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TDR’s U.S. Stock Market Preview For The Week Of August 22, 2022

A weekly stock market preview and the data that will impact the tape. Sunday Evening Futures Open – Stock Market Preview Weekend News And Developments…

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Sunday Evening Futures Open – Stock Market Preview

Weekend News And Developments

97% of corporate execs think US economy is in recession or headed for one, investment bank survey shows.

Bond market: The fate of one of the $23 trillion US Treasury market’s favorite trades is riding on the nuances of Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell’s remarks when he speaks next week at the central bank’s annual Jackson Hole symposium.

Canada is urging farmers to reduce fertilizer emissions to curb greenhouse gases, triggering a backlash from farmers and concerns amid global food shortages.

CMB Regional Centers announced that CMB Group 82 has received its I-956F receipt notice, the second I-956F receipt notice received in the last week.

Coffee could get even pricier as Brazil’s harvest falters. A freakish combination of drought and frost last year has harmed Brazil’s arabica crop.

Democrats are increasingly optimistic they can limit Republican gains in the House and even keep control of the Senate as a raging national debate on abortion crowds inflation as an issue and the tumult around former President Donald Trump drags on the GOP.

Disney Chief Executive Officer Bob Chapek keeps making decisions that distance himself from his predecessor, Bob Iger.

Energy shortage Germany: Threat of energy shortages mount as Moscow stops gas supply to Europe for 3 days. Russia claims pipeline closure is ‘routine maintenance,’ Germany says Russia is playing politics.

Heavy rain hits Utah, Colorado, flooding businesses and shutting down roads amid safety concerns.

MGM China Holding (2282.HK) said it will inject 4.8 billion patacas ($594 million) into its MGM Grande Paradise unit as it prepares to re-tender for a licence to operate its gaming business in Macau.

Novavax announced on Saturday that its Covid-19 vaccine has been authorized for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration for adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17.

Porsche expects to produce as many units of its Macan model in the electric version as the original with combustion engine, production chief Albrecht Reimold told magazine Automobilwoche.

Porsche increased sales of the Porsche Taycan/Taycan Cross Turismo/Taycan GTS family. In Q1 2022, 9,470 units of all types were delivered, 4% more than a year ago

Sichuan province in China extended industrial power cuts and activated its highest emergency response on Sunday to deal with “extremely outstanding” electricity supply deficiencies, adding to manufacturers’ woes in the region as they shut down factories.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg called the uptick in flight cancellations and delays nationwide “unacceptable” and warned airlines his department could take actions if carriers don’t provide more transparency on why the disruptions are occurring. 

What The Analysts Are Saying…

“Consumer pessimism and equity market volatility as well as slowing labor markets, housing construction, and manufacturing new orders suggest that economic weakness will intensify and spread more broadly throughout the U.S. economy. The Conference Board projects the U.S. economy will not expand in the third quarter and could tip into a short but mild recession by the end of the year or early 2023.”Ataman Ozyildirim, the senior director of economics at The Conference Board

“Given the uncertain backdrop, it’s understandable that companies are planning for a potential prolonged downturn and are considering various economic scenarios, as well as their approach to strategic planning over the next year. Market conditions and economic cycles often turn quickly.”Michael Kollender, head of consumer, retail and diversified industrials at Stifel, on why 97% of CEOs believe the U.S. is in recession or headed for one

“We come away from the piece and the launch with increased confidence in our positive view on psychoactive substances in psychiatry, including the neuropharmaceutical psychedelics where we calculate potential for peak annual revenues in the mental healthcare space of nearly $400B in all possible indications.”U.S. investment bank H.C. Wainwright & Co., commenting on peak sales potential of mental healthcare treatments of the future

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“We’re witnessing a housing recession in terms of declining home sales and home building. However, it’s not a recession in home prices. Inventory remains tight and prices continue to rise nationally with nearly 40% of homes still commanding the full list price.”NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun commenting on the U.S. housing market

What We’re Watching

Fed Watch: The Message From Jackson Hole: Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell headlines the week’s economic news with his 10 a.m. speech on Friday at the central bank’s annual Jackson Hole symposium. The big question: Will Powell try to undo the dovish impression he gave at his July 27 news conference, which helped fuel a stock market rally? Reversing rate hikes too early as unemployment starts to rise led to a quick and sustained resurgence in inflation. Keeping the peddle to rate hikes could throw the economy into recession. 

U.S. Fed Funds Rate forecast, Trading Economics

FED Chair Jerome Powell is walking the tightrope between trying to engineer a soft landing or plunging the U.S. economy into economic contraction. With the S&P 500 recouping more than 50% of its recent losses, hawkish comments by Powell could put the breaks on the recent market bull.

