By Barbara Kollmeyer
Is Wall Street ready to break a five-session losing streak? Stocks look mixed in early trading, as September, so far, shapes up just as many pundits predicted — dogged by seasonal weakness, plus the ongoing pandemic fallout.
Our call of the day comes from a fresh Deutsche Bank survey, which finds that 58% of 550 global market professionals polled now expect a 5% to 10% stock pullback by end 2021.
Valuations are just another brick on the wall of worry that investors keep climbing that includes the delta variant, inflation, central bank tapering , rising shipping costs that could spoil Christmas, etc. This next chart from Deutsche Bank shows the two main bricks running neck and neck:
But as Deutsche Bank strategist Jim Reid and research analyst Karthik Nagalingam, also pose the question (included in the above chart): “Are too many expecting it will happen”? The bank’s chief strategist Binky Chadha last week warned of a “hard correction,” amid ever-rising valuations, amid caution from other big banks.
And touching on the “wall of worry” theme, also last week, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management’s Lisa Shalett predicted a 15% pullback for a market she sees as “priced for perfection.”
Advising investors take profit in index funds, Shalett had this to say: “The strength of major U.S. equity indexes during August and the first few days of September, pushing to yet more daily and consecutive new highs in the face of concerning developments, is no longer constructive in the spirit of ‘ climbing a wall of worry .”
Beijing turns up the heat on Jack Ma
U.S.-listed shares of China tech giant Alibaba /zigman2/quotes/201948298/composite BABA -2.37% /zigman2/quotes/215112034/delayed HK:9988 -3.03% are slumping after a report Chinese regulators want to break up Alipay , the popular payments app from Jack Ma’s Ant Group. Several other tech stocks were in the red, including Tencent /zigman2/quotes/204605823/delayed HK:700 -2.83% , XD /zigman2/quotes/203507407/delayed HK:2400 -1.85% and NetEase /zigman2/quotes/218787563/delayed HK:9999 -1.84% /zigman2/quotes/201683625/composite NTES -1.77% as regulatory arrows just keep flying in the country.
Shares of Soho China /zigman2/quotes/208161934/delayed HK:410 -0.72% 410 slid 36% on Monday after Blackstone Group /zigman2/quotes/203156858/composite BX -2.22% scrapped a $3.04 billion offer for the commercial real estate operator.
Apple /zigman2/quotes/202934861/composite AAPL -1.51% may be hoping to turn the focus away from a heated legal battle to its annual fall event on Tuesday, where the iPhone 13 and other gadgets are expected to be revealed. Epic Games plans to appeal last week’s ruling that fell short of calling the tech giant’s App Store a monopoly. The maker of the Fortnite videogame achieved one court victory after a judge ruled that the iPhone maker can’t force developers to use its payments system.
A fourth COVID booster shot? Israel is reportedly weighing up that possibility.
House Democrats are looking at lifting corporate taxes to 26.5% from 21% and slapping a 3 percentage-point surtax on individual income above $5 million, say reports.
The federal budget will be released later, a day ahead of what could be the week’s biggest number, consumer prices for August.
Stocks /zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime DJIA -1.62% /zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime SPX -1.72% /zigman2/quotes/210598365/realtime COMP -1.80% are mixed , following the worst weekly performance in nearly three months. European stocks /zigman2/quotes/210599654/delayed XX:SXXP -2.34% are up, but Asia had a mixed day, with the Hang Seng /zigman2/quotes/210598030/delayed HK:HSI -1.18% slumping 1.4% on those fresh tech regulatory woes. Oil /zigman2/quotes/209723049/delayed CL00 +0.88% /zigman2/quotes/210219788/delayed NQ00 +0.11% is rising, along with the dollar /zigman2/quotes/210598269/delayed DXY +1.50% .
European gas futures have been tearing higher recently, due to shortages from Norway and Russia. Our chart of the day comes from Goldman Sachs, which warns of such a scenario repeating across global commodities, as investors remain underinvested.
European energy pricing dynamics offer a “glimpse of what is in store for othercommodity markets in coming months as micro factors are increasingly in the driving seat, with widening deficits depleting inventories leading to elevated price volatility as markets struggle to find a balance,” said team of analysts led by Jeffrey Currie, who are keeping close watch on crude.
“Were oil to reach our target of 80/bbl., it would be hard for investors to ignore inflation in the most important physical commodity markets. This is why we see oil as the catalyst this autumn to attract investors back into the space that should also help prices at the margin,” they said, noting “attractive” entry points for base metals,with copper at only 10% of 2021 highs.
Note, Bank of America sees crude could reach $100 this winter , depending on how cold it gets.
From MTV’s VMA award, the gift we didn’t know we needed — singer Doja Cat’s chicken feet:
And fans in Miami saved a falling cat, using an American flag:
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