February 11-18, 2023
FEAR NOT Brave Investors
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The Week That Was – What Lies Ahead?
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- Part A: Stock markets
- Part B: Bonds
- Fed and Banks
- Part C: Commodities
- Energy – Oil and Gas
- Gold and Silver
- Part D: Foreign Exchange
- Geopolitics and Economics
- Economy Week ahead
The week finished with a lackluster feel ahead of key data releases next week, after much of the short asset squeeze pulling back, be it in consolidation or topping. We saw significant moves in stocks, commodities and bond prices. With that we saw some closing of the recent divergence between Fed and market expectations. With that it suggests a lot of heat came out ahead of Consumer Price Index, Retail Sales, Industrial Production, Housing Starts, and Producer Price Index reports all from January.
The standout was in lumber futures pulling back 15% and benchmark MBS yields surging 42 bps this week after yields having dropped 50 bps over the previous five weeks. Short squeeze dynamics and the unwind of hedges tend to have exaggerated impact on mortgage securities and lumber has that similar reactive quality.
Similarity is across stocks, look at BBBY last week, and globally yields squeezed 62 bps lower over five weeks in UK gilt yields then swiftly reversed 34 bps higher this week. The Goldman Sachs Short Index sank 9.7%, reducing y-t-d gains to 15%.
Tesla, we like to keep an eye on to gauge the speculative hers and TSLA was a losing standout among the mega cap stocks amid investors’ concerns that a potential Department of Transportation order could force Tesla to make its charging stations available to other electric vehicles.
We look at bonds to test the temperature, treasury auctions were telling this week, we had an A rated 10-year auction bookmarked by very poor 3- and 30-year bonds. Bond yields moved little on Powell’s Tuesday appearance at the Economics Club of Washington, D.C. after they had surged ahead of Powell.
Ten-year Treasury yields jumped 21 bps this week to 3.73%. Rate markets now have peak Fed funds at 5.19% for the July 26th FOMC meeting, compared to the previous week’s 5.03% at the June 14th meeting. Treasury yields remain elevated, keeping pressure on equities. Friday, we saw rising oil prices after Russia said it will cut its production by 500,000 barrels per day in March in response to international sanctions. WTI crude oil futures rose 2.6% to $79.66/bbl, up 8.7% this week and natural gas futures rose 4.9% Friday to $2.53/mmbtu.
Data this week was in that slot of solid, but not too solid.
- American Consumer Sentiment Improves to Thirteen-month High
- US Mortgage Refinancing and Purchase Applications Rise as Rates Ease
- U.S. Trade Deficit Record High $948.1 Billion in 2022, 3.7% of GDP
- Australia Trade Surplus in December $12.237 Billion Impacted by Australians Travel Spend
Looking ahead the key will be the extent to which downside risks to the US economy have been reduced enough to influence global central banks.
Where is the fear?
Chinese money supply growth has accelerated dramatically. At $1.083 TN, China’s M2 aggregate expanded in January a third more than the previous record from last June ($799bn). This pushed one-year growth to $4.508 TN, or 12.6%, the strongest growth rate since 2016. Three-month M2 growth of $1.838 TN significantly exceeded comparable $1.393 TN from 2022 and $1.137 TN from comparable 2020. China’s M2 has now inflated $10.5 TN, or 35.3%, in three years, and has doubled since November 2015, in one of history’s spectacular inflations of money and Credit.
Some things never change, when you think Greed is Good
Globally we saw the wipeout of over $103 billion from Indian billionaire Adani’s companies market caps after a report alleging fraud, Ponzi’s and a shell game. We keep an eye on follow on from this story and its global knock-on affect.
We saw the debt ceiling reached on January 19, prompting the Treasury to begin employing extraordinary measures that should prevent a technical default until early June. The expectation this is all political showboating, but what if it more than that?
Swirling greed and know it all came home to roost. FOMO (fear of missing out) and TINA (there is no alternative) ended how they always do. The company made one of US banking world’s biggest bets on crypto. after the company’s announcement, Silvergate shares cratered a record 49%.
