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Stocks Jump, Then Dump On MoM Core CPI Print

By Michael KramerStock MarketsApr 13, 2022 12:46AM ET
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Stocks Jump, Then Dump On MoM Core CPI Print
By Michael Kramer   |  Apr 13, 2022 12:46AM ET
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Stocks jumped higher after the CPI report, as core inflation came lower than expected. It led to the S&P 500 gaining more than 1.3% and the Invesco QQQ Trust (NASDAQ:QQQ) rising by almost 2% by 10 AM.

Unfortunately, the rest of the day didn’t go well because both finished down. From peak to trough, the QQQ fell 2.7% on the day. It did finish the day down 42 bps overall, while the SPX dropped 34 bps.

QQQ Chart
QQQ Chart

That is pretty wild Intraday volatility and trying to understand this market is becoming more and more difficult. Now may not be the time to get into it entirely, but Tuesday's movements seem to suggest the rate hiking cycle will be very short, and rising prices are likely to kill demand.

Real wages were the story of the CPI report, in my opinion, and I think that is where a lot of the confusion came into the equation, which led to stocks rising at first. Real weekly earnings fell by 3.6%, the 12th month in a row, it was negative. It was also the weakest number recorded since 2006.

US Real Average Weekly Earnings Chart
US Real Average Weekly Earnings Chart

This weak number led, I think, to real and nominal yields dropping. But more importantly, it led to the 5-yr breakeven inflation expectations dropping by nearly nine bps and the 10-yr breakeven falling by 5.5 bps by day’s end.

5-Yr Breakeven Inflation Expectations
5-Yr Breakeven Inflation Expectations

Because nominal rates fell initially, it dragged real rates down, which led to the equity market pop. But by the end of the day, the market decided real rates still needed to rise, which was basically when the equity market sell-off intensified. The iShares TIPS Bond ETF (NYSE:TIP) continues to tell that story well.

There are hidden messages in this, which I will wait to get into on Thursday following the retail sales number. That will be a significant number to watch.

iShares TIP Bond ETF Chart
iShares TIP Bond ETF Chart

S&P 500

That said, the stock market still has further to drop because real rates have risen further, and yesterday's reversal is a pretty good indication that this is no longer a bull market.

The reversal was very harsh, and I expect more follow-through Wednesday. I think the S&P 500 has formed a long-term Head And Shoulders pattern, but it requires the index to fall back to 4,170 to find out.

S&P 500 Index Daily Chart
S&P 500 Index Daily Chart

IEF/LQD

After easing some last week, financial conditions are probably starting to tighten again. The (IEF)/(LQD) ratio has begun to trend higher, and today we will get the latest Chicago Fed Financial Conditions Index report.

IEF/LQD Daily Chart
IEF/LQD Daily Chart

Shopify

Shopify (NYSE:SHOP) announced a 10-for-1 stock split, and it seems the benefits lasted for about one day. Yesterday, the stock fell by 4% and was back to support at $590. This one could quickly head back to $500.

Shopify Daily Chart
Shopify Daily Chart

JPMorgan

JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE:JPM) will report results today, and the stock finds itself sitting just above support at $129. Expectations seem pretty low on this one, and analysts have been cutting estimates like crazy.

The last time they reported expenses were a big problem, and I’d imagine those will be the focus this time. A drop to $122.50 over the coming weeks doesn’t seem impossible.

JP Morgan Chase Daily Chart
JP Morgan Chase Daily Chart

AMD

Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD) dropped again and is now at $95. We will need to see what happens when it gets to $89. That’s all we can do right now.

AMD Daily Chart
AMD Daily Chart

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Janaka Ahaus
Janaka Ahaus Apr 13, 2022 8:37PM ET
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Another great article! 👍
Al Ose
Al Ose Apr 13, 2022 7:15AM ET
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I know little. Just an amatuer. My guess is a sharp selloff in 2 weeks give or take with fairly quick but modest recovery.
Ahmad Khalid Noorzai
Ahmad Khalid Noorzai Apr 13, 2022 5:25AM ET
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you didn't mention anything about Nasdaq and Dow
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Banks are southbound. SMH will garner some support late this year. Macro looks very bad.
 
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