Toll Brothers (NYSE: TOL) Reports: Luxury homebuilder Toll Brothers (TOL) wraps up the last of the big homebuilder reports late Tuesday. The report will come just a week after the National Association of Home Builders officially called a housing recession, following the release of August data showing builder confidence for single-family housing below the critical break point of 50. Buyer traffic fell to the worst level since April 2014, aside from a brief dip lower in early 2020. Forecasts put Toll Brothers EPS at $2.30, up 23%. The revenue target is $2.51 billion, up 11.4%. Prices and cancellations will be key, with NAHB reporting 20% of builders lowered prices in Q2 in order to avoid cancellations.

A strong report could alleviate fears of a prolonged housing market recession, as NAR reported existing-home sales fell for a sixth consecutive month in July and register the fewest sales since May 2020.

Revive Therapeutics (RVV:CSE, RVVTF:OTC) On Tuesday, Revive Therapeutics achieved an important milestone in the trajectory of its current Phase 3 clinical trial to evaluate the safety and efficacy of Bucillamine to treat COVID-19. After reviewing the first 210 patient data, the company “will now amend the Study protocol with the proposed new primary efficacy endpoints and submit to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for further discussion and agreement”. We expect new symptoms endpoint protocl to be submitted later this week or next week.

U.S. Economic Calendar

TIME (ET)REPORTPERIODMEDIAN FORECASTPREVIOUS
Monday, August 15
8:30 AMChicago Fed national activity indexJuly-0.19
Tuesday, Aug. 16
9:45 AMS&P U.S. manufacturing PMI (flash)Aug.51.752.2
9:45 AMS&P U.S. services PMI (flash)Aug.5047.3
10:00 AMNew home sales (SAAR)July575,000590,000
Wednesday, August 17
8:30 AMDurable goods ordersJuly0.60%2.00%
8:30 AMCore capital equipment ordersJuly0.70%
10:00 AMPending home sales indexJuly-3.00%-8.60%
Thursday, August 18
8:30 AMInitial jobless claimsAugust 20254,000250,000
8:30 AMContinuing jobless claimsAug. 131.44 million
8:30 AMReal gross domestic product. revision (SAAR)Q2-0.50%-0.90%
8:30 AMReal gross domestic income (SAAR)Q21.80%
8:30 AMReal final sales to domestic purchasers, revision (SAAR)Q2-0.30%
Friday, August 19
8:30 AMPCE price index monthlyJuly1.00%
8:30 AMCore PCE price index monthlyJuly0.20%0.60%
8:30 AMPCE price index year-over-yearJuly6.80%
8:30 AMCore PCE price index year-over-yearJuly4.80%4.80%
8:30 AMReal disposable incomesJuly-0.30%
8:30 AMReal consumer spendingJuly0.10%
8:30 AMNominal personal incomesJuly0.60%0.60%
8:30 AMNominal consumer spendingJuly0.50%1.10%
8:30 AMTrade in goods, advanceJuly-$98.2 billion
10:00 AMUMich consumer sentiment index (final)Aug.55.355.1
10:00 AMUMich 5-year inflation expectations (final)Aug.3.00%

Meme Of The Week

Key Earnings (US Markets)

DateCompanySymbolEarnings estimate
Monday, August 15NordsonNDSN$2.44 per share
Palo Alto NetworksPANW$2.28
Zoom Video CommunicationsZM$0.93
Tuesday, August 16Advance Auto PartsAAP$3.76
CaleresCAL$1.32
Dick’s Sporting GoodsDKS$3.55
IntuitINTU$0.98
J.M. SmuckerSJM$1.27
JD.comJD$2.76
NordstromJWN$0.80
Macy’sM$0.88
MedtronicMDT$1.12
PaycorPYCR$0.02
Toll BrothersTOL$2.30
Urban OutfittersURBN$0.70
Wednesday, August 17AutodeskADSK$1.57
BoxBOX$0.27
BrinkerEAT$1.18
DycomDY$0.98
Guess?GES$0.45
II-VIIIVI$0.94
NetAppNTAP$1.10
NvidiaNVDA$0.49
Petco Health and WellnessWOOF$0.22
SalesforceCRM$1.02
SnowflakeSNOW-0.01
SplunkSPLK-$0.35
Victoria’s SecretVSCO$0.98
Williams-SonomaWSM$3.47
Thursday, August 18Abercrombie & FitchANF$0.23
AffirmAFRM-$0.73
Burlington StoresBURL$0.23
CotyCOTY-$0.01
DellDELL$1.64
Dollar GeneralDG$2.93
Dollar TreeDLTR$1.60
FarfetchFTCH-$0.25
GapGPS-$0.02
Hain CelestialHAIN$0.20
HibbettHIBB$2.18
Marvell TechnologyMRVL$0.56
Ollie’s Bargain OutletOLLI$0.33
PeletonPTON-$0.72
Sanderson FarmsSAFM$14.39
Titan MachineryTITN$0.70
Toronto-Dominion BankTD$2.04
Ulta BeautyULTA$4.93
VMwareVMW$1.58
WorkdayWDAY$0.80
Friday, August 19JinkoSolarJKS$0.73
Source: CNN Business – TDR’s stock market preview sentiment indicator

