Stocks consolidate November gains as Tesla hits record, Bitcoin eyes ATH

European stocks maintained a slight bullish bias on Friday after Wall Street managed to rally despite a lacklustre start. Yesterday, the S&P 500 opened lower but bulls made steady progress throughout the session and the index at the highs.

The FTSE 100 inched up in early trade Friday to above 6,350 as the consolidation of the November thrust continues. BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce led the way thanks to the government’s renewed commitment to defence spending.

US 10-year yields continued to slip and haven’t been this low since the vaccine news broke – a reflation-rotation unwind in progress? Gold’s key support at $1,850 held again. WTI (Jan) rose to $42 but still remains very rangebound.

The end of the Trump regime appears to be as anarchic and dysfunctional as it was during its heyday. In a rare rift between the two, the US Treasury and Fed openly disagreed over the end of pandemic assistance programmes, helping to drive US futures lower after yesterday’s positive session.

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin called on Fed chair Jay Powell to extend 4 lending programmes by 90 days, but demanded a scheduled end to five other lending programmes and the Fed hand back some $455bn in unused funds for use elsewhere.

The Fed said no, explaining it “would prefer that the full suite of emergency facilities established during the coronavirus pandemic continue to serve their important role as a backstop for our still-strained and vulnerable economy”. Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic told Bloomberg these tools are an important backstop and have restored market confidence.

Covid cases continue to rip through the US, prompting new restrictions, including a 10pm curfew in California. The good news is the rate of case growth seems to be slowing. US jobless claims rose for the first time in five weeks – getting that fiscal bridge is looking increasingly pressing.

On that front, there was some relief as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would resume talks with Democrats over a potential Covid-19 fiscal stimulus package. Across the pond, stimulus efforts remain on pause as Hungary and Poland hold out. Budget impasses are hardly anything new in the world of EU horse-trading.

EURUSD was steady at 1.1870.

Tesla shares powered to a record high at $508 as investors continue to bid the stock ahead of inclusion in the S&P 500. Indeed, according to Goldman Sachs, of the 189 large-cap mutual fund managers it follows, 157 do not own Tesla.

According to their estimates, Tesla’s scheduled inclusion in the S&P 500 on Dec 21st “could result in $8 billion of demand from active US large-cap mutual funds”. That would be about 2% of market cap.

Morgan Stanley raised its price target on the stock to $540, saying Tesla is on the verge of a shift from just selling cars to sustaining a high margin, recurring software/services business. In its ‘bull case’ scenario, MS offers a price target of $1,068.

Brexit talks continue but virtually now after a delegate caught the virus. Reports this morning said EU envoys have been briefed that all three main Brexit hurdles remain unresolved.

GBPUSD breached the trend line support yesterday but recovered and trades on it this morning at 1.3260. A second breach and close today under this level may call for test of the longer-term trend line support and 23.6% on cable’s favourite anchor point at 1.30. Tick tock on the Brexit clock.

GBPUSD breached the trend line support yesterday but recovered and trades on it this morning at 1.3260

Elsewhere, after steadying around $17,400 Bitcoin pushed up to $18,400 again this morning and remains well bid above the 18k level ahead of a possible attack on the all-time highs. I would not be surprised if bulls push this to $20k by the time markets open on Monday morning.

Bitcoin pushed up to $18,400 again this morning and remains well bid above the 18k level ahead of a possible attack on the all-time highs

Adelanto semanal: los resultados Tesla y Netflix impulsarán las tecnológicas

La temporada de ganancias en Wall Street revolucionará el panorama semanal con la publicación de los resultados del 3T de Tesla tras registrar una venta histórica de vehículos durante el trimestre. Por su parte, la gran vencedora de la pandemia, Netflix, pondrá al día al mercado con el comportamiento de sus resultados trimestrales y de nuevas suscripciones. Más allá de estas publicaciones, el flujo de datos de esta semana es bastante modesto, aunque destacan los PMI preliminares que conoceremos el viernes.

Tesla

Las acciones de Tesla se han inflado en torno a un 450 % este año, ya que la compañía ha logrado impulsar aún más sus ventas y beneficios al tiempo que disipaba las inquietudes en torno a su balance. Tesla anunciará sus resultados del 3T el miércoles; los inversores esperan importantes ganancias tras el récord de ventas registrado este trimestre: Tesla vendió 139 300 vehículos en el tercer trimestre y produjo 145 036. Este hito ha supuesto un importante repunte desde los aproximadamente 90 000 vehículos vendidos en el 2T.

Recientemente, Ben Kallo, analista de Baird, subió su precio objetivo en TSLA un 25 %. Aunque en su análisis reiteró que, desde enero, aplica una calificación neutral a estas acciones, el analista elevó el precio objetivo desde 360 $ hasta 450 $. Asimismo, considera que la empresa puede volver a centrarse en el crecimiento de las inversiones tras el rally de sus acciones.

En palabras de Kallo, «hemos asistido a un mayor interés de entrada en TSLA, sobre todo al descifrar el caso alcista/bajista. Curiosamente, hemos dado con inversores con un mayor enfoque en los escenarios halagüeños previstos a partir de 2025, lo que contrasta en gran medida con la situación hace apenas unos meses, cuando se centraban principalmente en el siguiente trimestre». La posición de los analistas respecto a Tesla es heterogénea: 7 recomendaciones de compra, 10 de venta y 13 de mantener la acción/calificaciones neutrales.

 

Netflix

El mercado estará especialmente interesado en conocer el número de suscriptores que Netflix ha conseguido sumar en el tercer trimestre. La imposición de confinamientos en todo el mundo supuso un enorme impulso para la compañía en el primer semestre de 2020: las nuevas suscripciones de pago netas se elevaron a 26 millones, comparado con los 12 millones del mismo periodo del año anterior. Según las previsiones de la compañía, en el 3T las suscripciones de pago netas sumarían 2,5 millones, frente a los 6,8 millones del 3T19, dado que el repunte del 1S probablemente se apropió de parte de la demanda del segundo semestre del año. No obstante, podríamos estar ante una estimación muy conservadora y Netflix podría superar esta cifra holgadamente.

