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Equities Markets: Scaling The Peak-Mischler Comment via Peruzzi’s Perch
August 2017      Equities Market Commentary   

Peruzzi’s Perch 08.04.17- All Systems Remain in “Go” Mode; Equities Markets Continue to Scale The Peak

Throughout the last several weeks more than a few strategists and commentators have been warning investors of overvalued and overbought equities markets. Calls were being made to head for the exit. Yet, for reasons known and unknown, investors kept plowing money into the market. Lack of volatility, low interest rates, cheap oil, tame inflation and favorable business policy drew investors in to US [and global] equities markets as they did not heed the warnings. To understand this, we should look at the hikers that attempt to conquer Mt Everest. Those mountaineers are well aware that peril could be met with a slight slip of foot or unforeseen storm, yet they trudge forward for the glory and euphoria of reaching the top. Likewise, investors today are presumably well aware of the risks (until they’re not!) and this week, the glory of new all-time highs as well as very good earnings and a strong jobs report made the voyage worth it.

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Larry Peruzzi, Managing Director

We had another heavy earnings week. So far, this recent quarter is shaping up as the best earnings season in 7 years, with 77% of companies reporting beating estimates. Economics-wise, this week‘s June Pending home sales, June Personal spending, July ISM manufacturing and June factory orders all came in at or very close to estimates. Price deflator and personal income data was dovish. The major economic release was Friday’s July employment report. Unemployment dropped to 4.3% as expected and non-farm payrolls added a better than expected 209,000 jobs. Average hourly earnings met estimates at +.3% M/M which at a +2.5% Y/Y rate should NOT ignite any inflation fears.

The Washington/Russia/North Korea/Venezuela soap opera drama continues. The Trump administration cabinet turnover is reaching a record pace, but none of this seems to be enough to spook the markets. Possible new sanctions against Venezuela help lift oil close to $50 a barrel but many U.S refineries have been fitted, at sizeable cost, to refine Venezuela’s heavy type of crude so look for a fair amount of politicking here.

Looking ahead to next week, earning season is nearing its end with just 206 companies due to report. Also due are Consumer credit on Monday, 2Q non-farm productivity and labor cost on Wednesday, July PPI data on Thursday and July CPI data on Friday.

With the DOW at 22, 000 and the economy close to being at full employment, analysts and investors will closely monitor any type of inflationary pressure which might cause the FED to raise rates at a faster pace or possibly, amplify asset sales.  So, we will be listening to speeches by Fed  governors Bullard, Kashkari, Dudley next week ahead of the August 16th FOMC meeting minutes.  With global growth, low inflation, low energy prices and emerging market growth investors will be cautiously move forward as we scale the peak.

 

Larry Peruzzi

Managing Director International Trading

Mischler Financial Group

Investment Banking | Institutional Brokerage

Larry Peruzzi is a 20 yr global trading markets veteran and brings a unique perspective to global equities market commentary via Mischler Financial Group, the securities industry’s oldest minority broker-dealer owned and operated by service-disabled veterans.  Larry’s experience  and best execution perspective stems from his sitting on ‘both sides of the aisle.’  For more than half of Larry’s career, he ran buy-side trading desks for Standish Mellon and thereafter, The Boston Company. In both of those roles, Larry was responsible for implementing and managing international equities trade execution. Larry’s perspectives are frequently cited by the leading financial news publishers, including The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg LP and Reuters

Mischler End of Week Equities Market Commentary via Peruzzi’s Perch July 28, 2017 end-of-week edition is distributed via email to institutional investment managers and Fortune Treasury clients of veteran-owned broker-dealer Mischler Financial Group, the investment industry’s oldest  minority broker-dealer owned and operated by Service-Disabled Veterans.

Peruzzi’s Perch is a weekly synopsis of Everything Equities as seen from the perch of Mischler Financial Group’s International Equities Desk. Cited by Wall Street Letter in each of 2014, 2015 and 2016 for “Best Research / Broker-Dealer”, Peruzzi’s Perch is one of four distinctive content pieces produced by Mischler Financial Group

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Equities Markets: Should I Stay or Should I Go? Peruzzi’s Perch
July 2017      Equities Market Commentary   

Peruzzi’s Perch 07.28.17  As Bull Market Seems Long in Tooth, Equities Markets Institutional Investors Ponder : Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Watching the equities markets this week, one can’t help but think of the song from The Clash: Should I Stay or Should I Go.  Earnings, economic data, Fed speak and cash flows all signal a market that has inflation under control and is growing a moderate pace.

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Larry Peruzzi, Managing Director

We have been seeing a decent amount of shorts being squeezed and retail investors, who have been on the sidelines, are putting more money to work as they try to “catch up”. These points, as well as an S&P P/E ratio of 21.4 tend to be overbought signals and bears will try to make sell arguments. Given all this, it is still difficult to sell this market as low rates, low inflation and low oil prices ($50 oil) look to be with us for a while. While investors are starting to be cautious, we really don’t see any market correction event on the horizon. Friday’s inline 2Q GDP data further confirmed this.

The week in review saw in-line existing home sales on Monday, dovish Fed comments and no rate hike [as expected] on Wednesday, and decent Earning growth on a heavy earnings Thursday. In fact, looking at the S&P 500 earnings scorecard, it shows 10.7% earnings growth on 4.9% rise in revenues. London dealers also announced the 50-year old borrowing benchmark LIBOR will be replaced by 2021. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos passed Bill Gates as the world’s richest person. The transformation of the retail industry continues and the value of an Amazon distribution can make a huge difference as we have seen recent life lines thrown to Whole Foods and Sears.  But, even Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) proved they are not invincible after issuing a profit warning on Friday.  Twitter (NASDAQ:TWTR) continues to be an enigma as the firm announced its first every decline in quarterly revenues and the stock closed below its 200 day moving average on Thursday. The S&P 500, NASDAQ and Dow Industrials hit all-time highs on Wednesday. Thursday started out well but some mid-day profit taking turned the day into a reversal day. Tobacco stocks were burned down on Friday after U.S. regulators proposed cutting nicotine levels in cigarettes. U.S dollar continues to be weak, as the U.S dollar index hit its lowest levels since April 2016.

