Wake Up Call – The Day Ahead Dec 31, 2021

New Year’s Eve 2021 and markets slither. A live recap of what happened while we slept overnight and what lies ahead. We go through charts on the S&P 500, Nasdaq, Russell, WTI Oil and Natural gas. Markets have eyes on Open Interest Gamma levels on the S&P 500 and mega stocks like Apple. Natural gas futures tread water after yesterday’s washout. Happy New Year!

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The markets:

  • S&P Futures vs Fair Value: +4.0
  • WTI futures down 1.7%, or $1.28, to $75.71/bbl.
  • Natural gas +.26 at 3.626 after yesterday’s selloff & wholesale natural gas prices lower by 14-26% in Europe.
  • Apple testing near resistance at $179.00
  • The obsession remains the price of Apple for 3 trillion market is $182.86
  • Advanced Micro Devices (AMD 146.24, +1.09): +0.8% after pushing back the timing of its Xilinx (XLNX 209.25, -4.64, -2.2%) acquisition close into 1Q22. The two companies previously expected to close the deal by the end of this year. 
  • U.S. Treasuries yields lower across the curve. The 2-yr yield is down one basis point to 0.73%, and the 10-yr yield is down two basis points to 1.50%.
  • The U.S. Dollar Index is little changed at 95.93.
  • USD/JPY: 115.10   +0.04
  • EUR/USD: 1.1335 +0.0005
  • Spot gold up 1819.70 +5.70
  • Spot silver up 23.19 +0.13
  • Bitcoin is trading sideways $47,980
  • Japan’s Nikkei: CLOSED (+4.9% in 2021)
  • Hong Kong’s Hang Seng: +1.2% (-14.1% in 2021)
  • China’s Shanghai Composite: +0.6% (+4.8% in 2021)
  • India’s Sensex: +0.8% (+22.0% in 2021)
  • South Korea’s Kospi: CLOSED (+3.6% in 2021)
  • Australia’s ASX All Ordinaries: -0.8% (+13.6% in 2021)
  • Germany, Italy, Spain, and Switzerland are closed in observance of New Year’s Day.
  • STOXX Europe 600: -0.1% (+21.4% in 2021)
  • Germany’s DAX: CLOSED (+15.7% in 2021)
  • U.K.’s FTSE 100: -0.6% (+13.9% in 2021)
  • France’s CAC 40: -0.5% (+28.6% YTD)
  • Italy’s FTSE MIB: CLOSED (+23.0% in 2021)
  • Spain’s IBEX 35: CLOSED (+7.9% in 2021).

Visit Traders Market Weekly: Traders Market Weekly: Goodbye 2021 – TRADERS COMMUNITY for the daily calendar

Overnight Stories in Depth

2021 sector performances

Energy (+47.4%) and real estate (+42.3%) up more than 40.0%, followed by the information technology sector (+34.0%) with a 34% gain. The utilities (+13.6%) and consumer staples (+14.7%) sectors are up less than 15.0% this year. 

Within the technology sector, Apple (AAPL 172.12, -0.08, unch) is up 34.3% this year, Microsoft (MSFT 338.85, -0.47, -0.1%) is up 52.6%, and NVIDIA (NVDA 297.00, +1.14, +0.4%) is up a whopping 126.6%. 

  • China’s December Manufacturing PMI 50.3 (expected 50.0; last 50.1) and December Non-Manufacturing PMI 52.7 (expected 52.0; last 52.3)
  • South Korea’s December CPI 0.2% m/m (expected 0.1%; last 0.4%); 3.7% yr/yr (expected 3.6%; last 3.7%)

China Aims to Guide More Long-Term Foreign Investors into its Treasury Bonds – TRADERS COMMUNITY

The breakdown of the Chinese property market exemplified by the Evergrande crisis coupled with the unknowns of the shadow banking debt rocked China in 2021. China has been responding to these vulnerabilities. A Ministry of Finance official on Wednesday pointed to changes in the Chinese treasury bond market.

Around The Barrel – Crude Oil and Gasoline Outlook – TRADERS COMMUNITY

WTI Oil futures have rallied back from the recent dump. Last week EIA reporting US Crude stocks in SPR fell to lowest since Nov 2002. Last Week crude drew -4715Kbbl (incl +1463kbbl build at Cushing). Gasoline stocks grew +5533kbbl. Utilization fell -.2% to 89.6%. Production 100k to 11,600 kbpd.

Into The Vortex – Natural Gas Storage Outlook – TRADERS COMMUNITY

Heading into Christmas and cold temperatures around us gas withdrawal season is in swing. While in Europe natural gas futures are back to near all-time highs again US natural gas futures are softer reacting to domestic weather models. Last week EIA reported a draw of -55 Bcf of working gas in storage lower than expected. With the global energy crisis LNG exports continue to grow but we balance supply shortages with deliverability.

Earnings Calendar for Today

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