• Shares rallied into the weekend – however are below strain this morning.

  • It’s a big week for earnings….20% of the S&P to report.

  • It’s a big week for financial data.

  • It’s a big week for the FED, the ECB and the BoE.

  • Oil retreated however is holding regular at $80….Countdown to Russian has begun.

  • Attempt the Lemon Rooster.

Chevron posted RECORD quarterly ($35.5 billion)  and annual ($246.3 billion)  revenues.  The 4th qtr. revenues although – enormous as they had been – had been ‘short of analysts’ estimates – so the dealer sorts that had been shopping for the inventory on the expectation of upper outcomes – determined to stamp their toes and promote inventory – sending the title down 4% on Friday – which in my view was a shopping for alternative for the long run investor….…. This as additionally they introduced a huge $75 billion inventory buyback program and a rise of their divvy.

US customers turned cautious – as shopper spending fell by 0.2% in December, whereas the FED’s favored inflation gauge additionally eased (as anticipated) – giving some  hope to customers that inflation is cooling – however let’s be trustworthy right here…..  The PCE Deflator Core studying which EXCLUDES meals and power rose by 4.4% y/y – however the topline PCE Deflator that features FOOD and ENERGY rose by 5% y/y – nonetheless down from the prior month, however nonetheless properly above the FED’s 2% goal…and bear in mind – the inflation charge that issues to American’s is the speed that features the on a regular basis gadgets that we want – particularly meals and power and it’s nonetheless ‘too dam high….’

INTC  reported a miss to earnings blaming a weakening financial system, ‘stiff competition’ and a very costly turn-around plan, the inventory which is down 57% from the March 2021 excessive – fell $5 (or 10%) on the opening earlier than recovering simply a bit to finish the day down –6% or $1.93 at $28.16/sh and that helped drag the semiconductor index a bit decrease….and – the board at Goldman Sachs clearly not pleased with CEO Davey Solomon despatched him that message by slashing his annual comp by 30% to $25 million….I don’t see many shedding a tear over this – however it does communicate to the problem in working an funding bank throughout an industrywide slowdown that noticed the bank ROE (Return on Fairness) fall to 10.2% – properly under their 14%-16% goal.  Now on the intense facet (in accordance with Davey)  – the shares fell 10% in 2022 – ‘handily beating’  the 12% decline within the XLF etf!  To date this yr – they’re trailing that index by 3% pts because the inventory is up 3% and the sector is up 6%.

On the finish of the day – the Dow added 29 pts, the S&P gained 10 pts, the Nasdaq rose by 110 pts, the Russell added 9 pts and the Transports gained 192 pts. 

Shares went increased for one motive….recall what I mentioned on Friday.

“Many will use today’s weaker (better) PCE report to demand that the FED stop raising rates…they will say that the FED has done enough and that they need to pause now….something that JJ and the others do not seem to agree with…and don’t forget – the more the market climbs the more the FED will dig its heels in….remember – Joey said that if stock and bond prices continue to rise – it would make his job more difficult – suggesting ongoing rising rates so anyone who thinks they are going to pivot anytime soon, better think again”. 

There’s this group suppose on the market that the FED will crawl off the ledge and cease the speed hikes….not sluggish them, however cease them and ultimately (later 2023) CUT them….which makes zero sense….proper now – partly as a result of they’ve all instructed you that they aren’t ready to do any such factor and partly as a result of the continuing robust labor market threatens to maintain upward strain on wages and costs….suppose 1981 wage/worth spiral inflation – …And we’ve seen this actual fact in a number of the current commentary….…..DAL – whereas negotiating with the union – revealed the strain that union is placing on them for increased wages and that’s however one union, we noticed the identical with the rail union, simply wait till the negotiations come round for others…  WMT & AMZN, are simply 2 extra main firms to announce wage will increase to offset the rising worth will increase that plague us and we’re additionally seeing that individuals who change jobs are getting a almost 15% pay improve vs. those who stay…..And whereas we’ve seen plenty of layoff bulletins over the previous 3 months – it has performed nothing to sluggish the labor market or wage pressures in any respect and the FED reminds us that pricing pressures within the ‘services’ a part of our financial system – is RISING not falling – and bear in mind – the US financial system is a 75% SERVICES financial system.  So, count on this data level to stay very related within the discussions forward.

