July 20, 2024

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Has the Fed waited too long to lower rates?

With the first Federal Reserve interest rate cut likely at the central bank’s September 18 meeting, some current economic data raise the possibility that the economy is slowing more than the Fed–and Wall Street–would desire.

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Another day of small-cap outperformance–here’s the best ETF for this trend

Another day of small-cap outperformance–here’s the best ETF for this trend

The small-cap Russell 2000 index gained 1.90% yesterday, July 15. That beat the 0.28% gain for the Standard & Poor’s 500. And the 0.53% gain for the Dow Jones Industrial Average. And a 0.27% gain for the NASDAQ 100 index.And today, as of noon, New York time, the Russell 2000 is up another 2.25% versus a gain of just 0.30% for the S&P 500 and 1.21 for the Dow Industrials.The NASDAQ 100 is off o.20% All his continues the outperformance trend of last week that I wrote about in yesterday’s Saturday Night Quarterback post.

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More good inflation news in June CPI

More good inflation news in June CPI

The all-items Consumer Price Index (CPI) declined 0.1% In June from May on a seasonally adjusted basis, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported this morning. The month-to-month CPI inflation rate was unchanged in May.

Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 3.0% before seasonal adjustment. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg had projected a 3.1% rate. The all-items index rose at a 3.3% annual rate in May. The core index rose at a 3.3% annual rate in June. That was the smallest 12-month increase in that index since April 2021.

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Another day of small-cap outperformance–here’s the best ETF for this trend

Another day of small-cap outperformance–here’s the best ETF for this trend

The small-cap Russell 2000 index gained 1.90% yesterday, July 15. That beat the 0.28% gain for the Standard & Poor’s 500. And the 0.53% gain for the Dow Jones Industrial Average. And a 0.27% gain for the NASDAQ 100 index.And today, as of noon, New York time, the Russell 2000 is up another 2.25% versus a gain of just 0.30% for the S&P 500 and 1.21 for the Dow Industrials.The NASDAQ 100 is off o.20% All his continues the outperformance trend of last week that I wrote about in yesterday’s Saturday Night Quarterback post.

More good inflation news in June CPI

More good inflation news in June CPI

The all-items Consumer Price Index (CPI) declined 0.1% In June from May on a seasonally adjusted basis, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported this morning. The month-to-month CPI inflation rate was unchanged in May.

Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 3.0% before seasonal adjustment. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg had projected a 3.1% rate. The all-items index rose at a 3.3% annual rate in May. The core index rose at a 3.3% annual rate in June. That was the smallest 12-month increase in that index since April 2021.

Saturday Night Quarterback (on a Sunday) says, For the week ahead expect…

Saturday Night Quarterback (on a Sunday) says, For the week ahead expect…

I expect data showing a slowing economy to increasingly point to an interest rate cut by the Federal Reserve at its September 18 meeting. Right now, in the short-run, financial markets look likely to see a slowing economy as a positive and to rally on the increasingly likelihood of an interest rate cut at the September 18 meeting–and maybe even a second cut at the December 18 meeting. But I’m keeping an eye out for any shift in sentiment.

It’s getting to look a lot like September–for the Fed’s first interest rate cut

It’s getting to look a lot like September–for the Fed’s first interest rate cut

The U.S. economy added 206,000 jobs in June, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today, July 5. That was above the median forecast of 190,000 new jobs in a Bloomberg survey of economists. But even though the June number came in above expectations, the overall message in the data was that the labor market is slowing. The Bureau of Labor Statistics revised job growth in the prior two months down by 111,000. Average monthly job growth over the last three months slowed to the lowest rate since the start of 2021. And the unemployment rate rose to 4.1%

It’s getting to look a lot like September–for the Fed’s first interest rate cut

Saturday Night Quarterback (on a Monday) says, For the week ahead expect..

There won’t be any stock market reaction to the June jobs report due on Friday That’s because the market closes early on July 3 and stays closed for Friday’s Fourth of July holiday. And not because the report isn’t important as the Federal Reserve continues its search for evidence that the labor market is cooling enough to send inflammation down to the bank’s 2% target. The June report is expected to show that the economy added 188,000 jobs in June.

Another reason to worry about U.S. economic growth

Another reason to worry about U.S. economic growth

The pandemic savings cushions that helped Americans weather high prices in recent years are gone, according to calculations by the San Francisco Federal Reserve. The result is likely to be less spending and more debt pressure on consumers in the lower half of the income spread. Consumers at higher income levels will see any impact outweighed by gains from a booming stock market.

MU drop shows one market problem at these levels is beating guidance expectations

Micron Technology (MU) shares shares are down another 7.12% today, Thursday, June 27, as of the close in New York time. That’s after the stock fell 6.5% in after hours trading yesterday. The problem wasn’t the company’s third-quarter earnings report after the market close yesterday. For the period ended May 30, Micron earned an adjusted 62 cents a share. Analysts had expected the company to earn 53 cent a share. Revenue was up 82% year-over-year to $6.81 billion. Wall Street was looking for $6.67 billon in revenue. But the very solid beat for the quarter turned out not to matter as far as market reaction was concerned. The problem was guidance.

Damn, I was hoping NVDA holders would panic so I could buy more cheaply–but there still might be a chance

Damn, I was hoping NVDA holders would panic so I could buy more cheaply–but there still might be a chance

I think there are reasons to worry about Nvidia’s valuation and its ability to continue to generate revenue and earnings growth at a pace that would support a forward price to earnings ratio above 40, but I think those re worries for 2025. In 2024, I don’t see anything that disrupts the AI boom story. Over the next six months or so I’d like to be buyer, especially id I can get the shares on a temporary drop. So yesterday’s drop to $118 was a promising development. There was technical support at the 50-day moving average near $100 so there was a chance the stock would move lower. Today, Tuesday, June 25, though, shares of Nvidia rallied, closing ups 6.76% at $126.09. This doesn’t mean the drop is over or the opportunity is lost,

Another reason to worry about U.S. economic growth

Today I added Salesforce from my 5 Next Big Things Special Report to my Jubak’s Picks portfolio

At this point in the AI cycle I’d like to own shares of companies providing AI solutions in relatively “easy” data universes. (Nothing as complex as voice recognition for an interface with a diverse customer universe under uncontrolled environmental conditions. Like a family in a car at a McDonald’s drive-through.) And I’d like to focus on shares of companies with products that provide clear enhancements to customers bottom lines. Like my Pick #4 Salesforce (CRM). in my 5 Next Big Things Special Report.

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