Market Update: Wednesday, June 29, 2016

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  • Stocks add to gains on stimulus hopes. Global equities are again moving higher on Wednesday as traders turn optimistic about the potential for added central bank stimulus in the wake of Brexit. S. markets are poised to add to Tuesday’s strong session that saw the S&P 500 rise 1.8%; the gain was led by energy, financials, and technology, which all closed up by more than 2%. Overnight, Asian markets rose across the board, led by the Nikkei’s 1.6% gain, while many European indexes are up more than 2% in afternoon trading. Following their biggest two-day drop since 2011, Treasury yields are modestly higher with yields on the 10-year note hovering near 1.47%. Meanwhile, both WTI crude oil and COMEX gold are moving higher amid dollar weakness.

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  • Pre-Brexit consumer spending, U.S. economy, growing well above tren Based on the May personal income and spending data released earlier today, real personal spending–which feeds directly into gross domestic product (GDP) as personal consumption–in the first two months of Q2 2016 is running 4% above its Q1 pace. Q1 spending was held down by a number of factors to just 1.5%, but if the 4% pace holds, spending in H1 2016 would be 3%, a very solid reading. If the 4% pace is sustained in June, consumer spending in Q2 2016 would be the third best since the end of the Great Recession and the fifth best quarter in 10 years. Based on the May spending data, Q2 GDP is tracking to between 3% and 3.5%.
  • Best day in nearly four months. The S&P 500 bounced back after its worst two-day drop since August 2015 with a 1.8% gain, the best one-day gain since March 1. After going 20 days without a 1% move (up or down), the S&P 500 now has four 1% moves in a row. It hasn’t hit five in a row since a streak of six in a row in late August 2015. Today on the LPL Research blog we will take a look at where this Brexit-induced sell-off ranks and how extreme the near-term selling indeed was.
  • “Black swan” signal? The CBOE Skew Index hit an all-time high of 153 yesterday. This index is used to measure tail risk in the S&P 500. When investors are willing to pay any price to be hedged, this reading will be high. Is this all-time high a warning sign of major problems to come? We will have a second blog post later today examining this event and what it could mean.
  • Second phase of bank stress test results due out today after the market close. Results of the Federal Reserve Bank’s (Fed) Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review (CCAR) will be released today, in which the banks will have their shareholder capital return plans approved or rejected. Following last week’s results in which all 33 banks passed a very onerous stress test, and the years of experience banks now have with this process, we are optimistic that nearly all, if not all, requests for dividends and share repurchases will be approved. Amid post-Brexit uncertainty, during which U.S. banks have sold off sharply, dividend increases will be welcomed by investors. We have been cautious on financials (including banks) all year, despite attractive valuations, due mostly to low interest rates and the flat yield curve; we remain cautious, even though these results are likely to provide some support.

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Wednesday

  • Personal Income and Spending (May)
  • Yellen (Dove)
  • Fed Announces Bank Stress Test Results
  • Eurozone: European Leaders Summit

Thursday

  • Bullard (Hawk)
  • Germany: Unemployment Change (June)
  • Eurozone: CPI (June)
  • China: Official Mfg. PMI (June)
  • China: Caixin Mfg. PMI (June)
  • Japan: Tankan Survey (Q2)
  • Japan: CPI (May)

Friday

  • ISM: Mfg. (June)
  • Vehicle Sales (June)

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