Stagflation Risks With Yields at Cycle Highs

By:

President of Blue Line Futures

E-mini S&P (December) / NQ (December)

S&P, yesterday’s close: Settled at 3599.25, down 26.00

NQ, yesterday’s close: Settled at 10,845.00, down 139.50

Fundamentals: U.S. equity benchmarks firmed up in the first half of yesterday’s session, but a failure at technical resistance sent the S&P and NQ spiraling to a fresh bear market low. The reversal was the latest example of how fickle the landscape is. Although we find the severity of the selling more technically motivated given the environment, it can be attributed to Bank of England Governor Baily telling (reminding) pension funds they have three days before the bank ends its emergency support. His comments should not have been a surprise, but there is certainly an undertone the BoE is willing to extend support. In fact, the Financial Times cited an anonymous source saying just that. The report staved off added selling in equity markets overnight and lifted the Cable from a two-week low, but U.K.’s Gilts are still on the mend, with the 30-year regaining 5.0%. To make matters worse, yields in the U.K. are rising despite an awful slate of economic data that included much worse than expected GDP, Manufacturing, and Industrial Production.

It is not only yields in the U.K. as the U.S. 10-year Note has risen by 30-bps in one week, ahead of today’s auction and that from German set a new cycle high today.

U.S. inflation data also makes itself to the forefront, beginning with PPI. Remember, producer prices are a leading indicator for consumer prices. September headline PPI month-over-month is expected to rebound from disinflation in August (-0.1%) to +0.2%, however, the year-over-year read is seen leveling off a bit from 8.7% to 8.4%, though still at 40-year highs. The set, excluding food and energy, is expected to increase +0.3% MoM, down from +0.4% in August and steady at 7.3% YoY. A hotter read on inflation will almost certainly put the risk-appetite on its back foot. But for what it’s worth, we ask, has negativity, at this point in time and from this level, become too excessive?

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Breaking News: Headline PPI came in hotter than expected at +0.4% MoM, but August disinflated more than thought at -0.2%, and 8.5% YoY. Core PPI MoM was in line and YoY was soft at 7.2% vs 7.3%. Risk-assets took a sharp kneejerk lower immediately.

Technicals: Buyers showed up at new cycle lows, and price action failed to follow through to the downside amid yesterday’s dramatic failure. The battle at rare major four-star support at 3601.50-3617 is certainly not complete, and this level remains a critical pocket, not only intraday but on a closing basis. As for the NQ, given the decisive new closing low yesterday but failed to follow through yet, we have adjusted major three-star support to align with settlement and the previous 10,890 low from the first trading day of the year. Rally attempts are again possible to first waves of resistance (defined below), but like we said yesterday, truly a move through major three-star resistance is needed to encourage added buying and potential short-covering, in the S&P and NQ at … Click here to get our (FULL) daily reports emailed to you!

Crude Oil (November)

Yesterday’s close: Settled at 89.35, down 1.78

Fundamentals: OPEC’s Monthly Report is in focus this morning. The cartel cut its full-year 2022 world oil demand outlook, once again, to 2.64 mbpd from 3.1 mbpd and its 2023 outlook to 2.34 mbpd from 2.7 mbpd. They cited the continued resurgence of the virus in China and slowing economic growth, as they also cut their 2022 global economic growth outlook to 2.7% from 3.1% and 2023 to 2.5% and noted downside risks still exist. Additionally, although OPEC+ produced less than their ceiling, output increased by 146,000 bpd to 29.77 mbpd, led by Saudi Arabia and Nigeria.

The EIA will release its Short-Term Energy Outlook at 11:00 am CT.

Due to the Columbus Day holiday, inventory data from API’s private survey will be released later today, and the weekly EIA inventory report will be out tomorrow.

Technicals: First key support at 88.00-88.45 has buoyed waves of selling, with much of the battle taking place at our Pivot and point of balance. Most importantly, as we noted yesterday, momentum has shifted negative and will remain so while trading below first key resistance at … Click here to get our (FULL) daily reports emailed to you!

Gold (December) / Silver (December)

Gold, yesterday’s close: Settled at 1686, up 10.8

Silver, yesterday’s close: Settled at 19.487, up 0.128

Fundamentals: Gold and Silver slipped sharply from a buoyant start to yesterday’s intraday session as risk-assets broadly rolled over. The S&P hit a strong area of resistance, and the U.S. Dollar was quickly revived from session lows after Bank of England Governor Bailey told (reminded) pension funds they have three days before the bank ends its emergency support. Additionally, the U.S. 10-year Note is holding against 4.0%, a rise of 30bps in one week, ahead of today’s auction. However, it is not only yields in the U.S. as those from Germany, and the U.K. are poking at cycle highs, all of which have weighed on the metals camp. Today’s headline PPI was hotter than expected, and this could make it a shaky landscape from commodities priced in U.S. Dollars today.

Technicals: Price action remains subdued, and yesterday’s failure at technical resistance was a terrific example; while Gold slipped back to session lows, Silver set a new one. Although the failure is just another disappointing move for precious metals bulls, the next critical levels of support have yet to be violated, specifically that in Gold at 1665.7-1673.7 and now in Silver at 18.98-19.05. If strength is renewed, the recent down move will not be negated until a close above … Click here to get our (FULL) daily reports emailed to you!

Originally Posted October 12, 2022 – Stagflation Risks With Yields at Cycle Highs

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