Asimismo, los inversores estarán pendientes del consumo de fondos (o cash burn) de la empresa ante la reactivación del calendario de producciones. La inversión en contenido supone un coste, pero Netflix también lo considera un importante catalizador para destacar de la competencia en un espacio cada vez más competitivo. A principios de año, los analistas de Cannacord afirmaban: «La inversión de Netflix en su librería de contenido le ha permitido evolucionar, pasando de ser una plataforma de reposiciones a una fuente de calidad de contenido original. De hecho, actualmente, se ha erigido como un espacio de estreno de algunas de las mayores producciones cinematográficas, por lo que el servicio resulta una parte esencial del paquete de ocio de cualquier consumidor».

Goldman Sachs —el que fuera uno de los primeros en apreciar que «la ingente inversión en contenido [de la compañía], así como el ecosistema de distribución mundial y una posición de competencia en continua mejora impulsarán los resultados financieros de manera significativa por encima de las expectativas del consenso»— elevó recientemente su precio objetivo sobre las acciones de 600 $ a 670 $, aludiendo al probable catalizador alcista de unos resultados del 3T mejores de lo previsto.

No se pierda nuestra Serie especial diaria de la temporada de ganancias en XRay para tener toda la información.

Datos económicos

En la práctica, los datos económicos mundiales son bastante exiguos. El foco se posará sobre la temporada de ganancias en Wall Street, ya que contribuye a conformar el panorama de los mercados. China, prácticamente el único país que se espera que crezca este año, publicará este lunes su PIB y sus datos de producción industrial y de inversión en activos fijos, los cuales ayudarán a orientar los mercados a principios de la semana. Las ventas minoristas y los datos de la inflación en Gran Bretaña se escudriñarán para detectar cualquier pista acerca de si el Banco de Inglaterra llevará los tipos de interés a territorio negativo, tras enviar una carta a los bancos encomendado a su apoyo para llevar los tipos por debajo del límite inferior a cero (ZLB). El viernes conoceremos los PMI preliminares de los sectores manufacturero y de servicios para EE. UU., Gran Bretaña, la zona del euro, Japón y Australia. Estas cifras arrojarán más luz en torno si el impulso de la reapertura se desvanece al mismo acelerado ritmo que los temores bajistas.

Las elecciones estadounidenses en el punto de mira

Por último, los inversores querrán no perder detalle de las elecciones estadounidenses: la actualidad electoral se centra en una victoria demócrata que podría inundar el mercado de estímulos fiscales. Según los datos de los sondeos, Joe Biden aventaja holgadamente a Donald Trump, aunque su ventaja es mucho menor en los estados decisivos, los que decidirán quién gana los comicios. Además, si nos atenemos a los estados bisagra clave, la situación para Trump pintaba peor en este mismo punto de la carrera electoral hace cuatro años. La futura formación del Senado está generando más interés ante un supuesto triunfo de Biden: un Senado republicano podría mermar gravemente los esfuerzos de reforma. Prevemos un aumento de la volatilidad conforme nos acercamos al desenlace electoral, pero, como señalaron nuestros compañeros de BlondeMoney la semana pasada, los temores en torno a un resultado igualado podrían ser exagerados.

 

Principales datos económicos de esta semana

Date  Event 
Oct 19th  China GDP, fixed asset investment, industrial production 
Oct 19th  BOC business outlook survey 
Oct 20th  RBA meeting minutes 
Oct 21st  UK CPI inflation 
Oct 21st  Canada CPI, retail sales 
Oct 21st  US crude oil inventories 
Oct 21st  Fed Beige Book 
Oct 22nd  German Gfk consumer climate 
Oct 22nd  US weekly initial jobless claims 
Oct 22nd  US CB leading index 
Oct 22nd  Nat gas storage 
Oct 22nd  New Zealand CPI inflation 
Oct 23rd  Flash PMIs – AUS, EZ, Japan, UK, US 
Oct 23rd  UK retail sales 

 

Principales informes de resultados de esta semana

No se pierda nuestra Serie especial diaria de la temporada de ganancias en XRay para tener toda la información.

Date  Company 
Oct 20th   Procter & Gamble 
Oct 20th   Netflix 
Oct 21st  Tesla 
Oct 21st  Verizon 
Oct 22nd  Amazon* 
Oct 22nd  Intel 
Oct 22nd  Coca-cola 
Oct 22nd  AT&T 
Oct 21st   NextEra Energy 
Oct 20th   Lockheed Martin  
Oct 23rd  American Express 
Oct 23rd  Daimler 
Oct 21st  Biogen 
Oct 19th   Philips 
Oct 20th   UBS 
Oct 20th   Snap (Snapchat) 
Oct 19th   IBM 
Oct 22nd  Valero Energy 
Oct 20th   Vinci 
Oct 20th   Reckitt Benckiser 
Oct 21st   Countrywide 
Oct 21st   William Hill 
Oct 21st   Metro Bank 
Oct 21st   Centamin 

*Slated for this date 

 

 

Broad rally for equities as UK goes for lockdown-lite, Tesla fails to spark, precious metals under pressure

European markets rose 1% in early trade on Wednesday, extending mild gains from the previous sessions following the steep selling on Monday. Yesterday, the S&P 500 rose 1%, and the Nasdaq climbed 1.7%, whilst markets across Europe were a little more mixed with London and Frankfurt higher but Paris lower.

Today sees solid bid across sectors and bourses with a slate of manufacturing and services PMIs in focus. The FTSE 100 recovered the 5,900 level, with even IAG and easyJet getting in on the action, rising 6% each. Safe-haven play Fresnillo was off by a similar margin as silver and gold prices come under a good deal of pressure again today.

