Retail Sales

Retail Sales

Tuesday turned out to be a rough day for the DIA, SPY, and IWM after the Home Depot miss and a retail sales report that came in short of expectations.  Of course, the debit ceiling negotiation cloud hanging over the market didn’t help the overall sentiment but now it seems there has been some progress with the President seeming willing to negotiate.  Expect a market reaction if a deal is finally struck.  Target’s earning report seems to have left a mixed reaction as evidence of a slowing economy continues to grow.  Mortgage Apps, Housing, and Petroleum figures are on deck with several earnings reports that could be market-moving. 

Overnight Asian markets traded mixed in reaction to economic data and monitoring debit ceiling negations. However, European markets trade flat to mostly lower this morning with Commerzbank down 6%.  On the other hand, U.S. futures seem to have a very different opinion pushing for a bullish open and working to recover some of yesterday’s losses.

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Notable reports for Wednesday BOOT, CPRT, CSCO, JACK, STNE, SNPS, TTWO, TGT, TJX, TCOM, WIX, & ZTO.

News & Technicals’

According to reports, there was some progress made in the negations of the debit ceiling between the President and the Speaker of the house.  This continues to weigh on the mind of the market and as information rolls out on this issue expect it to have market ramifications. 

Kraft Heinz is introducing HEINZ REMIX™, a digital sauce dispenser that lets customers create their customized condiments. The dispenser has a touchscreen that offers a choice of four bases and four enhancers, with three intensity levels, resulting in over 200 possible combinations. The company aims to attract consumers who want more variety, spiciness, and sweetness in their sauces and to use the data from the dispenser to inform its future product launches in grocery stores. The innovation is part of Kraft Heinz’s turnaround strategy that focuses on its away-from-home segment.

Target reported better-than-expected earnings for the first quarter of fiscal 2023, despite a slight decline in sales. The retailer earned $1.89 per share, beating the consensus estimate of $1.40 by 35%. However, its revenue fell 0.8% year over year to $25.37 billion, as consumers became more cautious about their spending amid inflation and recession fears. Target’s comparable sales also dipped 0.5% in the quarter. The company said it was focused on investing in its stores, digital capabilities, and merchandise assortment to gain market share and drive long-term growth.

Equities fell on Tuesday after Retail sales missed estimates and Home Depot disappointed on earnings guiding lower for the next quarter. Markets were disappointed by weak consumer-spending data and worried about the debt-ceiling deadline. Small-cap stocks suffered more today, signaling a gloomier economic outlook. This was also reflected in sector performance, with cyclical sectors like energy, real estate, and industrials among the worst performers. Treasury yields edged up slightly on the day with Fed speakers suggesting they will hold the line on rates and still willing to raise them if necessary to achieve their 2% target.  Today markets will have Mortgage Applications, Housing Starts, and Peterleum numbers along with several earnings reports with a retail theme for the day.

Trade Wisely,

Doug

Another Day of Chop

Another Day of Chop

The indexes finished the day about where they began the day with modest gains in another day of chop despite a truly awful Empire State MFG report showing a massive decline in the sector.  The capacity for the market to continue to ignore these data points is remarkable and makes one wonder if its actual market strength or complacency. With an earnings miss from HD this morning we have Retail Sales, Industrial Production, Inventories, the Housing Index, and several Fed speaker to keep traders on edge.  Plan for yet another day of uncertainty while hoping something happens to end the range-bound chop.

As we slept Asian market traded mixed with modest gains and losses after China reported better-than-expected retail sales activity. European markets trade with modest gains this morning as they monitor the U.S. debt ceiling negotiation progress and economic data.  Ahead of a big morning of earnings and economic reports along with Fed speakers while wrangling over the debt ceiling continues, futures suggest a bearish open.

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Notable reports for Tuesday include AGYS, BIDU, HUYA, KEYS, KD, HD, SE, SSYS, TME, & TUP.

News & Technicals’

The debt limit crisis is looming over Washington as President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy are set to meet again on Tuesday with other top lawmakers. The meeting comes after a week of daily negotiations between staff from both parties, but with no clear sign of a breakthrough. The federal government could face a default on its obligations as soon as early June if Congress does not raise the debt ceiling, which limits how much the government can borrow to pay its bills. Biden and McCarthy have been at odds over how to address the issue, with Biden calling for a bipartisan solution and McCarthy insisting that Democrats act alone.