Past Week What’s Hot… and What’s Not

Source: TradingView – TDR’ stock market preview what’s hot this past week

Top 12 High Short Interest Stocks

TickerCompanyExchangeShortIntFloatS/OIndustry
BBBYBed Bath & Beyond Inc.Nasdaq47.22%61.56M79.96MRetail (Specialty Non-Apparel)
ICPTIntercept Pharmaceuticals IncNasdaq45.12%23.63M29.71MBiotechnology & Medical Research
HRTXHeron Therapeutics IncNasdaq39.56%102.22M102.14MBiotechnology & Medical Research
SWTXSpringWorks Therapeutics IncNasdaq38.77%31.64M49.41MBiotechnology & Medical Research
BIGBig Lots, Inc.NYSE37.66%26.49M28.92MRetailers – Discount Stores
MSTRMicroStrategy IncNasdaq36.51%9.32M9.34MSoftware & Programming
UPSTUpstart Holdings IncNasdaq35.73%72.32M84.77MConsumer Lending
BGFVBig 5 Sporting Goods CorpNasdaq35.28%20.85M22.33MRetailers – Miscellaneous Specialty
BYNDBeyond Meat IncNasdaq35.12%56.79M63.54MFood Processing
EVGOEvgo IncNasdaq34.98%67.74M69.00MUtilities – Electric
FUBOFubotv IncNYSE32.96%166.36M185.08MOnline Services
PETSPetmed Express IncNasdaq29.91%19.67M20.99MRetail (Drugs)
Source: highshortinterest.com (data as of August 9)

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Biden’s Secret Promise To OPEC Backfires: Shellenberger

Biden’s Secret Promise To OPEC Backfires: Shellenberger

Submitted by Michael Shellenberger,

In early September, United States Secretary of…

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Submitted by Michael Shellenberger,

In early September, United States Secretary of Energy, Jennifer Granholm, told Reuters that President Joe Biden was considering extending the release of oil from America’s emergency stockpiles, the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR), through October, and thus beyond the date when the program had been set to end. But then, a few hours later, an official with the Department of Energy called Reuters and contradicted Granholm, saying that the White House was not, in fact, considering more SPR releases. Five days later, the White House said it was considering refilling the SPR, thereby proposing to do the exact opposite of what Granholm had proposed.

The hand of Russia's President Vladimir Putin (right) is now strengthened within the OPEC+ cartel controlled by Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (left), which today decided to cut production by 2 million barrels.

The confusion around the Biden administration’s petroleum policy was cleared up yesterday after a senior official revealed that the White House had made a secret offer to buy up to 200 million barrels of OPEC+ oil to replenish the SPR in exchange for OPEC+ not cutting oil production. The official said the White House wanted to reassure OPEC+ that the US “won’t leave them hanging dry.” The fact that this offer was made through the White House, not the Department of Energy, may explain why a representative of the Department called Reuters to take back the remarks of Granholm, who has shown herself to be out-of-the-loop, and at a loss for words, relating to key administration decisions relating to oil and gas production.

The revelation poses political risks for Democrats who, in the spring of 2020, killed a proposal by President Donald Trump to replenish the SPR with oil from American producers, not OPEC+ ones, and at a price of $24 a barrel, not the $80 a barrel that the Biden White House promised to OPEC+. At the time, Trump was seeking to stabilize the American oil industry after the Covid-19 pandemic massively reduced oil demand. Trump and Congressional Republicans proposed spending $3 billion to fill the SPR. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer successfully defeated the proposal, and later bragged that his party had blocked a “bailout for big oil.”

Even normally strong boosters of the Biden White House viewed the Democrats’ opposition to refilling the SPR as a major blunder. “That decision,” noted Bloomberg, “effectively cost the US billions in potential profits and meant Biden had tens of millions of fewer barrels at his disposal with which to counter price surges.” Moreover, observed Bloomberg, it will take significantly more oil today to fill the SPR than it would have two years ago. In spring 2020, the SPR contained 634 million barrels out of a capacity of 727 million. Now, the reserve is below 442 million barrels, its lowest level in 38 years.

