CPI: MIA

Futures remained slightly lower following lower than expected initial claims (709K vs 740K consensus) and CPI – which came in at 1.2% annual and 0.0% for October.  Note that it took a plug number outlier +1.2% pop in electricity to keep CPI from going negative. One would think if the economy were really all that … continue reading →

There Will be Typos

It’s a little known fact that if you’re trying to get over the pain of back-to-back knee replacements, you should have rotator cuff surgery. At least that’s what my horoscope said. As a result, my typing skills will be a little off this morning, which means my market insight might also be a bit off.  … continue reading →

The Latest Cringeworthy Rally

Sometimes I cringe when I place a target on a chart. Such was the case yesterday when ES reached our IH&S target at 3425. If it kept going, it was sure to backtest the intersection of the broken rising white channel at the falling channel top. Was that likely in the midst of election and … continue reading →

Election Aftermath

Futures were all over the map last night, with ES’ 113-pt range dictated almost entirely by factors as opposed to election results – which, contrary to Trump’s declaration, are still AWOL. Note that ES tagged our IH&S neckline (also the former H&S neckline) target where it is currently running out of gas. As expected, the … continue reading →

GDP Beats, But…

After the government “put $5 trillion into a $3 trillion hole,” as Ares Management’s Michael Arougheti so eloquently put it, GDP bounced back sharply last quarter. Unfortunately, it’s still down 2.9% for the year.Keep in mind that this is also the advance read for the third quarter, days before an important presidential election, and that … continue reading →

Rally Faces Another Test

Futures have given up all of Friday’s rebound gains and then some, again testing the IH&S neckline and the bottom of the rising white channel from last March. At the risk of sounding dramatic, a failure of the channel would mark the end of the current rally and usher in the correction suggested by our … continue reading →

Yield Curve Model: “Correction Imminent”

Our yield curve model is again sounding the alarm on overpriced equities. Unless the 10Y – which closed its June 8 gap this morning – declines sharply right away, the 2s10s spread signals a sharp equity downturn to finish the correction which began on Oct 12.The bad news for equities? A sharp drop in the … continue reading →

Housing Boom: 2007 Redux

Single-family home starts continued to gain from rock bottom interest rates and the exodus from urban, multifamily housing amid the pandemic. September residential starts grew 1.9%, while permits rose 5.2%, the fastest since the 2007 peak. Single-family inventory dipped to 3.3 months, the smallest since 1963, while multifamily starts cratered by 16.3%. It was a … continue reading →

Retail Sales’ Last Hurrah?

September retail sales sharply beat estimates, coming in at +1.9% versus 0.8% expected. With enhanced unemployment and virtually all other stimulus having dried up, however, this could be retail’s last hurrah. But, it’s enough to boost stock prices on this OPEX Friday 2 1/2 weeks before a presidential election. continued for members… … continue reading →