Update on Energy Markets: Feb 16, 2021

Texas, the energy capital of the US, is running short of energy. The cold snap is breaking records throughout the state, with temperatures so low that many wind and water turbines are frozen and not able to produce energy. Refineries are shut down. As of last night, over 3.5 million Texans are without power. Not … continue reading →

Powell: Let’s Get This Party Started

Jerome Powell gave a good news/bad news speech to the Economic Club of New York. He noted that employment is still 10 million below February 2020 levels and that a broader range of unemployment would put the current rate at 10%, adding, “We are still very far from a strong labor market whose benefits are … continue reading →

Update on Oil and Gas: Jan 13, 2021

The last time we were this bearish on oil and gas was on October 3, 2018 [see: VIX Takes the Plunge.]  Our reasoning at the time: CL and RB [have] not only reached overhead resistance by our measure, but must deal with inflation that’s too high, bearish API data, another round of Trump tweeting, and … continue reading →

Moment of Truth for Bonds

ZN broke down from its rising red channel back on the 6th. Since then, it has found support in a falling channel – from which it is now threatening to break down.This is a moment of truth for bonds and the many correlated assets such as GC, shown above.  Stocks might not be amused. continued … continue reading →

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 →

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 →

CPI: Putting the Brakes On

CPI rose 0.2% MoM in September, half the August rate. It rose 1.4% YoY, slightly higher than September’s 1.3%. Without the outsized gains in used cars and the minor gains in energy (conflicting with the official EIA data), MoM CPI would likely have been negative. This is hardly supportive of the reflation narrative driving equity … continue reading →

Inflation Tops Estimates…Again

Let’s talk about inflation. At 0.4%, both headline and core handily beat consensus of 0.3% and 0.2%. Why? This morning’s CPI release is a treasure trove of information regarding price action in the general economy.  On an annual basis, energy tanked and food soared. MoM, food was still strong while energy and used cars soared … continue reading →

Core PPI Tops Estimates

Maybe the Fed had it right, leaving the door open to higher inflation. Though August headline PPI came in slightly higher than expected at 0.3% vs 0.2%, core PPI rose 0.4% versus 0.2% expected. S&P futures sold off 8 points on the news, but the algos had other ideas. As is often the case, “someone” … continue reading →

PPI’s Big Beat

PPI was expected to tick 0.3% (0.1% core) higher in July. Instead, headline PPI soared 0.6% and core popped a stunning 0.5% – the highest since October 2018. The impact on stocks has been muted so far, as the market is still giddy over the potential release of what is essentially a Phase 1 vaccine … continue reading →