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Morning Commentary

MILLENNIAL CONFIDENCE

By Charles Payne, CEO & Principal Analyst
4/13/2021 9:50 AM

Monday was the session that never really got out of the gate. Instead, stocks meandered without any clear leadership or conviction. The good news is sellers didn’t have conviction either; the bad news is ‘would-be’ buyers had even less. There is a lot of stuff happening this week, so it was understandable investors kept their powder dry.

Early in the session, Energy (XLE) was the top-performing sector, as crude oil prices edged higher on geological headlines. However, the XLE sector would soon turn lower and finished the session as the worst performer. Technology (XLK) couldn’t get it in gear either, as chips were bifurcated with some moving higher, but others stumbling on continued worries over supply chain issues.

Real Estate (XLRE) was intriguing. The sector was paced by names associated with 5G buildout and storage. The 5G development is something we’ll watch closely. After losing a lot of their oomph, Crown Castle (CCI) and American Tower (AMT) have made stealthy gains.

S&P 500 Index

 

-0.02%

Communication Services XLC

 

-0.40%

Consumer Discretionary XLY

+0.64%

 

Consumer Staples XLP

+0.54%

 

Energy XLE

 

-0.79%

Financials XLF

+0.43%

 

Health Care XLV

+0.10%

 

Industrials XLI

+0.37%

 

Materials XLB

+0.35%

 

Real Estate XLRE

+0.59%

 

Technology XLK

 

-0.48%

Utilities XLU

+0.09%

 

Market Breadth

It was a lackluster session, no matter how you look at it. While advancers matched decliners on the New York Stock Exchange, the thin-up volume spoke to anxiety that just keeps holding investors back. 

Market Breadth

NYSE

NASDAQ

Advancing

1,640

1,468

Declining

1,644

2,711

52 Week High

305

179

52 Week Low

17

73

Up Volume

1.47B

1.15B

Down Volume

2.20B

3.13B

Chips Ahoy

There was a lot of news in the semiconductor space yesterday. The evolution of Nvidia (NVDA), which unveiled its first server microprocessor, is taking direct aim at Intel (INTC) and Advanced Micro (AMD). The news propelled NVDA to the top mover in the S&P 500 – it hit its (new) rivals like a punch to the gut.

NVDA already has orders for the chips from The Swiss National Supercomputing Centre and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Los Alamos National Laboratory. Over the past five years, NVDA shares +1,538% versus +108% for INTC.

Consumer Expectations

In a survey from the New York Fed, consumers expect higher inflation and household spending over the next year. 

Consumer One Year Expectations

Mar 2021

Feb 2020

Higher Stock price

41.2%

42.4%

Finding Job (in three months if lost)

48.7%

58.7%

Inflation

3.2%

2.5%

Household Income

2.8%

2.7%

Household spending

4.7%

3.1%

Confident Millennials

Those surveyed under the age of 40 are the largest percentage that see the stock market higher in one year, and believe if they lost their jobs right now, they could find a new one in three months.

Stock Market Higher One Year from Now

Age

Mean

Income

Mean

Education

Mean

<40

44.6%

<$50K

35.7%

HS

35.9%

40 to 59

38.0%

$50K to $100K

43.2%

Some College

39.7%

>59

41.9%

$100K+

44.9%

BA

47.4%

Find a Job in Three Months if Lost Now

Age

Mean

Income

Mean

Education

Mean

<40

53.8%

<$50K

44.5%

HS

37.1%

40 to 59

48.3%

$50K to $100K

50.3%

Some College

51.1%

>59

36.3%

$100K+

50.4%

BA

54.5%

Portfolio Approach

We added to Consumer Discretionary yesterday in our Hotline Model Portfolio.

Today’s Session

Consumer Price Index

Consumer prices climbed 2.6% from a year earlier in March and +0.6% from February.  Wall Street consensus was +2.5% y/y.  Taking out food and energy, core inflation rose 0.3% consensus was +0.2%.  I think whisper numbers were a lot higher than consensus; hence, the muted response.

Highlights

Month change

Year change

Living room furniture

+2.4%

+4.0%

Men’s pants

+2.6%

+4.2%

Jewelry

+5.7%

+7.4%

New cars

+0.0%

+1.5%

Used cars

+0.5%

+9.4%

Car & Truck rentals

+11.7%

+31.2%

Alcohol

+0.2%

+2.6%

Delivery service

+1.0%

+4.6%

Checking accounts

+13.0%

+0.1%

Musical instruments

+3.7%

+0.9%

 

CPI

The CDC suggest a pause on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after six patients in 6.7 million got blood clots.  The agency says the move is “out of an abundance of caution,” and there will be a press conference later this morning.

For the stock market, this makes it more likely the Fed will be able to hold off on raising rates, as more people will wait for the jab.  Yesterday, St Louis Fed President James Bullard suggested 75% vaccination was the magic number that would start the Fed to begin unwinding accommodation.

Even before this morning’s developments, getting to 75% anytime soon was a long shot.


 

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