Gold Recovers as Worldwide Equites Sell Off

The worldwide equity selloff began overseas and then continued into the U.S. equities markets. At its low today the Dow Jones industrial average was down 900 points before recovering. The Dow gave up 614 points in trading today and closed at 33,970.47, resulting in a net decline of 1.78%. The NASDAQ composite lost 2.19% and is currently fixed at 14,713.9030. The S&P 500 lost 1.70% and is currently fixed at 4357.73.

gold sept 20

As of 5:56 PM EDT gold futures basis, the most active December 2021 contract is currently up to $13.30 and fixed at $1764.70. Silver did sustain a mild selloff closing lower by 0.41%, and after factoring in today’s decline of a little over nine cents, it is currently fixed at $22.245.

silver sept 20

Reuters reported that “Wall Street plunged on Monday as fear of contagion from a potential collapse of China’s Evergrande prompted a broad selloff and sent investors fleeing equities for safety.”

They also added that “the equity selloff in the United States was a result of concerns of solvency of the Chinese property group Evergrande. “Gold rose on Monday as fears about the solvency of Chinese property group Evergrande sparked a flight to safe-haven assets, but gains were capped by strength in the dollar ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s policy meeting. Spot gold rose 0.5% to $1,762.66 per ounce by 1753 GMT. U.S. gold futures settled 0.8% higher at $1,765.40.”

The Chinese property to developers has accumulated over $300 billion in debt mostly with the Central Bank of China.

The Federal Reserve will meet tomorrow and begin September’s FOMC meeting, which will conclude on Wednesday. Market participants and traders hope to gain more clarity as to the timeline in which the Federal Reserve will begin to taper their monthly asset purchases of $120 billion (80 billion in U.S. debt and 40 billion in mortgage-backed securities).

There is genuine uncertainty as to what actions the Federal Reserve will take in regards to their current monthly asset purchases. Their asset balance sheet has swelled to above $8 trillion in assets. However, their primary focus has been upon maximum employment, a major component of their dual mandate which is maximum employment and annual inflationary levels of around 2%. They have let inflation run much hotter in lieu of achieving their maximum employment goal. Believing that the majority of the current level of inflation is transitory, the Federal Reserve has let inflation run to 5.3%, based upon the latest CPI numbers released last week.

However, the most recent jobs report was extremely disappointing and deeply below expectations and forecasts from economists polled by the Wall Street Journal. The expectation was that the August jobs report would indicate an additional 700,000+ new jobs added to payrolls, and the actual number was a tepid 235,000 new jobs added last month.

The weak August jobs report will be weighed against the most recent report by the U.S. Census Bureau, which indicated robust consumer spending last month, resulting in $618 billion, up 0.8%. Economists polled were looking for August consumer spending to be down between -0.8 to -1.8. If you strip out consumer spending on automobiles and trucks, the actual gain for the month of August is 1.8%.

These two reports show an interesting mix between new jobs added and consumer spending. While the jobs report was disappointing and weak at best, consumer spending rose far past the expectations given by economists. Therefore, the Federal Reserve will be faced with making a decision based on strong consumer spending and weak growth in jobs. That will certainly influence their decision as to when they will begin to taper.

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Gary Wagner

 

Wall Street Ends Sharply Lower in Broad Sell-Off

The Nasdaq fell to its lowest level in about a month, and Microsoft Corp, Alphabet Inc, Amazon.com Inc, Apple Inc, Facebook Inc and Tesla Inc were among the biggest drags on the index as well as the S&P 500.

All 11 major S&P 500 sectors were lower, with economically sensitive groups like energy down the most.

Investors also were nervous ahead of the Federal Reserve’s policy meeting this week.

The banking sub-index dropped sharply while U.S. Treasury prices rose as worries about the possible default of Evergrande appeared to affect the broader market.

“You kind of knew that when there was something that caught markets off guard, that it was going to lead to probably a bigger sell-off and you didn’t know what the reason would be,” said Sameer Samana, senior global market strategist at Wells Fargo Investment Institute.

“I guess it’s the China news but… it’s not altogether surprising given how bullish people were.”

Wednesday will bring the results of the Fed’s policy meeting, where the central bank is expected to lay the groundwork for a tapering, although the consensus is for an actual announcement to be delayed until the November or December meetings.

Unofficially, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 620.22 points, or 1.79%, to 33,964.66, the S&P 500 lost 75.28 points, or 1.70%, to 4,357.71 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 325.95 points, or 2.17%, to 14,718.02.

The S&P 500 is down sharply from its intra-day record high hit on Sept. 2 and is on track to snap a seven-month winning streak.

Strategists at Morgan Stanley said they expected a 10% correction in the S&P 500 as the Fed starts to unwind its monetary support, adding that signs of stalling economic growth could deepen it to 20%.

The CBOE volatility index, known as Wall Street’s fear gauge, rose.

For a look at all of today’s economic events, check out our economic calendar.

(Reporting by Caroline Valetkevitch in New York; additional reporting by Devik Jain and Sagarika Jaisinghani in Bengaluru and by Noel Randewich in San Francisco; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila and Lisa Shumaker)

E-mini NASDAQ-100 Index (NQ) Futures Technical Analysis – Weakens Under 14920.25, Strengthens Over 15069.75

December E-mini NASDAQ-100 Index futures are trading lower at the mid-session as global technology shares take a hit across the board. No sector or subsector is safe from heavy selling pressure during today’s session. The catalysts behind the sell-off are worries over the strength of the global market recovery and fear that economic problems in China will spread to other financial markets.

At 17:10 GMT, December E-mini NASDAQ-100 Index futures are trading 14887.50, down 438.50 or -2.86%.

In stock related news, Advanced Micro Devices Inc is the performing the worst, down 3.22%. Adobe Inc is down 2.28%. Align Technology is off by 2.50%, Amazon.com Inc is weaker by 3.53% and Amgen Inc is trading 1.70% lower.

Daily December E-mini NASDAQ-100 Index

Daily Swing Chart Technical Analysis

The main trend is up according to the daily swing chart, however, momentum is trending lower.  A trade through 14699.00 will change the main trend to down. A move through 15702.25 will signal a resumption of the uptrend.

The minor trend is down. This is controlling the momentum. A trade through 15532.50 will change the minor trend to up.

The short-term range is 14437.00 to 15702.25. The index is currently testing the lower end of its retracement zone at 15069.75 to 14920.25.

The main range is 13450.00 to 15702.25. If the main trend changes to down then look for the selling to possibly extend into its retracement zone at 14576.00 to 14310.25.

The minor range is 14699.00 to 15702.25. Its 50% level at 15200.75 is additional resistance.

Daily Swing Chart Technical Forecast

The direction of the December E-mini NASDAQ-100 Index into the close on Monday is likely to be determined by trader reaction to 14920.25.

Bearish Scenario

A sustained move under 14920.25 will indicate the presence of sellers. If this move creates enough downside momentum then look for the selling to possibly extend into the main bottom at 14699.

Taking out 14699 will change the main trend to down and could trigger an acceleration into the retracement zone at 14576.00 to 14310.25. Look for buyers on the first test of this area.

Bullish Scenario

A sustained move over 14920.50 will signal the return of buyers. This could create a lowered rally with potential upside targets coming in at 15069.75 and 15200.75.

Overtaking 15200.75 will indicate the buying is getting stronger. Overcoming 15326.00 will put the index in a position to form a potentially bullish closing price reversal bottom.

For a look at all of today’s economic events, check out our economic calendar.

S&P 500 Is Poised to Open Much Lower, Is This a Dip-buying Opportunity?

