In his podcast addressing the markets today, Louis Navellier offered the following commentary.
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Strength Under The Surface
The market looks pretty grumpy on the surface, but under the surface, I like what I see. The inflation hedges, the energy, fertilizer, food, and shipping stocks are bucking the trends.
The big news this week is the Labor Department announced that its Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 1.3% in June, which is higher than economists’ consensus estimate of 1.1%. Energy prices soared 7.5% in June as gasoline prices rose 10.4%, while food prices rose 1%. In the past 12 months, the CPI is now running at 9.1%, which is the fastest pace in almost 41 years.
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Light at the End of Tunnel
The core CPI, excluding food and energy, rose 0.7% in June and 5.9% in the past 12 months. In May, the core CPI was running at a 6% annual pace, down from a peak of 6.5% in March. The core rate inflation is cooling off and we are starting to see light at the end of the tunnel. As long as the core CPI continues to decline, the Treasury bond rally that has been underway since mid-June should persist.
We are going to get the PPI tomorrow, the wholesale inflation, and then the retail sales report on Friday. What you want to see on Friday's report is that retail sales are going faster than inflation.
Speaking of Treasury yields, Bespoke Investment Group recently issued a fascinating report that illustrates that in the previous 17 times the 3-month to 10-year yield curve flattened by 100 basis points in 50 trading days since 1971, the S&P 500 over the next three months, six months and year improved by a median 0.27%, 4.26% and 16.07%, respectively. In other words, if history repeats, the S&P 500 may essentially tread water until early October and then stage a nice year-end rally that should continue in 2023.
All About Guidance
I expect good earnings to come since the analyst community is not cutting their estimates. We may be having a recession, but we're not having an earnings recession and we're not having an unemployment recession. We are fortunate because the US is still the oasis. The dollar remains strong and at parity with the euro right now.
Speaking of earnings, it's all going to be about guidance: the order backlogs, and the state of the consumer, among others. Our P/E ratios are very low. Our earnings are very strong. Our dividend yields are good. So I'm just not too worried here.
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