Infrastructure Bill Vote Likely Today

Markets opened flat and then oscillated sideways all-day Monday.  This left us with Doji-like candles in all 3 major indices.  On the day, SPY lost 0.07%, DIA lost 0.26%, and QQQ gained 0.18%, with all 3 being within a quarter of a percent of all-time highs.  The VXX fell 1% to 28.01 and T2122 dropped back to 45.03 as the consolidation grind continues.  10-year bond yield jumped significantly to 1.329% and Oil (WTI) “rallied” to close down only 2.17% at $66.80/barrel (after having been down over 4.5% during early morning trading).  In fact, the vast majority of commodities were down on the day as the dollar rose and Delta variant news stoked demand fears globally.

During the afternoon, it became clear that the long-awaited Infrastructure bill will receive its final Senate vote on Tuesday morning.  (Since this bill has bipartisan support, with at least 19 Republicans on board, they have delayed the vote until daytime to give Senators plenty of television airtime.)  From there the bill goes to reconciliation between the House and Senate before final passage.  The Senate and Treasury Dept. also reach agreement on an amendment to the bill that would tighten cryptocurrency regulation, while not requiring individual reporting, but forcing that reporting onto trading/brokerage platforms.  Again, this was a bipartisan-negotiated amendment.

Vaccine makers MRNA, BNTX, and PFE continue to extend a strong rally from recent weeks.  This comes even in front of potential catalysts such as approval of booster shot plans and as new (higher in the case of Europe) pricing for vaccine doses is being negotiated for deliveries out past 2021.

Overnight, Asian markets were mostly green today.  Hong Kong (+1.23%), Shanghai (+1.01%), and Singapore (+0.95%) led the gainers.  Taiwan (-0.92%), Indonesia (-0.64%), and South Korea (-0.53%) were the lone red exchanges on the day.  In Europe, markets are strongly leaning toward the green, with only two modest red numbers at this point.  The FTSE (-0.02%) is one of the two, but the DAX (+0.23%) and CAC (+0.14%) are more indicative of the broader continent.  As of 7:30 am, US Futures are pointing to a flat open.  The DIA is pointing to a -0.03% open, the SPY is implying a +0.01% open, and the QQQ is implying a +0.12% open.  10-year bond yields are flat, but Oil is up almost 2% at this hour.

The only major economic news scheduled for release on Tuesday is Q2 Nonfarm Productivity and Q2 Unit Labor Costs (both at 8:30 am).  The major earnings reports scheduled for the day include ARMK, DFH, IIVI, PRGO, SYY, and TDG before the open.  Then, after the close, COIN, DAR, GO, and SMCI report.

Markets continue their sideways chop. Progress toward Infrastructure bill spending and the newly proposed Democratic $3.5 trillion budget plan (with a shifting of priorities from prior budgets) do not seem like major potential drivers. So, the summer doldrums on low breadth may continue as the bears have no immediate catalyst either. However, there are new Covid restrictions taking shape in China and this may be the foreshadowing of a tougher time for the global economy. Be careful of volatility and day-to-day chop as you plan your risk.

Remember, you don't have to trade every day or even week. Trading success is about consistently winning more than you lose by following the trend and then keeping your losses small while consistently taking profits when you have them. You don't need to call the turn or have all triple-digit gain trades. So, don't try to predict the market. Neither should you chase price and, above all, stick to your trading rules. Focus on the process and managing what you can control. Discipline will see you through. Also, remember it's Friday. Don't forget to pay yourself and be ready for the weekend news cycle.

Ed

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