The broad stock market index broke below its short-term consolidation on Friday, as the S&P 500 index fell below its recent local lows along 4,450 price level. On September 2 the index reached a new record high of 4,545.85. Since then it has lost almost 120 points. This morning stocks are expected to open much lower following big declines in Asia and Europe after news about Evergrande Real Estate Group crisis in China.

The nearest important support level of the broad stock market index is now at 4,300-4,350 and the next support level is at 4,200. On the other hand, the nearest important resistance level is now at 4,400-4,450, marked by the previous support level. The S&P 500 broke below its over four-month-long upward trend line, as we can see on the daily chart (chart by courtesy of http://stockcharts.com):

Dow Jones Is Leading Lower

Let’s take a look at the Dow Jones Industrial Average chart. The blue-chip index broke below a potential two-month-long rising wedge downward reversal pattern recently. It remained relatively weaker in August – September, as it didn’t reach a new record high like the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq. Today it may sell off to 34,000 level or lower. The next support level is at around 33,250-33,500 and the resistance level is at 34,500, marked by the recent support level, as we can see on the daily chart:

Apple Breaks Below Upward Trend Line

Apple stock weighs around 6.3% in the S&P 500 index, so it is important for the whole broad stock market picture. In early September it reached a new record high of $157.26. And since then it has been declining. So it looked like a bull trap trading action. We can still see negative technical divergences between the price and indicators and a potential topping pattern. The stock is breaking below an over two-month-long upward trend line.

September Last Year – S&P 500 Fell Almost 11%

In 2020, the S&P 500 index reached a local high of 3,588.11 on September 2 and in just three weeks it fell 10.6% to local low of 3,209.45 on September 24. This year, September’s downward correction has started from the new record high of 4,545.85 on September 3, so there is a striking similarity between those two trading actions.

Conclusion

The S&P 500 index broke below its short-term consolidation on Friday and today it will most likely accelerate the downtrend from the early September record high. However, later in the day we may see some short-term/ intraday bottoming trading action.

The market seems overbought, and we may see some more profound downward correction soon. Therefore, we think that the short position is justified from the risk/reward perspective.

Here’s the breakdown:

  • The market is extending its downtrend today, as the S&P 500 index is likely to open much below 4,400 level.
  • Our speculative short position is still justified from the risk/reward perspective.
  • We are expecting a 5% or bigger correction from the record high.

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Preview: What to Expect From Nike’s Q1 Earnings on Thursday

The world’s largest athletic footwear and apparel seller Nike is expected to report its fiscal first-quarter earnings of $1.12 per share, which represents year-over-year growth of about 18%, up from $0.95 per share seen in the same period a year ago.

The Beaverton, Oregon-based footwear retailer would post year-over-year revenue growth of over 18% to $12.6 billion. In the last four quarters, on average, Nike has beaten earnings estimates over 55%.

According to ZACKS Research, for fiscal 2022, the company expects to grow revenues in the low-double digits, surpassing $50 billion because of strong customer demand across its segments.

The company expects revenue growth in the first half of fiscal 2022 to be higher than in the second half. The foreign exchange rate is expected to be a tailwind in fiscal 2022, generating 70 basis points of gains, ZACKS Research added.

Nike shares surged over 10% so far this year but the stock closed 0.75% lower at $156.42 on Friday.

Analyst Comments

“Investors are focused on the Vietnam factory closures impact on FY revenue guidance. Our analysis & mgmt. guidance conservatism suggests minimal risk. But high valuation requires beat & raise quarters – stock price pullback possible & we’re buyers on any weakness. Reiterate Overweight; raise price target to $221,” noted Kimberly Greenberger, equity analyst at Morgan Stanley.

Nike (NKE) trades at the high end of its historical valuation range, & investors expect quarterly beats & guidance raises. Unchanged or lowered FY guidance on temporary, Vietnam-driven headwinds could result in a stock pullback. We would be buyers on any potential weakness.”

Nike Stock Price Forecast

Twenty-five analysts who offered stock ratings for Nike in the last three months forecast the average price in 12 months of $187.26 with a high forecast of $221.00 and a low forecast of $168.00.

The average price target represents a 19.72% change from the last price of $156.42. From those 25 analysts, 21 rated “Buy”, three rated “Hold” while one rated “Sell”, according to Tipranks.

Morgan Stanley gave the base target price of $221 with a high of $410 under a bull scenario and $127 under the worst-case scenario. The firm gave an “Overweight” rating on the footwear and apparel seller’s stock.

Several other analysts have also updated their stock outlook. Cowen and company raised the target price to $196 from $181. Oppenheimer upped the price target to $195 from $150. HSBC lifted the target price to $205 from $162.

“Disruption from COVID-19, supply chain pressure and China continue to escalate. Our contacts across the global supply chain suggest Vietnam could reopen by October. Port congestion and freight headwinds could ease into 2H 2022 and the sector’s 10% valuation correction has improved risk/reward,” noted John Kernan, equity analyst at Cowen.

“We are cutting our FY22 Nike sales estimate by 300bps to 9% growth with a robust recovery into FY23.”

Check out FX Empire’s earnings calendar

US Stock Futures: Down Sharply as Investors Climb the ‘Wall of Worry’

The major U.S. stock index futures are trading sharply lower early Monday following last week’s dismal performance. The sell-off looks like investor liquidation with a slew of reasons likely fueling the move. Investors are definitely climbing the wall of worry ahead of the two-day Fed meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday.

However, there are other factors weighing on the trade including China, supply chain issues, debt ceiling negotiations and the infrastructure/tax bill to name a few. Investors are no doubt reacting to the continuing weakness in Hong Kong and shares of China’s Evergrande Group.

At 03:31 GMT, the benchmark S&P 500 Index futures are trading 4387.00, down 34.75 or -0.79%. The blue chip Dow Jones Industrial Average futures are at 34125.00, 337.00 or -0.98% and the technology-based NASDAQ Composite Index futures are trading 15233.25, down 92.75 or -0.61%.

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index drops 2% as Evergrande Shares Plunge More than 10%

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index led losses among Asia-Pacific markets in Monday’s trade, with shares of embattled Chinese developer China Evergrande Group continuing to drop. The Hang Seng Index dropped 2.18% in the Monday morning trade, as shares of China Evergrande Group plummeted more than 10% Reuters reported.

Last Week’s Weakness on Wall Street Continuing in Early Trade

The U.S. stock market ended the week sharply lower in a broad sell-off on Friday, ending a week buffeted by strong economic data, corporate tax hike worries, the Delta COVID variant, and possible shifts in the U.S. Federal Reserve’s timeline for tapering asset purchases.

All three major U.S. stock indexes lost ground, with the NASDAQ Composite Index’s weighed down as rising U.S Treasury yields pressured market-leading growth stocks. They also posted weekly losses, with the S&P Index suffering its biggest two-week drop since February.

One worry for investors is a potential hike in corporate taxes which could eat into corporate profits. The Democratic House of Representatives is seeking to raise the top tax rate on corporations to 25.5% from the current 21%.

Meanwhile, consumer sentiment steadied in early September, but it remains depressed, according to a University report, as Americans postpone purchases while inflation remains high.

Investors are also closely monitoring inflation, which is likely to be a hot topic of discussion when the Fed meets on September 21-22. Investors will be watching the Fed’s monetary policy statement for changes in language that could signal a shift in the Fed’s tapering timeline.

For a look at all of today’s economic events, check out our economic calendar.

Adobe Rock-Solid Ahead of Tuesday’s Confessional

Nasdaq-100 component Adobe Inc. (ADBE) reports Q3 2021 earnings after Tuesday’s closing bell, with analysts looking for a profit of $3.02 per-share on $3.9 billion in revenue. If met, earnings-per-share (EPS) will mark an 18% profit increase compared to the same quarter last year. The stock rose nearly 3% after beating Q2 estimates and raising Q3 guidance in June and has added another 16% since that time.