Home Depot, the largest home improvement retailer in the U.S., reported disappointing results for the fiscal first quarter of 2023. The company missed analysts’ estimates for revenue and lowered its outlook for the full year, citing weaker demand for big-ticket items and smaller home improvement projects. Home Depot’s Chief Financial Officer Richard McPhail said that customers are spending less on items such as patio sets and grills, which typically drive sales in the spring season. He also attributed the lower revenue to colder weather and falling lumber prices, which reduced the average ticket size.

China’s crackdown on due diligence consultancies, such as Capvision, has raised concerns among foreign investors about the country’s openness and transparency. Capvision is the latest firm to be accused of violating national security laws by providing sensitive information to overseas clients. This follows the recent restrictions on foreign access to China’s data and information platforms, which have hampered the ability of investors to conduct research and analysis. Some experts argue that China’s enforcement of its anti-espionage law is arbitrary and vague, as the term “national security” is not clearly defined or delimited.

Despite a terrible Empire State Mfg. number the indexes experienced another day of chop ending the day slightly positive about exactly where they began the day.  Retail giants, HD, Target, and Walmart prepare to report their earnings and lawmakers will meet this afternoon hoping to reach a deal on the debt limit. The Nasdaq led the gains among the major indexes, while the S&P 500 Index and Dow Jones also advanced. Treasury yields edged up, with the 2-year Treasury yield approaching 4.0% again. However, yields are still well below their early March peaks. The market expects the Fed to lower rates by September but that thought process does not seem to be shared by the voting members of the Fed.  We shall see!  Oil prices also rose slightly, with WTI crude oil recovering above $71, but still down by about 11% this year. Today before the bell we have the market moving Retail Sales figures followed by Industrial production, Inventories, Housing Market along with several Fed speakers. 

Trade Wisely,

Doug

Battled for Dominance

Battled for Dominance

The bulls and bears battled for dominance last week with the QQQ trend remaining bullish while the other indexes continue to chop in the same price range they have been stuck in for weeks.  Unfortunately, regional banking outflows continued last week which is a troubling problem as the economy continues to slow.  Today we have to deal with Empire Stae MFG numbers, several fed speakers, and a declining number of earnings reports to find inspiration for movement.

While we slept Asian markets mostly rallied with Hong Kong leading the way up 1.79%.  European markets also trade with modest gains across the board this morning as they monitor Turkish election results.  U.S. futures recover from overnight losses to suggest a bullish open despite the uncertainties in the regional banking sector. Watch for a possible morning whipsaw with substantial resistance levels above for the DIA, SPY, and IWM.

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Earnings Calendar

We have a retail theme on the earnings calendar this week.  Notable reports for Monday include CTLT, RIDE, TSEM, & NVTS.

News & Technicals’

Vice Media, a digital media company that produces news, culture, and entertainment content, has filed for bankruptcy protection and agreed to sell most of its assets to a group of lenders led by Fortress Investment, Soros Fund Management, and Monroe Capital. The deal, which values Vice at $225 million, will allow the company to shed some of its debt and restructure its business amid declining revenues and audience. 

The pandemic has led to a surge in the average age of cars and trucks on U.S. roads, reaching 12.5 years in 2023, according to S&P Global Mobility. This is the largest annual increase since the financial crisis of 2008-2009 when people delayed buying new vehicles due to economic uncertainty. The aging of the vehicle fleet benefits aftermarket parts retailers such as AutoZone, O’Reilly Automotive, and Advance Auto Parts, who can expect more demand for their products and services. The number of vehicles in operation in the U.S. also rose slightly to 284 million in 2023, from 283 million in 2022.

Some crypto companies are threatening to leave the U.S. if the SEC does not ease its regulatory pressure on the industry. They are trying to use their influence and leverage to persuade the SEC to adopt a more favorable approach to crypto innovation and adoption. However, it is unclear if they will follow through on their threats, as the U.S. is a major market for crypto, with more than 50 million Americans owning some form of digital currency.

