Market Update: Monday, August 1, 2016


  • Markets tick higher to begin week. Following a week which saw remarkably little change in the S&P 500, U.S. equities are slightly higher to begin a week full of economic data and earnings. Of note last week, was the continued recent outperformance of growth, as the Nasdaq gained 1.3%, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost ground every day, to end the week lower by 0.7%. In Asia, stocks finished mixed with the Nikkei moving up slightly, while the Shanghai Composite lost nearly 1% following mixed PMI data. In afternoon trading, European markets are being dragged lower by bank stocks despite the European Banking Authority giving the industry a broadly healthy prognosis in its latest stress test. Finally, Treasuries are giving up some of last week’s strong gains as the yield on the 10-year Note is up 0.04% to 1.50%, the dollar is flat following a sharp fall on Friday, and both WTI crude oil and COMEX gold are moving lower.


  • Week ahead: Post Brexit data on jobs, ISM, vehicle sales, key China data, and the Olympics begin. July readings on the labor market, ISM for manufacturing, and vehicle sales dominate this week’s busy U.S. data calendar. Overseas, the Bank of England’s meeting will be key, as the central bank may respond to Brexit with a rate cut. The Summer Olympics begin on Friday, August 5th in Rio.
  • Earnings remain steady heading into last big week. With 312 S&P 500 companies having reported, second quarter 2016 earnings held steady at -3.0% growth year over year last week, the same as the prior week. Consumer discretionary has exhibited the most growth, while technology has shown the largest upward revision versus start of quarter estimates, and technology and industrials have had the largest upside surprise. This week is the last major week of earnings season, with 120 companies reporting.


  • European stress test. The European Banking Authority (EBA) issued its annual stress test of 51 major banks late Friday afternoon. There was no formal “pass/fail” criteria, but two banks (one from Italy, one from Ireland) clearly failed by any practical measure. A more detailed discussion of this test will be on our blog today.
  • China sneezes and did South Korea get a cold? China’s official manufacturing PMI was released at 49.9, below the 50 that was expected from the previous month. Normally, a 0.1 disappointment would not be particularly meaningful; but in this case it puts China’s manufacturing technically in contraction, granted ever so slightly. In a possibly related release, South Korean exports fell more than -10% year over year, compared to an estimate of a -6.7% decline. South Korea is a major producer of ships, drill rigs, and other heavy construction equipment. It’s not surprising that weakness in the global heavy industries shows up in both countries. On the other hand, China’s private sector Caixin manufacturing index was 50.6, up from 48.6 in the prior month.
  • Great month for equities. The S&P 500 closed down 0.1% last week, ending the four week win streak. It was still a great month for equities though, as the S&P 500 gained 3.6% for the best July since 2013, which gained 4.9%, and the best overall month since March added 6.6%. The monthly win streak remained intact though, as the S&P 500 is now up five months in a row for the first time in two years. It hasn’t made it to six straight since early 2013. Tech, materials, and consumer discretionary led, while consumer staples, utilities, and energy all finished in the red and lagged.
  • Get ready for August. In the Weekly Market Commentary (out later today), we take a closer look at seasonality and the overall sentiment backdrop. Just as July has historically been one of the stronger summer months, August and September tend to be two months that have seen weakness recently. With the S&P 500 in one of the tightest 11-day ranges ever, the odds that August sees more volatility are rather high. Turning to the sentiment backdrop, things are looking much different than they did earlier this year. As we noted at the time, sentiment near the February lows was consistent with past major market lows and now after a greater than 20% rally and new all-time highs in the S&P 500, we’ve seen a distinct shift in bullish sentiment.
  • See you in September? In the Weekly Economic Commentary, we’ll examine what the Fed will be digesting in the way of data, financial market conditions, and events between now and the next Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting in mid-September as it decides whether or not to raise rates in September, wait until December, or defer until 2017.



  • ISM: Mfg. (July)


  • Vehicle Sales (July)
  • Australia: Reserve Bank of Australia Meeting (Rate Cut Expected)
  • China: Caixin Services PMI (July)
  • Japan: Cabinet of Japan (Decision on Fiscal Stimulus Package)



  • Challenger Job Cut Announcements (July)
  • Kaplan (Hawk)
  • UK: Bank of England Meeting (Rate Cut Expected)


  • Employment Report (July)
  • Indonesia: GDP (Q2)

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