Where to from here? It’s also okay to acknowledge and process any difficult emotions or experiences that you may have had during the past year. Looking back on the past year with perspective can help you to gain a greater understanding of what you have been through and how you have coped. I hope that you are able to find ways to manage any challenges that come your way and that you continue to feel fine moving forward. Embrace the chaos that is headed your way in 2023!
The Credit cycle downturn is coming to the surface.
“Moody’s… raised its forecast for speculative-grade corporate defaults in 2023, warning they could more than quadruple under its most pessimistic scenario. The agency predicts the default rate will climb to 4.9% by November of next year under its baseline scenario, from a forecast of 2.9% for the end of 2022. Last month’s year-ahead projection was 4.5%.”December 16 – Bloomberg (Finbarr Flynn):
China; Behind the Iron Curtain
A big shift in 2022, China’s population is now falling and below that of India. China’s population fell for the first time since 1961 as births have steadily fallen in recent years despite the removal of the “one child policy”. The stalling working age population and its likely decline ahead means that potential growth in China is down from around 10% or so in the 2000s to around 4-5% now.
- “China’s rapid reopening is having an unfortunate side effect for banks — a surge in funding costs to levels not seen in two years. A gauge of overnight borrowing costs climbed to the highest since 2021 on Wednesday, even as the People’s Bank of China pumped short-term cash into the financial system. Analysts say several factors are behind what they see as a temporary liquidity squeeze, including the after-effects of China’s Lunar New Year Holiday and a sudden increase in loan demand as the country moves away from Covid-Zero.” February 8 – Bloomberg
- “Beijing is trying to kick-start economic growth after lifting its stringent Covid-19 restrictions. One challenge: Chinese citizens borrowed less and saved more last year and it isn’t clear how long it will take to return to freer-spending ways. Individuals in China took out the equivalent of $564 billion in new loans in 2022, down more than half from a year earlier, marking the lowest total since 2014… The big drop was largely due to a decline in home sales… Everyday consumer spending also took a hit during lockdowns that affected many Chinese cities, reducing the need for short-term borrowing. People instead accumulated cash, pushing new household deposits in China to a record high of more than $2.6 trillion in 2022.” February 8 – Wall Street Journal (Cao Li)
The Market Tripod of Destruction.
- Firstly, financial asset overvaluation has swung way past any sound underlying economic wealth structure.
- Secondly over-leverage in crowded bets.
- Thirdly we have greed enthused, as always in these cycles, risk engineering, transfer and management that ignores or understands bifurcation and contagion outcomes.
Leverage has become toxic, a development that if not addressed will have deep and with far-reaching sequels. It’s not too farfetched to suggest that the markets are on the verge of a rupture that would be difficult to contain. Should the crisis of confidence dynamics that hit Britain feed into other markets a powerful global contagion could be unleashed. The markets are dislocated, and financial stability is at risk. A sobering thought is the UK is just the initial first world pension system in this cycle facing the harsh reality of a steep devaluation of assets and the prospect of widespread insolvencies and debilitating negative sentiment.
Inflation with Henry Kaufman
Kaufman is the legendary chief economist and head of bond market research at Salomon Brothers is someone who knows Inflation. Henry Kaufman in an interview with Bloomberg’s Erik Schatzker Jan 14, 2022:
“I don’t think this Federal Reserve and this leadership has the stamina to act decisively. They’ll act incrementally. In order to turn the market around to a more non-inflationary attitude, you have to shock the market. You can’t raise interest rates bit-by-bit.”
“The longer the Fed takes to tackle a high rate of inflation, the more inflationary psychology is embedded in the private sector — and the more it will have to shock the system.”
“‘It’s dangerous to use the word transitory,’ Kaufman said. ‘The minute you say transitory, it means you’re willing to tolerate some inflation.’ That, he said, undermines the Fed’s role of maintaining economic and financial stability to achieve ‘reasonable non-inflationary growth.’”
Ahead is CPI, Retail Sales and Fed Speakers
Eyes will be on top macroeconomic reports such as US inflation rate, producer prices, retail sales, and several speeches by Fed officials. We get UK CPI, retail sales, and labor data. We get Q4 GDP growth rates for Japan, Thailand, and the Netherlands; fresh inflation rates for India, Switzerland, and South Africa; and interest rate decisions in the Philippines and Indonesia.