There is no clear evidence for the airlines to rally except that perhaps there was an overreaction earlier in the week.

PMIs underline the fragility of the recovery

I will issue the usual caveat about extrapolating too much from these diffusion indices, but they do highlight an interesting trend. The manufacturing sector can sustain a recovery as firms can work out how to function in the new environment, but it’s harder for many service sector businesses to operate at all, which drags on the number.

Service sector companies are also much more exposed to the caprice of lockdowns. Both German and French services PMIs came in under 50, indicating contraction (survey respondents think things are worse than the month before), while both countries’ manufacturing PMIs pointed to expansion.

The UK is heading for a second lockdown-lite

This will dent the recovery and hit some sectors especially hard, but perhaps more importantly this is spurring the chancellor into action. With the furlough scheme slated to end in October, there is a risk of a jobs calamity even without further lockdown restrictions, which are a possibility.

Rishi Sunak is reported to be working on new plans to support jobs, which may ease worries among investors that the UK economy could fall off a cliff for a second time just as the Brexit process reaches its finale.

Individual stocks are putting some very big moves daily which only indicates the kind of dislocation in market pricing, uncertainty about the path of the pandemic and the fact that no one really knows where a lot of these securities ought to be trading.

Whether it’s value or growth, tech or travel, the unevenness of both the recovery and government policy means it’s hard to know what a fair value is. Trying to extrapolate a narrative to fit all of this is often a fool’s errand.

Tesla stock tumbles after Battery Day reveals fall flat

A case in point: Tesla shares fell over 5% and extended their decline by a further 7% in after-hours trading, despite Elon Musk outlining the company’s plans to halve the cost of battery manufacturing and market an electric car at $25,000. The new battery tech would deliver 16% more range and x6 more power, but the company said production in volume is three years away.

There is some debate about whether Tesla’s Battery Day announcements amount to incremental or revolutionary changes to battery technology, but two things are clear: Tesla has not suddenly acquired warp speed capability, but clearly the company has a roadmap to cheaper, longer life battery technology that it will make itself and will allow it to lead the EV field for a while longer.

Panasonic and other suppliers were hit with Tesla planning to make its own battery. Nevertheless, given all the anticipation around a potential game-changer in battery technology, investors were a little underwhelmed by the news. Tesla’s Frankfurt-listed shares declined 7% at the open, before paring losses a touch.

Nike climbs as online sales surge, Ant Group takes another IPO step

Nike shares shot higher after-market following an 82% rise in online sales, with the company expecting to benefit from a permanent shift to direct online sales. EPS of $0.95 beat the $0.47 expected, on revenues of $10.6bn vs the $9bn expected. Nike continues to benefit from its strong brand presence that is akin to Apple in the smartphone space, as well as large investments in its web and mobile platforms. Shares in Adidas and Puma rose about 4% on the read-across.

Ant Group took a step closer to its mega-IPO after it submitted documents for registrations of the Shanghai side of the listing. The company plans to list both on Shanghai’s STAR Market and in Hong Kong, with valuation estimates in the region of $250bn-$300bn.

Cable softens, BoE Baily fails to quell negative rate fears

In FX, GBPUSD traded under 1.27 in early European trade after the downside breach of the 200-day EMA presented bears with an obvious momentum play. Yesterday’s move under the 1.2760 level has opened up the path to further losses and today the pair is trading through the 100-day line and testing the 38.,2% retracement at 1.2690.

Whilst Andrew Bailey attempted some push back on negative rates, saying they are not imminent, the takeaway from his comments was that this unorthodox and dangerous tool is very much being actively considered by the bank’s Monetary Policy Committee.

Chart: GBPUSD downside exposed

The USD continues to find bid, which is weighing on gold. DXY extended its push out of the channel, forcing gold to trade under $1,900 and test the 50% retracement around $1875, corresponding with the horizontal support of the descending triangle formed by the August lows. Silver has a bearish bias after breaching the August low.

Chart: Dollar continues breakout

 

Chart: Gold tests 50% retracement

Chart: Silver breaks August lows

Adelanto semanal: el Tesla Battery Day encenderá el interés de los inversores

El martes, Tesla celebra su ansiado y largamente esperado Battery Day, en el que los inversores prevén que posiblemente se anunciará una tecnología revolucionaria. Entretanto, el flujo de datos económicos incluye el avance de los PMI para la zona del euro, la decisión sobre los tipos de interés del Banco de la Reserva de Nueva Zelanda y el informe laboral semanal de EE. UU.

En los próximos días, se espera la comparecencia del presidente de la Fed, Jay Powell, y del gobernador del Banco de Inglaterra, Andrew Bailey, tras las reuniones del FOMC y el Comité de política monetaria (MPC).

Tesla Battery Day

La junta anual de accionistas de Tesla de este año tendrá lugar el próximo martes, 22 de septiembre de 2020, a las 13:30 horas (UTC -8). Inmediatamente tras su conclusión, Tesla celebrará el Battery Day, el cual ha despertado especulaciones a partes iguales tanto con respecto a las acciones como en cuanto a lo que su CEO, Elon Musk, pueda desvelar en el evento.

Puede consultar nuestra guía completa aquí.

¿En qué punto se encuentra la recuperación económica?

¿Está perdiendo impulso la recuperación económica mundial? Si bien el retroceso posterior a los confinamientos se antojó fácil, la vuelta a los niveles de 2019 resultará mucho más ardua. Está costando cada vez más conseguir ganancias marginales y algunos indicadores económicos más recurrentes están comenzando a estabilizarse. Es el caso de los PMI de la zona del euro, que han empezado a mitigarse.

La última ronda del avance de las encuestas al sector servicios y manufacturero para la zona del euro, Reino Unido y EE. UU. se publicará el miércoles. Mientras tanto, el jueves, los operadores estarán más pendientes que nunca de las solicitudes de prestaciones por desempleo estadounidenses; por su parte, los pedidos de bienes duraderos del país, que se conocerán el viernes, suponen un valioso indicador avanzado de la demanda comercial.