Leader in Digital Transformation

The Silicon Valley blue chip has been an outstanding performer in the last decade, rising more than twenty-fold, and is currently trading near an all-time high. The company is perfectly positioned to benefit from broad-based digital transformation, with a product catalog described by Mizuho analyst Gregg Moskowitz as a “highly comprehensive end-to-end offering that differentiates it from competitors and should enable it to drive more holistic sales across its clouds”.

Moskowitz raised the firm’s target to $695 and reiterated a ‘Buy’ rating on Friday, noting that, “Adobe is slated to report its F3Q (August) earnings results after the close on September 21. Our ADBE checks were once again favorable, and we expect the company to report healthy upside to our & Street estimates. In our view, ADBE’s expansive portfolio of software solutions has made it the gold standard in content creation, consumption, and collaboration”.

Wall Street and Technical Outlook

Wall Street consensus remains pristine despite Adobe’s 30%+ year-to-date return, with a ‘Buy’ rating fueled by 20 ‘Buy’, 2 ‘Overweight’, 4 ‘Hold’, and 1 ‘Underweight’ recommendation. No analysts are recommending that shareholders close positions at this time. Price targets currently range from a low of $550 to a Street-high $750 while the stock closed Friday’s session on top of the median $658 target. This placement suggests that stronger-than expected metrics will be needed to generate higher prices.

Adobe completed a breakout above 2018 resistance in November 2019 and tested new support successfully during 2020’s pandemic decline. The subsequent uptick mounted the February peak at 378 in June, generating a strong uptrend that stalled at 537 in September. The stock mounted that resistance level in June 2021, and has added points at a rapid pace since that time. Even so, long-term price projections show a cluster of hidden resistance just above 700, lowering reward and raising risk potential for new long positions.

For a look at all of today’s economic events, check out our economic calendar.

Disclosure: the author held no positions in aforementioned securities at the time of publication. 

Earnings Week Ahead: Lennar, Autozone, FedEx, Nike and Costco Wholesale in Focus

Earnings Calendar For The Week Of September 20

Monday (September 20)

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: LENNAR

Lennar Corp, a home construction and real estate company, is expected to report earnings per share of $3.27 in the fiscal third quarter, which represents year-over-year growth of over 54% from $2.12 per share seen in the same period a year ago.

The Miami, Florida-based company would post year-over-year revenue growth of nearly 24% to around $7.3 billion. For four quarters in a row, the company has exceeded expectations on earnings per share.

“Shares of Lennar have outperformed the industry so far this year. The company is benefiting from effective cost control and focus on making its homebuilding platform more efficient, which in turn resulted in higher operating leverage. Higher demand for new homes backed by declining mortgage rates and low inventory levels bodes well. Focus on the lighter land strategy to boost free cash flow will bolster the balance sheet and thereby drive returns,” noted Analysts at ZACKS Research.

“Moreover, it has provided strong fiscal Q3 homebuilding gross margin guidance, suggesting 420 basis points (bps) increase at mid-point. Also, it has lifted average selling price and margin expectation for fiscal 2021, indicating 6% and 400bps year-over-year growth. However, higher land, labor and material costs are concerning. This may exert pressure on the company’s upcoming quarters as well.”

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Ticker Company EPS Forecast
LEN Lennar $3.27
HRB H&R Block -$0.34

 

Tuesday (September 21)

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: AUTOZONE, FEDEX

AUTOZONE: The Memphis, Tennessee-based auto parts retailer is expected to report its fiscal fourth-quarter earnings of $29.71 per share, which represents a year-over-year decline of about 4% from $30.93 per share seen in the same period a year ago.

Autozone (AZO) is our top pick in DIY Auto. We see it as a high-quality retailer with the ability to compound earnings/FCF growth over time. While not immune to a tougher macro backdrop (fewer miles driven), we believe AZO is best positioned through any recession given its leading exposure to the more defensive DIY segment (~80% of sales). In addition, its DIFM growth was accelerating pre-COVID and we think it can gain more share in that segment going forward. In our view, ongoing share gains coupled with solid expense management should allow AZO to overcome headwinds from less driving in the near- to medium-term. These advantages seem priced in currently.”

FEDEX: The Memphis, Tennessee-based multinational delivery services company is expected to report its fiscal first-quarter earnings of $5.00 per share, which represents year-over-year growth of about 3% from $4.87 per share seen in the same period a year ago.

The delivery firm would post revenue growth of about 13% to $21.8 billion. In the last four quarters, on average, FedEx has beaten earnings estimates over 28%.

“August quarter remained strong, although we are seeing some delays in shipments, which we expect management to address,” noted Helane Becker, equity analyst at Cowen.

“We are approaching the peak shipping season and expect to see ~50K new hires to handle what is likely to be record demand. Looking ahead, FedEx (FDX) should finally finish the TNT integration; European operations should show that.”

TAKE A LOOK AT OUR EARNINGS CALENDAR FOR THE FULL RELEASES FOR THE SEPTEMBER 21

Ticker Company EPS Forecast
AZO AutoZone $29.71
FDX FedEx $4.94
ADBE Adobe Systems $3.01
KGF Kingfisher £12.20
CBRL Cracker Barrel Old Country Store $2.33
NEOG Neogen $0.16

 

Wednesday (September 22)

Ticker Company EPS Forecast
KBH Kb Home $1.61
FUL HB Fuller $0.79
BBBY Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. $0.52
UNFI United Natural Foods $0.80
GIS General Mills $0.89

 

Thursday (September 23)

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: NIKE, COSTCO WHOLESALE

NIKE: The world’s largest athletic footwear and apparel seller is expected to report its fiscal first-quarter earnings of $1.12 per share, which represents year-over-year growth of about 18%, up from $0.95 per share seen in the same period a year ago.

The Beaverton, Oregon-based footwear retailer would post year-over-year revenue growth of over 18% to $12.6 billion.

“Investors are focused on the Vietnam factory closures impact on FY revenue guidance. Our analysis & mgmt guidance conservatism suggests minimal risk. But high valuation requires beat & raise quarters – stock price pullback possible & we’re buyers on any weakness. Reiterate Overweight; raise price target to $221,” noted Kimberly Greenberger, equity analyst at Morgan Stanley.

Nike (NKE) trades at the high end of its historical valuation range, & investors expect quarterly beats & guidance raises. Unchanged or lowered FY guidance on temporary, Vietnam-driven headwinds could result in a stock pullback. We would be buyers on any potential weakness.”

COSTCO WHOLESALE: The world’s fifth-largest retailer is expected to report its fiscal fourth-quarter earnings of $3.56 per share, which represents year-over-year growth of over 1.4% from $3.51 per share seen in the same period a year ago. The Fridley, Minnesota-based medical company would post revenue growth of about 18% to around $63 billion.

TAKE A LOOK AT OUR EARNINGS CALENDAR FOR THE FULL RELEASES FOR THE SEPTEMBER 23

Ticker Company EPS Forecast
ACN Accenture $2.18
DRI Darden Restaurants $1.64
NKE Nike $1.12
COST Costco Wholesale $3.56
MTN Vail Resorts -$3.46
PRGS Progress Software $0.82

 

Friday (September 24)

Ticker Company EPS Forecast
CCL Carnival -$1.43
CUK Carnival -$1.45
CCL Carnival -£1.45

 

The Week Ahead – Central Banks back in Focus with the BoE and the FED in Action

On the Macro

It’s a quiet week ahead on the economic calendar, with 37 stats in focus in the week ending 17th September. In the week prior, 62 stats had also been in focus.