Looking ahead to next week, the Washington soap opera will be front and center. Thursday night the Senate failed to overturn the Affordable Care Act, causing many to question the ability of the Trump agenda to move forward. Also not helping the case is the continued White House staff infighting and personnel turnover as former Wall Streeter Anthony “Mooch” Scaramucci became Trump’s latest “senior communications director”.

Monday should be a quiet month end as July often is. Also due: June pending home sales on Monday, July ISM data on Tuesday, Factory orders and durable goods on Thursday and July employment payrolls data on Friday. 113 companies will report earnings next week, with the bulk doing so after the market closes on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Investors will be best served by being cautious, as some strategist are calling the markets “expensive”, “overbought” and/or “ready for a correction.” Notwithstanding the market naysers, the data is showing us continued growth and low volatility and inflation. Although we are late in the bull’s run, we continue to see opportunities in sector rotation, as well as in old fashion stock picking. See Twitter up 3.37% YTD while Facebook is up 50.42% YTD.

The take-away? Be cautious, wear your sunscreen so you don’t get burnt, and add the Clash to your playlist.

Larry Peruzzi

Managing Director International Trading

Mischler Financial Group

Investment Banking | Institutional Brokerage

Ph:   1-617-420-8472 | Cell: 1-617-997-6318

Larry Peruzzi is a 20 yr global trading markets veteran and brings a unique perspective to global equities market commentary via Mischler Financial Group, the securities industry’s oldest minority broker-dealer owned and operated by service-disabled veterans.  Larry’s experience  and best execution perspective stems from his sitting on ‘both sides of the aisle.’  For more than half of Larry’s career, he ran buy-side trading desks for Standish Mellon and thereafter, The Boston Company. In both of those roles, Larry was responsible for implementing and managing international equities trade execution. Larry’s perspectives are frequently cited by the leading financial news publishers, including The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg LP and Reuters

Mischler End of Week Equities Market Commentary via Peruzzi’s Perch July 28, 2017 end-of-week edition is distributed via email to institutional investment managers and Fortune Treasury clients of veteran-owned broker-dealer Mischler Financial Group, the investment industry’s oldest  minority broker-dealer owned and operated by Service-Disabled Veterans.

Peruzzi’s Perch is a weekly synopsis of Everything Equities as seen from the perch of Mischler Financial Group’s International Equities Desk. Cited by Wall Street Letter in each of 2014, 2015 and 2016 for “Best Research / Broker-Dealer”, Peruzzi’s Perch is one of four distinctive content pieces produced by Mischler Financial Group

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Equities Market Forecast: Partial Clouds, Mostly Blue Skies; A Summer-Long Groundhog Day?
June 2017      Equities Market Commentary   

Peruzzi’s Perch June 23, 2017–We are finishing up a mixed bag week, with a Russell rebalance on Friday that is adding some trading volume and keeping us within striking distance of fresh all-time highs. Dow and S&P 500 index hit record closes on Monday before pulling back on Tuesday and trading mostly sideways the balance of the week.  The equities market forecast would seem to indicate ‘partial clouds, but mostly blue skies.” In turn, the continued lack of equities market volatility in the US and most other major markets is contributing to rising concerns voiced by contrarians,  “we remain in a state of continued complasence.” For those manning equities trading desks (and without the luxury of summer homes to escape to), this summer portends to be a scene from the Bill Murray film, Groundog Day.

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Larry Peruzzi, Managing Director

Economic data was light, with decent May existing home sales numbers on Wednesday, mostly in line PMI on Friday, as well as better May new home sales.  The mid-month spike in the VIX index is also subsiding as we close out the week at the 10 level, down 13% over the last two weeks. So, after some political drama, Fed rate hikes and lower oil prices, the markets continued their pace of a flat yield curve, slowly rising equities and low inflationary pressures. Some investors, such as Fundstrat Global’s Thomas Lee are starting to question the market rally duration as he cut his 2017 and 2018 S&P 500 earnings outlook.

Oil remained weak, with WTI crude down about 7% the last 2 weeks. Oil’s decline in the past would have pressured markets, but weighting adjustments are allowing us to look past it. Currently the Energy sector weighting in the S&P 500 is down to 5.86%, so oil price weakness is somewhat insulated.

Some [latecomers?] have started to question the Trump agenda, as well as current valuations and earnings expectations. But, in spite of this we continue to see new money slowly enter the market.

Retail investors seem to be fearful of missing out on the rally. We will continue to watch the option markets to see if this sentiment changes.  The MSCI created some noise on Wednesday, when it approved a small weighting of Chinese A shares into the emerging market index, but it did not upgrade Argentina from frontier status to emerging status. The unexpected news in Argentina caused the Buenos Aires exchange to lose 4.8% on Wednesday, but by week’s end it had recouped 1.6% of that loss.

As we enter the final week of Q2, we expect to see some modest sector rotation and cash level adjustments. Next week we have a handful of Fed speakers out and about; Yellen, Williams, Harker and Kashkarei on Tuesday and Bullard on Thursday.