¿Cuál es la respuesta de los bancos centrales?

La semana pasada, la Reserva Federal y el Banco de Inglaterra sugirieron que estaban dispuestas a esforzarse más, según se les ha exigido, y que los tipos de interés se mantendrán bajos durante mucho tiempo. Esta semana le llega el turno de actuar al Banco de la Reserva de Nueva Zelanda (RBNZ), después de que el país informara de su peor recesión en décadas.

La economía del país se contrajo un 12,2 % entre abril y junio, en lo que supone la caída más acusada desde que se inauguró el actual sistema de mediciones en 1987. Este colapso se debe a la interrupción en la actividad debida a las estrictas medidas de confinamiento aplicadas en Nueva Zelanda.

El RBNZ ha contemplado aplicar tipos negativos; de hecho, el asistente del gobernador, Christian Hawkesby, afirmó el mes pasado que el banco central está «preparando la fase preliminar» para poner en marcha mecanismos de políticas adicionales, entre las que se incluyen los tipos negativos. ¿Darán el salto ahora o bien considerarán que la economía se recuperará dado el exiguo número de casos?

Lo más destacado en XRay esta semana

Descubra toda la programación de formación y los análisis del mercado financiero.

15.00 UTC 21-Sep Tesla Battery Day Preview
17.00 UTC 21-Sep Blonde Markets
17.00 UTC 22⁠⁠⁠-⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Sep Webinar: Identify Trends and Choose Technical Indicators
14.45 UTC 24⁠⁠-⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Sep Master the Markets
17.00 UTC 24⁠-⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Sep Election2020 Weekly

Acontecimientos económicos clave

No se pierda las principales citas del calendario económico de esta semana. En la plataforma, encontrará un completo calendario económico y de acontecimientos corporativos. 

06:00 UTC 

22-Sep  Kingfisher – Half-Year Results 
14.00 UTC  22-Sep  Eurozone Consumer Confidence 
02.00 UTC  23-Sep  Reserve Bank of New Zealand Rate Decision 
07.15 – 08.00 UTC  23-Sep  Eurozone Flash Services / Manufacturing PMIs 
Pre-Market  23-Sep  General Mills – Q1 2021 
08.30 UTC 23-Sep  UK Flash Services / Manufacturing PMIs 
14.30 UTC 23-Sep  US EIA Crude Oil Inventories 
23.50 UTC  23-Sep  Bank of Japan Meeting Minutes 
08.00 UTC  24-Sep  German Ifo Business Climate 
Pre-Market  24-Sep  Accenture – Q4 2020 
12.30 UTC 24-Sep  US Weekly Jobless Claims 
14.30 UTC  24-Sep  US EIA Natural Gas Storage 
After-Market  24-Sep  Costco Wholesale Corp – Q4 2020 
11.00 UTC  25-Sep  Bank of England Quarterly Bulletin 
12.30 UTC 25-Sep  US Durable Goods Orders 

 

Tesla Battery Day primer: Can Musk deliver as TSLA rallies on event hype?

Tesla Battery Day primer

  • Battery Day event scheduled for Sep 22nd
  • Signs of speculative buying ahead of event
  • Elon Musk hints at more energy dense batteries

Investors are charged up with excitement ahead of Tesla’s Battery Day event. Shares have rallied about 25% in the last week after the stock tapped on the 50-day simple moving average following some heavy selling in the middle of the Nasdaq’s early September pullback.

This of course followed disappointment at missing out on S&P 500 inclusion, and some very aggressive bid that took place in and around the stock split. So is Battery Day all hype, or is there something to it?

Tesla’s 2020 annual meeting of stockholders will be held on Tuesday, September 22, 2020, at 13:30 Pacific Time. Immediately after this meeting, Tesla will hold the Battery Day event.

CEO Elon Musk, in his usual caution, said in January that the event will ‘blow your mind’. Recently he toned it down a bit, teasing ‘many exciting things’. Whilst we should always take his pronouncements on Twitter with a pinch of salt, clearly there is a high degree of expectation and speculation – and speculative buying of TSLA stock – taking place in the run-up to the event.

Batteries matter

To deliver on its EV promise, Tesla needs to own the battery space. Without this, it’s not so different to an OEM. Musk commented on this at Tesla’s Q4 2019 earnings call in January, explaining that in order to ramp up Model Y production, introduce the Cybertruck and launch the Semi electric truck, a lot more batteries would be needed.

“So, the thing we’re going to be really focused on is increasing battery production capacity because that’s very fundamental because if you don’t improve battery production capacity, then you end up just shifting unit volume from one product to another and you haven’t actually produced more electric vehicles,” Musk said.

And whilst Tesla has a lead in the powertrain stakes, traditional players may catch up. “It’s worth noting that the Model S has like a 100 kWh pack, the [Porsche] Taycan has like a 95 kWh pack. The Model S is steadily approaching 400 miles of range. The Taycan has 200 miles of range. So we must be using that energy pretty efficiently, and the powertrain is a big part of that,” Musk added in January.

Whilst battery production is one thing, making the batteries more efficient is quite something else. Tesla’s acquisition of Maxwell, an ultra-capacitor manufacturer and battery technology business based in San Diego, is a considerable factor.

What to expect from Tesla’s Battery Day

My expectation is that Musk is about to announce if not a leap then a progression in battery technology that brings EV costs down to, or close to, traditional automobiles. It would be a surprise if Tesla were not able to say it has made further progress on batteries that are more energy dense and have a longer life.

We note for example, that on August 24th this year Musk said battery cells of 400 Watt hours per kilogram (Wh/kg) with a high cycle would be possible in volume within 3 to 4 years, way beyond the current 260 Wh/kg in the Model 3, which could indicate knowledge of some improvement coming in the Tesla batteries.

