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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…)

Trump’s “Phenomenal Tax Plan” Pushes Equities Higher..For How Long?
February 2017      Equities Market Commentary   

Peruzzi’s Perch – Feb 10 2017- Phenomenal Tax Plan ; Global Central Banks Fragmentation

 

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Larry Peruzzi

U.S markets spent most of the week listening to noise out of Washington regarding Travel Ban legal challenges and cabinet appointment nomination hearings. With little in terms market moving economic data financial markets were trying to determine if recent run up to record levels left assets overvalued. Wednesday that noise turned to music as a Trump Olive branch letter to China’s President Xi Jinping promised a “constructive relationship”.

The letter, coupled with Trump promises of ‘Phenomenal’ tax plan pushed U.S markets to fresh record highs. So while fears grow that the U.S foreign policy is leaning more toward protectionism and isolationism, market friendly fiscal policy is allowing us to look past the noise.

An interesting global central bank story is developing where monetary policy is beginning to become independent of each other. Some Central Banks are now raising, some are cutting, many still standing put; but we are no longer moving in lockstep.

This should create many global trading opportunities in fixed income securities. Earnings season will continue to wind down with 67 companies (heavy in techs) reporting next week. Economic releases next week will give the FED a clearer picture on inflation with Tuesday’s PPI, Wednesday CPI and retail sales and Thursday’s housing starts and building permits.

Although, recent releases statements have indicated the FED is happy to hold rates unchanged a little longer. FED Chairwomen Yellen has a full week as she appears before Senate Banking Panel on Tuesday followed by her Semi-Annual testimony to the House Panel on Wednesday. Investors are also starting to look at valuations as the S&P 500 P.E ratio rose to 21.2. We have seen it higher, but as we approach a P.E of 24 and 25, many will be looking to book some profits.

So, overall investors will continue to dance with the market as long as the music continues, but watch those valuations and inflation indicators.

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 10 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.

To receive Peruzzi’s Perch, please contact Larry Peruzzi, Managing Director, International Equities via email: lperuzzi@mischlerfinancial.com or via phone. (more…)

Trump’s Tweet-Driven Policy Approach Propels Stock Prices; Can This Continue?
January 2017      Equities Market Commentary   

Peruzzi’s Perch – Jan 26 2017- Forget About Fed Policy and Rates- Equities Markets Are All About Trump Tweets (Still?!)

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Larry Peruzzi

U.S. equity markets close the week in record territory, as the Dow Jones finally crosses the 20,000 Maginot line on Wednesday. Fueled by business friendly policy and rhetoric out of Washington, relatively inexpensive energy, improving corporate earnings and low rates the Dow recorded 2nd fastest 1,000-point move in history (42 days). What was a FED/rate driven market, which was preceded by the Oil driven market, has been replaced by a Presidential policy/tweet-driven market.

This week we saw rallies in cement and steel stocks when President Trump signaled he was forging on with his boarder wall as well as rallies in energy stocks when the Keystone and Dakota XL pipelines were reopened. Across the border Mexican stocks even lost 1.4% on Thursday after Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto canceled a scheduled meeting at the White House. Fed watching has been replaced by Tweet watching and so far, the equity markets like what it is seeing. Historically when markets cross into record territory we normally see a brief pause while analyst access valuations. Additional positive news was received after the close on Thursday as earning from Microsoft, Intel and Alphabet beat estimates. As of Thursday 161 of the S&P 500 names have reported with 120 (74.5%) reporting a positive surprise and 38 (23.6%) reporting a negative surprise.

Next week 24 S&P 500 companies are scheduled to report earnings. The reporting firms are dominated by retailers.  It will also be an important week economically with Dallas Fed activity on Monday, Chicago Purchasing managers on Tuesday, a FOMC rate decision on Wednesday (no change expected), productivity and labor cost on Wednesday and the ever important January employment report closing out the week on Friday. The FED Funds rate, despite Chairwoman Yellen calls for increased magnitudes of rate increases, is not expected to change. Fed funds are only pricing a 14.5% probability of a rate hike for Wednesday’s FOMC meeting. Friday’s employment reported should see a lot of attention. A positive report is sure to be met by the suddenly customary round of tweets and promotion.  It may however be a tad bit early to put much emphasis on the report. The April, May and June reports should be much better harbinger of the effectiveness of the Trump agenda toward job creation. With the Dow Jones now over the 20,000 level, after 6 failed attempts in December and January, we will be looking for signals on the strength and sustainability of the bullish sentiment. There are some concerns over Trump’s protectionism and the recent decline in the U.S dollar has made some foreign investors nervous. Global markets are in rally mode but with European referendums this spring, trade agreements being rewritten and rising political tension there is uneasiness about it.