Markets were lower on Friday as the bulls and bears battled for dominance amid regional bank worries. The outperformance this week comes from the communication services and consumer discretionary sectors, while areas like energy, materials, and financials all underperformed. Treasury yields remain well below the fed funds rate, with the 2-year Treasury now just under 4.0%. This comes as markets continue to price in Fed rate cuts by the September FOMC meeting. Meanwhile, the number of earnings decline provided less inspiration though there is a retail theme this week.  Furthermore, traders will have decisions to make based on Empire State MFG. numbers with several fed speakers yacking it up throughout the day.

Trade Wisely,

Doug

Commercial Real Estate Defaults (CRE)

The Hidden Danger That Could Derail the Stock Market Recovery

Commercial Real Estate Defaults (CRE)

Commercial real estate (CRE) is a $20 trillion industry that plays a vital role in the US economy. It provides space for businesses to operate, jobs for millions of workers, and income for investors and lenders. However, the industry is facing a wave of defaults that could have serious repercussions for the stock market and the broader economy.

A default occurs when a borrower fails to repay a loan or meet other contractual obligations. In CRE, defaults are usually triggered by a decline in property income, a drop in property value, or a rise in borrowing costs. Any of these factors can make it difficult for property owners to service their debt or refinance their loans when they mature.

Why

Why

The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated these risks for many CRE sectors, especially office and retail. The shift to remote work and online shopping has reduced the demand for physical space, leading to lower occupancy rates and rents. According to Green Street, office and retail property values have fallen by 25% since last year, while hotel values have plunged by 40%.

Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve’s efforts to fight inflation by raising interest rates have also hurt the credit-dependent industry. Higher interest rates increase the cost of borrowing and refinancing, as well as reduce the attractiveness of CRE as an investment relative to other assets. According to Morgan Stanley, about $1.5 trillion of CRE debt is set to mature over the next two years, posing a significant refinancing challenge for many borrowers.

Possible Impacts

The impact of CRE defaults could spill over to the stock market in several ways. First, defaults could erode the earnings and capital of banks and other lenders that hold CRE loans on their balance sheets. According to Goldman Sachs, about 80% of all bank loans for commercial properties come from regional banks, which are more exposed and vulnerable to liquidity shocks.

Fire Sale

Second, defaults could trigger fire sales of distressed properties, putting further downward pressure on property values and impairing the collateral of other loans. This could create a negative feedback loop that amplifies losses and contagion across the financial system.

Third, defaults could undermine the confidence and sentiment of investors and consumers, leading to a pullback in spending and investment. This could weigh on the growth and profitability of various sectors that depend on CRE activity, such as construction, hospitality, retail, and business services.

Conclusion

In short, CRE defaults could pose a significant threat to the stability and performance of the stock market and the economy. While the Fed and other regulators have taken steps to monitor and mitigate these risks, such as providing relief measures and conducting stress tests, the situation remains uncertain and volatile. Investors should be prepared for more turbulence ahead.

Doug

Finished Mixed

After learning that April inflation was 4.9% down one-tenth of one percent the indexes finished mixed in a choppy whipsawing session.  Bonds yields slightly pulled back even as the regional banking sector experienced some renewed selling pressure and debit ceiling rhetoric swirled keeping investors on edge.  Today it’s all about the Jobless claim numbers and the April PPI with the number of earnings events starting to decline.  Although with select tech giant’s names rising the QQQ continued its bullish trend as the DIA, SPY, and IWM remained rangebound where they have traded for more than a month. 

Asian markets finished the day mixed but mostly lower with modest gains and losses.  European markets show modest gains this morning with the BOE raising rates by 25 basis points.  Ahead of market-moving economic data U.S. futures suggest a flat open however that is likely to quickly change as the data is reviled.  Plan for another challenging day of price action.

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Notable reports for Thursday include AQN, CRSP, CYBR, DDS, ENTG, FVRR, HIMX, JD, DNUT, MLCO, NWSA, NIO, PKI, TPR, USFD, UTZ, & YETI.