Earnings reports include Coca-Cola, Cisco Systems, and Deere & Company are the most prominent companies to report.
Multiple central Bankers are out to test their resolve, and the markets resolve. For Fed watchers we have outlooks given by Cleveland Fed president Loretta Mester and St. Louis Federal Reserve President James Bullard. For rates we have the Philippines and Indonesia.
Earnings include Activision Blizzard, Fiserv, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, CVS Health, Uber, Walt Disney, AbbVie, PayPal, PepsiCo, and Philip Morris
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Independence – Never Take It for Granted Traders
“In aggregate, the market goes from order to disorder, and on that journey little pockets of order can form, including in commodities, bonds, stocks, currencies that circle back and reorder disorder. Then there is us the market player that reflects through order and disorder in an ever-evolving loop towards independence. It all starts with gravity and ends with equilibrium and back we go.” KnovaWave “The rules of market flux”
The Fed has kicked off its first real tightening campaign since 1994, with securities markets already at the brink of illiquidity and dislocation. Markets could soon be screaming for assurances of the Fed’s “buyer of last resort” liquidity backstop, while the Fed is prepared to begin withdrawing liquidity by selling Treasuries and MBS.
Another important aspect is the Fed doesn’t Control corporate pricing or wage decisions. Let us be clear geopolitical, climate change developments and what an out of depth, politically motivated administration are outside the Fed’s sphere of influence. There has been over $5.1 Trillion new “money” in 126 weeks, it’s a reasonable conclusion the Fed has lost control of Inflation.
The VOLX`s underlying instrument is the Mini VIX™ Future. The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) is an up-to-the-minute market estimate of expected volatility. The VIX is calculated using a formula to derive expected volatility by averaging the weighted prices of out-of-the-money puts and calls (options) on the S&P 500.
When the VIX is highly reactive, VIX related products can serve as potentially effective hedging tools, when the VIX is not very reactive, traditional hedging techniques may be a better choice.
We need to grasp all the risks to be wary off and received plenty of flak from it. We always talk here about expect the unexpected and now that is front and center, gage the market’s reaction, the market is always right and that’s why we focused on the crowd psychology aspect over the past few weeks.
“We have a market trying to interpret the Fed who is trying to find out how they can interpret their long-only portfolio at a risk parity where rates cannot rise.”– MoneyNeverSleeps
Cboe Daily Market Statistics
Our weekly reminder for risk. The downside is clear with the absence of moral hazard from repeated Federal Reserve market bailouts in an environment of some would say obscene liquidity pumps. Pure greed is the other part, not wanting to miss out on fees. The obvious question is, how deeply ingrained is this attitude through the markets? How do we ween the markets off this continuous dip feed? At this point the Central Banks have kicked that answer down the road.
Part A – Stock Markets
Weekly Highlights – USA
- S&P500 retreated 1.1% (up 6.5% y-t-d)
- Dow slipped 0.2% (up 2.2%).
- S&P 400 Midcaps dropped 2.5% (up 8.6%),
- Small cap Russell 2000 lost 3.4% (up 8.9%).
- Nasdaq100 fell 2.1% (up 12.5%).
- Utilities declined 0.4% (down 4.8%).
- Banks fell 1.8% (up 11.5%),
- Broker/Dealers added 0.2% (up 10.6%).
- Transports fell 3.1% (up 12.3%).
- Semiconductors dropped 2.3% (up 18.9%).
- Biotechs lost 2.6% (up 3.3%).
- While bullion was little changed, the HUI gold equities index dropped 3.4% (up 2.5%).
Biggest SPX Stock Winners and Losers Last Week
Global Stock Market Highlights
Highlights – Europe Stocks
- U.K.’s FTSE equities index slipped 0.2% (up 5.8% y-t-d).
- France’s CAC40 fell 1.4% (up 10.1%).
- German DAX equities index declined 1.1% (up 9.9%).
- Spain’s IBEX 35 equities index fell 1.2% (up 10.8%).
- Italy’s FTSE MIB index rose 1.2% (up 15.0%).
Germany’s benchmark Blue Chip DAX 30 index (Deutscher Aktienindex) expanded to 40 companies on 20 September adding 10 new members to the German stock index from the MDAX which will be reduced from 60 to 50 members.
