Sunday, February 17, 2019

My two cents on "millennial socialism"

The following from this week's issue of The Economist speaks to what my study and observations of the past 30+ years has me concluding:

Saturday, February 16, 2019

This Morning's Log Entry


2/16/19
Stocks maintained strong gains throughout the day yesterday, then rallied hard into the close; traders were more than comfortable being long into the weekend. This pattern of late day buying during the current rally is hugely bullish.

Friday, February 15, 2019

This Morning's Log Entry


2/15/19
Optimism from U.S./China talks and positive earnings news out of Europe have stocks rallying hard this morning.

This Week's Message: All You Need To Know About the Latest Market Action

While the following is no doubt our shortest weekly message ever, it tells you all you need to know about the latest market action.

From Steven Drobney's extremely instructive Inside the House of Money:   emphasis mine...
"Sometimes speculators add to volatility, other times they dampen it. The important point is, they don't influence the trend; underlying pressures along with policy decisions drive market events."

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Quotes of the Day: Too Much Emphasis on Trade??

If it seems like we're beating the global trade issue to death here on the blog, well, I just read the transcript from today's Coca-Cola (that great American brand) earnings conference call.

Headline of the Day

Confirming what we've been preaching herein ad nauseam, just when the major averages were on the verge of green this morning, this headline hit:

This Morning's Log Entry

2/14/19
Dow and S&P futures this morning went from nicely positive to flat on higher than expected weekly jobless claims and lower than expected m/m PPI, then completely rolled over on hugely worse than expected December retail sales.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

My Two Cents on the Share Buyback Debate

A hot topic, among many others, today is the push to regulate share buybacks by our iconic U.S. brands. Surprisingly, even some on the right (Marco Rubio anyway) find it to be (please pardon my cynicism) politically expedient to join the chorus.

Market update, and what we're looking out for going forward (video)

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

This Evening's Log Entry

2/12/19

The latest BofA/ML mutual fund manager survey shows a presently high level of bearishness among respondents and cash positions at their highest since 1/09.

No Need To "Bring Back the Jobs" -- And Quote of the Day

This morning's Job Opening and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) for December (1 million+ more job openings than there are folks looking for work), once again tells us that, contrary to popular political opinion, the U.S. labor market is in no way hurting from the strategic movement of some production to the world's lower-cost labor markets.

Chart of the Day: Foreclosure & Delinquency Data Say Something

In a weekend blog post I illustrated the market's view of the present state of U.S. housing (bullish). Keeping with that theme -- by way of foreclosure and mortgage delinquency rates -- here's more evidence from this telling sector that the U.S. consumer-driven economy, not to mention the financial condition of the U.S. consumer him/herself, remains in pretty decent shape:

Monday, February 11, 2019

Today's Log Entry


2/11/19

Big overnight gains in Asia and Europe didn’t translate to gains in the U.S..

Quote of the Day

As I stated on Saturday (and a zillion times previously), trade is THE global issue of the day -- and is utterly huge in terms of the direction of the economy and the markets going forward.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Charts of the Day: Housing Stocks Say Something

Each week I perform a detailed technical analysis of the equities that make up the key sectors of the economy. While these analyses help me gauge to what extent, if at all, we should be exposed to a given sector, I'm also looking for any and all signals pointing to the state of the overall economy.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

This Week's Message: Strong Internals, Worrisome Externals (video)

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Friday, February 8, 2019

Chart of the Day: Nothing Panicky At This Point

While 500ish points of Dow downside (yesterday and so far this morning) is an attention getter, at this point, it's been pretty blah.

Last Night's Log Entry


2/7/19
The market fell apart today when Larry Kudlow suggested that the U.S. and China are essentially nowhere near a trade deal. This is yet another instance where Trump and another adviser or two (in this case Mnuchin), literally hours before Kudlow’s comment, touted great progress and a deal in the near-term offing – only to see the resulting rally quashed by conflicting signals coming literally from someone on the same team.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Trade Wars: The Pain and the "Gain" (video)

If you're interested in understanding the cold realities of protectionism, this short clip touches on the long-term commonsense of the issues of the day, as well as where all of the short-term thinking comes from.

Headline of the Day

This headline speaks directly to the closing message of this morning's  video commentary:
"Dow drops 250 points after Larry Kudlow says US and China still far away on trade deal"

Brief Look At This Week's Action (video)

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Quotes of the Day: No Surprises Here

Reuters this morning speaks to the point I made in yesterday's log entry, as well as to the roiling markets have taken due to the trade war. None of this should be of any surprise to anyone who remotely understands modern-day economies and markets.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

This Morning's Log Entry


2/6/19
Clearly, as the Australian central bank joined the flock of doves this week, the world’s central bankers are, on balance, in anything but a tightening mood these days. While, global growth has definitely slowed, Q4’s near bear market in global equities is what truly captured the world’s monetary policy makers' attention.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Brief Look At The Latest Action (video)

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Monday, February 4, 2019

Tracking our dollar thesis...

In our latest annual message I made the case for a weaker-trending dollar this year partly based on the prospects for a rotation away from U.S. equities into non-U.S. equities; those found in the Eurozone in particular:

Sunday, February 3, 2019

My Two Cents On The Tax Debate

While, like most folks who pay taxes, I'm never one to turn down a tax cut, I often find myself explaining to clients how a recession in the near-term would be unusually tough to combat using conventional fiscal and monetary means. 

Friday, February 1, 2019

This Week's Message: Still Ample Fear Out There (video)

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So, Is The Fed Suddenly Back In Play?

In a log entry this week I predicted that the jobs number would be good this morning "but not a repeat of last month's 300+k." Boy was I wrong! The January number was +304k!