Asian Markets are expected to be quite as the Lunar New Year holiday commences Friday. Chinese markets will remain closed until next Friday. 2017 is the year of the Rooster. The Rooster is almost the epitome of fidelity and punctuality. Investors would be well served by being loyal to facts and details on their trades and in being punctual, as we have entered a market environment never seen before.

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 January 26 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.

To receive Peruzzi’s Perch, please contact Larry Peruzzi, Managing Director, International Equities via email: lperuzzi@mischlerfinancial.com or via phone.

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Equity Market View Via Peruzzi’s Perch:Trump Tweets; Back to Active Management
December 2016      Equities Market Commentary   

Peruzzi’s Perch Dec 09 2016 : Equity Market View Dominated by Trump Tweets Aimed at Companies; Back to Active Management to Capture Alpha

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Larry Peruzzi

We close out a remarkable week in which markets flirted with new highs daily. Wednesday was the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attacks. That event prompted Japanese Field Marshal Isoroku Yamamoto to say “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve”. A fitting quote that could also ring true for the current state of global equity markets. The Trump victory and growing sentiment that market friendly policies are forthcoming have U.S indices hitting new all-time highs daily.

Volatility, as measured by the VIX index, is near the lowest levels of the year. We are seeing shorts being squeezed as investors are putting idle cash to work, albeit mostly by means of passive investing. The month of December has historically been the best performing month for the S&P 500. Since 1950 the S&P 500 averages a gain of 1.7% in December. This year we are firmly ahead of average with the S&P gaining 2.2% through the first 6 trading days. Normally we start to see some investors taking gains in December but with Trump’s pledge to reduce capital gain taxes, investors are holding off on selling. This will help add more fuel to the market, which in turn has pushed more sideliners into the market.

Since the Wednesday after the U.S election 392 of the S&P 500 names (505 companies) are trading higher.  Economic releases this week were mostly backwards looking, with the exception of Friday’s Michigan sentiment reading, which saw an uptick in both current conditions and expectations. Thursday the ECB announced that the stimulus package will be extended at a reduced rate of 60 billion Euros per month, but it will be extended for another 9 months. This was greeted positively by European markets.  South Korean President was ousted on Friday as South Korea joined the growing list of countries (U.K, Brazil, Italy, New Zealand, and Kuwait) whose leaders have stepped down this year.  Also Coca Cola CEO announced he is stepping down on May 1, 2017.

Looking ahead to next week, we have a quiet start to the Economic releases, but then we pick up the pace on Wednesday when the Federal Reserve is expected raise rates for the first time in a year. The thought of rising rates was a market mover earlier in the year, but the current momentum makes Wednesday Fed announcement largely a formality. The only way it will move markets is if it is a smaller or large hike than the currently priced in 25 bps.  The announcement’s wording should garner some interest.

Also making rate decisions next week will be: Bank of England, Switzerland, Mexico, Chile, Peru, Indonesia and South Korea. Other stats due next week are November retail sales and PPI data on Wednesday, Current account balance, November CPI data and jobless claims on Thursday. The week closes out with November Housing Starts and Building permits on Friday.

With crude oil back over $51 (up 13.6% since 11/29) a barrel at 2016 highs commodity traders will be watching the OPEC outlook discussion on Tuesday and inventory numbers on Tuesday and Wednesday. Gold start the week at its lowest levels since February and the 10 year Treasury yield at its highest level since July 2015. Look for the allocation trade to continue, but somewhat ease next week.

Oracle and Adobe Systems are the highlights of a handful of firms reporting on Thursday. We expect markets and market strategy to return toward a more active managed approach from our current passive approach. With the current rally pushing idle cash into the market, the next step is the search for alpha. So, starting to pay attention and analysis of fourth quarter earnings next month will be a good first step. The course of action next week seems to be: Put cash to work, watch President-elect Trump’s tweets and comments for policy resolve, see what the Fed has to say on Wednesday, mail out those Christmas Cards and get ready to roll up your active management sleeves in January.

Godspeed John Glenn

 

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 to Mischler a unique background. His career 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 (more…)