Now the hawkish stance is inflicting some to fret that the FED has already gone too far – with them suggesting a 65% probability of a recession someday this yr…..Nicely, if the inverted yield curve holds true – then the recession ought to be formally acknowledged someday between April – June 2023 (12 – 16 months after a yield curve inversion)…..The opposite 35% are betting the ranch that the FED can obtain a smooth touchdown – sometimes outlined as cooling inflation with out a surge in unemployment…..which is a robust name – proper?  Consensus is that the unemployment charge must hit a minimum of 5% earlier than the FED is profitable – others recommend a a lot increased quantity – north of 6% -and contemplating that the present unemployment charge is 3.5% – a transfer as much as 5% or 6% can be something however ‘soft’.

So let’s have a look at sector efficiency…..The most effective performing sectors this yr within the S&P are – Communications – XLC + 15%, Shopper Discretionary – XLY + 14.5%, Tech – XLK up 9.5%, Actual property – XLRE + 9.2%….and that makes probably the most sense in case you purchase into the pause/pivot camp – these had been final yr’s greatest losers – because of the aggressive financial coverage….however,  in case you stay within the present camp of upper charges – at slower increments then I feel – these teams are simply a bit forward of themselves…and we’re about to seek out this out on Wednesday when the FED releases their assertion of the long run path of charges….bear in mind – they’re anticipated to lift charges by 25 bps on Wednesday and then once more in March and Might – to get us to the 5% – 5.25% vary…and then pause…the best way the market is appearing means that this hike will probably be their final one (for now) – an argument I don’t subscribe to.  However let’s see…….

I might be shocked if the JJ adjustments his narrative on Wednesday…..My sense is that he’ll reiterate the slower push increased, however it’s a push increased…..Anticipate all of the journalists within the room to push him to say definitively when the FED will cease – one thing I don’t count on him to say with readability….and that’s simply so he can maintain the door open….

It’s a big financial week forward…..we’ve obtained the Dallas FED survey, Housing Value Index, Chicago PMI, ADP employment, S&P World Manufacturing PMI, Building Spending, ISM employment and manufacturing….however there are two data factors that may steal the present this week – Wednesday’s FOMC announcement and Friday’s NFP (Non-Farm Payroll) January report….and that’s anticipated to indicate a rise of 185k ‘restored’ jobs…..and an unemployment charge of three.6% – which might be an uptick over final month…….and bear in mind – so most of the layoffs which have occurred have taken place in January – so it is sensible that that is the month that exhibits a reversal in development….however it’s nonetheless far under the place so many economists inform us it has to go to…. Suppose 5+%. 

As well as the earnings prepare continues to roll on….We are going to hear from greater than 100 S&P firms this week…..search for stories from GM, PFE, CAT, UPS, MCD, XOM, AMGN, MO, LLY, MRK, BSX……and on Thursday – we’ll hear from the big 3 A’s – Apple, Amazon and Alphabet…  So, count on a very busy week on the earnings entrance that would trigger heightened volatility.

Oil whereas shifting increased all week – ended the week a bit decrease at $79.68 on robust Russian provide feedback (that will probably be met with robust Chinese language demand).  Moreover – the Saudi’s made it clear that they might cut back the promoting worth of their mild crude by about 20 cts/gal for March gross sales to Asia to fight elevated Russian provide….and that triggered most of the dealer sorts to hit the promote button and lock in earnings after the current spike increased. 

This morning oil is buying and selling simply a hair under $80 /barrel as RBC places out a report saying that they count on oil to commerce at a median worth of $92/barrel this yr….which suggests it has to commerce considerably increased to convey that common up…Bear in mind – February fifth is the day that the Eurozone will begin a ‘near absolute ban on all imports from Russia’ and is on high of the worth caps imposed by the EU and the G7.   

Gold is holding regular at $1945/oz and is biding its time till Wednesday at 2 pm….after we hear from the FED.  Do not forget that gold has rallied on the concept that the FED must turn into much less hawkish as inflation recedes – and that has helped the greenback decline – providing assist to the entire commodity complicated – recall the inverse relationship between the greenback and commodities.

