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Jay. JAY. Read That Report Again. Properly This Time! (Cestrian Stocks Bulletin #151)

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Jay. JAY. Read That Report Again. Properly This Time! (Cestrian Stocks Bulletin #151)
By Cestrian Capital Research, Inc • Issue #151 • View online
Guy needs to spend less time tweaking the stops on his SPY puts, and more time reading stuff.

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Food And Energy, Jay. Food And Energy.
Here’s two completely different takes on the inflation situation in the US. They’re both in the same report, by the way, published by the US Government.
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Month-on-month PCE index, up. No arguing with that one. +0.2% from March to April, +0.6% from April to May. Fact.
Looking at the annualized trend, ie. April ‘22 vs April '21, May '22 vs May '21 - PCE index, flat ie +6.3% last month, +6.3% this month. Fact.
So, on a quick read - say when you were trimming your toenails or adjusting the stops on your SPY puts - you would say, well, we need to keep going with this rate hike stuff. Maybe jack it up a little to teach those dang overspending consumers a thing or two. STOP BUYING TOO MANY IPHONES PEOPLE and then rates can come back down some.
But what’s that you say?
You’re still on a two-generations-old iPhone?
Sorry, what now?
You’re worried you won’t be able to afford yams by Thanksgiving?
Huh. Then why are you all spending so much money?
< … incoming abuse … >
Gas prices. Food prices.
Right. I see now. Because PCE excluding energy and food? Flat month vs. month for the last few months. 0.3% every month. And down on an annualized basis. Feb, peak at +5.3% vs Feb '21. May, +4.7% vs. May '21. OK. So, gas prices and food prices.
C'mon Jay.
Now, Jay’s buddies up the road are actually doing things to bring gas and food prices down. The futures market knows this. The bond market knows this. But apparently nobody has yet told stock jocks.
Crude futures are 20% off their recent high.
Wheat futures are 35% below their recent high.
And the 10-year yield is a lot less stressy too. About 15% down from its recent high.
Right now the S&P is thinking about what to do about that. It is sat at a key retracement level, the 0.382 retrace of the move up from the Covid lows. It can, of course, go either way from here. But it’s a difficult time to be a bull or a bear right now. Bears think they have the momentum, and they may be right. Bulls can point to all the factoids above and in addition may observe that, well, it’s a midterm election year and 401(k)s are all beat up. Not a good look.
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