News & Technicals’

According to Jeffrey Kleintop, chief global investment strategist at Charles Schwab, the labor market may experience a reversal later in 2023, similar to how supply chain shortages turned into gluts of goods and materials in mid-2022.  However, some analysts argue that monetary policy may take longer to influence the labor market, especially in the services sector, where labor demand is high and labor supply is constrained by factors such as pandemic-related disruptions, demographic changes, and skill mismatches. Moreover, a contraction in labor supply may reduce labor productivity and variety, which could put upward pressure on wage growth and inflation. Therefore, meaningful policy action to grow the size and productivity of the labor force is needed to address the underlying causes of inflation and ensure a balanced and sustainable economic recovery.

The media and entertainment industry is facing a dilemma as it tries to balance raising prices and cutting costs amid a slowdown in subscriber growth and a shift in consumer preferences. Disney, for example, lost 4 million Disney+ subscribers in the quarter, most of which came from India. To find a new growth narrative, the industry may need to look at gaming, which is on track to be the primary source of entertainment across the world. Gaming not only reaches three billion people on the planet and drives multi-billion-dollar revenue streams, but also creates a sense of community and social interaction among its users. Gaming also offers opportunities for innovation and diversification, such as cloud gaming, virtual reality, augmented reality, and interactive storytelling. Therefore, media and entertainment companies may need to develop strong visions that span video, social media, and gaming sectors to create a richer and more engaging ecosystem for consumers.

On Wednesday, the indexes finished mixed with regional bank and debit ceiling issues worrying investors. This happened as April’s U.S. inflation rate was 4.9% higher than a year ago, a bit lower than the expected 5.0%, but still much higher than the Fed’s goal of 2.0%. Unfortunately, the DIA, SPY, and IWM remain stuck in the same wide trading range they have been stuck in for more than a month.  However, the QQQ managed a marginal break of overhead resistance with the tech giants doing all of the work. With the number of earnings events declining for 2nd quarter earnings the focus this morning will be the Jobless Claims and the April PPI report with a little fed speak tossed in for good measure.  Plan for the challenging price action to continue!

Trade Wisely,

Doug

Pending CPI Data

Pending CPI Data

Indexes churned in a frustrating flat trading rage on Tuesday with the pending CPI report center stage.  However, the debt ceiling negotiations and the regional banking stress added to the uncertainty.  I would not rule out the possibility of a big point move in the indexes before the market open either up or down reacting to the inflation data.  That said, anything is possible with additional volatility created by another big day of earnings data. 

Asian market traded lower overnight with an eye on the pending inflation data. European markets are also red this morning waiting in a light volume session ready to react to the pending U.S. report.  Ahead of the April consumer price index report U.S. futures trade marginally lower as banking and debit ceiling stresses continue in the background.

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Notable reports for Wednesday include ALRM, AAP, BYND, BILI, CAKE, COHR, CRSR, CR, DIS, EBIX, FLEX, GDRX, GRPN, HL, JAZZ, LI, MFC, NYT, NTNX, NTR, OSUR, PAAS, PFGC, REYN, RBA, HOOD, RBLX, SONO, TEVA, TTD, COOK, TUP, U, VVV, VERX, WEN, WWW.

News & Technicals’

Despite the pandemic’s impact on travel, Airbnb achieved its first profitable quarter in Q1 2021, earning $117 million in net income. This was a significant improvement from the net loss of $19 million it posted in Q1 2020. The company also grew its revenue by 5% year-over-year to $1.82 billion, surpassing the expectations of analysts. The revenue growth was fueled by higher demand and prices in North America. However, the company warned that its second-quarter performance might be weaker than expected due to the uncertainty around travel restrictions and the high demand it faced last year.

A White House meeting on Tuesday failed to break the deadlock over the debt ceiling, as President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy stuck to their opposing positions on how to raise the nation’s borrowing limit before it runs out on June 1st. The meeting, which also included other congressional leaders, did not result in any new progress or agreement on the issue. President Biden called on Congress to pass a clean debt limit increase without any strings attached, while House Speaker McCarthy demanded spending cuts as a condition for any votes to support more borrowing.

