Wait-and-See Mode

We closed Friday with the indexes near the flatline with investors in a wait-and-see mode with pending inflation data coming Wednesday this week.  Adding to the uncertainty the slowing Chinese and European economies as well as the rising U.S. bond yields and energy price impacts on an already stressed consumer.  We begin the week with a light day of earnings and economic reports as we ponder what comes next with the pending CPI and PPI reports.  Expect choppy price conditions as we hurry up and wait.

Overnight Asian markets began the week by closing mixed as they wait on key data later this week from Chain and India.  However, European markets see modest bullishness across the board as they work to relive some of last week’s selling.  U.S. futures also point to a modestly bullish open hoping to keep the relief rally alive with the inflation data uncertainty just around the corner.

Economic Calendar

Earnings Calendar

Notable reports for Monday include ORCL, CASY, and FCEL.

News & Technicals’

Europe’s largest economy, Germany, is facing a bleak outlook for 2023 as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to weigh on its recovery. According to the European Commission, Germany is expected to shrink by 0.4% this year, a downward revision of 0.6 percentage points from its previous forecast in May. This would make Germany the only major European economy to contract this year, as its peers are projected to grow by an average of 4.7%. The main reasons for Germany’s poor performance are the prolonged lockdowns, the slow vaccination rollout, and the supply chain disruptions that have affected its export-oriented manufacturing sector. The Commission also warned that Germany faces significant downside risks from the spread of new variants, the uncertainty over fiscal policy, and the potential spillovers from other countries.

Some people who take drugs for diabetes and weight loss have reported an unexpected side effect: they have less desire for addictive substances and behaviors. These drugs, known as GLP-1s, include Ozempic and Wegovy, which have been shown to help people lose weight by suppressing appetite and increasing metabolism. However, some patients also claim that these drugs have reduced their cravings for alcohol, nicotine, opioids, and some compulsive behaviors, such as online shopping and gambling. These anecdotal reports suggest that GLP-1s may have a role in treating addiction, a chronic brain disorder that affects millions of people worldwide. Several studies in animals support this idea, showing that GLP-1s can modulate the reward system in the brain and decrease the reinforcing effects of drugs. However, more research is needed to confirm these findings in humans and to understand the mechanisms and optimal doses of GLP-1s for addiction treatment.

The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield, which reflects the market’s expectations for future interest rates, rose on Monday as investors awaited key economic data due this week. The yield climbed to 1.62%, up from 1.57% on Friday, as bond prices fell. Investors are looking for clues about the strength of the U.S. recovery and the inflation outlook, which could influence the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy decisions. Some of the data releases that could move the market this week are the consumer price index (CPI) on Tuesday, the producer price index (PPI) on Wednesday, and the retail sales and consumer sentiment on Friday. Higher-than-expected inflation or growth figures could fuel expectations that the Fed will taper its bond-buying program or raise interest rates sooner than anticipated, which could put upward pressure on yields. Conversely, lower-than-expected data could ease those expectations and lower yields.

Equity markets closed near the flatline on Friday lacking momentum as pending inflation left investors in a wait-and-see mode.  Chain’s ban on iPhone use for government employees weighed heavily on the tech sector which struggled for direction throughout the week.  The slowing economic numbers out of China and Europe added to the uncertainty while rising bond yields and energy prices piled on keeping traders cautious heading into the weekend.  Monday begins with a very light day of earnings and economic reports likely to keep price action choppy and volume low, as wait on the Wednesday CPI data.  The big question is, will it inspire the bulls or will it bring out the bears? Only time will tell so get ready for a choppy couple of days as we hurry up and wait.

Trade Wisely,


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