Highlights – Asia Stocks
- Japan’s Nikkei Equities Index increased 0.6% (up 6.0% y-t-d).
- South Korea’s Kospi index slipped 0.4% (up 10.4%).
- India’s Sensex equities index dipped 0.3% (down 0.3%).
- China’s Shanghai Exchange Index was little changed (up 5.5%).
Highlights – Australian Stocks
- Australia’s S&P/ASX 200: -0.8% Friday (-1.8% for the week) A three-week low of 7433,7 – the worst since September.
- Coal stocks were hit on Friday after a slump in thermal prices and reports Whitehaven Coal has lost one of its biggest investors put traders on edge. Newcastle coal futures tumbled 6% to US$225.50 per tonne amid reports that embattled coal developer Adani is offering discounted volumes. New Hope sank 8.6% to $5.3. Whitehaven Coal fell 3.7% to $7.7.
- Prices have halved from a record high around $US450 in September
Highlights – Emerging Markets Stocks
EM equities mixed.
- Brazil’s Bovespa index declined 0.5% (down 1.5%),
- Mexico’s Bolsa index dropped 2.9% (up 8.3%).
- Turkey’s Borsa Istanbul National 100 index sank 16.2% (down 24.0%).
- Russia’s MICEX equities index added 0.6% (up 5.0%).
Daily: The daily SPX on Friday closed out the year right in the sphere of interest at the cloud twist. The market after spitting the 4100 and 38.2% retracement broke through all near support., though managing to capture the Tenkan on the last day of the year. This underscores the power from the SPX spat of June & October lows with impulse through the tenkan and Kijun energized by the daily cloud twist that fueled this rally. The completive wave came off extreme fear and bear that ended with relief. Now we have sated much of the greed phase and short fear phase. We have completed that cycle and from here we measure the alternatives.
Tracing back from highs the fuel from the top of the channel after completing 3 waves off ATH, accelerated after broke the Tenkan through to the 4600 OI where it reversed with impulse back to Tenkan. Bulls, this is likely a (ii) of a 5. Bears this is 1-2 of (i) completive V of degree. We watch if this low was a (iii), (a) or C. We have to respect the number of alternatives of degree of 5. With such trends keep it simple resistance is Tenkan and Kijun and watch for ABC. From no fear to panic is the driving element.
On the downside the Kijun and those June lows now critical and is our trading Bear/Bull pivot in a high vol scenario. Watch each measured 3 wave move on the 240 & Murrey Math highlighted in the podcast. The prices pulled through the downward cloud pulled by the twist ‘helium contusion’ on the completive.
For fractal purposes, SPX completed 5 waves up where it reversed with impulse. Energy fueled from the power impulse down from +1/8 ATH spit of a spit fail. On the way down (just like up) it accelerated after it broke the Tenkan through the rejected Kijun and then through the median after tapping 8/8.
Weekly: In the last week of 2022 we again closed under the Tenkan and 8/8 after the failed rally was rejected at the 50wma and +1/8. Key support is the 38% correction and the previous low. Power came from rejecting the cloud as one would expect in a 3 or C. We have Kijun. the Tenkan and 50wma all above i.e impulse right to the weekly cloud is needed for cycle switching. For that you would have to break the Kijun and 50wma.
We are playing out S&P 500 energy after it held the sphere of influence from Nov 2020 reversed higher after spitting the 38% and key lows. At the time we opined “We do have a weekly cloud twist; however, the energy is waning without sharp impulse.” We got the sharp impulse right to weekly Kijun. For major cycles we watch the S&P 500 over 4,231, the 50% retracement of losses from the Jan. 3 & June 16 close. Since 1950 there has never been a bear market rally that exceeded the 50% retracement then gone on to make new cycle lows. Is this time different, as we tested and spat those June lows?
On the way up each new high evolved after testing Tenkan key support on the way and we are now getting a retest as resistance. We reiterate this needs to be recovered for a resumption of the uptrend meanwhile the bear market plays out. Watch Tenkan this week and watch for Kijun reaction. Extensions are difficult to time, keep it simple.