Another day of sideways chop as investors monitored banking turmoil, and debit ceiling wrangling while pensive about the pending CPI data.  Opinion Survey released yesterday indicated that banks continued to tighten lending standards, but the tightening was not as severe as feared given the recent stress in the banking sector. Nevertheless, with banks less willing to lend and demand for loans weakening, economic growth and inflation will likely slow further in the quarters ahead. We will also get Mortgage data, Petroleum numbers along with another big day of earnings reports to keep traders guessing and price action challenging.

Trade Wisely,

Doug

Caught its Breath

The market caught its breath on Monday trading in a very narrow range seeming waiting on the Wednesday CPI report.  Regional banks continue to be a concern for investors experiencing some selling with gold and defensive sector stock remaining strong as investors look for some safety.  Today we face a big day of earnings, some speak, and a 3-year bond auction.  Expect more chop waiting on the inflation data unless the selling picks up to worry the market.

 Asian markets mostly retreated overnight led by Hong Kong down 2.12% in reaction to China’s trade data.  European markets are also experiencing some selling this morning with red across the board. Ahead of a big day of earnings data, U.S. futures suggest a bearish open with some premarket pressure in the regional banking sector even as bond yields pull back slightly. 

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Earnings Calendar

Notable reports for Tuesday include ABNB, AFRM, APD, AKAM, BIRD, ARMK, BLNK, BE, BOOT, CARG, CE, CHH, CLNE, COTY, CPNG, DAR, DOCN, DUK, DUOL, BROS, ELAN, EA, EXAS, FSR, FOXA, GFS, GPRO, GO, GXO, HRB, HAIN, HSIC, HNST, TWNK, IGT, IRBT, J, KGC, LZ, LNC, LITE, MNKD, MTTR, NKTR, NKLA, NVAX, OTLY, OXY, PAYO, PETO, PETQ, PTRA, PUBM, RTX, RNG, RIVN, SEAS, SQSP, SHOO, TPX, TOST, MODG, TWLO, UAA, UPST, WRBY, WMG, WB, WE, WYNN.

News & Technicals’

Nintendo, the Japanese gaming giant, reported a decline in both profit and revenue in its fiscal year that ended in March 2023. The main reason for this drop was the lower sales of its flagship product, the Nintendo Switch console series. The Nintendo Switch is a hybrid device that can be used as a home gaming system or a handheld million units of the Switch in the fiscal year, which was slightly below its forecast of 18 million. For the next fiscal year, Nintendo expects to sell 15 million units of the Switch, indicating a further slowdown in demand for its popular console.

Google will show some new AI things at a big event this week. One of them is PaLM 2. PaLM 2 is a computer program that can understand and write in many languages. It can also do creative writing, math, and coding. Google will also show some new things it made with Bard and Search. Bard is another computer program that can write like humans. Search is what you use when you want to find something on the internet. Google says these new things will help people do more with computers.

Aramco, the world’s largest oil company, made $31.8 billion in net profit in the first quarter of 2023. This was lower than the $32.2 billion it made in the same quarter last year. The company faced challenges from inflation and rising interest rates, which reduced global oil demand and raised worries about a recession. However, Aramco’s net profit was higher than what analysts expected. The company also said it will pay a dividend of $19.5 billion in the second quarter.

Monday the market caught its breath after the sharp rally as we wait for the CPI. The indexes did not change much chopping in a narrow range. Stocks in Europe and Asia mostly went up, and so did the prices of gold and oil. Some sectors that depend on the economy, such as communication services, consumer discretionary, and financials, did better than others, but this did not mean that the big issues facing the market were solved. These issues include the Fed’s possible change in policy, the problems of some banks, and the slowing down of the economy. Interest rates went up a bit on Monday, but they are still around 3.5% for the 10-year Treasury bond, which is where they have been for the last two months.

Trade Wisely,

Doug

Apple Effect

All economic worries fell into the background on Friday with a huge reversal that I think can correctly be called the Apple effect after the companies better than expected report.  Now that the indexes are back in the choppy range they have traded for the past month can the bulls follow through with CPI and PPI reports pending?  There will be plenty of earnings events to keep traders guessing with regional banking woes and debit ceiling wrangling in Congress keeping the uncertainty of the path forward challenging.

Overnight Asian markets mostly rallied with the tech-heavy HSI leading the buying, up 1.24%.  European markets also trade bullishly this morning as the relief rally continues.  U.S. futures also suggest a mostly bullish open ahead of earnings with nothing of consequence on the economic calendar as traders monitor debt ceiling talks and the pressures in regional banking.