There has also been speculation that Tesla may unveil “silicon nanowire anode” technology that can greatly increase battery density and cell life. All of this remains speculation, of course.

If Tesla can both lower costs and increase battery energy density and life, it would be a significant step forward for the company and further cement its lead in the EV space. However, given the recent rampant speculation on the stock and Musk’s capacity to somewhat overstate his case, there is a considerable risk of a buy-the-rumour, sell-the-fact trade.

Tesla Stock Signals

Whilst client flows remain positive (87% bullish), analysts remain downbeat – the average price target of $300 vs the current $450 for the stock implies a 34% downside. We also note that hedge funds have been decreasing their holdings.

Baillie Gifford, one of the top shareholders, recently reduced its stake as the holding approached fund limits, but also because of fears that valuations had just got silly. Our insider signals tool also delivers a sell signal on the stock.

Pound at 6-week low, European stocks stabilise but risk sentiment fragile

Tech stocks bled heavily again for a third straight day as trading resumed on Wall Street following the Labor Day weekend. Tesla slumped a whopping 21% to notch its worst day ever. The other major tech giants also dropped heavily as the Nasdaq fell 4% and entered correction territory – down 10% from its recent peak.

Whilst this began as more of a technical correction within tech following the astonishing ramp in August than a broad risk-off move, it is nonetheless bleeding into the broader market and dragged down the majority of stocks. US benchmark yields have retreated and oil prices have rolled over.

SPX not far behind after Nasdaq enters correction territory

There was some rotation going on – Disney, Nike, McDonald’s, Ford and GM rose – but the S&P 500 still declined almost 3% and is not so far off correction territory itself. On the whole there is a sense that this selloff represents that sentiment has become too exuberant and needed to correct.

We may expect the US market now to chop in W-pattern over the coming months and follow the path taken by European equities since June with the loss of momentum in the economic recovery and US election risks likely to become more visible in equity markets.

Asian equities fell with the weak US handover. European stocks opened a little bit higher in early trade but risk sentiment appears very fragile. The FTSE 100 is enjoying the pound’s distress with heavyweight dollar-earners like BP, Shell, Unilever and British American Tobacco among the best risers.

In dollar terms the market is flat. The index got a confidence boost as Barclays raised their call on UK equities to ‘market-weight’ from ‘underweight’.

Increase in coronavirus cases weighs on recovery outlook

Nevertheless, investors are becoming worried again about rising Covid cases across many developed markets which threaten the trajectory of the recovery and may well weigh on demand in a number of sectors.

The evidence is evident in a couple of markets. Oil prices have rolled over with WTI dropping under $37 to hit its weakest since the middle of June. Another tell that this tech-led selloff is more than just a simple technical correction are bond yields.

US 10-year Treasury yields logged their biggest drop in a month, sliding from 0.72% Friday to 0.682%. Despite the move in yields gold prices remain resolutely stuck to the $1930 anchor having tested $1906 and the 50-day SMA yesterday.

There is also some negative headlines around work on a vaccine which may weigh on risk a touch, or at least provide algos with a sell signal. AstraZeneca shares fell after it was forced to pause clinical trials of its Covid-19 vaccine candidate after a participant in the study was taken ill.

Such are the problems with pinning hopes on a vaccine for a return to normal to be possible. The worry is that while we have all kind of assumed that one company will come up with vaccine later this year, it’s not going to be plain sailing.

Tesla tumbles after S&P 500 snub

Tesla shares got well and truly smoked after it was not added to the S&P 500, to some surprise. Tesla stock hadn’t traded below its 50 day average price since April 13 and closed the day at this level at $330 – this level needs to hold or we could see further declines for the stock.

The market was surprised by Tesla not being included in the index. At the time, we talked a lot about how possible inclusion in the S&P 500 was a big driver of the stock’s rally earlier in the year and therefore being snubbed will force some funds to rethink whether they need to hold such a high beta stock if it’s not part of the index.

Pound sinks on Brexit worries, strong dollar

In FX markets, sterling is finding the going very tough, sinking to a 6-week low with the dollar catching a bid and Brexit risks weighing. DXY has advanced to clear 93.50 and test the top of the descending wedge, while EURUSD dropped further under 1.18 ahead of the ECB meeting which might be a lot more dovish than the market thinks.

This is not a pure dollar move by any means – the pound was also at its weakest since the end of July against the euro, too. For cable this has meant the build-up of downside pressure has blown out the stops at 1.30 and GBPUSD is running south with not a lot of support until 1.28.

Brexit risks are a major factor – the UK government admitted it will break international law in order to fix the withdrawal agreement should there be no deal by October 15th. Talks continue today between the UK and the EU and there are clear headline risks as traders see a higher chance of no deal emerging.

However, we should caution that a deal will likely emerge at the last moment after considerable brinkmanship from both sides that makes it seem as though a deal is impossible. Nevertheless, with still 5 weeks to go before the deadline imposed by the British government, there may be a very rough ride ahead for the pound.

Chart: Stops are out as GBPUSD trades below 50-day SMA

Chart: Having pushed clear of the 21-day SMA the dollar tests top of the descending wedge, 50-day SMA above

FTSE lags as dollar continues to drop

Back to school: the unruly mob are back. But that is enough about MPs going back to work – children start the autumn term this week and the furlough scheme starts to unwind with the government reducing its contribution to employees’ wages to 70% in September.

Furlough forever is simply not an option – zombie staff, zombie businesses. But it means unemployment is surely set to rise – and consumer confidence always follows. The chancellor is floating a tax raid – better to monetize the debt surely?

Stocks soft after strong August

Stocks were a tad weaker on Monday, but August was a great month. The MSCI World index rose 6.6% and the S&P rallied over 7% to record their best August since 1986. The Nasdaq rose 10%. August is usually a poor month for stocks.

Tuesday morning saw a firm bounce for the major European bourses, though the FTSE 100 lagged as it played catchup following the bank holiday. A stronger sterling is also dragging on the big dollar earners. AstraZeneca has started large-scale human trials of its coronavirus candidate vaccine in the US.