THE KEY: Key for the impulse higher was the spit or retest of MM 8/8 and Tenkan San, which held with the previous highs and Tenkan. To repeat “We look for 3 waves down and reactions to keep it simple with the alternatives in the daily.” Keep an eye on the put/call ratio with recognition to the sheer size of contracts AND keep in mind the stimulus distortion. The spit per channel fractal and Adams rule launched back over the cloud where we were encased AND we are back testing it. Watch if a spit or clear break support as Chikou rebalances
A reminder that Apple Inc $AAPL, Microsoft Corp $MSFT, Amazon.com Inc $AMZN, Facebook Inc $FB, and Google-parent Alphabet Inc $GOOGL make up approximately 23% of the total weight of the S&P 500. With that comes gyrations that are an outsized impact on broader markets
The down move saw Nasdaq spit the weekly Kijun and a 1-2 off tenkan we spat MM 5/8 after holding the key 61.8% Fib. We watch the Tenkan & Kijun confluence above, the breakup level and between the 38/50 Fibs. The Nasdaq is well behind the S&P pace with the weekly cloud and 50wma well above. Support the 61.8% retest.
Recall ATH was after it broke and held the weekly Tenkan to see a spit of a spit fail which is completive of 5 of some degree with Chikou rebalancing. Watch Chikou for divergence for continuation or failure. Divergence with Russell also a clue.
The Dow led the indices and closed above the weekly Tenkan after closing and testing last week. Prior test after the reaction off the June lows and sphere of influence. Support is the channel and Fibs. Tenkan and Kijun after the reaction empowered. Support is the channel and Fibs.
The small cap Russell RUT bounced in double bottom off 1600 5/8 confluence which was the Nov 2020 breakup. Russell 2000 Resistance Tenkan and Kijun, note previous rejections. This is the index showing more of the fast money crowd and is trading like it. Needs to get traction in here for bulls. 7/8 & 8/8 support collapsed on the way down and is now major resistance.
Semiconductors SMH clean with reaction from above reverted with retest & break of the triple top patterning in a pennant. From there been a fractal on each exhaustion. Pull from Chip players $ON $TSM $NVDA $ASML $AMD $QCOM $AVGO $TXN $INTC $AMAT $LRCX
NVidia’s latest slide was off earnings, back to lows at 4/8 after a failed breakup retest from May 2021. NVidia is a clear leader of #SOX #SMH look for cues there and ABC failures for changes. Above is the Key Break (mauve) and Tenkan to a flat cloud. Support the recent low at the 61.8% extension.
Heading into another Earnings Apple held the sphere of influence after retesting 7/8 & break up. Kijun and Tenkan are about to touch, with earnings we watch for a kiss of death at the cloud as the story. Apple & other mega-cap names dominant the major indices, and a plethora of funds that hold it as a core position. The Vanguard Mega-Cap Growth ETF (MGK) delta is important to watch.
A firm rejection at $175 at +2/8 triggered a waterfall down for Apple. On the way up Apple gently motored up to new ATH over the massive $160 then $170 thru to $180 gamma level on the way down these levels became key energy levels all the way to $132. Support held at the May break (just like NVDA) where from there it spat the cloud pulled by a flat Tenkan and Kijun as it rebalanced Chikou. The old channel break and MM 8/8 is now key. Remember the impact $AAPL has, at least short term on all the major indices.
The ARK Innovation ETF (ARKK) finally found some support at -1/8, 78% off highs and the 423.6% extension! The fund is filled with growth stocks and was the top-performing U.S. equity fund tracked by Morningstar in 2020, it has not been a pretty slide.
The ARKK ETF trading clinically, tested triangle breakdown and failed off 50 WMA. Some work at support at 61.8% of whole move and then wrecked again. Clear crowd behavior, we saw ATH in NASDAQ & SPX, yet this couldn’t raise a bid – very telling negative divergence. $ARKK rebalanced Chikou at week’s end
Part B: Bond Markets
U.S. Treasuries ended the week sharply lower note in response to the much stronger than expected Employment Situation report for January. Treasuries widened their post-NFP losses after the ISM Services Index for January (actual 55.2%; consensus 50.3%) returned into expansionary territory. The fed funds futures market is now pricing in another 25-bps rate hike in May. Today’s selling returned 10s and 30s to little changed for the week while shorter tenors turned negative for the week. The 2s10s spread tightened by seven basis points to -76 bps.