Economic Calendar

Earnings Calendar

Notable reports for Monday include ADTN, BNF, CBT, DDD, DBA, DVN, ENR, FN, FRPT, HI, HPP, IIPR, IFF, KKR, LCID, LL, MCK, PLTR, PLUG, PYPL, PGNY, ROVR, SIX, SWKS, TSN, VECO, & WDC.

News & Technicals’

The U.S. is facing a looming crisis as the debt ceiling deadline approaches. The debt ceiling is the legal limit on how much the federal government can borrow to fund its operations and pay its bills. If Congress does not raise the debt ceiling by June, the Treasury Department will run out of ways to avoid paying its obligations. This would have disastrous consequences for the economy, according to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen. She warned that a default would trigger a “steep economic downturn”. She urged lawmakers to act swiftly and responsibly to avoid this scenario.

Jerome Powell thinks the US economy can skirt recession. But the odds are stacked against him considering the banking stress, debit, and debt ceiling politics.  The Fed boss thinks the US economy is doing well because many people have jobs. He saw this in the latest report that showed more jobs were added last month. He thinks this will help the US economy avoid a big slowdown, even though the Fed has raised interest rates.  But the Fed might have to keep interest rates high for a long time because there are too many jobs and not enough workers. This makes it more likely that the US economy will slow down a lot making for a not-so-soft landing after all.

I think we could correctly call the huge Friday reversal the Apple effect as the better-than-expected report had investors shake off the debt ceiling, regional banking, hot jobs figures, and higher rates. However, despite the surge higher, the indexes finished the week within the wide-ranging chop zone that has trapped prices for a month.  The QQQ has the best chance of breaking overhead resistance but we face the uncertainty of the CPI report on Wednesday and the PPI on Thursday. Toss in banking woes, the debt ceiling battle, and a slew of earnings events and we can plan for another wild week of price action!

Trade Wisely,

Doug

Unanimous Vote

The FOMC disappointed the market as indexes turned negative after raising rates with a unanimous vote from the committee.  Unfortunately, the news adds more pressure to the regional banking sector with PACW now looking for a solution for the rapid selloff. We have a jampacked day of earnings and economic data to keep traders guessing and investors on edge culminating with a highly anticipated AAPL report after the bell. Don’t be surprised to see a substantial gap up or gap down, as a result, Friday morning.

Asian markets traded mixed with Hong Kong’s tech-heavy index gaining 1.27% by the close.  However, with an ECB rate decision pending European markets see only red this morning as they wait.  U.S. futures suggest a mixed open ahead of a massive day of earnings data with worrisome jobs, trade, and productivity data pending.  Keep an eye on the regional banking sector with several names under attack.

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Earnings Calendar

Notable reports for Thursday include ACCO, ACIW, AES, AAPL, ATI, AEP, AMH, AIG, BUD, MT, TEAM, BALL, BHC, BDX, SQ, BKNG, BWA, BMBL, CAH, CG, CARS, CVNA, CRUS, COHU, COIN, COP, CEG, DDOG, DISH, DKNG, DBX, LOCO, EOG, EXPE, RACE, FND, FTNT, FNKO, GDDY, GPRE, HII, H, ICE, IDCC, IRM, ITT, K, LAMR, LYFT, MMP, MLM, MTZ, MLCO, MCHP, MRNA, MNST, MSI, NIO, NOG, OGN, PZZA, PARA, PH, PTON, PENN, PCG, DOC, PLNT, PTLO, PWR, REGN, RKT, RCL, RYAN, SBH, SHAK, SWK, STWD, SHOP, TXRH, VMC, W, WCC, WLK, WRK, WPM, WOW, WW, XPO, YELP, ZTS.

News & Technicals’

Microsoft is rolling out a new version of its Bing search engine that will let anyone with a Microsoft account chat with a bot that uses an OpenAI artificial intelligence model. The bot can answer questions, provide suggestions and generate content based on the user’s queries. The new Bing also offers chat history, export options, and visual enhancements to improve the user experience. Microsoft plans to add third-party integrations to Bing in the future. The company hopes that the new Bing will help it gain more share in the search advertising market, where it still lags behind its competitors, according to Bernstein analysts.