For the Dollar:

Prelim private sector PMIs for September will be in focus on Thursday.

Expect the services PMI to be the key stat of the week.

Other stats include housing sector data that will likely have a muted impact on the Dollar and the broader market.

The main event of the week, however, is the FOMC monetary policy decision on Wednesday.

With the markets expecting the FED to stand pat, the economic and interest rate projections and press conference will be pivotal. FED Chair Powell prepped the markets for the tapering to begin this year. The markets are not expecting any hint of a shift in policy on interest rates, however…

In the week ending 17th September, the Dollar Spot Index rose by 0.66% to 93.195.

For the EUR:

It’s a relatively busy week on the economic data front.

Prelim September private sector PMIs for France, Germany, and the Eurozone will draw plenty of interest on Thursday.

While Germany’s manufacturing PMI is key, expect influence from the entire data set. Market concerns over the economic recovery have tested support for riskier assets. Softer PMI numbers would test EUR support on the day.

For the week, the EUR fell by 0.75% to $1.1725.

For the Pound:

It’s a relatively busy week ahead on the economic calendar.

On the economic data front, CBI Industrial Trend Orders and prelim private sector PMIs are due out.

Expect the services PMI for September to be the key stat on Thursday.

While the stats will influence, the BoE’s monetary policy decision on Thursday will be the main event.

Persistent inflationary pressure has raised the prospects of a sooner rather than later move by the BoE. Weak retail sales figures have made things less clear, however.

Expect any dissent to drive the Pound towards $1.40 levels.

The Pound ended the week down by 0.71% to $1.3741.

For the Loonie:

It’s another quiet week ahead on the economic calendar.

Early in the week, house price figures for August are due out. The numbers are not expected to have a material impact on the Loonie, however.

Retail sales figures for July, due out on Thursday, will influence, however. Another sharp increase in spending would deliver the Loonie with much-needed support.

The Loonie ended the week down 0.57% to C$1.2764 against the U.S Dollar.

Out of Asia

For the Aussie Dollar:

There are no major stats to provide the Aussie Dollar with direction.

While there are no major stats, the RBA monetary policy meeting minutes on Tuesday will influence. The markets will be looking for forward guidance following the latest lockdown measures.

The Aussie Dollar ended the week down by 1.05% to $0.7279.

For the Kiwi Dollar:

It’s another quiet week ahead.

Early in the week, consumer sentiment figures for the 3rd quarter will be in focus.

Trade data, due out on Friday, will be the key numbers for the week, however.

Away from the economic calendar, however, COVID-19 news updates will also be key.

The Kiwi Dollar ended the week down by 1.03% to $0.7040.

For the Japanese Yen:

It’s a relatively busy week on the economic calendar.

Inflation and prelim private sector PMIs are due out on Friday. We don’t expect the numbers to influence the Yen, however.

On the monetary policy front, the BoJ is in action on Wednesday. We aren’t expecting any surprises, however, as the Delta variant continues to deliver economic uncertainty.

The Japanese Yen rose by 0.01% to ¥109.93 against the U.S Dollar.

Out of China

There are also no major stats due out of China for the markets to consider, with the Chinese markets closed early in the week.

On the monetary policy front, the PBoC is in action. We don’t expect any changes to the Loan Prime Rates, however.

The Chinese Yuan ended the week down by 0.34% to CNY6.4661 against the U.S Dollar.

Geo-Politics

Iran, China, and Russia remain the main areas of interest for the markets. News updates from the Middle East, in particular, will need continued monitoring following recent events in Afghanistan.

The Weekly Wrap – Economic Data and Policy Jitters Delivered a Boost for the Greenback

The Stats

It was a busier week on the economic calendar, in the week ending 17th September.

A total of 61 stats were monitored, which was up from 42 stats in the week prior.

Of the 61 stats, 21 came in ahead forecasts, with 27 economic indicators coming up short of forecasts. There were 13 stats that were in line with forecasts in the week.

Looking at the numbers, 29 of the stats reflected an upward trend from previous figures. Of the remaining 32 stats, 30 reflected a deterioration from previous.

For the Greenback, upbeat economic data and sentiment towards monetary policy delivered support in the week. In the week ending 17th September, the Dollar Spot Index rose by 0.66% to 93.195. In the previous week, the Dollar had risen by 0.59% to 92.582.

Out of the U.S

Early in the week, inflation figures were in focus.

In August, the annual rate of core inflation softened from 4.3% to 4.0% versus a forecasted 4.2%. While softer than expected, 4% continued to sit well above the FED’s 2% target, leaving tapering on the table.

Mid-week, industrial production and NY Empire State manufacturing figures were market positive.

On Thursday, retail sales, Philly FED Manufacturing PMI, and jobless claims figures were of greater interest, however.

In August, retail sales increased by 0.7% versus a forecasted 0.2% decline. Core retail sales jumped by 1.8% versus a 0.1% decline. In July retail sales had fallen by 1.1% and core retail sales by 0.4%.

Manufacturing numbers were also upbeat, with the Philly FED Manufacturing PMI increasing from 19.4 to 30.7 in September.

Jobless claims figures failed to impress, however, with sub-300k remaining elusive. In the week ending 10th September, initial jobless claims rose from 312k to 332k. Economists had forecast an increase to 330k.

At the end of the week, consumer sentiment improved, albeit moderately. In September, the Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index rose from 70.3 to 71.0, falling short of a forecasted 72.0.

Out of the UK

It was also a busy week. Employment, inflation, and retail sales figures were in focus. The stats were skewed to the positive.

In August, claimant counts fell by a further 58.6k after having fallen by 48.9k in July. In July, the unemployment rate fell from 4.7% to 4.6%.

The UK’s annual rate of inflation accelerated from 2.0% to 3.25 in August, also delivering Pound support.

At the end of the week, retail sales disappointed, however. Month-on-month, core retail sales fell by 1.2% in August, following a 3.2% slide in July. Retail sales fell by 0.9% after having fallen by 2.8% in July. Economists had forecast a pickup in spending.

In the week, the Pound fell by 0.71% to end the week at $1.3741. In the week prior, the Pound had fallen by 0.23% to $1.3839.

The FTSE100 ended the week down by 0.93%, following a 1.53% loss from the previous week.

Out of the Eurozone

Economic data included wage growth, industrial production, trade, and finalized inflation figures for the Eurozone.

Finalized inflation figures for Spain, France, and Italy were also out but had a muted impact on the EUR.

In the 2nd quarter, wage fell by 0.4%, year-on-year, partially reversing a 2.1% increase recorded in the previous quarter.

Industrial production and trade data were positive, however.

Production increased by 1.5%, reversing a 0.1% fall from June, with the Eurozone’s trade surplus widening from €17.7bn to €20.7bn.

At the end of the week, finalized inflation figures for the Eurozone were in line with prelim figures. The Eurozone’s annual rate of inflation accelerated from 2.2% to 3.0% in August.

For the week, the EUR fell by 0.75% to $1.1725. In the week prior, the EUR had fallen by 0.56% to $1.1814.

The CAC40 slid by 1.40%, with the DAX30 and the EuroStoxx600 ending the week with losses of 0.77% and 0.96% respectively.

For the Loonie

Economic data included manufacturing sales, inflation, and wholesale sales figures.

The stats were mixed in the week.

In July, both manufacturing sales and wholesale sales disappointed with falls of 1.5% and 2.1% respectively.

Providing support, however, was a pickup in the annual rate of inflation from 3.3% to 3.5%.

The pickup in inflationary pressure and rising oil prices were not enough to support the Loonie against the Greenback.

In the week ending 17th September, the Loonie fell by 0.57% to C$1.2764. In the week prior, the Loonie had fallen by 1.34% to C$1.2692.