Treasury Yield Watch
- 2-yr: +21 bps to 4.29% (+8 bps for the week)
- 3-yr: +21 bps to 3.97% (+5 bps for the week)
- 5-yr: +18 bps to 3.67% (+5 bps for the week)
- 10-yr: +14 bps to 3.53% (+1 bp for the week)
- 30-yr: +7 bps to 3.63% (UNCH for the week)
For our complete Weekly Fixed Interest Analysis and Outlook visit our Bond Traders Weekly Outlook:
- Freddie Mac 30-year fixed mortgage rates declined three bps to 5.99% (up 244bps y-o-y).
- Fifteen-year rates increased three bps to 5.18% (up 241bps).
- Five-year hybrid ARM rates fell five bps to 5.42% (up 271bps).
- Bankrate’s survey of jumbo mortgage borrowing costs had 30-year fixed rates down 15 bps to 6.32% (up 257bps).
Part C: Commodities
- Bloomberg Commodities Index rallied 1.5% (down 3.7% y-t-d).
- Spot Gold was about unchanged at $1,866 (up 2.3%).
- Silver declined 1.6% to $22.00 (down 8.1%).
- WTI crude recovered $6.33, or 8.6%, to $79.72 (down 1%).
- Gasoline surged 7.9% (up 2%),
- Natural Gas rallied 4.3% to $2.51 (down 44%).
- Copper fell 1.0% (up 5%).
- Wheat jumped 3.9% (down 1%),
- Corn increased 0.4% (unchanged).
- Bitcoin dropped $1,670, or 7.2%, this week to $21,670 (up 31%).
Key Long Term Commodity Charts
For complete Oil and Natural Gas Coverage please visit our dedicated publications ‘Around the Barrel’ and ‘Into the Vortex.’ – Weekly Analysis and Outlook for Energy Traders and Investors
BDI Freight Index
For our complete Weekly Commodity Analysis and Outlook visit our Commodity Traders Weekly Outlook:
Charts and commentary via KnovaWave on:
- Grains: Wheat, Corn, Soybeans
- Metals: Copper, Aluminum
- Precious Metals: Gold Silver
- Oil and Natural gas are covered separately (see below)
Part D: Forex Markets
John Maynard Keynes, 1920: “There is no subtler, no surer means of overturning the existing basis of society than to debauch the currency. The process engages all the hidden forces of economic law on the side of destruction and does it in a manner which not one man in a million is able to diagnose.”
- For the week, the U.S. Dollar Index increased 0.7% to 103.63 (up 0.1% y-t-d) 2022 gains were 8.2%
- For the week on the upside, the Mexican peso increased 1.6%, the Swedish krona 0.7%, the Norwegian krone 0.7%, the Canadian dollar 0.4%, the Swiss franc 0.3%, and the British pound 0.1%.
- On the downside, the South Korean won declined 2.8%, the South African rand 2.1%, the Brazilian real 1.6%, the euro 1.1%, the Singapore dollar 0.5%, the New Zealand dollar 0.4%, the Japanese yen 0.1% and the Australian dollar 0.1%. The Chinese (onshore) renminbi declined 0.24% versus the dollar (up 1.23% y-t-d).
For our complete Forex Weekly Analysis and Outlook visit our Forex Traders Weekly Outlook:
Charts and commentary via KnovaWave on the US Dollar, Euro, Japanese Yen, British Pound, Euro Pound, Swiss Franc, Canadian Dollar, Australian Dollar, New Zealand Dollar, Turkish Lira, Mexican Peso. Currency dynamics are complex. There are myriad facets to analyze and contemplate that influence all markets.
Bitcoin continues to churn following the FTX collapse. BTC had been stuck in the sphere of influence in continuation awaiting a catalyst, and it came. Continues to perform technically to perfection. Impulse begets impulse. To understand panic, understand greed. $BTC tested the top of a rising channel after the preceding sharp downturn which was the downside breakout of an earlier bearish flag, after breaking downside a H&S top and then down it went….