Economic highlights for the coming week are:

  • Monday              Durable goods and Dallas Fed
  • Tuesday              S&P Case Shiller home prices and  consumer confidence
  • Wednesday        Trade balance, pending home sales and wholesale inventories
  • Thursday            Q1 GDP and jobless claims
  • Friday                 Personal income and spending,  Michigan sentiment and Chicago Purchasing managers

It is increasingly feeling as though this market is dealing with 2 fears; (i) valuations are stretched beyond the earnings justifications and (ii) the lack of inflationary pressures will keep real rates low for the foreseeable future. Digging a little deeper, it looks like the latter is winning. Fed Funds are pricing in a 0% chance of a rate hike in late July and only a 16% probability of a hike in September. This could be setting us up for a Ground Hogs Day movie type of summer, same thing day after day. Rinse, Repeat, Rinse Repeat.

We do see some market reactions, such as sector rotation with Energy and Retail lagging and techs, financials and health care gaining. We have also seen some increased equity risk tolerance as money flows enter the more politically stable emerging markets.

So, as investors head to the beach they will keep one eye on the sky for approaching storms and one eye on the markets for the same, but the current picture seems to be blue skies for both.

 

Larry Peruzzi

Managing Director International Trading

Mischler Financial Group

Investment Banking | Institutional Brokerage

Ph:   1-617-420-8472 | Cell: 1-617-997-6318

Larry Peruzzi is a 20 yr global trading markets veteran and brings a unique perspective to global equities market commentary via Mischler Financial Group, the securities industry’s oldest minority broker-dealer owned and operated by service-disabled veterans.  Larry’s experience  and best execution perspective stems from his sitting on ‘both sides of the aisle.’  For more than half of Larry’s career, he ran buy-side trading desks for Standish Mellon and thereafter, The Boston Company. In both of those roles, Larry was responsible for implementing and managing international equities trade execution. Larry’s perspectives are frequently cited by the leading financial news publishers, including The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg LP and Reuters

Mischler End of Week Equities Market Commentary via Peruzzi’s Perch June 23 2017 end-of-week edition is distributed via email to institutional investment managers and Fortune Treasury clients of veteran-owned broker-dealer Mischler Financial Group, the investment industry’s oldest  minority broker-dealer owned and operated by Service-Disabled Veterans.

Peruzzi’s Perch is a weekly synopsis of Everything Equities as seen from the perch of Mischler Financial Group’s International Equities Desk. Cited by Wall Street Letter in each of 2014, 2015 and 2016 for “Best Research / Broker-Dealer”, Peruzzi’s Perch is one of four distinctive content pieces produced by Mischler Financial Group

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Senate Hearings, UK Politics and Tech Sector Fuel VIX-Peruzzi’s Perch
June 2017      Equities Market Commentary   

Peruzzi’s Perch June 09 2017-Comey Senate Hearings, Brexit Breakdown and Tech Turn-Down

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Larry Peruzzi, Managing Director

This week investors were largely on the sidelines awaiting for Thursday’s big three events. Thursday came and the ECB left rates and asset purchase target unchanged and omitted any forward guidance. The Comey Senate testimony while dramatic did not offer a smoking gun and did little to affect markets. U.S. stocks ended Thursday little changed, while Treasuries fell and the dollar advanced as equity indices swung between gain and losses.  Trading volumes returned to their ADV on Thursday after spending the first half of the week down about 15% from their ADV. Volatility, as measured by the VIX index, creeped up going into Thursday, but by week’s end was back below 10 to all-time lows. The bulk of volatility seems to be confined to the Foreign exchange and oil markets. Oil closed out the week down 4% and the U.S dollar rose 1%. The Pond sterling lost 2% on Friday after the U.K’s ruling conservative party failed to secure a 326 seat ruling majority. While investors waited for Thursday, we saw mostly in-line April Factory and durable goods orders on Monday. Wednesday we saw a rise in mortgage applications. The Fed is in a quiet period ahead of their next meeting on Wednesday 6/14. So overall we saw a quiet state to the week, an interesting Thursday and then a return to recent trading patterns on Friday as Comey, the ECB and the U.K election did little to deter the markets slow but steady rise. The DOW, S&P 500 and NASDAQ all were trading at all-time highs early on Friday with Tesla and NVIDIA both had good weeks (+10.5% and +14.5% respectfully) as analyst raised targets on the stocks.  Nordstrom gained 7% for the week on speculation of a management buyout.  Then Tech experience a reversal that we have not seen in quite some time. Apple, Facebook, Amazon.com, NVIDIA and high-flying chip shares stocks plunged amid a Goldman note that warned about underestimating risks in large-cap tech and after Citron Research warned about“frenzied casino action” in Nvidia trading. The Philadelphia Semiconductor Index declined as much as 3.6% after reaching an almost 17-year high on Thursday. Just as we thought we had the market understood stretched valuations and analyst warnings caused a complete technical reversal. The VIX index rose 20% from its all-time low volume increased and profit takers lined up.

Next week’s big event comes on Wednesday with the FED’s June meeting and rate decision. A 25 bps hike from 1% to 1.25% is widely expected. In fact markets and Fed fund futures have priced in a 95% probability of a 25 bps hike as of Friday.  So with the hike already priced in investors will comb through the accompanying statements but even there, as on past statements, we have seen little in market moving comments. We do not expect to see any irrational exuberance statements coming from the Fed any time soon.

