce extended overnight following additional reminders that global disinflation is still on going.

The EU Flash HICP (their CPI) rose 4.3% vs. (E) 4.6% and Core HICP increased 4.5% vs. (E) 4.8%, sending an important reminder that disinflation is still on going.

There was no material progress in avoiding a government shutdown overnight (which at this point is likely).

Today focus will be on the Core PCE Price Index (E: 0.2% m/m, 3.9% y/y) and put simply, if that number meets or is below expectations, then this bounce back rally should continue.  If the Core PCE Price Index is higher than expectations, don’t be shocked if stocks give back these early gains.  Finally, there is one Fed speaker today, Williams at 12:45 p.m. ET, but he shouldn’t move markets.

What's the VIX Saying


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What the Hawkish Fed Decision Means for Markets

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • What the Hawkish Fed Decision Means for Markets
  • Key Levels to Watch:  Post-Fed Takeaways
  • EIA Analysis and Oil Market Update

Futures are moderately lower on momentum from Wednesday’s late sell-off. As the Fed’s hawkish statement and projections weighed on global markets overnight.

The Norges Bank (Central Bank of Norway) hiked rates by 25 bps and signaled another hike in December. This wasn’t expected and added to hawkish central bank anxiety.

Economically there were no notable reports overnight.

Today will be another busy day and the first important event is the Bank of England Rate Decision (E: 25 bps hike).  If the BOE hikes 25 bps and strongly signals another hike is coming, that will be incrementally hawkish and likely add to global selling pressure.

Looking at economic data, there are two important reports today: Jobless Claims (E: 225K) and Philly Fed (E: 0.5).  Especially after yesterday’s declines, markets will want to see stable data, because if data is “Too Hot” it’ll push Treasury yields higher and weigh on stocks and if data is suddenly very bad it’ll increase stagflation concerns.  We also get Existing Home Sales (E: 4.10M) but that number shouldn’t move markets.

 

Hawkish Fed


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FOMC Preview: How Long Will Rates Stay High?

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What’s in Today’s Report:

  • FOMC Preview – How Long Will Rates Stay High?
  • VIX Chart – Is Volatility About to Surge

S&P futures are modestly higher this morning after a favorable dip in EU inflation statistics and upward revisions to global growth forecasts while oil continues to climb towards $100/barrel.

The Eurozone’s Narrow Core HICP (their CPI equivalent) met estimates at 5.3% in August, down from 5.5% in July. The OECD raised their global growth forecast from 2.7% to 3.0%, primarily thanks to strength in the U.S. and Japan while growth estimates for Europe and China were reduced. However, the net increase in the global growth outlook was received as a mild positive this morning.

Looking into the U.S. session, there is just one economic report: Housing Starts and Permits (E: 1.435M, 1.440M). As long as there are no big surprises in the release, markets should fall into a holding pattern as the September FOMC meeting begins in Washington.

However, there is a 20-Yr Treasury Bond auction at 1:00 p.m. ET, and if the outcome moves rates materially, stocks could react amid last-minute positioning ahead of tomorrow’s Fed decision.

Fed Preview


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