PacWest, a California-based bank, is looking for ways to survive after the collapse of First Republic, another regional bank. PacWest’s stock has plunged since First Republic’s failure, which raised concerns about the health of smaller banks. PacWest said it is negotiating with several potential partners and investors who could help it weather the storm. The bank also said it had not seen any unusual deposit withdrawals after First Republic’s demise.

With a unanimous vote, the Federal Reserve increased rates by 0.25%, making its overnight policy rate 5% – 5.25%. The statement did not include a line that said, “some additional policy firming may be appropriate,” which may mean a pause at this level is possible The 2-year Treasury yield and the U.S. dollar declined but stocks also fell, as the decision disappointed investors, and the struggling regional banks. Today is a massive day of earnings data with the highly anticipated Apple report coming after the bell.  Traders will also have to deal with Challenger Job-Cut, International Trade, Jobless Claims, Productivity, and Natural Gas numbers while keeping an eye on regional bank pressures.

Trade Wisely,

Doug

Renewed Banking Weakness

The bears feasted on Tuesday as the renewed banking weakness sparked a sharp selloff hoping to send a message to the FOMC on the pending rate decision this afternoon.  Big tech held its ground while IWM suffered the most technical damage with many regional banking names included in the average.  Today we face a big round of earnings events so plan whipsaws and uncertain chop as we wait for the Fed decision at 2 PM Eastern with Powell’s presser thirty minutes later that may well create some wild price swings.

Asian market traded mix overnight as worries about the huge banking outflows and the next Fed decision. However, European markets seem much more upbeat with gains across the board.  The U.S. is also trying to shake off the pending Fed decision and banking worries with futures suggesting modest gains at the time of writing this report.

Economic Calendar

Earnings Calendar

Notable reports for Wednesday include ALB, ALGT, ALL, ATUS, APA, ATO, GOLD, TECH, EAT, BLDR, BG, CDW, CIVI, CTSH, CXW, CTVA, DIN, EMR, EL, ETSY, EXC, FSLY, FTS, FDP, GRMN, GNRC, GOGO, HBI, HST, HUBS, INFN, IR, JNG, KHG, KTOS, KLIC, LMND, LPX, MRO, VAC, MELI, MET, MTG, MOS, MYGN, NE, NUS, OPK, PGRE, PDCE, PSX, PSA, QRVO, RDN, RYN, O, SMG, SBGI, SPWR, SYNA, TRMB, TRIP, TTEC, OLED, UTHR, UPWK, WMB, WING, WWE, YUM, & ZG.

News & Technicals’

The global economy is facing a dilemma as inflation continues to soar despite the efforts of central banks to tame it. By raising interest rates, central banks hope to cool down the demand for goods and services and reduce the cost of living. However, higher interest rates also make borrowing more expensive and can hurt economic growth and financial stability. According to a survey by the World Economic Forum, most economists believe that central banks have to choose between fighting inflation and supporting the financial sector. This could pose a serious challenge for policymakers as they try to balance the needs of the economy and society.

The clock is ticking for the U.S. government on its debt ceiling, which could trigger financial complications for the economy as worries of stagflation grow. While Democrats have publicly blamed Republicans for refusing to cooperate on raising the debt ceiling, they have also quietly taken some steps to open the door for a possible compromise. President Joe Biden has signaled his willingness to negotiate with Republicans on his spending plans, while Democratic leaders in Congress have explored ways to use their slim majority to raise the debt limit without GOP support. These moves suggest that both parties are aware of the high stakes of the debt ceiling standoff and may be willing to make concessions to avert economic consequences.

Renewed banking weakness brought out the bears on Tuesday adding pressure to the pending FOMC rate decision.  As investors worry about possible recession or stagflation the earnings season excitement is struggling to overcome.  Some people are buying bonds instead of stocks because they think bonds are safer or moving cash into money market funds to protect capital from massive uncertainty. Plan for a choppy session as we wait on the FOMC decision with a big round of earnings data and economic reports to keep the whipsaw and the price action volatile.

Trade Wisely,

Doug