The dilemma is that many now expect this to be the last hike for several months.  Recent inflation indicators seem to be showing an easing of inflation. The Fed has also kept the level of asset purchases mostly static. Analyst expect the Fed’s current pace of unwinding its balance sheet, together with low overnight rates, will act in maintaining the relatively flat yield curve through the summer.  In addition to the FOMC meeting on Wednesday, we get May PPI data on Tuesday, May CPI data and Retail sales on Wednesday, May import/export prices, industrial production/capacity utilization on Thursday, and May housing starts/building permits and Michigan sentiment on Friday. We currently do not expect any of this data to show any inflationary pressures.  

Also on the slate is a bevy of broker conferences: JPMorgan 7th Annual Cloud & Beyond Conference, 6/13, in NY ·Morgan Stanley Financials Conference, 6/13-6/14, in NY ·Citigroup Industrials Conference, 6/13-6/14, in Boston · Goldman Sach’s 38th Annual Global Healthcare Conference, 6/13-6/14, in CA ·Piper 37th Annual Consumer Conference, 6/13-6/14, in NY ·William Blair Annual Growth Stock Conference, 6/13-6/15, in Chicago. We should be seeing some company specific news trickle out of these conferences. Trading wise we have seen little in major risk on/risk off trades up until mid-day Friday. Most volume was from moderate position/portfolio maintenance trading coupled with the occasional fundamental trigger trade. The Tech reversal on Friday started a sector reversal as investors sold high flying tech and growth stock and started to buy energy financial stocks. These type of reversals and sell offs always cause some concerns when they occur on Fridays as investors tend to return on weekends and sell on Mondays.

What politics, elections, and senate testimonies could not do, a couple of notes highlighting stretched valuations did.  Stay tune on Monday as what was looking like a tame week now takes on added importance.

 

 

 

Larry Peruzzi

Managing Director International Trading

Mischler Financial Group

Investment Banking | Institutional Brokerage

Ph:   1-617-420-8472 | Cell: 1-617-997-6318

745 Atlantic Ave, Suite 902, Boston MA 02111

www.mischlerfinancial.com

Larry Peruzzi is a 20 yr global trading markets veteran and brings a unique perspective to global equities market commentary via Mischler Financial Group, the securities industry’s oldest minority broker-dealer owned and operated by service-disabled veterans.  Larry’s experience  and best execution perspective stems from his sitting on ‘both sides of the aisle.’  For more than half of Larry’s career, he ran buy-side trading desks for Standish Mellon and thereafter, The Boston Company. In both of those roles, Larry was responsible for implementing and managing international equities trade execution. Larry’s perspectives are frequently cited by the leading financial news publishers, including The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg LP and Reuters

Mischler End of Week Equities Market Commentary via Peruzzi’s Perch June 09 2017 end-of-week edition is distributed via email to institutional investment managers and Fortune Treasury clients of veteran-owned broker-dealer Mischler Financial Group, the investment industry’s oldest  minority broker-dealer owned and operated by Service-Disabled Veterans.

Peruzzi’s Perch is a weekly synopsis of Everything Equities as seen from the perch of Mischler Financial Group’s International Equities Desk. Cited by Wall Street Letter in each of 2014, 2015 and 2016 for “Best Research / Broker-Dealer”, Peruzzi’s Perch is one of four distinctive content pieces produced by Mischler Financial Group

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Equity Markets Blink, But Remain Resilient-What’s Next? Peruzzi’s Perch Memorial Day Edition
May 2017      Equities Market Commentary   

Peruzzi’s Perch-May 26 2017-Memorial Day Edition: Equity Markets Blink But Remain Resilient In Wake of More Presidential Drama

Just when the markets looked ready to crack, along came President Trump’s first overseas trip. The trip to the Middle East and Europe came at the perfect time as it took market focus off of the administration’s follies and back on the economic fundamentals.

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Larry Peruzzi, Managing Director

The FOMC minutes from the May 2-3 meeting on Wednesday showed that the FED seems to be on pace for a June 14 rate hike. The FED dismissed 1Q slower growth and felt that higher broader growth is on the horizon. While the probability a June hike slightly diminished after the release, by week’s end markets had priced in a 92% chance of a 25 bps hike.

The week also saw some retailing firms release earning, and on a whole, traditional retailers continue to lose market share but investors were encouraged by pockets of strength in a few names such as Best Buy (NYSE:BBY),  Home Depot (NYSE:HD), and of course, Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN).

Crude oil’s 2 week rally rolled over as OPEC’s production cuts were seen as being insufficient. Last Saturday’s news that The United States sealed a multibillion arms deal with Saudi Arabia helped lift defense stocks such as Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT), General Dynamics (NYSE:GD) and Boeing (NYSE:BA) to all-time highs’. On the negative side, ISIS seemed to hit new lows in Manchester England and President Trump gave us some awkward moments at the NATO meeting on Thursday; neither was enough to keep the S&P 500 and NASDAQ from hitting new all-time highs. We continue to see institutional money flow into the market, but we also saw an uptick in retail flows entering the market. Overseas the U.K pond hit monthly low versus the Euro and U.S dollar on uncertain election polling numbers and Brazil’s bribery/ Presidential drama continues to amaze us.

Looking ahead to next week, a fair amount of data will be compressed into 4 days due to Monday’s Memorial Day holiday. April Personal Income and Spending, as well as May Conference Board consumer confidence on Tuesday gives us some insight onto the consumer sentiment and strength, while Dallas Fed manufacturing on Tuesday, Chicago Purchasing on Wednesday and May ISM manufacturing data on Thursday  will shed some light on manufacturing activity and health.

The highlight of the week will be on Friday with the release of May’s employment report. The FED has repeatedly stated that the largest factor in determining future rate hikes is the Payrolls numbers. With the long weekend and the Jobs report on Friday (providing we do not see any major news out of Washington),  trading volume will be skewed to the end of the week.

