Earnings and Fed Watch on Tap Today

A quarter percent higher open led to a roller-coaster morning.  However, an afternoon rally saw markets close near their highs, particularly on strength from the mega-cap tech stocks.  The QQQ gained 1.78%, SPY gained 0.74%, and DIA gained 0.48%.  The VXX closed down to 29.34 and T2122 settled right on the edge of overbought territory at 80.08.  10-year bond yields rose a bit to 0.610% and Oil (WTI) also rose slightly to $41.61/barrel.  It’s also worth noting that gold soared to a record high of $1,931.50/oz.

Last evening INTC announced their head of Engineering (who was widely expected to be the next CEO) will leave the company next Monday.  No word on if or how this relates to INTC's announced engineering and manufacturing delays. Unrelated, but about the same time, T subsidiary Warner Brothers also announced that their widely-anticipated new high-budget film Tenet will be released internationally first and then a few weeks later in select US cities in an attempt to reduce virus impact. GOOG announced they are extending their work-from-home plan through at least July 2021.  Finally, MCD reported early this am with a 30% revenue drop and a same-store sales short-fall of just 2.3%.

In the US, the virus numbers show we have 4,433,532 confirmed cases and 150,450 deaths.  With new cases falling to 61,571 and deaths down to 596, there are signs of plateauing again in at least the 3 worst-hit states (FL, TX, and AZ).  Better yet, PFE announced that they had started their phase 3 trial in conjunction with German biotech partner BNTX.  This was a timeline acceleration to avoid falling behind MRNA whose own phase 3 trials also began on Monday.  It will take a couple of weeks to enroll enough participants in either study and the preliminary results ought to be available as soon as the end of October.

Globally, the number of cases has reached 16,672,852 confirmed cases and 657,270 deaths.  The numbers are worrying.  However, the real issue of concern is that even the countries that actually acted fast and decisively, and seemingly had the virus under control, are now seeing a resurgence.  Among these are China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Japan, and South Korea.  The obvious question is if countries with extremely high mask compliance and fast, strict quarantines have trouble controlling this virus, what does that imply for much less compliant and much more economically-focused countries like the US?

Overnight, Asian markets were mixed again, but leaning more to the green side. China, South Korea, and India all put up gains of over 1%.   Japan, Australian, and Thailand were the losers on the day, but not down as much as the winners were up.  In Europe, markets are much more on the red side so far in the day.  The moves are modest, but the red is broad-based with only Greece, Belgium, and the FTSE on the green side.  In the US, as of 7:30 am futures are pointing to a gap lower a third of one percent at the open. 

The only major economic news for Tuesday is Conf. Board Consumer Confidence (10 am).  However, there are a lot of major earnings with ABG, BEN, CMI, CNC, DHI, DTE, ECL, GLW, HOG, HUN, IVZ, LH, LW, MCD, MDC, MLM, MMM, MO, OMC, PFE, PII, ROP, RTX, SPGI, SHW, XRX, and ZBRA are all among those reporting before the open.  After the close, AMD, AFL, AKAM, AMGN, CAR, CB, CHRW, CE, CYH, EBAY, EIX, FTV, THG, JNPR, MDLZ, MRC, NCR, OKE, PKG, SBUX, SSNC, STX, UNM, and V all report.

Monday gave us morning indecision and an afternoon rally (perhaps on Fed hopes). However, nothing really changed in the trend or chart.  While it was a decent candle in the QQQ, we still did not print a Morning Star, the bullish trend remains in place, and there remains work ahead if bulls plan to push up through the top again. 

Today is a light day on planned news and may well be driven by earnings, hopeful vaccine news, and politicking over stimulus. However, we could also sit on our hands for a day waiting on reassurance from the Fed.  

Keep an eye on those FAANG stocks as our “canary in the coalmine.”  Follow the trend, don’t chase or predict reversals, and always take profits as you go.  Remember, trading is a job and we’re here to consistently make profits, not win the lottery.

Ed

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