Okay, that’s over with. Now we enter the slow, but sometimes rocky, end of summer month.
And speaking of month endings, let’s remember bulls wanted a good end-of-month rally to put some lipstick on what was a volatile and tough month of July.
What’s the takeaway from today’s Fed meeting? They insist job growth is “solid”. That means they’ve tossed those millions not in the labor force as no longer worth mentioning. Further, the quality of new jobs is mostly in low paying service and part time employment. Next the Fed moves to inflation which is below their 2% target. They state oil prices have “stabilized” which seems amusing frankly and further state long term inflation has remained “stable” (Let’s call it what it really is: “deflation”.)
Markets reacted positively believe perhaps there won’t be an interest rate hike in September given the “real” economic news globally. China is now a heavy weight on declining economic growth. Low demand for commodities overall reflects a weakening in economic demand. That spills over to developed and emerging markets as well.
For instance, Wednesday Pending Home Sales fell to -0.1% vs 1.00% expected & prior lowered from 0.9% to 0.6%. This follows a weak New Home Sales and declining Case-Shiller Home Price data and Consumer Confidence also took it on the chin Tuesday. Also United Parcel Service while reporting better earnings, warned of economic weakness ahead.
Leading market sectors higher included: Everything.
Leading market sectors lower included: Bonds (TLT) and Volatility (VIX).
The top 20 market movers by percentage change in volume whether rising or falling is available daily.
Volume was decent but low as Fed days go. Breadth per the WSJ was positive although Money Flow wasn’t inspiring.
Dip buying returns which has been the hallmark of every downturn since 2009. This is attributed central planning for markets and the economy.
One wonders about the new love for socialism given the history of failed states and what’s occurring in Venezuela.
Let’s see what happens.
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|WTI Crude Futr||48.89||0.91||1.90 %||17:14|
|US Dollar||97.24||0.02||0.02 %||16:59|
|Brazil||1409.771||0.20 %||-14.17 %||-23.06 %|
|Russia||455.630||-0.68 %||-11.15 %||12.52 %|
|India||496.921||-0.26 %||-0.77 %||0.11 %|
|China||65.907||-0.07 %||-11.39 %||-0.20 %|