This week we looked at total U.S exchange volume versus the VIX index. It confirmed our belief that spikes in the VIX (May 15 to May 18) provided more trading opportunities as limits and Stops got triggered, and thus trading volumes spiked. This week however, the VIX has dropped back below 10 and trading volumes dropped by approximately 15%. Fed governors William, Brainard, Kaplin , Powel and Harker speak during the week, but investors seem to be locked in on a June 14th hike so we expect little new data from the Fed until then.

With the mid-month sell off followed by the late moth recovery investors have had to digest a lot of data points in trying to determine if we are under or overvalued. The long weekend will be welcomed, but we should not lose sight as to the meaning of the day as we honor the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Larry Peruzzi

Managing Director International Trading

Mischler Financial Group

Investment Banking | Institutional Brokerage

Ph:   1-617-420-8472 | Cell: 1-617-997-6318

Larry Peruzzi is a 20 yr global trading markets veteran and brings a unique perspective to global equities market commentary via Mischler Financial Group, the securities industry’s oldest minority broker-dealer owned and operated by service-disabled veterans.  Larry’s experience  and best execution perspective stems from his sitting on ‘both sides of the aisle.’  For more than half of Larry’s career, he ran buy-side trading desks for Standish Mellon and thereafter, The Boston Company. In both of those roles, Larry was responsible for implementing and managing international equities trade execution. Larry’s perspectives are frequently cited by the leading financial news publishers, including The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg LP and Reuters

Mischler End of Week Equities Market Commentary via Peruzzi’s Perch March 09 2017 end-of-week edition is distributed via email to institutional investment managers and Fortune Treasury clients of veteran-owned broker-dealer Mischler Financial Group, the investment industry’s oldest  minority broker-dealer owned and operated by Service-Disabled Veterans.

Peruzzi’s Perch is a weekly synopsis of Everything Equities as seen from the perch of Mischler Financial Group’s International Equities Desk. Cited by Wall Street Letter in each of 2014, 2015 and 2016 for “Best Research / Broker-Dealer”, Peruzzi’s Perch is one of four distinctive content pieces produced by Mischler Financial Group

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Equities Market Commentary-A Goldilocks Market or a Teflon Market?; Peruzzi’s Perch
May 2017      Equities Market Commentary   

Peruzzi’s Perch Equities Market Commentary May 05 2017- VIX Messaging Goldilocks Market, Or a Teflon Market?

U.S markets close out a low volatility week with an important April jobs report on Friday. We seem to be in a Teflon market where both good and bad news alike just slide off the market. This either a Goldilocks market or a Teflon market.

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Larry Peruzzi, Managing Director

The VIX index (good indication of volatility) hit a 10 year low on Monday at 10.11. In fact many have noted that the VIX trading curve looks very similar to 2007. In another indication of the low volatility the S&P 500 has not had a move of more than 20 bps over the last 7 sessions. Not that there has been a lack of new, quite the contrary between French elections, possible affordable health care plan overturned, North Korea, Apple hitting an all-time high, the Fed’s non actions and earnings investors have had plenty to digest. Q1 earning season is nearing an end with 78% of earnings reports beating forecast and 63% beating sales forecast. Wednesday the Fed decided not to raise rates and the statement was slightly more hawkish than we were expecting with the Fed suggesting it could still raise interest rates at its next meeting on June 14th.  Market expectations for a rate hike next month jumped to 75% from 60%, but much of this is contingent on a rebound in employment growth in April and May. Thursday was a great example of sector movements canceling each other out as financial stocks gained offsetting losses in telecom and energy shares as the price of crude oil fell below $45 a barrel. The question we all have is how long can this keep going?

Looking ahead to next week fist on the docket will be follow through to Friday’s job report and reaction both in Europe and the U.S to France’s presidential elections on Sunday. Polls indicate Emmanuel Macron has a 20 point lead on Marie LePen, but U.S and U.K voters are both well aware of how inaccurate polls can be lately. A Le Pen victory certainly would create some volatility, while Macron would be viewed as more of a status quo.

Cheap oil is coming back, with WTI crude at its lowest level in 13 months. We could see some continued pressure in the energy sector next week.  Keep an eye on Venezuela, a country that is nearly 100% dependent on oil revenue. Crude’s 2-year slide, as well as disastrous political decisions, has the country on the verge of collapse. This week’s EIA number added further importance. Japan will also return to work after three days of holidays.

Economic data is back loaded next week, with April PPI reading and jobless claims on Thursday and April CPI, April retail sales, Business inventories and Michigan sentiment closing out the week on Friday. Fed wise governors Bullard, Mester, Kashkari, Rosengren, Dudley, Evans, and Harker, all give speeches, but make no mistake about it; The Fed is looking at just 2 things: Jobs and inflation. Recently, both of those have not shown to be either hawkish or dovish. Washington will not be lacking any drama as the Senate GOP looks ready to overlook the House Obamacare repeal bill and write its own. If they find sometime a budget is needed to avoid another government shutdown later this year.  So call it a Goldilocks market or a Teflon market but until volatility returns brokers will continue to see low trading volumes. This will certainly result in lower earnings for the brokers in Q2.

