This week all of last week’s gains were wiped out.
World markets are testing prior lows here.
Recap of last week:
US Tariffs: Huawei shows Donald Trump is winning China trade war. Besides the headline of court room drama of Huawei’s CFO in CANADA, pressure on Huawei has been building on recently. New Zealand & Australia has blocked Huawei’s, China’s national champion, participation in 5G networks. Japanese will ban purchases from Huawei & ZTE. European Union is raising alarm about Huawei security risks. UK based BT will bar Huawei from ‘core’ 5G networks and will remove from its ‘core’ 3G & 4G systems. China has kept moving forward with the commitment made between Trump and Xi on Saturday’s meeting in Argentina. Chinese minister of Commerce said Beijing will implement agreements on agriculture, energy and cars. Tariffs on auto may come down from 40% to 15%. Beijing has sent a signal that it won’t let pride come between China trade deal. It’s more likely that there will be China deal.
|Economy Indicator||Released Date||Period||Prior||Prior Revised||Consensus||Actual|
|PMI Mfg Index||12/3/2018||Nov-18||55.7||55.3||55.3|
|ISM Mfg Index||12/3/2018||Nov-18||57.7||57.2||59.3|
|Construction Spending M/M Change||12/3/2018||Oct-18||0||-0.01%||0.30%||-0.10%|
|Motor Vehicle Sales||12/4/2018||Nov-18||17.5M||17.2M||17.4M|
|Jobless Claims (New)||12/6/2018||Wk 12-01||234K||235K||225K||231K|
|ADP Employment Report||12/6/2018||Nov-18||227,000||225,000||175,000||179,000|
|Factory Orders (M/M Change)||12/6/2018||Oct-18||0.7%||0.2%||-2.0%||-2.1%|
|ISM Non-Mfg Index||12/6/2018||Nov-18||60||59||61|
|Non-farm Payrolls (M/M Change)||12/7/2018||Nov-18||250,000||237,000||190,000||155,000|
Non-farm payrolls added 155,000 versus 190,000 expected. Prior period numbers were revised down to 237,000. This could mean FED will not be in a hurry to raise rates.
This week’s major events:
|Friday||Retail Sales; Industrial production; Business Inventories|
Sector performance in last 1 month ending December 07, 2018:
Chart 1. One Month performance of Sectors. Courtesy Vistalytics.COM
Chart 1 above shows that all sectors are down last month except Utilities while major indexes are testing lows here.
Strongest groups are Telecom, Auto Parts & Healthcare (Medical-Outpatient)
Weakest groups are Basic Materials, Energy & Steel.
Watch List: Our strong RS/Growth screen narrowed lists of potential candidates to put on “Watch list” Some of them are AMED, BEAT, PRAH, VEEV
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