The decision looks even worse in light of the decision by OPEC+ today to cut production, which will increase oil prices. The Biden administration in recent days has been pulling out the stops trying to persuade Saudi Arabia and other OPEC+ members, a group that includes Russia, to maintain today’s levels of oil production. Last Friday, the Biden administration sought a 45-day delay in a civil court proceeding over whether Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman should have sovereign immunity for the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, for which bin Salman has taken responsibility.

The behavior by the Biden White House displays a willingness to sacrifice America’s commitment to human rights for the president’s short-term political needs. Instead of pleading with OPEC+ to maintain or increase high levels of oil production, the Biden administration could have simply allowed for expanded domestic oil production. Instead, Biden has issued fewer leases for on-shore and off-shore oil production than any president since World War II. As such, the pleadings by Biden and administration officials have backfired. The perception of the U.S. in the minds of OPEC+ members has weakened while the influence of Russian President Vladimir Putin has strengthened.

Why is that? Why did the Biden administration decide to spend so much political capital trying, and failing, to get Saudi Arabia and other OPEC+ members to expand production when it could have simply expanded oil production domestically? What, exactly, is going on?

President Joe Biden greets the Saudi Crown Prince on July 15, 2022.

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What Really Divides America

What Really Divides America

Authored by Joel Kotkin via UnHerd.com,

The Midterms aren’t a battle between good and evil…

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Authored by Joel Kotkin via UnHerd.com,

The Midterms aren't a battle between good and evil...

Reading the mainstream media, one would be forgiven for believing that the upcoming midterms are part of a Manichaean struggle for the soul of democracy, pitting righteous progressives against the authoritarian “ultra-MAGA” hordes. The truth is nothing of the sort. Even today, the vast majority of Americans are moderate and pragmatic, with fewer than 20% combined for those identifying as either “very conservative” or “very liberal”. The apocalyptic ideological struggle envisioned by the country’s elites has little to do with how most Americans actually live and think. For most people, it is not ideology but the powerful forces of class, race, and geography that determine their political allegiances — and how they will vote come November.

Of course, it is the business of both party elites — and their media allies — to make the country seem more divided than it is. To avoid talking about the lousy economy, Democrats have sought to make the election about abortion and the alleged “threat to democracy” posed by “extremist” Republicans. But recent polls suggest that voters are still more concerned with economic issues than abortion. The warnings about extremism, meanwhile, are tough to take seriously, given that Democrats spent some $53 million to boost far-Right candidates in Republican primaries.

Republicans are contributing to the problem in their own way, too. Rather than offering any substantive governing vision of their own, they assume that voters will be repelled by unpopular progressive policies such as defunding the police, encouraging nearly unlimited illegal immigration, and promoting sexual and gender “fluidity” to schoolchildren. They ignore, of course, the fact that their own embrace of fundamentalist morality on abortion is also widely rejected by the populace. And even Right-leaning voters may doubt the sanity of some of the GOP’s eccentric candidates this November.

In short, both major parties stoke polarisation, the primary beneficiaries of which are those parties’ own political machines. But most Americans broadly want the same things: safety, economic security, a post-pandemic return to normalcy, and an end to dependence on China. Their divisions are based not so much on ideology but on the real circumstances of their everyday life.

The most critical, yet least appreciated, of these circumstances is class. America has long been celebrated as the “land of opportunity”, yet for working and middle-class people in particular, opportunity is increasingly to come by. With inflation elevated and a recession seemingly on the horizon, pocketbook issues are likely to become even more important in the coming months. According to a NBC News poll, for instance, nearly two-thirds of Americans say their pay check is falling behind the cost of living, and the Republicans hold a 19-point advantage over the Democrats on the economy.

A downturn could also benefit the Left eventually. As the American Prospect points out, proletarianised members of the middle class are increasingly shopping at the dollar stores that formerly served working and welfare populations. Labour, a critical component of the Democratic coalition, could be on the verge of a generational surge, with unionisation spreading to fast food retailers, Amazon warehouses, and Starbucks.

To take advantage of a resurgent labour movement, however, Democrats will have to move away from what Democratic strategist James Carville scathingly calls  “faculty lounge politics”: namely, their obsession with gender, race, and especially climate. For instance, by demanding “net zero” emissions on a tight deadline, without developing the natural gas and nuclear production needed to meet the country’s energy needs, progressives run the risk of inadvertently undermining the American economy. Ill-advised green policies will be particularly devastating for the once heavily Democratic workers involved in material production sectors like energy, agriculture, manufacturing, warehousing, and logistics.

