Payrolls, Unemployment, and Earnings

On Thursday markets gapped down roughly a percent after traders had rethought their opinion of the Fed decision, statement, and the resulting short squeeze.  After the open, it was “look out below” as the bears sold the market off hard until about 3:50 pm when the bulls stepped back in hard for the last 10 minutes of the day.  This left us with large, ugly, black candles with a bit of wick at the bottom in all 3 major indices.  On the day, SPY lost 3.55%, DIA lost 3.05%, and QQQ lost a whopping 5.04%.  This made for the worst day since early 2020.  The VXX gained 8.65% to 27.00 and T2122 dropped all the way back into the oversold area at 13.01.  10-year bond yields spiked to close over 3% for the first time since 2018, closing at 3.037% and Oil (WTI) rose just under half a percent to $108.32/barrel.

During the day, Weekly Initial Jobless Claims came in higher than expected (200k vs 180k est.) and Q1 Nonfarm Productivity fell 7.5% (the largest drop in 75 years).  This drop was over 2% worse than an already bleak estimate of -5.4%.  Elsewhere, BA announced it will be moving its corporate headquarters from Chicago to Arlington VA, where it will also build a major research facility.  Having headquarters so close to Washington DC would be in line with BA being a major military contractor. However, BA said it will maintain a significant presence in Chicago and the major production facilities will remain in the Seattle and Charleston SC areas.

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After the close, RSG, Z, DBX, TXRH, OPEN, FRG, CNXN, RYI, RDFN, MELI, and MTD all reported beats on both revenue and earnings.  Meanwhile, LYV, BMW, and UNM missed on revenue while beating on earnings.  On the other side, VRTX, MNST, MCK, DASH, and FOCS reported beating the estimates on revenue but missed on the bottom line.  Finally, SQ, DVA, and SHOP reported misses on both lines.

On the Russian invasion story, reports say that Russia has stolen half a million tons of grain so far and are accelerating the theft in recent days.  The same is taking place with ag equipment like combines (harvesters) and tractors.  Much of this has so far been destined for Chechnya.  The fear is that the theft will continue since Ukraine had 5 million tons of wheat and 15 million tons of corn in storage (ready for shipment by sea) in now-occupied Southern Ukraine at the start of the invasion.  This raises fears as many in Ukraine remember the Holodomor (Terror Famine) imposed on Ukraine by the Soviet Union in the 1930s as part of Stalin’s attempts to purge the region of any even potential opposition.  This could also simply be a strategy, where Russia has accumulated enough of the world grain supply to be in a stronger position to negotiate with the West when parts of the world are starving.  At any rate, this news could well influence grain commodities and input inflation for companies like ADM, BG, MGPI, GIS, ANDE, INGR, and others.

Overnight, with the lone exception of Japan (+0.69%) the Asian markets were strongly in the red.  Hong Kong (-3.81%), Shanghai (-2.16%), and Shenzhen (-2.14%) led the selloff but significant losses were seen all across the region.  In Europe, there are a couple of minor exchanges barely hanging onto the green, but again losses are widespread at mid-day.  The FTSE (-0.85%), DAX (-1.17%), and CAC (-1.47%) lead the way as usual in early afternoon trading.  As of 7:30 am, US Futures point toward a modestly down start to the day.  The DIA implies a -0.32%, the SPY implies a -0.49%, and the QQQ implies a -0.68% at this hour.  10-year bond yields are also up a bit to 3.093% and Oil (WTI) is spiking more than 2% to $110.55/barrel in early trading.

The major economic news scheduled for release on Friday includes Apr. Avg. Hourly Earnings, Apr. Nonfarm Payrolls, Apr. Participation Rate, and Apr. Unemployment Rate (all at 8:30 am).  We also get a gaggle of Fed speakers (Williams at 9:15 am, Bostic at 3:20 pm, Waller at 7:15 pm, Bullard at 7:15 pm, and Daly at 8 pm.  Major earnings reports scheduled for the day include ASIX, AES, AEE, AXL, BEP, CLMT, CI, CNK, DISH, SSP, ENB, EOG, FLR, FYBR, GLP, GT, GTN, IEP, NRG, QRTEA, SPB, SR, TU, TIXT, and VST before the open.  There are no major reports scheduled for after the close.

So far this morning CI, BCC, SPB, SR, GTN, GHLD, and TIXT have all reported beats on both revenue and earnings.  Meanwhile, ASIX, TU, FYBR, and VST all missed on revenue while beating on earnings.  On the other side, ENB, MARUY, BEP, SCRYY, FOCS, and CLMT have reported beating the estimates on revenue but missed on the bottom line.  Finally, HOCPY, ING, AHEXY, FLR, CNK, QRTEA, DISH, EGIEY, and USM reported misses on both lines.

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After Thursday’s ugly session, the question is whether the market can manage to hold ground or will it give up the lows of the last week (also the last year). The bears certainly have the momentum and with the weekend ahead, risk appetite may be low on a Friday. We are oversold, so beware of an “oversold bounce.” Either way, caution is still the smart play since intraday chop and daily reversals have been the norm recently. Don’t get caught chasing moves only to be stuck in a reversal that you are not prepared to weather.

Remember that the first rule of making big money in the market is to not lose big money in the market. Staying hedged, nimble, and measured are good things…not bad. So, don’t be stubborn, and protect yourself from yourself. Nobody is right all the time. If you’re wrong, just admit it and take your loss. Just focus on your process and enjoy yourself. Stick with your trading rules and manage the things that you can control while trying not to worry about the things you have no control over at all. Trade with the trend, don’t chase, keep consistently taking profits when you have them, and move your stops in your favor.


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