- 16 Feb '22 at 9:51 am #33790
Clearly in response to Biden
Major European indices trade near their flat lines. German Chancellor Scholz said that admitting Ukraine into NATO is not on the agenda, and reports indicated that the promise, which should be welcomed by Russia, will be put into writing. U.K.’s CPI increased at its fastest yr/yr rate in 30 years, inviting speculation about more rate hikes from the Bank of England. Bank of France Governor Villeroy de Galhau said that the ECB’s asset purchases could end in Q3.16 Feb '22 at 9:52 am #33791
Japan’s Nikkei: +2.2%
Hong Kong’s Hang Seng: +1.5%
China’s Shanghai Composite: +0.6%
India’s Sensex: -0.3%
South Korea’s Kospi: +2.0%
Australia’s ASX All Ordinaries: +1.1%16 Feb '22 at 9:52 am #33792
Equity indices in the Asia-Pacific region ended the midweek session on a mostly higher note. South Korea added more than a million jobs in January, representing the largest single-month increase in about 22 years. Speculation about more easing from the People’s Bank of China continued after the release of cooler than expected inflation figures for January. However, China Securities Journal speculated that loan prime rates will be kept steady in February.16 Feb '22 at 9:52 am #33793
Separately, Roblox (RBLX 57.70, -15.60, -21.3%) has tumbled 21% in pre-market action after disappointing investors with its earnings report. The visceral reaction has pressured other metaverse stocks like Meta Platforms (FB 213.54, -7.46, -3.4%).16 Feb '22 at 9:52 am #33794
NAHB Housing Market Index for February decreased to 82 (Briefing.com consensus 83) from 83 in January.
Business inventories increased 2.1% m/m in December (Briefing.com consensus 2.1%) following a revised 1.5% increase (from 1.3%) in November.
Total industrial production increased 1.4% m/m in January (Briefing.com consensus 0.4%) following an unrevised 0.1% decline in December. The capacity utilization rate jumped to 77.6% (Briefing.com consensus 76.8%) from an upwardly revised 76.6% (from 76.5%) in December.16 Feb '22 at 9:53 am #33795
U.S. Treasuries have backed down from their opening highs, but they remain above their flat lines at this time. Treasuries reached session highs during the initial 45 minutes of the session, building on their early gains despite the release of a better than expected Retail Sales report for January. However, the market backpedaled from highs over the past 90 minutes, returning the 10-yr note to its opening level while the long bond has dipped below its starting mark. Equities trade in the red with the S&P 500 (-0.7%) outperforming the Nasdaq (-1.3%).
2-yr: -1 bp to 1.56%
3-yr: -2 bps to 1.78%
5-yr: -2 bps to 1.92%
10-yr: -1 bp to 2.04%
30-yr: -1 bp to 2.36%16 Feb '22 at 9:53 am #33796
Total industrial production increased 1.4% month-over-month in January (Briefing.com consensus 0.4%) following an unrevised 0.1% decline in December. The capacity utilization rate jumped to 77.6% (Briefing.com consensus 76.8%) from an upwardly revised 76.6% (from 76.5%) in December.
The key takeaway from the report is that the increase was driven predominately by the output of utilities, which saw its largest increase (9.9%) in the history of the index, which dates back to 1972.
Manufacturing output increased 0.2% after decreasing 0.1% in December. Motor vehicle assemblies decreased 1.3% month-over-month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 9.35 million units.
Mining production was up 1.0% after increasing 1.5% in December.
The output of utilities surged 9.9%, after declining 1.8% in December, as significantly colder-than-normal temperatures increased demand for heating.
Total industrial production was up 4.1% yr/yr. The capacity utilization rate of 77.6% was 1.9 percentage points below its long-run average.16 Feb '22 at 9:54 am #33797
Total retail sales for January increased 3.8% month-over-month (Briefing.com consensus 1.9%) following a downwardly revised 2.5% decline (from -1.9%) in December. Excluding autos, retail sales were up 3.3% month-over-month following a downwardly revised 2.8% decline (from -2.3%) in December. The effects of Omicron were apparent in the report, as evidenced by the 14.5% increase in nonstore retailer sales and the 0.9% decline in sales at food services and drinking places.
Retail sales are not adjusted for price changes, so higher prices likely played a part in the strong increase; nonetheless, the key takeaway from the report is that it speaks to a consumer that is still willing and able to spend in spite of the inflation.
Motor vehicle and parts dealers sales increased 5.7% after declining 1.6% in December.
Furniture and home furnishing store sales surged 7.2% after declining 7.4% in December.