Elsewhere

It was another bearish week for the Aussie Dollar and the Kiwi Dollar.

The Aussie Dollar fell by 1.05% to $0.7279, with the Kiwi Dollar ending the week down by 1.03% to $0.7040.

For the Aussie Dollar

Business and consumer confidence figures were in focus in the 1st half of the week.

In spite of the latest lockdown measures, the stats were skewed to the positive.

The NAB Business Confidence Index rose from -8 to -5 in August.

More significantly, the Westpac Consumer Sentiment Index increased by 2.0% in September. The index had fallen by 4.4% in August.

On Thursday, employment figures disappointed, however.

In August, full employment fell by 68k following a 4.2k decline in July. Employment tumbled by 146.3k, however, versus a forecasted 90.0k decline. In July, employment had risen by 2.2k.

According to the ABS,

  • The unemployment rate fell from 4.6% to 4.5%, with the participation rate declining from 66.0% to 65.2%.
  • Year-on-year, the number of unemployed was down by 298,000.

For the Kiwi Dollar

It was also a mixed week on the economic data front.

2nd quarter GDP numbers impressed, with the NZ economy expanding by 2.8%, quarter-on-quarter. The economy had expanded by a more modest 1.4% in the previous quarter.

On the negative, however, was a slide in the Business PMI from 62.6 to 40.1 in August. The figures reflected the impact of the latest lockdown measures on production, justifying the RBNZ’s decision to leave the cash rate unchanged.

For the Japanese Yen

It was a relatively quiet week, with the numbers skewed to the negative.

According to finalized figures, industrial production fell by 1.5% in July. While in line with prelim figures, this was a partial reversal of a 6.5% jump from June.

In August, Japan’s trade balance fell from a ¥439.4bn surplus to a ¥635.4bn deficit. Exports rose by 26.2%, year-on-year, after having been up by 37% in July.

The Japanese Yen rose by 0.01% to ¥109.93 against the U.S Dollar. In the week prior, the Yen had fallen by 0.21% to ¥109.94.

Out of China

Fixed asset investment and industrial production figures were in focus mid-week.

There were yet more disappointing numbers from China for the markets to consider.

In August, fixed asset investment increased by 8.9%, year-on-year. This was softer than a 10.3% increase in July.

More significantly, industrial production was up by 5.3% in August versus 6.4% in July.

In the week ending 17th September, the Chinese Yuan fell by 0.34% to CNY6.4661. In the week prior, the Yuan had ended the week up by 0.18% to CNY6.4443.

The CSI300 and the Hang Seng ended the week down by 3.14% and by 4.90% respectively.

Wall Street Closes Rollercoaster Week Sharply Lower

All three major U.S. stock indexes lost ground, with the Nasdaq Composite Index’s weighed down as rising U.S. Treasury yields pressured market-leading growth stocks.

They also posted weekly losses, with the S&P index suffering its biggest two-week drop since February.

“The market is struggling with prospects for tighter fiscal policy due to tax increases, and tighter monetary policy due to Fed tapering,” said David Carter, chief investment officer at Lenox Wealth Advisors in New York.

“Equity markets are also a little softer due to today’s weak Consumer Sentiment data,” Carter added. “It’s triggering concerns that the Delta variant could slow economic growth.”

A potential hike in corporate taxes could eat into earnings also weigh on markets, with leading Democrats seeking to raise the top tax rate on corporations to 26.5% from the current 21%.

While consumer sentiment steadied this month it remains depressed, according to a University of Michigan report, as Americans postpone purchases while inflation remains high.

Inflation is likely to be a major issue next week, when the Federal Open Markets Committee holds its two-day monetary policy meeting. Market participants will be watching closely for changes in nuance which could signal a shift in the Fed’s tapering timeline.

“It has been a week of mixed economic data and we are focused clearly on what will come out of the Fed meeting next week,” said Bill Northey, senior investment director at U.S. Bank Wealth Management in Helena, Montana.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 166.44 points, or 0.48%, to 34,584.88; the S&P 500 lost 40.76 points, or 0.91%, at 4,432.99; and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 137.96 points, or 0.91%, to 15,043.97.

The S&P 500 ended below its 50-day moving average, which in recent history has proven a rather sturdy support level.

Of the 11 major sectors in the S&P 500, all but healthcare ended in the red, with materials and utilities suffering the biggest percentage drops.

COVID vaccine manufacturers Pfizer Inc and Moderna Inc dropped 1.3% and 2.4%, respectively, as U.S. health officials moved the debate over booster doses to a panel of independent experts.

U.S. Steel Corp shed 8.0% after it unveiled a $3 billion mini-mill investment plan.

Robinhood Markets Inc rose 1.0% after Cathie Wood’s ARK Invest bought $14.7 million worth of shares in the trading platform.

Volume and volatility spiked toward the end of the session due to “triple witching,” which is the quarterly, simultaneous expiration of stock options, stock index futures, and stock index options contracts.

Volume on U.S. exchanges was 15.51 billion shares, compared with the 9.70 billion average over the last 20 trading days.

Declining issues outnumbered advancing ones on the NYSE by a 1.97-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 1.00-to-1 ratio favored advancers.

The S&P 500 posted seven new 52-week highs and two new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 67 new highs and 82 new lows.

(Reporting by Stephen Culp; Additional reporting by Krystal Hu in New York and Ambar Warrick in Bengaluru; Editing by Richard Chang)

Did The Global Markets Rollover In April/May 2021? What Next? Part I

This research article is designed to answer a few questions related to the current market contraction and the news related to the potential US Fed tightening of monetary policy while it appears China may be experiencing a credit/debt crisis in the early stages. Many traders/investors are contacting us asking our opinions of the current market situation and what we expect in the near future. This article should help answer a lot of your questions and help you to understand what may come next.

Broad Market Cycles Transitioned Near The End Of 2019 – Were You Paying Attention?

First, let’s discuss the broader market cycles that have changed over the past 24+ months. My research team published these articles suggesting the US and Global markets had recently transitioned away from an Appreciation price cycle and into a new Depreciation price cycle. This is very important to understand because the new Depreciation price cycle will likely change how investors perceive opportunities and how currencies fluctuate in an attempt to revalue after an extensive Appreciation price phase. The US Federal Reserve and global central banks have pushed the reflation trade (pre and post-COVID) well beyond a traditional Supply/Demand Equilibrium.

Most importantly, this research article highlights the transition into the new Depreciation Price Cycle and the fact that it should last until 2029 to 2031…

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  • May 23, 2021: US DOLLAR BREAKS BELOW 90 – CONTINUE TO CONFIRM DEPRECIATION CYCLE PHASE

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What is important to understand about this transition between cycle phases is that it is usually associated with an “Excess Phase Price Event”. This is most commonly seen as a euphoric price rally phase, or a bubble rally phase, that drives incredible price advances in various asset types. We’ve seen these excess phase rallies in Cryptos, various stock symbols, Lumber, Copper, and other commodity prices recently. Currently, Natural Gas, Uranium, and a host of others are experiencing these types of Excess Phase “Blow-Off” peaks.

The transition into a new Depreciation Price Cycle will likely prompt the US Dollar to weaken below $87~88 eventually, prompting a very strong rally in Precious Metals. But before that happens, the “Blow-Off” peaks must complete and burst. We need to see some type of anti-climax event that changes trader/investor sentiment and restores more normal price relationships to assets. We may be experiencing that right now – the end of the “Blow-Off” euphoric price cycle phase as the next few charts will attempt to illustrate.

