PRE MARKET

Futures up a wee bit after a nauseating Thursday.

We shall see how the day goes but yesterday, a bunch of stuff moved into or below shorter-term support. Not sure this is good news.

We would like to put a good spin on things but:

Oil prices melted down yesterday. This will be good news at the pump but one has to wonder what it signifies.

Ditto for the 10 year yield going below 2.3% though it has bounced above this morning.

Continued confusion out of DC. We can spend an hour on this one but here is just a couple:

The president’s tariffs causes pain for farmers. The president then uses the taxpayer to pay off the farmers. Imagine what Republicans would be saying if Obama did this.

Yesterday…the president says he has a meeting with China’s Xi at the G-20. This morning…the president does not have a meeting with Xi.

Nancy Pelosi…well anything out of the left’s mouths is confusing. But imagine, she all but said the president is mentally ill. Do you know what is ill? When Pelosi got to DC, our debt was basically $0. It is now $22 trillion. That is ill.

OK…we are done. Just remember why Monday is a holiday.

 

PRE MARKET NOTES

Major indices remain BELOW the 50 day moving average. This does not have to mean the death knell. It just means markets have no chance of going higher until price gets back above this important level. It just means things get tougher. Fewer and fewer things are working and will work.

The biggest issue is the SEMIS (SOX) as this most important group is on the defensive. The latest is QCOM smacked this morning on some anti-trust issues. We urge you to scan names in this group to see what we are seeing.

The good news is there remains a good sized list of growth names that are still above moving averages and act well. It is imperative they continue to act well.

Other issues the market may have is the tariffs, impeachment talk, earnings slowdowns and just flat out stalling around many areas around the globe. We do not want to see the indices lose the 200 day average.

A few RETAIL names coughing it up this morning…LOW, URBN, JWN…on top of KSS yesterday. TGT is the outlier up nicely on numbers.

PRE MARKET

Yesterday: Markets to gap to the downside on Huawei restrictions.

Today: Markets to gap up on easing of those same restrictions.

Hey…we just report the news. Just leave little doubt we have decision making by market movements.

Nevertheless, internals heading more south with the all-important SEMIS in somewhat of a freefall…thought they will gap to the upside this morning.

Not much else to say as we do not know what decisions will be made tomorrow.

PRE MARKET-HUAWEI

-So much for the events surrounding Huawei not being important to the “trade issue” which is now a much bigger issue.On Friday,the Commerce Department added Huawei to its restriction list. Implications: 1) US companies restricted from selling to Huawei unless specifically granted a license (waiver) 2) RETALIATION (a lock) 3) supply heads south…demand heads south, and uncertainty.-

-This morning, we are seeing a bunch of very important companies cutting ties with Huawei. This can and will have serious consequences for Huawei, the trade talks and much more. This morning, some of Huawei’s biggest suppliers, Intel, Qualcomm, Xilinx and Broadcom, told their employees they would not supply Huawei till further notice, while Google cut off the supply of hardware and some software services to Huawei smartphones. Huawei bonds have been hitting the skids on this news. All these stocks are hitting the skids.-

-We continue to hear that the U.S. and President Trump have the upper hand in trade talks. If it wasn’t clear that the President was ready to use Huawei as a “chip” in the trade talks, it should now be. But anyone who thinks that China will take this sitting on its rear end has probably been betting the Mets every day. The problem for Huawei is that it is heavily dependent on U.S. semiconductor products and one has to ask the question on whether they can find supplies elsewhere.-

-It looks like the “trade issue” no longer has Huawei as a separate issue. If the President wanted Huawei as part of the negotiations, he now has it…but at what cost? Technology stocks are again bludgeoned this morning. Technology leads the markets both up and down. For a President who watches every tick in the market, not so sure he is going to be thrilled with this latest reaction. We suspect we are going to see a decent amount of technology warnings based on one sentence: “trade and Huawei!”-

-We think tariffs suck but we do understand China was the side that backed away recently from things they had agreed to in negotiations. We only care about outcome and unfortunately, we are not so sure the President understands that this “trade issue” is just starting to heat up and suspect markets will not be too friendly to it.-