The Federal Reserve has put a floor under markets and a ceiling on rates, delivering conditions where stocks can only float higher. We call this TINA – There Is No Alternative. It’s not sustainable of course, but it won’t stop the Fed and other central banks continuing to inflate the bubble. The Fed’s policy shift on inflation has marked a important change for the central bank and it may be followed by the ECB and others.

Vix futures – the so-called ‘fear gauge’ are telling another story. These have started to grind higher despite stocks rallying, which raises a warning about the future path of the market. As previously mentioned, volatility should rise as the election approaches and the races proves far tighter than it currently looks. In summary, the options market is sending a signal that the stock market is not.

Strong China manufacturing PMI lifts sentiment, despite soft readings from France, Spain

Sentiment this morning is helped by data showing Chinese factory activity rose at the fastest pace since 2011. French and Spanish manufacturing PMIs softened, dropping under 50 to signal contraction, while Italy’s was a little better than expected at 53.1.

Some of the moves in US shares are striking. Apple rose over 3% to $129 after splitting, whilst Tesla shares rocketed 13% on its busiest day ever. Stock splits shouldn’t make a difference, except this time they have. Tesla is up 74% for the month.

Zoom races higher after smashing earnings forecasts

Zoom rose almost 23% in after-hours trade after it reported a 355% rise in revenues to $663.5m for the July quarter, smashing forecasts for around $500m. Zoom has proved to be a Covid winner of epic proportions – but shouldn’t we all be going back to the office by now? The UK significantly lags Europe and others in ‘getting back to work’ statistics – this has a huge implication for productivity and for the wider economy.

The dollar continues to soften and trying to guess the bottom is akin to catching a falling knife. The dollar index sank to fresh two-year lows in the wake of the Fed’s inflation shift. Perennial dollar bulls have been caught off guard with the unwind, however the Fed’s recent shift on inflation targeting only underlines that bears called this early.

More inflation and a central bank prepared to let it happen should reduce the purchasing power of the dollar and therefore it ought to weaken. However, with the buck usually a safe harbour, it shouldn’t soften too much more.

The pound was up, with GBPUSD pressing on the post-election euphoria high of last December a little above 1.34. There are Brexit risks ahead – talks recommence next week – but for the moment the major driver of this is the dollar’s weakness. Gold futures rose to $2,000/oz as the weaker dollar lifted commodity markets and US real rates – 10-year TIPS – have sunk again as inflation expectations rise.

Adelanto semanal: el desdoblamiento de AAPL y TSLA, el reajuste del Dow y las NFP serán los protagonistas

¿Qué pasará con Apple y Tesla cuando el desdoblamiento de sus acciones entre en vigor? ¿Cómo responderá la nueva organización del Dow a las últimas novedades del mercado? Y, por último, ¿se sumarán las nóminas no agrícolas de EE. UU. a la tendencia de crecimiento consolidado?

Los desdoblamientos de Apple y Tesla

Esta semana, tanto Apple como Tesla empezarán a cotizar a sus nuevos precios tras sus últimos desdoblamientos. El precio de AAPL caerá un cuarto y TSLA, un quinto. Ambas acciones han experimentado un gran aumento desde que anunciaran sus respectivos desdoblamientos: Apple superó los 500 $ por acción la semana pasada y Tesla siguió creciendo tras dejar atrás la barrera de los 2000 $.

Normalmente, tras un desdoblamiento, las acciones se contraen, ya que algunos titulares venden parte de sus acciones adicionales para captar parte de los beneficios de la última revalorización. No obstante, esta reducción podría ser temporal. Próximamente, Apple desvelará su última gama de iPhone, incluidos los ansiados modelos 5G. Tesla podría aprovechar la celebración del próximo Battery Day, que previsiblemente tendrá lugar el 22 de septiembre, para anunciar sus últimas innovaciones destinadas a mejorar la autonomía y el rendimiento de sus vehículos.

Podrá encontrar más información sobre los desdoblamientos de acciones y su repercusión en las operaciones abiertas aquí.

Nueva estructura del promedio industrial del Dow Jones

Tras el desdoblamiento de Apple, el promedio industrial del Dow Jones tendrá un aspecto diferente a partir de esta semana. A diferencia del S&P 500, que se basa en la capitalización bursátil, el Dow es un índice ponderado a los precios, por lo que una caída del 75 % en la cotización de las acciones de Apple forzará la aparición de una serie de cambios.

En primer lugar, Apple dejará de ser la empresa con más peso en el índice y pasará del primero al decimoséptimo lugar. Esto implica que la volatilidad de las acciones tendrá un efecto de menor envergadura que antes en el Dow. United Health se erigirá como la principal acción del índice y, en consecuencia, otras empresas tendrán mayor ponderación.

Asimismo, esto provocará la salida del índice de otras acciones para dejar sitio a otras nuevas de cara a mantener su composición aproximada de un cuarto de acciones tecnológicas. Para conocer todos los detalles de esta remodelación, haga clic aquí.

Resultados de Zoom Video Communications

Desde el principio de la pandemia, Zoom se ha convertido en una herramienta fundamental para numerosas empresas de todo el mundo. También se ha incrementado drásticamente el uso personal de este programa, ya que los consumidores lo utilizan para casi cualquier cosa: desde citas hasta la transmisión en streaming de bodas e, incluso, funerales. Durante el primer trimestre, la empresa registró un aumento de consumidores del 354 % en términos interanuales, lo que se tradujo en un crecimiento del 169 % de sus beneficios.

En consecuencia, cada vez más inversores se han hecho con sus acciones, lo que ha implicado un meteórico ascenso de ZM del 330 % en lo que llevamos de año.

En esta ocasión, los analistas esperan unas ventas de unos 500 millones de dólares y un BPA de 0,45 $ por acción, lo que casaría con un crecimiento interanual del 462,5 %.

