Tom Essaye Interviewed on BNN Bloomberg’s Morning Markets on March 10th, 2023

A 50bps hike is entirely possible for the U.S. after today’s jobs data: Tom Essaye

Tom Essaye, founder and president of Sevens Report Research, joins BNN Bloomberg to discuss the latest movements in the markets after today’s jobs data. Essaye is expecting another big hike from the Fed at the upcoming meeting and discusses his take on SVP bank’s halt in trading, Silvergate’s shutdown and bitcoin. He says 2023 will be volatile and investors should remain conservative. Click here to watch the full interview.

Tom Essaye Quoted in Forbes on March 10th, 2023

Biggest Bank Failure Since Great Recession Sparks ‘Overblown’ Fears Of Contagion—But Big Lingering Risks Remain

The broad selloff was “undoubtedly an unwelcome reminder” of the 2008 financial crisis, says Sevens Report analyst Tom Essaye, noting SVB scrambled and ultimately failed to stay afloat after it was forced to sell a bond portfolio at a $1.8 billion loss because higher interest rates pushed bond prices “far below” where they were when purchased. Click here to read the full article.

What the Bank Failures Mean for Markets

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • What’s Happened with the Bank Failures
  • What the Government Response Means for Markets
  • Is This A Bearish Gamechanger?
  • CPI Preview

Futures are little changed as markets digest the three bank failures last week and the government response.

Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) and Signature Bank of New York (SBNY) both failed over the weekend, making three bank failures last week.  In response to the SVB and SBNY failures, the government announced the creation of a bank lending facility, the Bank Term Funding Program, which is helping to ease concern about a broader bank run (but doesn’t entirely solve the crisis).

Today President Biden will address the nation on the situation this morning, but the key remains stability in the regional banks and in Treasury yields (they need to stop collapsing).  If regional banks (KRE) and yields stabilize, markets can rally.

Now What? Updated Market Outlook

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Now What?  Updated Market Outlook
  • Weekly Market Preview:  Will Yields Keep Rising?
  • Weekly Economic Cheat Sheet:  Key Growth Updates This Week

Futures are modestly higher on a bounce back from last week’s losses following a generally quiet weekend of news.

Economic data was sparse and the only notable report was EU M3 money supply, which rose less than expected (3.5% vs. (E) 3.9%).

Geopolitically, fears are easing that China will send arms to Russia (concerns about this weighed on stocks late last week and an easing of them is helping futures rally).

Today focus will remain on economic data and the two notable reports are Durable Goods (E: -4.0%) and Pending Home Sales (E: 1.0%).  While neither should be a major market mover, markets will want to see stable data (so reports that don’t imply growth is too strong, or too weak).  We also get one Fed speaker, Jefferson (10:30 a.m. ET).

Equity Risk Premium Hits 2007 Levels

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Equity Risk Premium at 2007 Levels
  • February Composite PMI Flash Takeaways
  • Why Are Rising Rates Causing Stocks to Drop Now?
  • S&P 500 Chart: Trend Support From the October Lows In Focus

U.S. equity futures are little changed this morning following yesterday’s steep losses as Treasuries have stabilized ahead of today’s Fed meeting minutes release.

Economically, German CPI met estimates at 8.7% y/y but that remains a historically very high reading which continues to warrant aggressive policy from the ECB in the months ahead.

Looking into today’s session, there are no notable economic reports which will leave investors primarily focused on the FOMC meeting minutes release (2:00 p.m. ET). Before that release, the Treasury will hold a 5-Yr Note auction at 1:00 p.m. ET which could move bond markets, and if we see new highs in yields, expect additional pressure on stocks.

Finally, the Fed’s Williams speaks after the close at 5:30 p.m. ET and his comments could move markets in after-hours trading if he is materially hawkish.

Market Multiple Levels: S&P 500 Chart

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Market Multiple Levels: S&P 500 Chart (Printable/Shareable PDF Available)
  • NY Fed Inflation Expectations Data Takeaways
  • Key Levels to Watch Today in the Dollar and Treasuries

Stock futures are modestly higher thanks to good economic data overnight as traders await today’s U.S. CPI report and more Fed speak.

Economically, the U.K.’s Unemployment Rate held steady below 4% but wage growth favorably slowed to 5.9% in January from 6.5% in December.

Meanwhile the NFIB Small Business Optimistic Index in the U.S. met estimates at 90.3 which saw S&P 500 futures hit new pre-market highs at the top of the 6:00 a.m. hour ET.