 

Larry Peruzzi

Managing Director International Trading

Mischler Financial Group

Investment Banking | Institutional Brokerage

Larry Peruzzi is a 20 yr global trading markets veteran and brings a unique perspective to global equities market commentary via Mischler Financial Group, the securities industry’s oldest minority broker-dealer owned and operated by service-disabled veterans.  Larry’s experience  and best execution perspective stems from his sitting on ‘both sides of the aisle.’  For more than half of Larry’s career, he ran buy-side trading desks for Standish Mellon and thereafter, The Boston Company. In both of those roles, Larry was responsible for implementing and managing international equities trade execution. Larry’s perspectives are frequently cited by the leading financial news publishers, including The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg LP and Reuters

Mischler End of Week Equities Market Commentary via Peruzzi’s Perch March 09 2017 end-of-week edition is distributed via email to institutional investment managers and Fortune Treasury clients of veteran-owned broker-dealer Mischler Financial Group, the investment industry’s oldest  minority broker-dealer owned and operated by Service-Disabled Veterans.

Peruzzi’s Perch is a weekly synopsis of Everything Equities as seen from the perch of Mischler Financial Group’s International Equities Desk. Cited by Wall Street Letter in each of 2014, 2015 and 2016 for “Best Research / Broker-Dealer”, Peruzzi’s Perch is one of four distinctive content pieces produced by Mischler Financial Group (more…)

Risk Appetites Sour as News Cycle Confounds, But US Equity Markets Remain Stable; Mischler Commentary
April 2017      Equities Market Commentary   

Peruzzi’s Perch 04.07.17 Risk Appetites Sour, But US Equity Markets Remain Stable

 

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Larry Peruzzi

As we head into Friday, U.S equity markets find themselves little changed from last Friday.

It’s peculiar given the pace of news coming out of Washington and the Fed. What is becoming apparent is that risk appetite is souring, but there is apparently enough optimism to keep the markets in a status quo pattern.

It’s interesting that the VIX index trading range has been between 10.58 and 13.22 the entire year to date.  Friday will look to change that as three big events continue to take shape. First, Senate Republicans enacted the “Nuclear Option” to get Neil Gorsuch on the threshold of the Supreme Court. Second, on Thursday night the U.S. launched a missile strike into a Syria Government controlled military facility located in Idlib Provence in response to the earlier in the week chemical weapon sarin gas attack that brutally killed dozens of innocent civilians. Thursday night’s missile strikes immediately rallied crude oil pricing by as much as 2% and investors moved into the safety of bonds With that, Trump’s vision of improved Russian relations became increasingly foggy.

Finally, as this note is being published in advance of market open, Friday morning financial markets and investors will focus on March payrolls, which will likely be buffeted by the economic numbers over the week, which showed some modest improvement in ISM Employment, ADP employment change and Durable goods orders. A decline in March Auto sales is worth keeping an eye on. The decline may be rate-related, as higher interest rates take away a major sales incentive. Before Thursday’s night’s missile attack and Friday’s employment report the largest event was Wednesday’s release of the March 15th FOMC meeting minutes. Coming on the heels of Jeffrey Lacker’s surprise resignation, the Fed signaled it is planning on unwinding some balance sheet positions and they are looking at a 2H rate increase. The result was the S&P 500 and Dow posting their biggest one-day reversal since February 2016 on Wednesday.

Looking ahead to the Easter shorten week, the economic and earnings calendar are light. Highlights economically on Thursday are March PPI numbers and April’s Michigan sentiment readings. 1Q earnings season begins the following week. Just a handful of earnings are due for Thursday, which include PNC financial, JP Morgan, Wells Fargo and Citigroup.  Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaks at the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy and will take questions from the audience on Monday in a quite week for Fed watchers.

With the exception of the constant flow of news out of Washington, the markets will be digging for actionable news and direction. The importance of 1Q earnings cannot be overlooked. With Affordable Care Act version 2.0 dead and comments from Washington that “a new tax plan is quite some time away”,  investors will need to see earnings growth to justify current valuations. Lack of earnings growth could certainly trigger the “Sell in May and go away” strategy, but would an executive order here, and a nuclear option there be enough to keep investors hanging in the market?

Whatever you do to gain success, you have to hang in there and hope good things happen. “Always think positive.” Don Rickles May 8, 1926 – April 6, 2017

 

Larry Peruzzi

Managing Director International Trading

Mischler Financial Group

Investment Banking | Institutional Brokerage

Ph:   1-617-420-8472

Larry Peruzzi is a 20 yr global trading markets veteran and brings a unique perspective to global equities market commentary via Mischler Financial Group, the securities industry’s oldest minority broker-dealer owned and operated by service-disabled veterans.  Larry’s experience  and best execution perspective stems from his sitting on ‘both sides of the aisle.’  For more than half of Larry’s career, he ran buy-side trading desks for Standish Mellon and thereafter, The Boston Company. In both of those roles, Larry was responsible for implementing and managing international equities trade execution. Larry’s perspectives are frequently cited by the leading financial news publishers, including The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg LP and Reuters

Mischler End of Week Equities Market Commentary via Peruzzi’s Perch March 09 2017 end-of-week edition is distributed via email to institutional investment managers and Fortune Treasury clients of veteran-owned broker-dealer Mischler Financial Group, the investment industry’s oldest  minority broker-dealer owned and operated by Service-Disabled Veterans.

Peruzzi’s Perch is a weekly synopsis of Everything Equities as seen from the perch of Mischler Financial Group’s International Equities Desk. Cited by Wall Street Letter in each of 2014, 2015 and 2016 for “Best Research / Broker-Dealer”, Peruzzi’s Perch is one of four distinctive content pieces produced by Mischler Financial Group.

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Equity Market Drivers: Sentiment, Spending and Politics; Peruzzi’s Perch
March 2017      Equities Market Commentary   

What’s Next for Stocks? Equity Market Drivers-It’s all about Sentiment, Spending and Politics…

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Larry Peruzzi

U.S and global markets experienced a classic risk reversal trade on Tuesday as investors re-priced the probability of a reduction in taxes. Investors took profits and reduced their risk exposure by knocking the Dow down 1.14% and the S&P 500 by 1.24% on Tuesday.  The S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrials ended their historic streak of 110 sessions without a 1% decline. Crude oil continued its decline with WTI crude down 3.1% over the first 4 days of the week. Energy, the worst-performing sector this year, has fallen by about 8% year to date. The economic front was largely void of any market moving numbers.