Recall Bitcoin exploded higher following it’s correction impulsively upon completing 5 waves up at +2/8. Each Tenkan and Kijun tap saw an explosive kiss of death until we completed 3 waves to around 28,000. From there we have seen extreme volatility.
Looking back Bitcoin put in a high of $63,000 around Coinbase, the largest US crypto exchange successfully went public which signaled profit-taking. The high over $68,000 came after the launch over the Bitcoin ETF. From that high we have 2 main alternatives a V of a 1 of a V. For bears it a completive five with impulse right to the 50wma – an incredible 26% fall in a Friday night session. That’s impulse!
On the Risk Radar
Fed Warnings on Possible Medium To Long Term Risks
Geopolitical Tinderbox Radar
Economic and Geopolitical Watch
Major banks kicking off earnings this quarter, including BlackRock (BLK), Citigroup (C), First Republic Bank (FRC), JPMorgan Chase (JPM) and Wells Fargo (WFC).
Major US Banks Deliver Mixed Results in Q4, 2022
The major money cents banks released earnings with many strong results for Q4. Mainly from the interest rate spreads on the positive side. We see a reversal of loss reserve releases from the pandemic kitty as the economy slides into recession.
- PNC Bank Earnings Hurt by Fall in Fee Income and Higher Credit Loss Provisions
- Citigroup Record Fixed Income Sales & Trading Revenue Cushion Earnings
- JPMorgan Earnings Boosted by Higher Interest Rates but Sets Aside $2.29 billion for Loan Losses
- Another Swing and a Miss from Wells Fargo Earnings
- Bank of America Earnings Beat, Benefiting Most from the Federal Reserve’s Interest Rate Hikes
The Week Ahead – Have a Trading Plan
What Macro and Micro Risks and Opportunities Lie Ahead this week
Next Week’s Risk Dashboard via Scotiabank
Central bank Watch
For Fed watchers we have Fed Chair Powell when he will be interviewed before the Economic Club of Washington on Tuesday between about 12–1:30pm ET. For rates we have the RBA with consensus expecting another 25bps hike Wednesday. Most economists expect another 25bps hike from the RBI into Thursday. Sweden’s Riksbank is likely to follow the ECB’s 50bps hike with one of its own on Thursday. Mexico’s central bank is expected to hike its overnight rate by 25bps on Thursday. Consensus expects Peru’s BCRP to hike by another 25bps on Thursday evening.
This Week’s Interest Rate Announcements (Time E.T.)
- Thursday, February 16, 2023
- 02:00 Pilipinas (BSP) Interest Rate Decision
- 02:30 Bank Indonesia Interest Rate Decision
For our complete Central Bank Analysis and Outlook visit our Central bank Watch:
Economic Data Watch
US Data Focus
- Monday: Nothing of note
- Tuesday: January CPI (prior -0.1%) and Core CPI (prior 0.3%) at 8:30 ET
- Wednesday: Weekly MBA Mortgage Index (prior 7.4%) at 7:00 ET; January Retail Sales (prior -1.1%), Retail Sales ex-auto (prior -1.1%), and February Empire State Manufacturing Survey (prior -32.9) at 8:30 ET; January Industrial Production (prior -0.7%) and Capacity Utilization (prior 78.8%) at 9:15 ET; December Business Inventories (prior 0.4%) and February NAHB Housing Market Index (prior 35) at 10:00 ET; weekly crude oil inventories (prior 2.42 mln) at 10:30 ET; $15 bln 20-yr Treasury bond auction results at 13:00 ET; and December net Long-Term TIC Flows (prior $171.5 bln) at 16:00 ET
- Thursday: January Housing Starts (prior 1.382 mln), Building Permits (prior 1.330 mln), January PPI (prior -0.5%), Core PPI (prior 0.1%), weekly Initial Claims (prior 196,000), Continuing Claims (prior 1.688 mln), and February Philadelphia Fed survey (prior -8.9) at 8:30 ET; and weekly natural gas inventories (prior -217 bcf) at 10:30 ET
- Friday: January Import Prices (prior 0.4%), Import Prices ex-oil (prior 0.4%), Export Prices (prior -2.6%), and Export Prices ex-agriculture (prior -2.7%) at 8:30 ET; and January Leading Indicators (prior -1.0%) at 10:00 ET
Global Data Focus
- OPEC: Tuesday OPEC Monthly Report
- Europe: Second estimates on Euro Area GDP. Netherlands and Poland preliminary Q4 GDP figures. Eurozone balance of trade, current account, and industrial activity; Germany wholesale prices; Russia 2022 GDP data; Switzerland inflation rate and industrial production.