El Banco de la Reserva de Australia: ¿posible recorte del OCR?

Esta semana tenemos reunión del Banco de la Reserva de Australia. El mes pasado, los legisladores ampliaron la compra de activos y reconocieron que la decisión de implantar un confinamiento estricto en Victoria —el segundo estado con más población y producción— repercutiría en la economía, pero no en los tipos.

Los futuros sobre el tipo de efectivo del ASX muestran que una pequeña mayoría de los actores del mercado esperan que el RBA recorte los tipos al 0 % en esta ocasión. Sin embargo, el gobernador Philip Lowe ya ha contemplado la idea de rebajar los tipos al 0,1 %, en caso de que sean necesarios más ajustes. Por lo tanto, incluso si los legisladores se ven en la necesidad de adoptar más medidas expansivas, es posible que no lleguen al 0 %.

Nóminas no agrícolas de EE. UU.

Este viernes los indiscutibles protagonistas serán los datos de las nóminas no agrícolas de EE. UU. De nuevo, la creación de puestos de trabajo superó las previsiones del mes pasado. No obstante, la tasa de recuperación se desaceleró hasta los 1,763 millones, ya que el repunte de casos de coronavirus ralentizó las contrataciones.

Los últimos datos de solicitudes de prestaciones por desempleo siguen mostrando una tendencia descendente de solicitudes recurrentes e iniciales: el número de personas que solicitan estas prestaciones de seguros de desempleo por primera vez cayó por debajo del millón en la semana terminada el 8 de agosto, algo que no sucedía desde antes del inicio de la pandemia. La media de cuatro semanas de solicitudes se ha reducido sistemáticamente durante varias semanas, así como el número de solicitudes recurrentes.

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Acontecimientos económicos clave

No se pierda las principales citas del calendario económico de esta semana:

12.00 UTC 31-Aug German Preliminary CPI
After-Market 31-Aug Zoom Video Communications – Q2 2021
00.45 UTC 01-Sep China Caixin Manufacturing PMI
4.30 UTC 01-Sep RBA Official Cash Rate Decision
7.15 – 8.00 UTC 01-Sep Finalised Eurozone Manufacturing PMIS
8.30 UTC 01-Sep Finalised UK Manufacturing PMI
10.00 UTC 01-Sep Eurozone Flash CPI
14.00 UTC 01-Sep US ISM Manufacturing PMI
1.30 UTC 02-Sep Australia Quarterly GDP
14.30 UTC 02-Sep US EIA Crude Oil Inventories
1.30 UTC 03-Sep Australia Trade Balance
00.45 UTC 03-Sep China Caixin Services PMI
7.15 – 8.00 UTC 03-Sep Finalised Eurozone Services PMIs
8.30 UTC 03-Sep Finalised UK Services PMI
12.30 UTC 03-Sep US Jobless Claims
14.00 UTC 03-Sep US ISM Nonmanufacturing PMI
14.30 UTC 03-Sep US EIA Natural Gas Storage
1.30 UTC 04-Sep Australia Retail Sales
6.00 UTC 04-Sep German Factory Orders
12.30 UTC 04-Sep US Nonfarm Payrolls, Unemployment Rate

Apple and Tesla announce stock splits – here’s what you need to know

Apple and Tesla have both announced that they will split their stocks at the end of this month. Apple shareholders will be granted three additional shares for each one they hold, while Tesla shareholders will receive another four shares for each one they hold. 

The price of each share will be divided by the size of the split to reflect the increased supply: AAPL will start trading at 0.25 times the pre-split price, while Tesla stock will trade at 0.2 times the pre-split price. 

But why are Apple and Tesla splitting their stocks, and how will this affect your trades? 

Why are Apple and Tesla splitting their stocks? 

Apple was the first to announce its stock split earlier this month, followed a few days later by Tesla. Both shares have rallied hard since the announcements although a split shouldn’t theoretically affect their value. 

Stock splits usually happen for two reasons: to increase liquidity and to make the stock more attractive to retail investors. 

Liquidity 

An asset’s liquidity refers to how easily it can be bought and sold without impacting its pricePutting more shares into circulation often increases its trading volume, which can narrow the spread between bid and ask prices. This could make it easier for buyers and sellers to get a fair price for the shares they want or have. 

Appeal 

Apple stock currently trades for around $430 per share, while Tesla has surged towards $2,000 recently. The high valuation could be putting investors off. Shares are often bought and sold in standardised blocks – a “board lot” of 100 shares would cost an investor $43,000. If the stock were split today, 100 shares would cost $10,750. 

However, modern ways of trading shares (such as leveraged products like Contracts for Difference) have made it more affordable to trade even expensive stocks, so the benefit isn’t as obvious as it used to be 

Regardless of the why the decision was made, investors have taken it as a sign of confidence in the stock – Apple and Tesla wouldn’t want to lower their share price if the companies felt that there wasn’t the potential for further appreciation. 

How will the stock splits affect my trades? 

On August 31st Apple stock will start trading at a quarter of the pre-split price, and Tesla will begin trading at a fifth of the pre-split price. 

Any existing positions on AAPL CFDs will be closed at the original opening price and new positions opened at the new split-adjusted price but for four times more units. The same will happen with positions on TSLA CFDs, but with five times more units. 

See below for an example – note that the prices given are based upon the market value as of August 20th and are for indicative purposes only. 

  • Before the split you have 100 units of Apple CFDs, each valued at $462 for a total value of $46,200. 
  • When the stock is split your position for 100 units will be closed at the original opening price (so P&L will display as zero) and a new position will be opened that is four times larger. In this instance your holdings would now be for 400 units of Apple CFDs.
  • The price of each unit will be worth a quarter of the pre-split price, meaning in this example each unit is valued at $115.50 for a total for $46,200 – exactly as before. 