Today, focus will be on economic data early with CPI (E: 0.5% m/m, 6.2% y/y) and Core CPI (E: 0.3% m/m, 5.5% y/y) due out before the opening bell. Cooling inflation pressures have largely been priced in recently so a low print could see stocks add to YTD gains, but the risk is for a hot print to spark a significant wave of selling amid further hawkish shifting money flows across asset classes.

Moving through the day, there are three Fed speakers to watch: Logan (11:00 a.m. ET), Harker (1:00 p.m. ET), and Williams (2:05 p.m. ET) and they will all likely echo the hawkish tone coming from other Fed officials recently but their comments should not have a major impact on markets.

Earnings season is winding down but a few notable companies reporting today include: KO ($0.45), MAR ($1.84), ABNB ($0.27).

Will the October Lows Hold?

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Subscriber Q&A: Will the October Lows Hold and What Is Going On Below the Market’s Surface?
  • The Gap Between the Fed and Markets is Closing
  • Chart: 2-Yr Yield Approaches 2023 Highs

Stock futures are little changed while the dollar and Treasuries are steady following a quiet night of news as traders await Powell’s speech today.

Economically, German Industrial Production fell -3.1% vs. (E) -0.6% in December which is rekindling recession worries this morning and helping support the stabilization in bond markets.

Looking into today’s session focus will be on Powell’s speech at 12: 40 p.m. ET as traders brace for the Fed Chair to potentially push back on the market’s dovish reaction to last week’s FOMC decision, something that happened multiple times in 2022 sparking big waves of volatility across asset classes each time.

Expectations for Powell’s speech have already become more hawkish since the January jobs report, however, so he would need to be explicit and firm about raising rates beyond 5% and not cutting rates in 2023 to cause a meaningfully hawkish reaction.

Beyond Powell, there are two lesser followed economic reports to watch: International Trade in Goods Services (E: -$68.8B) and Consumer Credit (E: $25.0B) although neither should have a material impact on markets while the Fed’s Barr also speaks this afternoon (2:00 p.m. ET).

There is a 3-Yr Treasury Note auction at 1:00 p.m. ET and the outcome will offer some evidence of bond traders’ initial take on Powell’s comments. If the auction tails significantly, expect some hawkish follow-through money flows into the afternoon.

Finally, earnings season continues with a couple of notable reports after the close today: CMG ($8.88) and PRU ($2.57).

CPI Day and FOMC Preview

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • FOMC Preview
  • CPI Preview (Abbreviated Version)
  • Chart – NY Fed Survey Inflation Expectations Fall Sharply

Stock futures are extending yesterday’s gains as traders await today’s CPI report amid mixed news from overnight.

In China, a $143B stimulus package aimed at the semiconductor industry helped offset the delay of an economic/Covid policy meeting due to a surge in Covid cases.

Economic data was mixed overnight but there were no surprises material enough to derail the tentative pre-CPI rally this morning.

Today, traders will be keenly focused on the November CPI report at 8:30 a.m. ET with the headline expected to come in at 0.3% M/M and 7.3% Y/Y while the Core figure is expected to be 0.4% M/M and 6.1% Y/Y. Bottom line, a print below 7.3% on the headline and below 6.1% in the core figure will be well received by investors but an upside miss in either could trigger a sharp reversal of this most recent move higher in the broader stock market.

Once markets digest the CPI report, money flows are likely to take on a positioning tone with tomorrow’s Fed decision looming and a limited list of catalysts for the remainder of the day. There is a 30-Yr Treasury Bond auction at 1:00 p.m. ET that could move rates and have a mild impact on stocks.

Tom Essaye Quoted in CNBC on December 7th, 2022

Bond yields fall as Wall Street worries about higher Fed rates

“Bottom line, the economic outlook is turning for the worse (outside of the labor market) and if that continues, it will support the long end of the curve,” wrote Tom Essaye of the Sevens Report. Click here to read the full article.

Tom Essaye Quoted in Market Watch on November 25th, 2022

U.S. bond market holds steady in shortened post-Thanksgiving session

“Looking at the curve, the 10s-2s yield curve spread remained near a multidecade low of nearly minus-80 basis points. That deep of an inversion suggests that the Fed’s current policy and expected path of future policy are far too restrictive for the state of the economy and growth expectations, which will almost certainly end in a recession — and potentially a severe one given the scope of the current inversions across the Treasury yield curve,” said Tom Essaye, editor of Sevens Report Research, in a note. Click here to read the full article.