S&P 500 didn’t get hammered on the NFPs miss – stocks did reasonably well, saved by the daily rush into tech. Volatility didn’t spike throughout the week at all, and credit markets maintain their risk-on posture. Still, the real economy deceleration made itself heard, pushing back Fed taper speculations even further from September. Jerome Powell wanted to see more jobs data and would want even more so now. I wouldn’t be really surprised if no taper was announced in November.
Markets are thus far unconcerned about a policy mistake in letting inflation get entrenched even more – Treasury yields moved up, but don’t expect to see them gallop just yet. Slow and steady, orderly grind higher is the most likely trajectory ahead, and even that won’t propel the dollar higher, or keep it really afloat. Greenback’s support is at 91.70, and I’m looking for it to give in over the nearest weeks, which carries tremendous implications for commodity and precious metals trades. And for risk assets in general.
Precious metals thus far remain tame. Thus, they should continue chugging along just fine. Commodities such as copper and oil won’t be derailed, but might panic temporarily in case of really bad incoming data. Copper’s continued underperformance of the commodity index highlights the growth woes of the day, and even if the red metal might look to some as ready to roll over, the positive stockpile situation should cushion potential downside. In short, I’m not looking for a meaningful disturbance to the commodities bull, as the inventory replenishment cycle has far from run its course, and inflation is bound to get hotter this year still.
As written on Friday:
(…) In short, forget about tapering into a weakening economy that doesn’t see labor participation or hours worked rising. The Fed won’t take that gamble soon, and we know what that means for real assets (and stocks too as inflation and yields aren’t yet breaking the bull) – fresh money finding its way into financial markets, lifting prices.
Let’s move right into the charts (all courtesy of www.stockcharts.com).
S&P 500 and Nasdaq Outlook
Friday’s result could have been worse, way worse – and shows stocks still remain focused on money printing more than anything else.
Credit markets posture remains risk-on, and the inflation worries become reflected in the quality instruments. Moreover, high yield corporate bonds remain in an uptrend, supportive of risk-taking.
Gold, Silver and Miners
Precious metals benefited strongly on the assumption of Fed erring on the side of tardiness in announcing taper – inflation expectations are remaining tame thus far. Gold and silver ascent is though getting increasingly more confirmed by the miners turning higher too.
Crude oil ran into a setback, but didn’t roll over decisively – some more sideways trading before higher prices emerge, is likely. Look to the dollar for direction.
CRB Index continues its strong recovery, and copper is taking a brief rest at the 50-day moving average. While weakening real economy would hurt it, the red metal’s supply/demand situation would cushion temporarily lower prices. Technically, the bulls better step in fast and take prices solidly above 4.40 in order to steer clear of the danger zone.
Bitcoin and Ethereum
Following long weekend gains, cryptos are under pressure today – it looks like a daily setback and not a reversal. Golden cross is approaching.
NFPs disappointment isn’t likely to derail the risk-on trades, and would actually work in pushing the taper timing further into the future, which would likely result in further stock market and other asset gains. The alternative to taper earlier would force a correction, for which I am afraid there’s no appetite.
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