NYSE New Highs Collapse As US/Global Markets Rollover

This Weekly chart of the NYSE New Highs clearly illustrates the incredible rally after the March/April 2020 COVID collapse and the extreme new highs that were generated after the November 2020 US elections. In an incredible display of exuberance and euphoria, the NYSE New Highs level reached a massive 531 level on May 10, 2021. Since that time, the NYSE New Highs level has continued to consolidate below the 200 level and has recently moved below 100 as global equities continue to show weakness across the board.

I believe part of this cycle is related to the transition to the new Depreciation Price Cycle and another part of this is related to the Excess Phase “Blow-Off” peaking we’ve seen in price trends recently. Fundamentally, the markets must ramp up in activity and leverage for these excess phase processes to take place, and they must scale back and deleverage as these processes unwind. I still believe the US Federal Reserve will support the US markets and credit cycles throughout this transition, but as traders and investors move towards scaling back and unwinding leveraged trading positions near these peaks, we may see some aspects of overvalued market assets continue to contract over time.

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S&P 500 Stocks Above 150 DMA Is About To Break Below 50 – Possibly Moving

Into Bearish Trending

This Weekly chart of the S&P 500 stocks above the 150 DMA shows quite a bit of history (originating near the start of 2018). Over this time frame, we can highlight two extended downtrends in price: the first happened in August/September 2018, and the second was the COVID-19 virus event. Every major downward price cycle over the past 3 to 4+ years has seen a decline below the 50 levels as the impulse downside price trend. Then, if the trends continue lower, we usually see a move below 20~30 and many weeks of extended downward trending before support is found by the markets.

Since COVID, the US Federal Reserve, and the US Government have enacted a number of support measures to take the pressures off consumers, banks, and many retailers and corporations.

Now that these support systems are ending and the US/Global economy must transition back to more normal aspects of economic function, we may see a moderate sideways/downward price contraction in the US/Global markets if this level breaks below 40~50. Remember, we are not suggesting an all-out bearish market collapse at this phase of the market trend, but we are suggesting that traders/investors need to be aware that this current trend is not the “endless bull market trend” many are used to seeing since the COVID lows (March 2020). That trend ended in April/May 2021 and it looks like we may be in for a bit of a wild ride over the next 12+ months.

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Still, at this point, we don’t have any real technical confirmation that the US market trends have broken into any new Bearish price trends. The transition from the Appreciation cycle to the new Depreciation cycle does not guarantee or suggest the US stock market will enter a big bearish price trend. What it does suggest is that volatility will increase while the US Dollar trends below $87 to $88 (eventually) and that Precious Metals will start to move dramatically higher. We are at the early stages of what appears to be the end of the “Blow-Off” rally phase that is complicated by the end of COVID policy, changes in US Fed plans, resumption of more normal economic functions, and an excessive credit/debt rally phase which is contracting.

All of this suggests the markets are about to become very volatile and big trends are going to roil through the global markets as a revaluation process takes place. This will present incredible opportunities for traders and investors who are capable of profiting from these huge trends and price rotations. It could also be very dangerous for those who continue to chase the rally trends with extended leverage.

In Part II of this research article, I’ll explore even more data and charts that support my conclusions and better illustrate what we should expect from the markets over the next 12 to 24+ months.

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Will Quadruple Witch Send Stock Prices Lower?

The broad stock market index lost 0.16% on Thursday as it fluctuated within a short-term consolidation following last week’s declines. On September 2 the index reached a new record high of 4,545.85. Since then it has lost over 110 points. This morning stocks are expected to open virtually flat again following a pre-session rebound from overnight lows.

The index remains elevated after the recent run-up, so we may see more profound profit-taking action at some point.

The nearest important support level of the broad stock market index is now at 4,435-4,450 and the next support level is at 4,400-4,410. On the other hand, the nearest important resistance level is now at 4,490-4,500, marked by the previous support level. The S&P 500 bounced off its over four-month-long upward trend line, as we can see on the daily chart (chart by courtesy of http://stockcharts.com):

S&P 500’s Medium-Term Downward Reversal?

The S&P 500 index broke below its medium-term upward trend line a few weeks ago. However, it is still relatively close to the record high. The nearest important support level is at 4,300, as we can see on the weekly chart:

Dow Jones Trades Within a Consolidation

Let’s take a look at the Dow Jones Industrial Average chart. The blue-chip index broke below a potential two-month-long rising wedge downward reversal pattern recently. It remained relatively weaker in August – September, as it didn’t reach a new record high like the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq. The support level is now at around 34,500 and the near resistance level is at 35,000, marked by the recent support level, as we can see on the daily chart:

Apple at Support Level

Apple stock weighs around 6.3% in the S&P 500 index, so it is important for the whole broad stock market picture. Last week it reached a new record high of $157.26. And since then it has been declining. So it looked like a bull trap trading action. On Friday the stock accelerated its downtrend following an unfavorable federal judge’s ruling. We can still see negative technical divergences between the price and indicators and a potential topping pattern. The stock is at an over two-month-long upward trend line – it’s a ‘make or break’ situation.

Conclusion

The S&P 500 index continued to trade within a short-term consolidation yesterday. It’s been a week since the market reached the current price levels. So is this a flat correction within a downtrend or some bottoming pattern? Today we will most likely see another flat opening of the trading session – later in the day we may see some more volatility because of a quarterly derivatives expiration known as ‘quadruple witching Friday’.

The market seems overbought, and we may see some more profound downward correction soon. Therefore, we think that the short position is justified from the risk/reward perspective.

Here’s the breakdown:

  • The market retraced more of its recent advances this week, as the S&P 500 index extended its decline below 4,450 level.
  • Our speculative short position is still justified from the risk/reward perspective.
  • We are expecting a 5% or bigger correction from the record high.

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E-mini NASDAQ-100 Index (NQ) Futures Technical Analysis – Facing Challenge at 15505.00 – 15551.50 RT Zone

December E-mini NASDAQ-100 Index futures are edging lower on Friday but still holding on to this week’s marginal gain. Despite moving higher on the weekly chart, the buying looks a little tentative with investors remaining cautious due to a resurgent COVID virus, a Federal Reserve policy meeting next week and a historical tendency for weakness in September.

At 12:09 GMT, December E-mini NASDAQ-100 Index futures are trading 15487.50, down 22.00 or -0.14%.

Daily December E-mini NASDAQ-100 Index

Daily Swing Chart Technical Analysis

The main trend is up according to the daily swing chart. However, momentum is trending lower. A trade through 15702.25 will signal a resumption of the uptrend. The main trend changes to down on a trade through 14699.00.

The minor trend is down. This is controlling the momentum. A trade through the minor bottoms at 15307.75 and 15248.50 will indicate the selling pressure is getting stronger.

The minor range is 15702.25 to 15307.75. Its retracement zone at 15505.00 to 15551.50 is the primary upside target and resistance area.

The short-term range is 14699.00 to 15702.25. Its retracement zone at 15200.50 to 15082.25 is the primary downside target and potential support area.

Daily Swing Chart Technical Forecast

The direction of the December E-mini NASDAQ-100 Index on Friday is likely to be determined by trader reaction to 15505.00.

Bullish Scenario

A sustained move over 15505.00 will indicate the presence of buyers. This could trigger a quick surge into the short-term Fibonacci level at 15551.50. Look for counter-trend sellers on the first test of this level.

The Fib level at 15551.50 is also a potential trigger point for an acceleration to the upside with 15702.25 the primary upside target.

Bearish Scenario

A sustained move under 15505.00 will signal the presence of sellers. The first downside target is a minor pivot at 15418.00. If this fails then look for the selling to extend into 15307.75.

Taking out 15307.75 will indicate the selling pressure is getting stronger. This could trigger a further break into the minor bottom at 15248.50, followed by a short-term retracement zone at 15200.50 – 15082.25.

