NFP Soars

Nonfarm payrolls soared by 353,000, more than twice the 175,000 expected. Average hourly wages also beat at +0.6% (+4.5% YoY) versus +0.3% expected. Unemployment remained at 3.7%. Forget about a March rate cut. Bulls will be lucky to get one in May. The overnight ramp job has completely disappeared, with futures struggling to remain positive.  … continue reading →

No Pivot, No Punch Bowl

Powell said what many of us have been thinking: There’s no reason to rush into a rate cut. The part he didn’t say (but implied) was that there was a clear risk to cutting rates at this time. The market, which has been fueled for months by rate cut expectations, was quite disappointed. SPX shed … continue reading →

Will They or Won’t They?

Futures are off moderately as investors place their bets on tomorrow’s FOMC rate decision. This follows yesterday’s pop in prices which was reported as motivated by a better than expected treasury report, but was in reality driven by [drumroll please] more algo funny business in VIX. In any case, SPX was finally pried off its … continue reading →

PCE in Line, Home Sales Beat

PCE increased 0.2% MoM and 2.6% YoY in December, in line with most estimates. Core PCE increased 2.9% YoY.  This is the smallest gain since Mar 2021. Drilling down, goods rose 1.1% (durable goods 1.5%) in December while services rose 0.3%. Real PCE rose 3.2% YoY, with the goods category growing 5% and durable goods … continue reading →

Q4 GDP Beats

Q4 advanced GDP came in at 3.3% annualized versus 2.0% estimates and full year 2023’s 2.5%. The PCE price index and durable goods orders came in as expected, though durable goods ex-transportation came in sharply higher than estimates.  The numbers… Futures had already bounced at the rising white channel midline, but extended their gains after … continue reading →

Update on Gold and Silver: Jan 24, 2024

In last month’s update on gold and silver [see: Dec 5 Update] we noted that gold and silver had reached our mid-October targets. We forecast that silver would likely drop to its 200-day moving average and continue dropping to backtest two significant trend lines at 22. It reached 22.04 on Monday before and has bounced … continue reading →

Charts I’m Watching: Jan 22, 2024

Futures rose to fresh highs overnight on algo action. Currencies, commodities and VIX all remain in position to aid this rally – as long as the bevy of earnings due out this week complies. continued for members… … continue reading →