Large companies are shifting focus from pricing power to expense management

The Daily Shot: 30-May-24
The United States
The Eurozone
Asia-Pacific
China
Emerging Markets
Cryptocurrency
Commodities
Equities
Credit
Global Developments
Food for Thought



 

The United States

1. Treasury yields have been rising, exerting pressure on risk assets.
 

 
2. The Fed’s Beige Book points to modest growth, with softer demand limiting price increases.
 
Source: @economics   Read full article  
 
Here is the Oxford Economics Beige Book Activity Index.
 
Source: Oxford Economics  
 
Concerns about commercial real estate remain elevated.
 

 
There was more discussion about interest rates.
 

 
Here are some additional Beige Book trends.
 
Source: Oxford Economics  

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2. Consistent with the Fed’s Beige Book observations, large companies are shifting their focus from pricing power to expense management in response to softening demand.
 
Source: Goldman Sachs; @topdowncharts  
 
3. The Richmond Fed’s manufacturing index showed some stabilization in the region’s factory activity.
 

 
Factories are reducing headcount.
 

 
Wage growth in the region’s manufacturing and services sectors is slowing.
 
Source: @RenMacLLC  

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4. The Dallas Fed’s services survey shows moderating cost pressures.
 

 
5. Next, we have some updates on the housing market.
 
The recent modest improvement in mortgage applications did not extend into last week.
 

 
First-time homebuyers’ share of home purchases increased in recent months.
 
Source: @RenMacLLC  
 
Some metro areas are seeing higher foreclosure rates.
 
Source: @business   Read full article  
 
Here is a look at ARMs’ share of the mortgage market.
 
Source: @economics   Read full article  
 
This map shows the effective mortgage rates (outstanding mortgages) by state.
 
Source: @EricSoda  
 
These days, renting is more practical than buying for many households.
 
Source: @economics   Read full article  

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6. Finally, we have fiscal policy shifts under different post-election government scenarios.
 
Source: Goldman Sachs; @MikeZaccardi  


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The Eurozone

1. As expected, Germany’s CPI registered an uptick this month.
 

 
2. Consumer confidence improved in Germany and Italy in May.
 

 

 
French sentiment was flat.
 

 
Italian manufacturing confidence edged higher.
 

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3. Next, we have some updates on euro-area credit trends.
 
Loan growth remains depressed (2 charts).
 

 

 
The broad money supply is starting to rebound.
 

 
Demand for business loans has been soft.
 

 
Fewer banks have been tightening credit standards.
 

 
Aggregate credit extended to the non-financial sector has fallen significantly.
 
Source: Alpine Macro  
 
This chart shows private sector credit flow.
 
Source: @DanielKral1, @OxfordEconomics  


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Asia-Pacific

1. The yen bounced after reaching the lows seen during interventions.
 

 
2. The South Korean won and the Taiwan dollar have been selling off as higher US yields propel the dollar.
 

 

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3. Australian building approvals declined in April.
 

 
CapEx has been up for seven quarters in a row.
 


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China

1. China’s currency strengthened today as Beijing aims to halt the decline.
 

 
Source: @markets   Read full article  

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2. The equity rally is fading.
 

 
Tech and property stocks listed in Hong Kong are relinquishing the gains made in the first half of May.
 

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3. The yield curve has been flattening.
 

 
4. Last month, depositors withdrew a significant amount of capital from China’s banks.
 
Source: @markets   Read full article  


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Emerging Markets

1. Brazil’s labor market remains robust.
 

 
The debt-to-GDP ratio continues to grind higher.
 

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2. Thailand’s April factory output topped expectations.
 

 
3. Here is a look at China’s lending to African nations.
 
Source: Reuters   Read full article  


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Cryptocurrency

1. BlackRock is now home to the world’s largest bitcoin fund, overtaking Grayscale.
 
Source: @kgeifeld  
 
2. Crypto funds saw inflows for the third consecutive week.
 
Source: CoinShares   Read full article  
 
Here are the cumulative flows.
 
Source: Deutsche Bank Research  
 
Bitcoin-focused funds accounted for most inflows last week. Ethereum-focused funds also saw fresh inflows on ETF hopes.
 
Source: CoinShares   Read full article  


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Commodities

1. Aluminum prices are climbing.
 

 
2. Cocoa futures are experiencing another surge as sparse rainfall in West Africa threatens the output for the upcoming season.
 

 
3. Alternative fruits?
 
Source: @financialtimes   Read full article  


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Equities

1. Market breadth has been deteriorating.
 

 
Here is the Nasdaq advance/decline line.
 
Source: @TheTerminal, Bloomberg Finance L.P.  

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2. The S&P 500 equal-weight index has reached its lowest level relative to the S&P 500 since 2009.
 

 
3. Major indices, excluding those driven by tech megacaps, have now fallen below their 50-day moving averages.
 
Source: @TheTerminal, Bloomberg Finance L.P.  
 
4. Cyclicals continue to outperform defensives, …
 

 
… suggesting confidence in economic growth. Too much optimism?
 
Source: @TheTerminal, Bloomberg Finance L.P.  

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5. Accelerating earnings growth combined with slower GDP expansion typically creates a favorable environment for stocks.
 
Source: BofA Global Research; @carlquintanilla  
 
6. Tech stocks are trading at the highest multiple since the dot-com era.
 

 
7. Hedge funds have been bullish on semiconductors.
 
Source: Goldman Sachs; @WallStJesus  
 
The SOX index could not breach the March peak relative to the S&P 500.
 

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8. Hedge funds love the Magnificent 7 stocks.
 
Source: Goldman Sachs; @carlquintanilla  
 
9. Stocks have been more sensitive to Treasury auctions.
 
Source: @GunjanJS  
 
10. The S&P 500 volatility skew has been rising with Treasury yields.
 
Source: @TheTerminal, Bloomberg Finance L.P.  


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Credit

1. US banks continue to carry substantial unrealized mark-to-market losses on their bond holdings.
 
Source: FDIC  
 
2. There is a high amount of spread dispersion within high-yield debt.
 
Source: Torsten Slok,¬†Apollo  
 
3. The pickup in interest rate volatility could weigh on credit spreads in the near term.
 
Source: Torsten Slok,¬†Apollo  
 
4. Convertibles sales have surged in recent weeks.
 
Source: @markets   Read full article  
 
Here is the maturity wall.
 
Source: @markets   Read full article  


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Global Developments

1. Container shipping costs are rising.
 
Source: @JeffreyKleintop  
 
2. The US dollar index (DXY) has been holding the short-term uptrend support.
 


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Food for Thought

1. Unemployment benefits in OECD countries:
 
Source: The Economist   Read full article  
 
2. Top ten annual median wages for US lawyers:
 
Source: USAFacts  
 
3. Time spent at work by age cohorts for women and men:
 
Source: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis   Read full article  
 
4. AI-related job openings:
 
Source: Goldman Sachs  
 
5. Newly funded AI startups (the second panel shows the same data adjusted for GDP):
 
Source: Visual Capitalist   Read full article  
 
6. Nationwide injunctions against US administration policies by presidential term:
 
Source: The Economist   Read full article  
 
7. Amputations from consumer products:
 
Source: The New York Times   Read full article  
 

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