The question of our time for investors remains when will interest rates rise? Fed Minutes released Wednesday only enhanced the debate and doubts within the Fed. Friday Fed Chair Janet Yellen will try to for some clarity when she makes her views known at Jackson Hole.
In the meantime, stock markets which were up fell slightly shortly after the Minutes were released only to rise again to close higher. But the Minutes did cause the bond yield curve to flatten which isn’t a good thing long term.
Earnings news featured retailers with Target (TGT) disappointing news leading investor interest. And, naturally the results were weak and so was forward guidance. But in this bizzaro world currently the stock rallies nearly 2%. Not all results were weak as Home Depot (HD) and Lowe’s (LOW) were quite positive. This in turn boosted Retail ETF (XRT).
Economic data was scant Wednesday but China’s preliminary manufacturing data will be released Thursday which could have a serious impact either way. So too will U.S. data like Jobless Claims, PMI Manufacturing Index Flash, Existing Home Sales and Leading Indicators. Of significance is an early warning from bad car loans (subprime car loans) as repossessions are growing sharply.
In afternoon trading it appears Bank of America (BAC) will settle mortgage violations to the tune of $17 billion. It sounds like a lot of money but the way it’s structured and given how much tax-payer money was given to them, this is a slap on the wrist—the stock rose. Very little reporting is taking place currently on the re-growth in the Credit Derivative market is which according to the IDSA is running around 2.3 M contracts or back into the trillions of dollars.
Leading market sectors higher included: S&P 500 ETF (SPY), DOW (DIA), Energy (XLE), Industrials (XLI), Retail (XRT), Consumer Discretionary (XLY) REITs (ICF), Value (VTV), Dollar (UUP), Semiconductors (SMH), Homebuilders (ITB), Solar (TAN), Hong Kong (EWH), Thailand (THD), Australia (EWA) and Crude Oil (USO).
Leading market sectors lower included: Gold Miners (GDX), Gold (GLD), Bonds (TLT), Japan (EWJ), Turkey (TUR), Germany (EWG), Austria (EWO), France (EWQ), Euro (FXE), Cow (COW), and Global Timber (CUT).
We published a short chart video on iShares MSCI Hong Kong ETF (EWH) where hope for a Shanghai/Hong Kong Exchange link was positively received.
The top 20 market movers by percentage change in volume whether rising or falling is available daily.
Volume picked up slightly due to FOMC Minutes release. Breadth per the WSJ was positive.
Even with a slightly more “hawkish” sentiment from dueling Fed governors investors seem confident Chair Yellen will have an opportunity to clean things up Friday. She has in the past toned down previous commentary with dovish comments of her own.
We have a long list of meaningful data on Thursday including China’s PMI Manufacturing Flash and also in the U.S. In addition will be Jobless Claims, Leading Indicators and Existing Home Sales.
Let’s see what happens.
Dave Fry is founder and publisher of ETF Digest and has been covering U.S. and global ETFs since 2001.
He is the author of "Create Your own ETF Hedge Fund: A Do-It-Yourself Strategy for Private Wealth Management" published by Wiley Finance and "The Best ETFs: U.S. Equities, A Companion Guide to Building Your ETF Portfolio".
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|WTI Crude Futr||96.83||0.42||0.44 %||00:16|
|US Dollar||82.21||-0.08||-0.09 %||13:39|
|Brazil||2565.391||0.73 %||5.55 %||15.66 %|
|Russia||681.618||0.35 %||3.45 %||-13.38 %|
|India||505.985||0.05 %||1.99 %||24.23 %|
|China||67.079||-0.13 %||1.62 %||6.30 %|