Thursday, July 8, 2021
Yesterday’s Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting minutes showed Committee is split on tapering
- Some members pulled forward their expectations for the appropriate timing of tapering while others noted that the “further substantial progress” goal has not been met yet.
- Also, several members advocated tapering MBS purchases “more quickly or earlier” because of elevated housing prices.
- However, others preferred to taper both Treasury and mortgage securities at the same time- an approach “well aligned” with previous guidance and supportive of financial conditions.
- The minutes noted that the committee will begin to discuss plans for tapering in coming meetings. The next FOMC meeting is July 27-28.
- The Treasury market was initially unfazed by the release but Treasuries rallied overnight and the yield on the 10-year Treasury is the lowest it’s been since February.
US equities point to a sharply lower open amid concerns about a potential peak in the global recovery, plummeting bond yields, and the Delta COVID-19 variant
- All major U.S. averages are down over 1% as stocks are pulling back from all-time highs.
- European equities are selling off more than the U.S. in midday trading as the European Central Bank (ECB) changed its approach to inflation targeting.
- Asian markets finished lower with the Hong Kong (Hang Seng) market down almost 3% as Japan proposes re-instituting a state of emergency ahead of the Olympics.
Full steam ahead for global economy based on global PMI data
- Global Purchasing Manager’s Index (PMI) data for June pointing to continue strong economic growth around the world.
- The global Manufacturing PMI, at a solid 55.5, has now been in expansionary territory for a year.
- The global Services reading is even stronger at 57.5 after trailing manufacturing much of the pandemic.
- These indicators may signal expansion for some time but may be at or near their peaks as more of the global economy has reopened.
- We continue to recommend investors target regional equity exposures roughly in line with benchmarks across the U.S., developed international, and emerging markets.
- We acknowledge the Delta variant is of greater concern in less vaccinated countries outside the United States.
ISM Services indices off recent highs
- The June Institute for Supply Managers (ISM) Services Index was a bit softer than expected and below May’s reading.
- Survey respondents were bullish on many components of the overall index, including remaining order backlog that needed to be filled and pricing power.
- However, supply managers did point to the proper availability of labor as a chief concern.
- We dig deeper into the recovery in the U.S. services sector today on the LPL Research blog
Claims show signs of leveling off
- Initial claims for unemployment insurance came in at 373k, slightly above expectations for 350k amid holiday distortions and auto plant retooling.
- Continuing claims fell back below 3.4 million, coming in slightly below Bloomberg’s consensus forecast.
- The 4-week moving average of initial claims, which had been on a sharp decline since February, has begun to level off over the past month, a sign that improvements are becoming harder to come by.
- Major indexes bounced back yesterday, but weak breadth was evident once again with more stocks declining on the NYSE than advancing.
- First support for the S&P 500 comes in near 4200.
- Investors continue to rush to Treasuries, sending the 10-year yield down below 1.3% this morning. However, the yield has multiple key levels of support near 1.2% and is already its most oversold (based on RSI-14) since March 9, 2020, the day yields hit their all-time low of 0.31%.
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