Despite Deteriorating Economics, Equity Markets at All-Time Highs

There were several important news events this week including the Fed’s January minutes. But this took a back seat to Nvidia’s blowout top and bottom-line numbers and its forward guidance which occurred after Wednesday’s (February 21st) market close. The equity market, which had been relatively flat on Tuesday and Wednesday, advanced more than 2% on […]

Headline Data Look “Strong,” But Contradictions Abound

The January Non-Farm Payroll (NFP) number was always destined to be a market mover, especially after Fed Chair Powell said that, while the Fed will be lowering rates in 2024, March was not their base case. The +353K NFP number (consensus was +185K) with December’s number revised up to 333K from 216K, and the +0.6% […]

Markets Pay Little Attention to Emerging Data That is, Until They Do

The S&P 500 hit an all-time high on Thursday (January 25) on the heels of an unexpectedly robust +3.3% annualized growth rate of real GDP for Q4. Market expectations had been for a +2.0% print, and even the normally optimistic Atlanta Fed GDP Now model was only calling for +2.3% The chart shows the sources […]

Upon Further Review – The Labor Market Is Cooling

On Friday (January 5th), once again, the Non-Farm Payroll (NFP) number (+216K) handily beat the +175K consensus estimate for December. Immediately after the release, equity markets, via the S&P 500, spiked +0.75% (35 points) to 4,721 from 4,686, as did bond yields with the 10-Year Treasury rising 8 basis points to 4.08%. But, by day’s […]

Finally! The Fed Recognizes Inflation’s Retreat Financial Markets Celebrate

Despite the fact that markets were 90%+ certain that the Fed was done hiking, both the equity and fixed-income markets were surprised that the hawkishness, that had been so prevalent for the past 18 months, had completely disappeared. We were surprised, too! The dovish policy statement and Chair Powell’s demeanor complemented each other. We think […]

Despite “Strong” Jobs Report, Recession Still Locked In

November’s jobs report surprised to the upside. Nonfarm Payrolls (NFP) rose +199k, close to the +185k consensus view. But, it was the sister survey, the Household Survey (HS), that shocked the financial markets, as it rose +747k, more than doubly offsetting its -348k fall in October. So, it isn’t a surprise that the Unemployment Rate […]