If you didn’t already have a position in Apple and wanted to trade it, or want to expand an existing position, you would be able to buy the same quantity of units for a lower price, or more units for the same cost as before. 

In effect, the size of your AAPL and TSLA positions will be multiplied by the same quantity as the stock prices are divided by, meaning the value of your holdings will not change. 

How the Apple split will impact the Dow 

Anyone trading the Dow will also need to pay attention to the Apple stock split. 

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is a price-weighted index, so when Apple’s stock price drops thanks to the split the company will no longer be the index’s biggest constituent (that will be UnitedHealth). 

Moves in Apple stock will therefore have less of an influence on the Dow than they currently do. 

Will other companies copy Apple and Tesla? 

Investors are now looking to other tech giants to see whether they decide to follow suit. Amazon and Alphabet will be of particular interest – Amazon’s stock price is over $3,100, while Alphabet is trading near $1,500 at the time of writing. 

A lower stock price for Apple would make the stock more attractive, and Amazon and Alphabet may want to ensure they aren’t pricing potential investors out of the market. However, as the huge cost of an individual share in either of them proves, neither Amazon nor Alphabet has felt the need to resist high prices in the past. 

Stocks firm, gold chased higher, Tesla earnings beat

European stocks were firmer after US stocks rallied yesterday to finish at the best level in months, whilst Asia was mixed. The S&P 500 closed at 3,276, its best finish since February as decent corporate earnings supported the bulls who continue to shrug off the rising Covid cases as well as mounting US-China tensions. The broad index also managed to close at the high of the previous session, having previously closed 20 pts short of this level. 

 

There are some concerns with US-China tensions after the closure of the consulate in Houston, with China retaliating by closing the US consulate in Chengdu. But this kind of tit-for-tat is nothing new – we have been dealing with a trade war for years and I think the market is fully expecting friction to increase, particularly as the US presidential election looms and domestic strife makes it all too convenient for the White House to bash China. UK-China tensions are something a little fresher and have led to Chinese authorities taking the English Premier League off air.  

 

Tesla posted its first full year of GAAP profitability, meaning it can now be considered for inclusion in the S&P 500. Excluding special items, EPS came in at $2.18 on revenues of $6bn. Whilst the beat on deliveries reported earlier by the company indicated a strong quarter, this was better than most had forecast. Whilst the stock is still exceedingly rich based on the fundamentals, it’s one with such a backing that it just doesn’t seem to matter. In some ways it’s a talisman for the whole stock market – old fashioned ideas like valuation and discounted free cash flow models simply don’t matter when you have such an incredible amount of liquidity. It’s also a bet on the future of the automotive industry – which carmaker is going to be around in 50 years? 

 

Microsoft shares fell after hours following its quarterly earnings revealed a slowing in cloud growth, with revenues from the Azure business down from 59% to 47%, although overall the company beat on both the top and bottom lines. XBox revenues soared as gamers found ways to pass the time in lockdown. Likewise Americans stocking up on ice cream and other goodies lifted Unilever sales but emerging markets -without the help of an Ocado to bring consumers lockdown treats – were tougher.

 

On the data front, Germany’s Gfk consumer confidence survey was better than expected, printing –0.3 vs the –4.6 expected. South Korea’s economy is in recession after the worst slump 57 years.  

 

Today the focus is on the US weekly unemployment numbers, with initial jobless claims forecast to hold steady at 1.3m. Initial jobless claims last week of 1.3m were almost unchanged from the prior week. As noted after the release of the numbers last Thursday, the improving trend in initial jobless claims has all but halted, which may reflect the spike in coronavirus cases that has coincided with renewed lockdown measures in a number of economically important states such as Texas and California. There are also big worries that temporary layoffs are turning into permanent firings. 

 

Continuing claims fell to 17.3m vs the 18m in the prior week, which was a tad better than the 17.6m expected. The total number of people claiming benefits in all programmes for the week ending June 27th fell to 32m a decrease of 430k from the previous week.  

On the Covid front, US deaths exceeded 1,000 for the second day, whilst California – the most populous and economically important state – saw more than 12k cases on Wednesday, its largest single-day rise. 

 

In FX, the dollar remains on the backfoot with major peers cementing gains. EURUSD has cleared the January 2019 peak at 1.1570 and looking for a further extension towards the next big Fibonacci level at 1.1760 and the September 2018 swing highs at 1.18. The outlook for the euro is more bullish – on a technical note the clearance of 1.15 is a big hurdle out of the way, whilst the agreement on the EU pandemic fund is fundamentally vital to pushing the euro higher. Longer term is could have very far-reaching repercussions for bond investors, too. GBPUSD was trading above 1.27 and the 200-day moving average and testing the descending trend line that forced the pullback on Tuesday – clearance of these two hurdles opens up a path to 1.30 albeit the fundamental bullish thesis on sterling is far cloudier. 

 

Oil nudged up despite the rise in US crude inventories. WTI (Aug) pressed up above $42 after the EIA reported a crude oil inventory build of 4.9m barrels in the week to July 17th, vs the 2m barrel draw expected, albeit the API print had already flagged a likely increase in stockpiles. Stocks at the Cushing, Oklahoma, hub rose 1.375m vs last week’s build of almost 1m. 

 

Gold continues to march higher as real rates hit all-time lows with 10yr TIPS finishing at –0.88%. Gold pressed up to $1,876 this morning to mark a new 9-year peak. The momentum that is chasing this trade should easily enable bulls to find the $1921 all-time high last achieved in 2011 – you get the feeling there is a lot of appetite to take out this level, but expect some considerable resistance and another pullback to $1800 may be required first. After clearing the all-time high there is a chance of a move to $2k, but we should question whether the support from declining real rates will continue to act as a driver of gold prices without a significant inflationary follow-through. Nevertheless, it’s clear that the combination of a very uncertain macro backdrop, fresh geopolitical risk, the threat of inflation stemming from the massive injection of both monetary and fiscal stimulus make gold a clear-cut Covid winner. 

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