Senior Market Strategist
*Royal Bank of Australia: raised 25bps to 3.35% (10yr high) – The board also mentioned it anticipates future rate hikes
*Fed Bostic: “If necessary, the FOMC could return to a 50 bps hike”
*Fed: Jay Powell set to speak at 11:40 CST
Stock: The SP500 finished -0.2% yesterday. The near-term set-up is positive for equities (carrying positive momentum and immediate-term Bullish trade set-up). Our 3-6 month view of the SP500 still remains skewed to the Bears – and we’re still of the view Feb thru April will carry plenty of risk as we begin to see more of the growth (GDP) story unfold. Currently carrying a forecast of -2.3% for headline GDP growth for Q1 2023. Jay Powell will be the headliner today, and we’re interesting in hearing his thoughts and comments on the “red-hot” jobs data we received on Friday subsequently following his “luke-warm” speech on Wednesday. Something I’ve thought about recently….is the Fed wising up to market cycles and becoming more “proactive” vs “reactive”? We’re going to learn more about that later today. I remain a cycle BEAR in stocks, while we think Volatility is in a period where it will likely bottom – VIX signaling a higher-range low is a good start today.
Yields: Did you know that the 2yr yield has risen 30bps since Feb 2? That’s a big move in a short period – while many have been busy attempting to price out the Fed since the Nov highs of 4.70% – they’ve done a good job having knocked the 2yr back to 4.09 (-61bps) – the 2yr seems to be kicking back now, back at 4.43% this morning. The 2s and 10s spread remain deeply inverted at -79bps. I am considering making an allocation to bond futures at present levels with the 10yr yield now back at the top of the range and signaling immediate OB.
Commodities: We’re beginning to see some breakdowns across the commodity complex. We saw Crude Oil and RBOB get lit up last week for -8% and -11% respectively, and now we’re beginning to see some breakdowns in metals – Platinum and Silver are teetering on trend reversals. Gold also signaling a key reversal last week (having declined -5%). Copper also showing some signs of weakness. A lot of this is likely a function of a rising USD and yields. The one thing we’ll note is the USD and interest rates are now signaling immediate overbought at present levels – so we did make an allocation to Gold and Copper (bc they look the best of the bunch still) – but I may have to stay “nimble” here.
Daily Chart of the USD – signaling range high and immediate OB status here – but remains BULLISH trend on 3-6 month outlook (that never changed despite falling price action into the end of 2022)
Daily look at the 10yr Yield – signaling both range high and immediate OB – trend has moved back to “Neutral”
Plenty of “extremes” beginning to trigger in the OB/OS – Powell must be talking today.
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