The greenback index- DXY is down 11% from the September excessive of 115 and is now buying and selling at `101.76…a degree that did discover assist in June of 2022 – earlier than the spike increased that took the greenback to 115, so let’s see if it holds or it corrects additional based mostly on what we hear on Wednesday.

US futures are considerably decrease at 6 am as merchants buyers and the algo’s brace themselves for what may very well be a risky week of data and earnings and a great deal of hypothesis surrounding what JJ says vs. what he means.  I’m within the camp that what he says is what he means whereas others will attempt to discover a technique to recommend that he’s altering the narrative and changing into extra dovish but this morning’s motion suggests that almost all (a minimum of for in the present day) expect some fairly hawkish commentary from the FED in addition to the ECB and BoE. Dow futures down 240 pts, S&P’s down 40, Nasdaq down 160 and the Russell down 20.    

European markets are decrease as properly…..markets throughout the area are down between 0.2% and 1%.  Spanish inflation rose – which was a shock to analysts – is inflicting many to recommend that the ECB is just not caving in Thursday’s announcement. We all know that Christine Lagarde – Pres of the ECB will stay hawkish -she was very clear about that in her final commentary and bear in mind – they’re far behind the tempo of hikes we’ve seen within the US.  Each the ECB and the BoE are anticipated to lift charges by 50 bps. The shock will probably be whether it is any completely different from that. Traders there are additionally bracing for a slew of European earnings.

The S&P closed the day at 4070 – up 10 factors.  Final week we broke out and up by way of the trendline at 4000 as the joy builds….Right now’s weak spot will possible start a check of that trendline – The query is – Will it maintain?  My intestine says provided that JJ adjustments the narrative…..one thing I don’t see occurring – however even when it fails my sense is that there’s loads of assist all the way down to the 3950 vary.    

Bear in mind, you might be a long run investor – construct it and keep on with the plan….making an attempt to choose tops and bottoms is NOT what you do….it’s about constructing that robust basis….greenback price averaging into it and reinvesting all of the divvy’s (until in fact you want the divvy’s as earnings…if not -put them again to work).   Don’t’ be afraid to purchase your names on weak spot (so long as the weak spot is just not a basic shift within the sector or the title). 

Lemon hen

That is a nice dish if you’re planning a get together….it’s simple to organize and goes alongside means.  You can also make it forward of time and simply warmth it up within the oven when prepared.  Served with one other entree in a buffet fashion together with a massive combined inexperienced salad, Rice Pilaf and some sautéed broccolini – it makes a nice presentation.

You will have to begin with boneless/skinless breasts, and thighs.  rinse, drain and pat dry….

To organize – you want:  – 4 lemons – sliced into 1/8 inch slices….seasoned flour (s&p), beef broth, butter and little bit of olive oil.

Minimize the hen breasts/thighs into chunk dimension items – dredge in seasoned flour and put aside.  Subsequent – in a massive sauté pan – soften the butter and a little bit of olive oil to stop the butter from burning – ensure that it’s sizzling earlier than including hen.  Add sufficient to fill the pan – however don’t overcrowd.  Preserve the warmth on excessive.  brown the hen throughout….it should tackle a golden hue…..ought to be about 5 minutes or so……

Subsequent add sufficient beef broth to wash the hen items  – lay lemon slices on high of hen and cowl.  Flip warmth to med and enable the lemon and broth to permeate the hen.  About 3 / 5 minutes extra.  Preserve your eye on it and flip the hen in order that it doesn’t burn.  The broth will start to thicken so ensure that to not overcook.   Switch to a baking dish and repeat course of for the steadiness of the hen.  You may cowl and maintain heat within the oven till full.

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Hi, I'm The Obsessed Guy and I am passionate about artificial intelligence. I have spent years studying and working in the field, and I am fascinated by the potential of machine learning, deep learning, and natural language processing. I love exploring how these technologies are being used to solve real-world problems and am always eager to learn more. In my spare time, you can find me tinkering with neural networks and reading about the latest AI research.


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