- UK: Key reports on jobs, inflation, and retail sales.
- China: PBoC will announce its one-year Medium Term Lending Facility (MLF) interest rate.
- Japan: Preliminary GDP figures, Core machinery orders and trade data
- India: Consumer and wholesale inflation will be in the spotlight, with retail inflation seen accelerating to 5.9% from 5.7% and the WPI seen slowing to 4.5% from 4.95%.
- South Korea:
- Australia: January employment data. Westpac consumer confidence and the NAB business confidence will be released.
- New Zealand:
Earnings and Event Watch
US Stocks Watch
Investors (and algos) will focus on the conference calls and outlooks. Last quarter everyone expected the worse, we saw critical updates on production in coronavirus impacted regions and if there is extended halting of operations weighing on multi-nationals.
- Monday. CASS trucking index, credit card writeoff updates, containerboard/paper pricing, and appliance shipments data. The IEA and OPEC monthly oil market reports will also be watched closely by energy sector investors.
- Tuesday 13F filings from hedge funds and investment managers on holdings at the end of Q4 will pour in late in the day. Ardmore Shipping Corporation (ASC) will host its 2023 Investor Day. ARK Invest will hold its monthly webinar.
- Wednesday – European Blockchain Convention. New York City Council is expected to vote on minimum wage rules for the food delivery industry.
- Thursday – Healthcare companies due to to present data and trial results at the ASCO GU Cancers Symposium include Bellicum Pharmaceuticals (BLCM), Lava Therapeutics (LVTX) , Bicycle Therapeutics (BCYC), and BioXcel Therapeutics (BTAI). The two-day AI Summit West conference will take begin in San Francisco. The event will take place with interest in AI soaring. Speakers will include reps from OpenAI, Amazon (AMZN), Toyota (TM), DoorDash (DASH), DeepMind and Google (GOOG). Shell (SHEL) will hold a live LNG outlook event.
- Friday – Walk date for the merger between Rogers Communications (RCI) and Shaw Communications (SJR).
Earnings Highlights This Week:
- Monday includes Palantir (PLTR), Arista Networks (ANET), Cadence Design Systems (CDNS), Check Point Software (CHKP), Avis Budget Group (CAR), Advance Auto Parts (AAP), Weber (WEBR), and Bally’s (BALY).
- Tuesday includes Coca-Cola (KO), Devon Energy (DVN), Japan Tobacco (OTCPK:JAPAY), Restaurant Brands International (QSR), Cleveland-Cliffs (CLF), Airbnb (ABNB), Marriott International (MAR), GlobalFoundries (GFS), Suncor Energy (SU) and GlobalFoundries (GFS)
- Wednesday includes Cisco Systems (CSCO), Shopify (SHOP), Kraft Heinz (KHC), Biogen (BIIB), Barrick Gold (GOLD), Wabtec (WAB), Zillow (Z), Boston Beer (SAM), QuantumScape (QS), Generac (GNRC), Crocs (CROX), The Trade Desk (TTD), Analog Devices (ADI), Shopify (SHOP), Energy Transfer (ET) and Roku (ROKU).
- Thursday includes Applied Materials (AMAT), WeWork (WE), Datadog (DDOG), Airbus (OTCPK:EADSY), Vale (VALE), Southern Company (SO), Toast (TOST), Visteon Corp. (VC), DraftKings (DKNG), US Foods (USFD), Doordash (DASH)
- Friday includes Deere & Company (DE), Centerpoint Energy (CNP), AutoNation (AN) and Air Canada (OTCQX:ACDVF)
US IPO Week Ahead:
Focus on yourself and what YOU CAN INFLUENCE, set your trading plan and goals in be set for 2022.
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