Why Stocks Dropped Yesterday (It Wasn’t CPI)

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Why Stocks Dropped Yesterday (It Wasn’t CPI)
  • EIA Analysis and Oil Market Update

Futures are enjoying a mild bounce following Wednesday’s losses as global yields are stable while U.S. bond markets are closed.

10 year Bund and GILT yields are little changed and that, combined with the bond market closure in the U.S., is allowing stocks to rebound.

Economically, British IP missed estimates (-0.4% vs. (E) 0.1%) while monthly GDP slightly beat (0.6% vs. (E) 0.5%).

Today is Veterans Day and as such, the bond markets are closed and there will be no economic reports and no Fed speakers.  So, GILT and Bund yields will partially dictate trading and as long as they don’t rise, stocks can continue this early rebound from yesterday’s losses.

Focus Turns to Earnings and Yields

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Focus Turns to Earnings and Yields (And Away from Washington, For Now)
  • Weekly Market Preview:  Will Earnings Results Ease Market Anxiety?
  • Weekly Economic Cheat Sheet:  Key Inflation and Growth Data this Week

Futures are modestly lower on a resumption of the commodity rally following an otherwise quiet weekend.

Energy prices (oil, natural gas, coal) are all rallying again (up 2% – 3%) and that’s increasing global inflation anxiety, which is weighing moderately on futures.

Global bond yields are also rising as two hawkish Bank of England members warned of a possible rate hike this year, although that is not the consensus expectation (although a rate hike from the BOE in early 2022 is looking more likely).

Today is Columbus Day and the U.S. bond markets are closed and there are no economic reports today, although there is one Fed speaker: Evans (6:00 p.m. ET).  So, commodity prices are Treasury yields should drive trading today.  The more they rise, the stronger the headwind on stocks will become.

Tom Essaye Quoted in Barron’s on October 5, 2021

Tech Stocks and Yields Are Rising Together. That’s Not Supposed to Happen.

The yield has been rangebound between 1.46% and 1.54%. A move above that higher level could indicate the yield…writes Tom Essaye, founder of Sevens Report Research. Click here to read the full article.

Tom Essaye Quoted in Barron’s on September 29, 2021

Why Higher Bond Yields Are Bad News for Tech Stocks Like Amazon and Zoom

Bottom line, the stock market is being driven by the bond market this week and if we see…writes Tom Essaye, founder of Sevens Report Research. Click here to read the full article.

Tom Essaye Quoted in The Madison Leader Gazette on September 28, 2021

Dow skids around 400 points lower as rising bond yields spark equity selloff

Bottom line, the stock market is being driven by the bond market this week and if we see bonds…said Tom Essaye, founder and president of Sevens Report Research. Click here to read the full article.

Sevens Report Quoted in Forex Crunch on February 22, 2021

“We look at it not just from an absolute level of yields, but also the pace of increase,” Tom Essaye, founder of Sevens Report, wrote in a Feb. 17 note, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence, adding that, “if yields rise too quickly (and the 10 bps/day rallies continue)…” Click here to read the full article.

Tom Essaye Quoted in Barron’s on February 18, 2021

“The number of potential catalysts for a sudden, disorderly rise in yields that hits stocks has risen…” wrote Tom Essaye, founder of Sevens Report Research in a note. Click here to read the full article.

Yield Breakout (Threat to Stocks?)

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • What Higher Yields Mean for Stocks
  • Jobs Report Preview

Futures are moderately lower following hawkish commentary by Fed Chair Powell and ahead of a critical speech on China by VP Pence.

Fed Chair Powell said in a Q&A after the bell that the Fed is a “long way” from neutral rates and may have to go “past” neutral.  The comments further pressured bonds overnight and extended the rise in global bond yields.

Politically, VP Pence will deliver a very critical policy speech on China that goes beyond economic criticism, and the concern is the speech will make a trade deal even more difficult to achieve.

Today focus will be on bond yields (does the surge in yields/dollar continue?) as well as the Pence speech on China (just how critical will it be?).  Economically, there are two reports, Jobless Claims (E: 213K) and Factory Orders (E: 2.1%) and one Fed speaker, Quarles (8:15 a.m. ET), but none of that should move markets.

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China’s Inverted Yield Curve, June 28, 2017

If A Yield Curve Inverts In China, Does It Signal A Looming Recession?

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China's Inverted Yield Curve

Last week, in our post, “Will Chinese Credit Impulse Impact Global Markets?“, I explained how China remains the largest macro threat to the rally as it begins to deflate its massive credit bubble, a credit bubble that has funded asset bubbles across geographies (Australian property, California property, Treasuries, stocks, etc.).

At this point, it’s just a risk, as there are no concrete signs that the Chinese economy is in trouble, although the Chinese bond market is signaling some caution.

First, it’s well known that inverted yield curves predict recessions. Here in the US, the inverted yield curve predicted the ’81, ’91, and ’00 recession, and the ’08 financial crisis (remember the yield curve inverted in ’05, and stayed that way until the Fed started cutting rates in late ’07).

So, it is noteworthy that the Chinese government bond yield curve is essentially flat, and in some cases has inverted. For instance, as of yesterday the three-year government bond was yielding 3.558%, higher than the 5 year at 3.524%. And, the 7 year was yielding 3.626%, higher than the 10 year, which yielded 3.56%. So, while not a total inversion, it is safe to say it’s flat.

Now, before we go running for the hills and sell stocks, we have to realize this is China, not US Treasuries. As such, liquidity distorts this picture somewhat. For instance, 10-year Chinese bonds are by far the most liquid, so they will move more than other issues. Still, this is not the type of yield curve that implies an economy that is healthy. Again, this matters because the last time we got a Chinese economic scare, it caused the S&P 500 to collapse 10% in a few days… not once, but twice in a six-month period.

Bottom line, I’m not saying get defensive, but I am saying that from a macro standpoint 2H ’17 is shaping up to be more bumpy than 1H ’17, and I want everyone to be prepared. We will be watching China closely for you.

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