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Yield Curve Update and Fed Meeting Preview

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Technical Outlook: S&P 500
  • Fed Meeting Preview
  • Yield Curve Update

Futures are slightly higher this morning as the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread but other market influences including key earnings and the Fed  are coming into focus.

Reports show that the number of coronavirus cases has climbed to more than 4,500 and the death toll has topped 100 in China however the mortality rate encouragingly remains ~2%, well below the 10% rate of SARS in the early 2000s.

The number of market catalysts picks up today starting with three economic data points to watch: Durable Goods Orders (E: 0.5%) being the key report to watch while the S&P Case-Shiller HPI (0.4%) and Consumer Confidence (E: 127.8) will also be released.

Additionally, the January FOMC Meeting begins and earnings season remains in full swing. The key report to watch today is AAPL ($4.54) after the closing bell but other notables include: LMT ($4.99), MMM ($2.10), PFE ($0.57), UTX ($1.84), AMD ($0.31), and EBAY ($0.75).

Yield Curve Update: Negative Trend Break

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Bottom Line: Did Something Good Happy Yesterday?
  • Yield Curve Update: Negative Trend Break

Stock futures are little changed this morning as investors digest new Fed chatter and more trade war jawboning.

Fed Chair Powell said he saw the “glass as much more than half full” regarding the current expansion and reiterated that rates will remain unchanged until inflation rises materially.

U.S. and Chinese trade negotiators spoke on the phone overnight to discuss “core issues” and reported that they have reached a “common understanding on resolving relevant problems” but no concrete progress was made and the status of phase-one remains unknown.

There are a few potential catalysts to watch today including economic releases: International Trade in Goods (E: -$70.0B), S&P Corelogic Case-Shiller HPI (E: 0.3%), New Home Sales (E: 707K), and Consumer Confidence (E: 126.8) as well as one Fed speaker: Brainard (1:00 p.m. ET).

Additionally, there is a 5-Year Treasury note auction today at 1:00 p.m. ET and with the yield curve coming back into focus, any wild swings in the belly of the curve could move stocks (remember we want to see the 10s-2s steepen due to a rising 10-year yield).

Aside from those scheduled events, speakers and reports, the market will clearly remain very sensitive to anything regarding the relationship between the U.S. and China as the trade war remains the single most important influence on this market right now.

Yield Curve Update: Critical Levels to Watch

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Yield Curve Update: Critical Levels to Watch
  • Housing Market Index Takeaways

Futures have steadily melted higher overnight, tracking risk-on moves in most international markets on optimism for more Chinese stimulus and improving investor sentiment towards the trade war and health of the global economy.

Over the past two weeks, the PBOC has lowered its “one-year medium-term lending facility” and its “seven-day reverse repo rate” increasing the odds that the Chinese central bank provides further stimulus in the near-term.

Looking into today’s session, the list of potential catalysts is limited as there is just one economic report due to be released: Housing Starts (E: 1.320M) and one Fed official scheduled to speak shortly before the bell: Williams (9:00 a.m. ET).

Home Depot reported underwhelming earnings this morning as they slashed their sales forecast which will likely be a topic of discussion today but so far, stock futures are largely shrugging off the sharp drop in HD shares.

With the trade war still the markets primary focus, stocks will remain sensitive to any headlines, positive or negative, regarding the phase one deal and potential for tariff relief.

Tom Essaye Quoted in ETF Trends on November 11, 2019

“Historically speaking the inversion of that benchmark yield curve measure means that we now must expect a recession anywhere from six-to-18 months from today…” Tom Essaye, founder of The Sevens Report, said in a note this summer. Click here to read the full article.

ETF Trends

Did the Yield Curve Actually Invert?

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Why Italian Political Drama Matters to You
  • Did the Yield Curve Actually Invert? Only Sort Of

Futures are solidly higher this morning, rising in sympathy with EU shares as Italian political concerns ease while a German Bond auction was unexpectedly weak, both of which are helping bolster stocks.

In Italy, odds of a coalition government being formed are rising materially, reducing fears and general uncertainties surrounding new elections this fall.

Economic data was thin o/n however there was a soft 30-Year Bond auction in Germany this morning which is helping yields rise and fueling general risk-on money flows.

After a choppy start to the trading week, the list of market catalysts picks up today as there is one economic report: Existing Home Sales (E: 5.380M) but investors will be primarily focused on the July FOMC Meeting Minutes (2:00 p.m. ET).

If the Minutes release is another “hawkish disappointment” like the announcement and Powell’s press conference were in late July, we could see another wave of volatility as investors’ dovish hopes are elevated going into the Jackson Hole Economic Symposium later this week.

Tom Essaye Quoted in Benzinga on August 14, 2019

“So, while the inversion is certainly a disconcerting signal over the medium and longer-term, it’s not a signal to necessarily ‘sell now,’ because a lot can happen between now and six months or more…” wrote Tom Essaye. Click here to read the full article.

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Tom Essaye Quoted in CNBC on August 15, 2019

“The yield curve inverted which created a temporary ‘pile on’ effect in the bond markets. We have absolutely not seen what we wanted to out of the Fed. We had hoped for a rally in the 10-year yield…” wrote Tom Essaye of the Sevens Report. Click here to read the full article.

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Tom Essaye Quoted in Diario Financiero on August 14, 2019

“Historically speaking the inversion of that benchmark yield curve measure means that we now must expect a recession anywhere…” said Tom Essaye in a note on Wednesday. Click here to read the full article.

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Tom Essaye Quoted in Vanity Fair on August 14, 2019

“Historically speaking the inversion of that benchmark yield curve measure means that we now must expect a recession anywhere from 6 to 18 months from today…” said Tom Essaye in a note on Wednesday. Click here to read the full article.

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Tom Essaye Quoted in CNBC on August 14, 2019

“Historically speaking the inversion of that benchmark yield curve measure means that we now must expect a recession anywhere from six-to-18 months from today which will…” said Tom Essaye in a note on Wednesday. Click here to read the full article.

Yield Curve Graph