To win in the coming election and beyond, Democrats need to focus instead on basic economic concerns such as higher wages, affordable housing, and improved education. They also need to address the roughly half of all small businesses reporting that inflation could force them into bankruptcy. Some progressives believe that climate change will doom the Republicans, but this is wishful thinking. According to Gallup, barely 3% of voters name environmental issues as their top concern.

Racial divides are also important — though not in the way that media hysterics about “white supremacy” would lead you to believe. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’s decision to fly undocumented immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard was undoubtedly a political stunt, and one arguably in poor taste. But it succeeded in its main goal: highlighting the enormous divide between the border states affected by illegal immigration and the bastions of white progressivism who tend to favour it.

Under Biden, the Democrats have essentially embraced “open borders” — illegal crossings are at record levels, and few of the migrants who make it across the border are ever required to leave. This policy reflects a deep-seated belief among elite Democrats that a more diverse, less white population works to their political favour. Whether they are right to think so, however, is far from clear. Black people still overwhelmingly back the Democrats, but Asians (the fastest-growing minority) and Latinos (the largest) are more evenly divided, and have been drifting toward the Republicans in recent years.

Here, too, class is a key factor. Many middle and upper-class minorities are on board with the Democrats’ anti-racist agenda. But many working-class Hispanics and Asians have more basic concerns. After all,  notes former Democratic Strategist Ruy Teixiera, these are the people most affected by inflation, rising crime, poor schools, and threats to their livelihoods posed by draconian green policies.

Culture too plays a role. Immigrants, according to one recent survey, are twice as conservative in their social views than the general public and much more so than second generation populations of their own ethnicity. Like most Americans, they largely reject the identity politics central to the current Democratic belief system. Immigrants and other minorities also tend to be both more religious than whites; new sex education standards have provoked opposition from the Latino, Asian, African American and Muslim communities.

The final dividing line is geography, always a critical factor in American politics. For decades, the country seemed to become dominated by the great metropolitan areas of the coasts, with their tech and finance-led economies. But even before the pandemic, the coastal centres were losing their demographic and economic momentum and seeing their political influence fade. In 1960, for example, New York boasted more electoral votes than Texas and Florida combined. Today, both have more electoral votes than the Empire State. Last year, New York, California, and Illinois lost more people to outmigration than any other states. The greatest gains were in Florida, Texas, Arizona, and North Carolina. These states are high-growth, fertile, and lean toward the GOP.Likewise, regional trends suggest that elections will be decided in lower density areas; suburbs alone are  home to at least 40% of all House seats. Some of these voters may be refugees from blue areas who still favour the Democrats. But lower-density areas, which also tend to have the highest fertility rates, tend to be dominated by family concerns like inflation, public education and safety, issues that for now favour Republicans.

Put the battle between Good and Evil to one side. It is these three factors — class, race, geography — that will shape the outcome of the midterms, whatever the media says. The endless kabuki theatre pitting Trump and his minions against Democrats may delight and enrage America’s elites — but for the American people, it is still material concerns that matter.

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Switzerland, Not USA, Is The ‘Most Innovative’ Country In The World

Switzerland, Not USA, Is The ‘Most Innovative’ Country In The World

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The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has released its 2022 Global Innovation Index. It evaluated innovation levels across 132 economies focusing on a long list of criteria such as human capital, institutions, technology and creative output as well as market and business sophistication, among others.

The 2022 index has found that innovation is still blossoming in some sectors despite the global economic slowdown and coronavirus pandemic, especially in industries to do with public health and the environment.

As Statista's Katharina Buchholz reports, Switzerland topped the rankings with a score of 64.6 out of 100, the 12th time it has been named the world leader in innovation. The United States come second while the Sweden rounds off the top three.

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One of the biggest winners of the ranking was South Korea, which climbed up from rank 10 in 2020 to rank 6 in 2022.

China is now the world's 11th most innovative nation, up from rank 14 in 2020 and 2019 and rank 17 in 2018.

China was also named the most innovative upper middle-income country ahead of Bulgaria (overall rank 35), while India (overall rank 40) came first for lower middle-income countries, followed by Vietnam (overall rank 48).

Notably, China is now on a par with the United States in terms of the number of top 100 Science & Technology clusters

Finally, WIPO notes that on the one hand, science and innovation investments continued to surge in 2021, performing strongly even at the height of a once in a century pandemic. On the other hand, even as the pandemic recedes, storm clouds remain overhead, with increasing supply-chain, energy, trade and geopolitical stresses.

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