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Preview: What to Expect From FedEx’s Q1 Earnings on Tuesday

The Memphis, Tennessee-based multinational delivery services company FedEx is expected to report its fiscal first-quarter earnings of $5.00 per share, which represents year-over-year growth of about 3% from $4.87 per share seen in the same period a year ago.

The delivery firm would post revenue growth of about 13% to $21.8 billion. In the last four quarters, on average, FedEx has beaten earnings estimates over 28%.

The company’s next earnings report is expected to be released on Tuesday, Sep 21 after market close.

Analyst Comments

“After 18 months of topline focus, attention turns to costs in F1Q22 as FedEx (like most other companies) grapples with labour and general inflation. With revenues running into tougher comps + normalizing trends as well (particularly in Ground), results could be challenging for the 2nd successive quarter,” noted Ravi Shanker, equity analyst at Morgan Stanley.

“We see EBIT growth through YE of FY21 driven by both margin improvement and vol. driven rev. growth which is helped by limited Airfreight capacity and an eCommerce surge, though yields are mixed. We continue to see secular threats to Parcel and remain skeptical that these trends will be sustainable but believe that until there is evidence of a reversal in earnings momentum, the stock can trade at its historical multiple (14-15x PE) on current EPS.”

FedEx Stock Price Forecast

Twenty-one analysts who offered stock ratings for FedEx in the last three months forecast the average price in 12 months of $351.32 with a high forecast of $397 and a low forecast of $270.

The average price target represents a 35.97% change from the last price of $258.38. From those 21 analysts, 17 rated “Buy”, three rated “Hold” while one rated “Sell”, according to Tipranks.

Morgan Stanley gave the base target price of $270 with a high of $400 under a bull scenario and $100 under the worst-case scenario. The firm gave an “Equal-weight” rating on the health care company’s stock.

Several other analysts have also updated their stock outlook. Evercore ISI lowered the target price to $350 from $360. Citigroup slashed the price target to $360 from $365. JPMorgan cut the target price to $346 from $366.

“August quarter remained strong, although we are seeing some delays in shipments, which we expect management to address,” noted Helane Becker, equity analyst at Cowen.

“We are approaching the peak shipping season and expect to see ~50K new hires to handle what is likely to be record demand. Looking ahead, FedEx (FDX) should finally finish the TNT integration; European operations should show that.”

Check out FX Empire’s earnings calendar

S&P Ends Modestly Lower as Rising Treasury Yields Offset Robust Retail Data

The three major indexes spent much of the day in negative territory as rising U.S. Treasury yields pressured market-leading tech stocks, and the rising dollar weighed on exporters.

Amazon.com Inc, buoyed by solid online sales in the Commerce Department’s report, helped push the Nasdaq into positive territory.

“Looking at today, clearly we had positive news from retail sales and it looks as if the massive slowdown in the economy is not materializing as a lot of people expected,” said Ryan Detrick, senior market strategist at LPL Financial in Charlotte, North Carolina.

“It’s a nice reminder that the economy is still taking two steps forward for each step back even amid the COVID concerns,” Detrick added.

Economically sensitive transports and microchips were among the outperformers.

Data released before the opening bell showed an unexpected bump in retail sales as shoppers weathered Hurricane Ida and the COVID Delta variant, evidence of resilience in the consumer, who contributes about 70% to U.S. economic growth.

“Once again, it shows the U.S. consumer continues to spend and continues to help this economy grow,” Detrick said.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 63.07 points, or 0.18%, to 34,751.32; the S&P 500 lost 6.95 points, or 0.16%, at 4,473.75; and the Nasdaq Composite added 20.40 points, or 0.13%, at 15,181.92.

Eight of the 11 major sectors in the S&P 500 ended lower, with materials suffering the largest percentage drop.

The consumer discretionary spending sector posted the biggest gain, with Amazon.com doing the heavy lifting.

Apparel company Gap Inc gained 1.6%. Online marketplace Etsy Inc and luxury accessory company Tapestry Inc rose 3.1% and 1.9%, respectively.

Ford Motor Co rose 1.4% after it announced plans to boost production of its F-150 electric pickup model.

Declining issues outnumbered advancing ones on the NYSE by a 1.27-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 1.06-to-1 ratio favored advancers.

The S&P 500 posted nine new 52-week highs and one new low; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 82 new highs and 94 new lows.

Volume on U.S. exchanges was 9.37 billion shares, compared with the 9.44 billion average over the last 20 trading days.

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(Reporting by Stephen Culp; Additional reporting by Ambar Warrick in Bengaluru; Editing by Richard Chang)

World Shares Slide on Wall Street Sell-Off, China Worries

International investors that have been piling into China in recent years are now bracing for one of its great falls as the troubles of over-indebted property giant China Evergrande come to a head.

The developer’s woes have been snowballing since May. Dwindling resources set against 2 trillion yuan ($305 billion) of liabilities have wiped nearly 80% off its stock and bond prices, and an $80 million bond coupon payment now looms next week.

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index dropped to its lowest level so far this year.

A report from the U.S. Commerce Department showed retail sales unexpectedly rose in August, indicating America’s economic recovery is strengthening on positive trends in consumer spending. The strong data lifted the dollar and pushed up treasury yields, and sent safe-haven gold down nearly 3%.

However, the U.S. labor market remains under pressure, with initial jobless claims rising by slightly more than expected last week.

Losses on Wall Street were dominated by technology and energy stocks as oil retreated from recent highs now that the threat to U.S. Gulf production from Hurricane Nicholas has receded.

The MSCI world equity index was last down by 0.29%, off an all-time high on Sept. 7. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan closed down 0.87%.

European equities bucked the trend, and Europe’s STOXX 600 closed up 0.44%.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 91.51 points, or 0.26%, to 34,722.88, the S&P 500 lost 11.6 points, or 0.26%, to 4,469.1 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 15.52 points, or 0.1%, to 15,146.01.

“(Retail spending) categories that were strongest in August were in Covid-beneficiary categories,” wrote Ellen Zentner, chief U.S. economist at Morgan Stanley.

“Now incorporating today’s retail sales release, we lift our real (personal consumer expenditures) tracking to +1.9% and GDP to +5.0%.”

Markets remain focused on next week’s Federal Reserve meeting for clues as to when the U.S. central bank will start to taper stimulus, especially after the flurry of U.S. economic data out this week.

On Tuesday, data from the U.S. Labor Department showed inflation cooling and having possibly peaked, but inflation in Britain was the highest in years, according to data on Wednesday.

“We have an unusual situation where the overall market is sideways to lower but with a  risk-on trend underneath and that’s down to signs the Delta variant may be peaking in the U.S., which is driving people into reflation and recovery plays,” said Kiran Ganesh, head of cross assets at UBS Global Wealth Management.

U.S. crude recently fell 1.2% to $71.74 per barrel and Brent was at $74.69, down 1.02% on the day.

The dollar index rose 0.506%, with the euro down 0.51% to $1.1755.

Spot gold slid 2.1% to $1,755.75 per ounce, after hitting an over one-month low of $1,744.30. U.S. gold futures settled down 2.1% at $1,756.70.

Caught in gold’s slipstream, silver was last down 4.3% at $22.79.

The U.S. 10-year Treasury yield was 1.3327%, while core euro zone government bond yields were little changed.

(Reporting by Elizabeth Dilts Marshall; editing by David Evans and Steve Orlofsky)

Wall Street Gains as Crude Price Surge, Strong Economic Data Prompt Broad Rally

All three major U.S. stock indexes gathered strength as the session progressed, with economically sensitive cyclicals, smallcaps and transportation stocks leading the charge.