Building material and garden equipment and supplies dealer sales jumped 4.1% after increasing 1.2% in December.
Gasoline station sales fell 1.3% after increasing 0.4% in December.
General merchandise store sales rose 3.6% after declining 1.7% in December.16 Feb '22 at 3:20 pm #33802CautiousInvestorKeymaster
Dow 34,934.27 -54.57 -0.16%
S&P 500 4,475.01 3.94 0.09%
Nasdaq 14,124.09 -15.66 -0.11%
GlobalDow 4,233.27 16.53 0.39%
Gold 1,871.60 15.40 0.83%
Oil 90.43 -1.64 -1.78%
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17 Feb '22 at 8:02 am #33820
- This reply was modified 6 months ago by CautiousInvestor.
S&P Futures vs Fair Value: -19.0
10 yr Note: 2.017%
USD/JPY: 115.16 -0.30
EUR/USD: 1.1363 -0.0012
Europe: FTSE: -0.7% DAX: +0.1% CAC: +0.2%
Asia: Hang Seng: +0.3% Shanghai: +0.1% Nikkei: -0.8%
Gold (1887.70 +16.20) Silver (23.72 +0.12) Crude (91.58 -2.08)17 Feb '22 at 8:02 am #33821
he global equity markets are mixed. US futures have retreated after closing near the session high on Wednesday. S&P Futures are down about 20 points to trade around the 4450 area. The market came back to test the zone of support created by the launch higher after the release of the FOMC minutes. The low print of 4435.75 was defended a couple times before the modest bounce. The high was established early in the session at 4474.75.
In Asia, China picked up 0.1% while Japan slid 0.8%. The Shanghai had an uneventful day with the index straddling the neutral zone throughout. The activity led to the muted net change. In Japan, the Nikkei’s decline was paced by heavyweights. The Japanese benchmark saw stocks such as Toyota, SoftBank and Fast Retailing decline 1-2%.
In Europe, the major bourses lack uniformity. There is divergence among stocks in specific sectors as well. Standard Chartered is down 5% after missing its fourth quarter forecasts. On the flip side, Commerzbank is up 6% after the German lender beat its fourth quarter expectations. The same can be said in the automotive space where Renault is down about 1% while peers Daimler and BMW are up nearly 2%.17 Feb '22 at 8:03 am #33822
S&P 500 futures in-line with fair value; Nasdaq 100 futures 0.2% below fair value; DJIA futures 0.2% above fair value
Key factors driving the futures market:
U.S. says Russia added troops to Ukraine border; conflicting reports about skirmishes in eastern Ukraine raise concerns about potentially wider escalation
Mixed response to earnings reports from NVIDIA (NVDA), Cisco (CSCO), Applied Materials (AMAT), and Walmart (WMT)
Festering concerns about policy response to inflation pressures
DoorDash (DASH) surges 24% on impressive user growth and order activity
CDC expected to change mask guidance soon
FAA Administrator announces resignation17 Feb '22 at 8:03 am #33823
Research calls of note:
Upgrades: UPST, CRL, CHKP, ED, PKG, YUM
Downgrades: MMM, PEGA, SHOP, CF, LDOS, NVDA17 Feb '22 at 8:04 am #33824
U.S. Treasuries are on track for a higher start with longer tenors expected to pace the early advance after showing relative weakness yesterday. Treasury futures inched higher last evening, accelerating to highs shortly after the start of the Asian session. The rally followed reports of shelling in the Donbass region of Eastern Ukraine, which has weighed on sentiment even though this region has been a conflict area since 2014.
The overnight spike was followed by a steady pullback that erased the bulk of last night’s advance, though Treasuries remain on course for a firmly higher start. Japan reported its widest trade deficit in eight years and raised its machine orders assessment to indicate that orders are picking up. The U.S. session will feature January Housing Starts/Building permits, which will be reported alongside the weekly jobless claims report. The U.S. Dollar Index is up 0.1% at 95.76.
2-yr: -1 bp to 1.51%
3-yr: -3 bps to 1.74%
5-yr: -3 bps to 1.89%
10-yr: -4 bps to 2.01%
30-yr: -5 bps to 2.32%17 Feb '22 at 4:29 pm #33833CautiousInvestorKeymaster
Dow 34,312.03 -622.24 -1.78%
S&P 500 4,380.26 -94.75 -2.12%
Nasdaq 13,716.72 -407.38 -2.88%
GlobalDow 4,187.57 -43.35 -1.02%
Gold 1,900.70 29.20 1.56%
Oil 91.68 -1.98 -2.11%
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