The housing sector did release some contradictory numbers as Wednesday’s existing home sales in February registered a 3.7% decline, but Thursday new home sales surged 6.1%. Who wants used when you can have new?  As the week came to an end, more uncertainty was created as the House GOP leaders looked to vote on Friday on their health-care bill, while not knowing for sure they have enough votes to pass it. As we have learned time and time again, markets greatly despise uncertainty.

Further evidence of the risk reversal trade can be seen in Gold’s trading action, as the precious metal is up 3.25% over the last 2 weeks. The week will also be remembered for what might have been the beginning stages of an end to an era when Sears Holdings had its worst decline in 2 years. Sears said there was “substantial doubt” about its future. Sears was once the world’s largest retailer over its 131 year history. With the Fed’s rate hike behind us and the next meeting not until May 3rd and 1Q earnings still a few weeks’ away, investors will continue to ponder their risk tolerance in these highly partisan political times.  Friday was an active day for Fed governors with Bullard, Dudley, Williams and Evans speaking.

Next week will be equally active for the Fed, with 12 speeches by governors, culminating with Chair Yellen speaking on Tuesday.  With the market drivers changing over the last couple of weeks, I think what the market and investors will be concentrating on is sentiment, spending and politics. Tuesday’s March Conference Board consumer confidence and Friday’s March Michigan sentiment readings should give us a good idea how the public views the economy, while Wednesday’s February pending home sales and Thursday 4Q personal consumption, followed by Friday’s February Personal Spending will be a good indication of how much the recent market rally has buoyed the consumption and spending.

The political front remains divided by party lines and reforms in taxes, healthcare, immigration and a Supreme Court nominee are at risk. As we watch a few key economic numbers and Fed speeches, we will be closely monitoring the shenanigans out of Washington. Quarter-end on Friday is normally “meet with portfolio managers” who will be making some last minute adjustments to portfolio holding and cash levels. I would expect trading volumes to increase as the week progresses.

There is a lot to digest for a market that looks like it is being stymied by a fork in the road.

Larry Peruzzi

Managing Director International Trading

Mischler Financial Group

Investment Banking | Institutional Brokerage

Ph:   1-617-420-8472

Larry Peruzzi is a 20 yr global trading markets veteran and brings a unique perspective to global equities market commentary via Mischler Financial Group, the securities industry’s oldest minority broker-dealer owned and operated by service-disabled veterans.  Larry’s experience  and best execution perspective stems from his sitting on ‘both sides of the aisle.’  For more than half of Larry’s career, he ran buy-side trading desks for Standish Mellon and thereafter, The Boston Company. In both of those roles, Larry was responsible for implementing and managing international equities trade execution. Larry’s perspectives are frequently cited by the leading financial news publishers, including The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg LP and Reuters

Mischler End of Week Equities Market Commentary via Peruzzi’s Perch March 09 2017 end-of-week edition is distributed via email to institutional investment managers and Fortune Treasury clients of veteran-owned broker-dealer Mischler Financial Group, the investment industry’s oldest  minority broker-dealer owned and operated by Service-Disabled Veterans.

Peruzzi’s Perch is a weekly synopsis of Everything Equities as seen from the perch of Mischler Financial Group’s International Equities Desk. Cited by Wall Street Letter in each of 2014, 2015 and 2016 for “Best Research / Broker-Dealer”, Peruzzi’s Perch is one of four distinctive content pieces produced by Mischler Financial Group.
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March-In Like a Lion..Out Like A Lamb, a Bull or a Bear? Mischler Equities Insight
March 2017      Equities Market Commentary   

Mar 09 11 pm EST– March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. Traders are hoping March does not come in like a bull and goes out like a bear.

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Larry Peruzzi

On March 1, the Dow, S&P 500 and NASDAQ comp all closed at record highs, over the next 6 trading sessions the S&P declined on 4 of 6 days and had very small gains on the 2 other days.

On Thursday, the bull market celebrated its 8th year with gains of between 1bp and 8 bps in U.S indices. After 8 years, markets seem to be both tired and excited. Valuations are starting to be questioned but expectation of job growth and tax relief has few ready to sell; but an equally few are ready to jump in.

So, markets feel as though we are currently in a stalemate. Friday’s February employment report is truly the first report that will be more affected by the present administration rather than the former. It is being closely watched, and anticipation about the Feb report explains why the equities markets move this week has been muted. Investors have been calling for, and patiently waiting for, policy details. Friday’s report should give us something to digest for now.

Although the market moves this week have been narrow, news has been abundant. We have seen a new proposed health care bill, a new immigration policy effort, U.S shale production increase, a global bond rout, U.S dollar at highest levels in 2 months, South Korean President ousted from office and an EU summit all kept us busy. Monday’s Factory orders exceeded expectations, Wednesday’s ADP employment change exceeded estimated by a healthy 112K and Thursday import prices showed inflation seems to be under control.

After Friday’s employment report, I think that the next two most important events this week were: 1) WTI crude oil falling back below $50 (WTI is down 8.3% for March). This has always been a double edge sword. More money in consumers’ pocket, but decline in the energy sector is a drag on the economy and indices. 2) A largely overlooked surge in Household Net Worth, with both a positive revision to 3Q and a better than expected gain in 4Q. Simply put, more wealth equals more spending, which equals more jobs and growth. But we need to watch that inflation as well.