While value stocks initially held the advantage, the risk-on sentiment gained momentum through the afternoon, broadening to include growth stocks.

“Today is the first time in a while when both growth and value stocks are doing pretty well. It’s been either or for much of the last few weeks and today it’s both,” said Chuck Carlson, chief executive of Horizon Investment Services in Hammond, Indiana. “Breadth matters, and that’s something investors like to see.”

A host of economic data showed hints of waning inflation and an ongoing return to economic normalcy, even as supply constraints, complicated by hurricane Ida, hindered factory output.

Import prices posted their first monthly decline since October 2020, in the latest sign that the wave of price spikes has crested, further supporting the Federal Reserve’s position that current inflationary pressures are transitory.

Next week, the Federal Open Markets Committee’s two-day monetary policy meeting will be closely parsed for signals as to when the central bank will begin to taper its asset purchases.

The graphic below shows major indicators against the Fed’s average annual 2% inflation target.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 236.82 points, or 0.68%, to 34,814.39; the S&P 500 gained 37.65 points, or 0.85%, at 4,480.7; and the Nasdaq Composite added 123.77 points, or 0.82%, at 15,161.53.

Among the 11 major sectors in the S&P 500, all but utilities gained ground. Energy was by far the biggest gainer, benefiting from a jump in crude prices driven by a drawdown in U.S. stocks.

U.S.-listed Chinese stocks extended recent losses, as weak retail sales data pointed to a possible economic slowdown in the mainland, while Beijing’s regulatory overhaul of Macau’s casino industry further dampened appetite for Chinese stocks.

This follows a series of regulatory moves by China against major technology firms, which has wiped out billions in market value this year.

“It would be tough to buy any Chinese stocks,” Carlson said. “From an investor standpoint you don’t know what sector is next.”

“I don’t think the situation is going to get better any time soon and it’s probably going to spread,” he added.

U.S.-based casino operators Las Vegas Sands Corp, Wynn Resorts Ltd and MGM Resorts International slid between 1.7% and 6.3%.

Apple Inc snapped a decline over recent sessions following an adverse court ruling on its business practices, and a lukewarm response to its event on Tuesday where it unveiled updates to its iPhone and other gadgets. Its shares gained 0.6%.

Lending platform GreenSky Inc shot up 53.2% after Goldman Sachs Group Inc said it would buy the company in an all-stock deal valued at $2.24 billion.

Advancing issues outnumbered declining ones on the NYSE by a 2.15-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 1.70-to-1 ratio favored advancers.

The S&P 500 posted seven new 52-week highs and three new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 55 new highs and 106 new lows.

(Reporting by Stephen Culp; additional reporting by Ambar Warrick and Sruthi Shankar in Bengaluru; Editing by Richard Chang)

Global Shares Rise on Strong U.S. Equities, Factory Data

U.S. factory production data showed that manufacturing remained strong despite a slowdown due to factory closures related to Hurricane Ida and the ongoing microchip shortage.

Also out of the U.S. import prices declined for the first time in 10 months in August. That followed Tuesday data from the U.S. Labor Department showing that inflation cooled last month and may have peaked.

The MSCI All Country World Index 0.21%. The S&P 500 rose from more than a three-week low and the Dow Jones index recovered from a near two-month trough hit on Tuesday.

“The Delta wave is likely receding in the U.S. and globally, and the pandemic recovery should restart,” JPMorgan Securities analyst Marko Kolanovic wrote, referring to the highly infectious coronavirus delta variant.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 230.55 points, or 0.67%, to 34,808.12, the S&P 500 gained 33.31 points, or 0.75%, to 4,476.36 and the Nasdaq Composite added 94.48 points, or 0.63%, to 15,132.24.

The pan-European STOXX 600 index was down 0.80% after data showed that inflation in the U.K. hit a more than nine-year high last month. Economists believe it was largely due to a one-off boost that analysts said was likely to be temporary.

All eyes now are on next week’s U.S. Federal Open Market Committee’s monetary policy meeting. Expectations that the Fed will announce plans to taper its bond-buying program were lower after Tuesday’s softer-than-expected U.S. inflation data, especially as some expect inflation to remain high for months.

Possible increases to the U.S. corporate tax rate remain important in the background, and one bank estimated that raising the corporate tax to 25% could shave 5% off S&P500 earnings in 2022.

“We still have a very fragile market, especially if we get some type of tapering from the Federal Reserve,” said David Wagner, portfolio manager at Aptus Capital Advisors. “Any material change to tax policy can create a more volatile market.”

Data out of China showed that factory and retail output and sales growth hit one-year lows in August, as fresh COVID-19 outbreaks and supply disruptions pointed to a possible economic slowdown in the mainland.

The dollar was last down 0.122% mainly due to a sharp slide USD/JPY’s, which broke below important supports as safe-haven buying bolstered the yen in particular.

The yield on the U.S. government 10-year note was 1.3107%.

U.S. crude settled up 3.1% at $72.61 a barrel, and Brent ended 2.5% higher at $75.46 a barrel.

Spot gold dropped 0.8% to $1,790.56 an ounce. U.S. gold futures fell 0.68% to $1,792.40 an ounce.

(Reporting by Elizabeth Dilts Marshall in New York, Huw Jones in London; Editing by Will Dunham and Marguerita Choy)

E-mini NASDAQ-100 Index (NQ) Futures Technical Analysis – Looking for Test of 15200.50 – 15082.25 Value Zone

September E-mini NASDAQ-100 Index futures are trading lower at the mid-session on Wednesday, weighed down by losses in major technology stocks. The tech-heavy index has been under pressure all week as investors fretted over the potential impact of a tax hike on corporate profits.

At 16:14 GMT, September E-mini NASDAQ-100 Index futures are trading 15345.75, down 34.00 or -0.22%. This is up from an intraday low of 15307.75.

In stock related news, technology giant Apple Inc fell 0.6% after tumbling 1% in the last session on a somewhat lukewarm response to the unveiling of its Phone 13 and a new iPad mini. In other news, the NASDAQ Composite recorded 27 new highs and 64 new lows.

Daily Swing Chart Technical Analysis

The main trend is up according to the daily swing chart, however, momentum is trending lower. A trade through 14699.00 will change the main trend to down. A move through 15702.25 will signal a resumption of the uptrend.

The minor trend is down. This is controlling the momentum. The next downside target is the minor bottom at 15248.50.

Thursday will be the seventh day down from its last main top on September 7. This will put the index inside the window of time for a potentially bullish closing price reversal bottom formation.

The main range is 14699.00 to 15702.25. Its retracement zone at 15200.50 to 15082.25 is the primary downside target and value zone. Since the main trend is up, look for buyers to return on a test of this area.

The new minor range is 15702.25 to 15307.75. Its retracement zone at 15505.00 to 15551.50. This is the nearest upside target. Aggressive counter-trend traders could come in on the first test of this area. This zone will move down as the index moves lower.

Daily Swing Chart Technical Forecast

The direction of the December E-mini NASDAQ-100 Index into the close will be determined by trader reaction to 15379.75.

Bearish Scenario

A sustained move under 15379.75 will indicate the presence of sellers. If this move is able to generate enough downside momentum then look for the selling to extend into the minor bottom at 15248.50, followed by the retracement zone at 15200.50 to 15082.25.

Look for buyers to come in on a test of the retracement. If the buying volume is strong enough, this could trigger the start of a meaningful rally.

Bullish Scenario

A sustained move over 15379.75 will signal the presence of buyers. If this move is able to generate enough upside momentum then look for the rally to possibly extend into the short-term retracement zone at 15505.00 to 15551.50. Don’t be surprised if aggressive counter-trend sellers come in on a test of this area.

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