When to Brace for More Volatility

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Revisiting the VIX – When to Brace for More Volatility
  • Familiar Holiday Volatility Courtesy of OPEC & Russia

U.S. equity futures are slightly higher and the dollar is pulling back modestly after a mostly quiet night of news as traders eye a stabilizing oil market.

After a volatile session yesterday, WTI crude oil is trading comfortably above $80/barrel this morning, fueling a rally in energy companies which is buoying index futures in pre-market trading.

Today, there is only one lesser-followed economic report due out: Richmond Fed Manufacturing Index (E: -1.0) and two Fed officials are scheduled to speak: Mester (11:00 a.m. ET) and George (2:15 p.m. ET).

Additionally, there is a 7-Yr Treasury Note auction at 1:00 p.m. ET that could move markets but the tape has been very quiet this week as attendance is light and volumes are down given the Thanksgiving holiday schedule. So more choppy and rangebound trading between 3,900 and 4,000 in the S&P is likely.

Staying Focused on the True Cause of Market Volatility

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Staying Focused on the True Cause of Market Volatility
  • Weekly Market Preview:  Can Global Yields Drop?
  • Weekly Economic Cheat Sheet:  How strong is US Growth?

Futures are moderately higher after new UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt abandoned virtually all of the tax cut proposals in PM Truss’s spending/stimulus plan.

Hunt’s announcement of the abandoning of tax cuts and a review in April of the energy subsidies are easing market concerns and pushing the Pound higher and global yields lower.

Outside of the UK fiscal news it was a mostly quiet weekend.

Today focus will be on the Empire Manufacturing Survey (E: -2.5) which is our first look at October data, and markets will want to see moderation in the headline and a continued drop in the price index, and if that occurs stocks can extend the rebound.

On the earnings front, activity ramps up later in the week but some results we’re watching today include:  BAC ($0.79), SCHW ($1.05), BK ($1.10).

Tom Essaye Interviewed by BNN Bloomberg on August 30th, 2022

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Tom Essaye, founder and president of Sevens Report Research, joins BNN Bloomberg to talk on the markets. Click here to watch the full interview.

Are Rate Hikes a Reason to Reduce Stock Exposure?

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Are Rate Hikes a Reason to Reduce Stock Exposure?
  • Chart: Level to Watch in the VIX

U.S. stock futures are tracking global equity markets higher amid easing Omicron fears and good economic data.

GlaxoSmithKline reported overnight that their antibody treatment is effective against the heavily mutated Omicron variant which is helping further ease fears about the new strain.

Economically, Chinese Imports rose 31.7% vs. (E) 21.5% y/y and Exports rose 22.0% vs. (E) 20.3% y/y in November pointing to a still-healthy economic recovery and that is supporting risk on money flows this morning.

Today, there are two lesser followed economic reports due out: International Trade in Goods and Services (E: -$66.8B), Productivity and Costs (E: -4.9%, 8.3%) but neither is likely to materially move markets while there are no Fed officials speaking today.

There is a 3-year Treasury Note auction at 1:00 p.m. ET that could impact yields and the broader curve and if we see a sharp enough flattening move (weak demand for shorter maturities amid rate hike fears) stocks could come under pressure, but to be clear, the tone is very risk on this morning as dip-buyers step into the market, chasing this bounce higher.

Two Potential Sources of Volatility Into Year-End

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Two Potential Sources of Volatility Into Year-End
  • Oil Update and EIA Analysis

Futures are bouncing from yesterday’s declines thanks to solid earnings and following an otherwise quiet night of news.

Widely held chipmaker Nvidia (NVDA) posted strong earnings after the close and that’s helping to ease some anxiety around chip supplies.

There were no notable economic reports overnight.

Today there are two notable economic reports, Jobless Claims (E: 261K) and the Philadelphia Fed Manufacturing Index (E: 21.4), and given every major economic report this week has been very strong, markets would like to see a solid number but nothing so strong that adds to the narrative that tapering may need to be accelerated.

Regarding the Fed, we have multiple speakers today including: Bostic (7:30 a.m. ET), Williams (9:30 a.m. ET), Evans (2:00 p.m. ET), and Daly (3:30 p.m. ET) although none of them should move markets.

Finally, as we explain in the issue, COVID and the Debt Ceiling are starting to become headwinds on stocks, and the headlines that imply further rising global case counts or lack of progress on the Debt Ceiling could be mild headwinds on stocks.

Market Multiple Levels: S&P 500 Chart

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Market Multiple Levels: S&P 500 Chart

Stock futures are mildly lower and Treasury yields are rising with the dollar this morning after hotter than expected Chinese inflation data is prompting some hawkish money flows ahead of today’s U.S. CPI report.

Economically, Chinese CPI rose slightly more than forecast in October (1.5% vs. E: 1.4%) but PPI surged 13.5% vs. (E) 12.0% which was the highest reading since 1995.

Looking into today’s session there are a few potential catalysts to move markets with the October CPI release (E: 0.5%) being the primary focus but Jobless Claims data (E: 267K) will also warrant attention. Both reports are due out at 8:30 a.m. ET.

After those pre-market releases, the schedule is pretty clear with no Fed officials speaking over the course of the day but there is a 30-Year Treasury Bond auction at 1:00 p.m. ET that could move yields and potentially stocks.

Finally, earnings season is already beginning to wind down however DIS ($0.50) will report quarterly results after the closing bell.

Bottom line, focus is on inflation data and if today’s CPI report runs hot, we could see taper expectations, as well as the market’s rate hike outlook, take a hawkish turn which would spur broad market volatility.


Tom Essaye Interviewed by TD Ameritrade Network on October 11, 2021

Takeaways From Recent Market Volatility

This week will give insight into when the Fed might start tapering, says Tom Essaye, Founder of The Sevens Report. Click here to watch the full interview.

Tom Essaye Quoted in Bloomberg on September 27, 2021

U.S. Stocks Retreat as Investors Await Busy Week in Washington

Investors should prepare for more volatility over the coming days…according to Tom Essaye, a former Merrill Lynch trader who writes the “Sevens Report” newsletter. Click here to read the full article.


The Current Risks to the Rally

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • The Current Risks to the Rally
  • Weekly Market Preview:  Increasing Headline Volatility?
  • Weekly Economic Cheat Sheet:  How Hot is Inflation and How Much Damage Has COVID Done to the Recovery?

Futures are modestly higher as global markets bounced from Friday’s declines, following a quiet weekend of news.

Tax hike chatter continued to rise over the weekend as Democrats proposed a 26.5% corporate tax (up from the current 21%) and a “top-tier” capital gains tax rate of 28.8% (up from the current 23.8%).

These changes aren’t likely or imminent, but it underscores the market will face tax hike headlines over the coming weeks and months.

There was no notable global economic data overnight.

Today there are no economic reports and no notable Fed speakers, so the focus will be on any more tax hike headlines and on short-term technicals.  Last week stocks were able to rally early in the day and faded in the afternoon.  If that happens again this morning look for downside momentum to pick up a bit and for more moderate declines.

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