Looking ahead to next week investors will have plenty to digest. As this market moves more toward a dual factor market (taxes and jobs), we will be reminded of the other factors able to move the market. We get a good view on inflation with Tuesday’s PPI report for February and Wednesday CPI report for February. Wednesday’s retail sales figures will give us a clearer picture as to how much of the surge in household wealth has pushed through the economy. With recent weakness in the retailers, we will be watching the sales numbers closely. Later in the day on Wednesday, the FED will release its FOMC rate decision, in which a 25bps hike is widely expected. Fed Funds rate is actually pricing in a 100% probability of a rate increase; the accompanying comments will be of more importance than the action.

With Thursday’s February Housing Starts and building permits release we get a better idea of the health of real estate.  Mild weather in February should help this number. The week concludes with Michigan sentiment reading. With the stock market near all-time highs, surge in household wealth and cheaper oil and gas prices in store, consumers should have reason to be optimistic.  With the S&P 500 PE ratio continuing to creep up to 21.8, companies’ earnings need to be able to sustain these prices when 1Q earnings roll around next month, otherwise we could some profit taking on the rise.

But it all starts with Friday’s employment number.

 

Larry Peruzzi

Managing Director International Trading

Mischler Financial Group

Investment Banking | Institutional Brokerage

Ph:   1-617-420-8472

Larry Peruzzi is a 20 yr global trading markets veteran and brings a unique perspective to global equities market commentary via Mischler Financial Group, the securities industry’s oldest minority broker-dealer owned and operated by service-disabled veterans.  Larry’s experience  and best execution perspective stems from his sitting on ‘both sides of the aisle.’  For more than half of Larry’s career, he ran buy-side trading desks for Standish Mellon and thereafter, The Boston Company. In both of those roles, Larry was responsible for implementing and managing international equities trade execution. Larry’s perspectives are frequently cited by the leading financial news publishers, including The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg LP and Reuters

Mischler End of Week Equities Market Commentary via Peruzzi’s Perch March 09 2017 end-of-week edition is distributed via email to institutional investment managers and Fortune Treasury clients of veteran-owned broker-dealer Mischler Financial Group, the investment industry’s oldest and largest minority broker-dealer owned and operated by Service-Disabled Veterans.

Peruzzi’s Perch is a weekly synopsis of Everything Equities as seen from the perch of Mischler Financial Group’s International Equities Desk. Cited by Wall Street Letter in each of 2014, 2015 and 2016 for “Best Research / Broker-Dealer”, Peruzzi’s Perch is one of four distinctive content pieces produced by Mischler Financial Group.

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Equities Markets Beat ’87 Win Streak: “The Higher The Diving Board…?”
February 2017      Equities Market Commentary   

US Stock Prices Record Best Streak of Daily Gains Since Jan 1987; “The Higher The Diving Board, The Bigger The Splash”?

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Larry Peruzzi

US Equities markets are closing out the holiday shorten week at or near all-time highs but valuation concerns are starting to pick up. The S&P 500, relative to its 50-day moving average in terms of standard deviations, has not been this overbought since 2004. The Dow recorded its 10th straight new high–its longest winning streak since January 1987. FOMC February 1 meeting minutes showed that the Fed is comfortable with raising interest rates “fairly soon”.

The Fed will meet again and Fed Funds are pricing in a 38% chance of a rate hike, up from 18% pre meeting minutes. Other Economic releases of note was Wednesday’s existing home sales number rising 3.3% which beat the +1.1% estimate. As we approach the end of the earning season we have seen an improvement in the underlying numbers, but for the most part the markets have been rallying on the expectation of tax reductions and deregulation. Market momentum continues but it seems as though many questions from the pace of rate hikes to tax and regulations specifics

 

Need to be answered if the rally is to continue. The Fed did point out that they are closely watching employment and inflation numbers. So while the policy specifics coming from the White House are unorthodox and at time difficult to decipher, the inflation and employment data are a little easier to track. Next week’s highlights are January durable goods orders and pending home sales on Monday, Second revision to 4Q GDP on Tuesday, January personal income and spending, February ISM data and the Beige Book on Wednesday.

 

Larry Peruzzi

Managing Director International Trading

Mischler Financial Group

Investment Banking | Institutional Brokerage

Ph:   1-617-420-8472

Larry Peruzzi is a 20 yr global trading markets veteran and brings a unique perspective to global equities market commentary via Mischler Financial Group, the securities industry’s oldest minority broker-dealer owned and operated by service-disabled veterans.  Larry’s experience  and best execution perspective stems from his sitting on ‘both sides of the aisle.’  For more than half of Larry’s career, he ran buy-side trading desks for Standish Mellon and thereafter, The Boston Company. In both of those roles, Larry was responsible for implementing and managing international equities trade execution. Larry’s perspectives are frequently cited by the leading financial news publishers, including The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg LP and Reuters

Mischler End of Week Equities Market Commentary via Peruzzi’s Perch Feb 24 2017 end-of-week edition is distributed via email to institutional investment managers and Fortune Treasury clients of veteran-owned broker-dealer Mischler Financial Group, the investment industry’s oldest and largest minority broker-dealer owned and operated by Service-Disabled Veterans.

Peruzzi’s Perch is a weekly synopsis of Everything Equities as seen from the perch of Mischler Financial Group’s International Equities Desk. Cited by Wall Street Letter in each of 2014, 2015 and 2016 for “Best Research / Broker-Dealer”, Peruzzi’s Perch is one of four distinctive content pieces produced by Mischler Financial Group. (more…)

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