Stock futures are indicating that the S&P 500 is at risk of extending yesterday’s 0.8% drop, which marked its biggest loss in six weeks. Investors are becoming increasingly concerned as benchmark bond yields continue to rise and the Federal Reserve expresses a more hawkish tone.
The impact of rising borrowing costs and the sell-off in equities on the June nonfarm payroll report remains to be seen. However, it is safe to say that the bond market has regained its influence, after a period when equities seemed unfazed by increasing yields.
According to Mark Newton, head of technical strategy at Fundstrat, the recent correlation between equities and Treasuries has been unusual. Normally, treasury sell-offs occur alongside equity rallies, not sell-offs. Newton believes that a pullback in yields is on the horizon and that the rapid rally fueled by hawkish sentiment will soon reverse.
Despite reaching a 16-year peak around 5.1%, the U.S. 2-year yield has now dipped below 5% once again. Similarly, the 10-year yield remains just a few basis points below its March highs.
In summary, investors are preparing for a potentially turbulent day as they closely monitor the impact of rising bond yields on equities. There are expectations of a forthcoming correction in yields, providing some relief to bond and stock investors.
Market Analysis: Are Treasury Yields Breaking Down?
In a recent note, Newton raises several technical factors to support his thesis that Treasury yields are more likely to break down rather than break out. According to Newton, indicators such as counter-trend DeMark exhaustion, cyclical patterns, and Elliott-Wave structure all suggest a potential reversal in bond yields.
DeMark Indicator and Elliott-Wave Tool
The DeMark indicator is utilized to predict short-term price movements by analyzing changes in intraday highs and lows. Similarly, the Elliott-Wave tool identifies recurring patterns in asset price fluctuations.
Market Hawkishness and Traders’ Vulnerability
Newton also questions the sudden level of market hawkishness, particularly in terms of the expected probabilities of additional rate hikes by the Federal Reserve. He suggests that this extreme sentiment is more likely to ease rather than intensify. Illustrating this point, SocGen’s chart demonstrates the vulnerable position of certain traders if the bond market were to become more dovish.
Impact on Stocks
If bond yields were to retreat, Newton explores the implications for the stock market. He maintains that there hasn’t been sufficient technical damage to warrant significant concerns about the recent market weakness. Additionally, he notes that large technology stocks are still acting as stabilizing factors in the market. Newton emphasizes that there currently isn’t enough evidence to support a market downturn, particularly given Thursday’s session where minor weakness held steady before attempting to rebound towards the end of the day.
Newton predicts that the S&P 500 will likely bottom out on Friday or Monday and then recover to reach 4,500. Despite the uncertainty surrounding Treasury yields, he advises against jumping to conclusions about an imminent market decline.
U.S. stock index futures are slightly lower as benchmark Treasury yields move higher. The dollar index is a touch softer, while oil gains and gold is up.
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