Market Update: Wednesday, July 27, 2016

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  • Earnings and Fed in midweek spotlight. The Nasdaq is leading U.S. exchanges higher this morning, with tech giant Apple advancing due to a Q2 earnings beat, and as investors await the conclusion of the Federal Reserve Bank (Fed) meeting this afternoon, though no change in interest rates is expected. The S&P 500 closed flat on Tuesday with gains in materials, industrials, and technology offset by weakness in defensive sectors telecom, utilities, and consumer staples. In Japan, the Nikkei rallied 1.7% as Prime Minister Abe announced a stronger than expected fiscal stimulus package; while in China, the Shanghai Composite lost 1.9%. European stocks are higher across the board, paced by 1.5% gains in France and Spain. WTI crude oil COMEX gold are up modestly, and the yield on the 10-year Treasury trades in its recent, narrow range, ticking down to 1.55%.

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  • FOMC statement due today at 2 p.m. ET. With no press conference by Fed Chair Yellen and no new set of economic forecasts or dot plots, the statement released by the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) today is the only way the Fed can communicate with markets. After today, the next key event for the Fed is when Yellen speaks at the Kansas City Fed’s Jackson Hole symposium in late August. The market is not expecting a rate hike by the Fed today, nor is it expecting the Fed to hint at a hike for September. In today’s statement, the Fed is likely to upgrade its view of the economy and labor market post-Brexit, but remain concerned about global financial conditions, low inflation, and inflation expectations.
  • June durable goods report suggests some stabilization in manufacturing in Q2, but capital spending still likely to be a drag on GDP in Q2. Core durable goods orders and shipments (a proxy for the business capital spending portion of gross domestic product [GDP]) were mixed in June and in Q2. Core orders posted a modest month-over-month gain in June versus May but were down 6% in Q2 versus Q1, a slightly less negative reading than the 7% drop in Q1. Core shipments fell 0.4% in June but were down just 2% in Q2, after the 12% drop in Q1 and the 7% drop in Q4 2015. In short, although oil prices rebounded in Q2 as the dollar weakened and the oil supply glut eased, the manufacturing sector remained under duress. The business capital spending portion of GDP is expected to be a drag on overall GDP when the Q2 GDP figures are reported later this week, but should turn around and add to growth in the second half of 2016.
  • U.K. data, pre- and post-Brexit. Overnight, pre- and post-Brexit data were released; not surprisingly, the data tell a tale of two markets. On the plus side, U.K. GDP for the second quarter came in up 0.6%, versus 0.4% for the first quarter and expectations of a 0.5% increase. Strength was across the board, but particularly in manufacturing and industrial production. On the negative side, the Confederation of British Industry’s monthly retail sales index fell to -14, from 4 in June. This is consistent with weak post-Brexit consumer confidence numbers released earlier this week. Most economists forecast that the U.K. will fall into a recession later this year.
  • Is the S&P 500 in a bubble? With new highs being made, we’ve noticed more talk about equities potentially being in a bubble. Could this be true? We will take a much closer look at this question today on the LPL Research blog.
  • The tight range continues. The S&P 500 was up marginally yesterday, making it now nine straight days of alternating higher and lower closes–tying the longest streak since last November. Also, the S&P 500 hasn’t moved more than 0.75% for 12 consecutive days, the longest such streak in 16 months. Lastly, the incredibly tight range in small caps continues as well, with the Russell 2000 in a range of only 1.6% in the past 10 days, the tightest in 18 years (July 1998).

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Wednesday

Thursday

  • Initial Claims (7/23)
  • Germany: Unemployment Change (Jul)
  • Germany: CPI (Jul)
  • Japan: Jobless Rate (Jun)
  • Japan: CPI (Jun)
  • Japan: Tokyo CPI (Jul)
  • Japan: Industrial Production (Jun)
  • Japan: Retail Sales (Jun)

Friday

  • GDP (Q2 and Revisions to Data from 2013 – 2016)
  • Chicago Area PMI (Jul)
  • Eurozone: GDP (Q2)
  • UK: Money Supply and Bank Lending (Jun)
  • Eurozone: CPI (Jul)
  • Japan: Bank of Japan Meeting
  • Mexico: GDP (Q2)

Sunday

  • China: Official Mfg. PMI (Jul)
  • China: Official Non-Mfg. PMI (Jul)
  • China: Caixin Mfg. PMI (Jul)

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