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There is little I can write about yesterday’s market action. The narrative yesterday was much of the same…concerns of deflation in China causing raw material shares to fall while there were gains in the consumer and health care issues, issues that faced selling for a myriad of reasons including the potential impact of a rising dollar. Oil rose nominally as some are beginning to accept the possibility that infrastructure spending may have been cut too dramatically.
What will be the next catalyst? Earning season is coming to an end with results posting a 3.8% decline versus the 7.2% expected drop. Seventy four percent beat profit expectations while 56% missed sales estimates.
The Fed meeting is not for another four weeks. Will rising rates be a profit driver? What??? Is this not in direct contradiction of Finance 101?
Cash on balance sheets is gargantuan, earning no interest and in some instance may be charged a “deposit fee.” Any uptick in rates will increase the income on these balances.
The hallmark of the last seven years is to expect the unexpected and the velocity of change. Three weeks ago few had thought a change in monetary policy would occur before March 2016. Consensus is now expecting a 0.25% increase. Typically when rates first are increased, markets fall given that interest rates are the biggest variable of most valuation models.
Will the beginning of the inevitable tightening cycle produce a different result given that cash has now become a new profit center?
What will happen today, Veterans Day? Most markets are closed.
I ask all too personally thank any Veteran that they know for without them we could not live our lifestyle. Yes we have our issues but because of the selfless sacrifice of a select few we can openly discuss these issues free of most retribution, a discussion that at times is fraught with vitriol.
Last night the foreign markets were up. London was up 0.56%, Paris up 1.08% and Frankfurt up 1.36%. China was up 0.27%, Japan up 0.10% and Hang Sang down 0.22%.
The Dow should open moderately higher on trading that could be perhaps muted because of the holiday. The Treasury market is closed.

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Ken Engelke

Chief Economic Strategist Managing Director

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