THE MAIN CENTRAL BANK EVENTS ECLIPSED BY META MELTDOWN

By Nigam Arora & Dr. Natasha Arora

To gain an edge, this is what you need to know today.

Central Banks

Please click here for a chart of  S&P 500 ETF () which represents the benchmark stock market index S&P 500 ().

Note the following:

  • The chart shows that the market had moved above the breakout line from October 2021. The main events for today were rate decisions by Bank of England (BOE) and the European Central Bank (ECB).
  • BOE is hawkish.
    • BOE has raised interest rates again – the first back-to-back rate increases since 2004.
    • BOE raised its rates from 0.25% to 0.5%.
    • BOE expects inflation to accelerate above 7%.
    • The most important is that four of the nine members advocated for a larger rate increase.
  • ECB is taking a different path from the Fed and BOE.
    • ECB left interest rates unchanged.
    • ECB will continue buying debt. In plain English, ECB will continue to print money.
    • Inflation in the eurozone is running at 5.1% – the target is 2%.
  • The chart shows that the sum total of the central banks’ actions and the Meta () meltdown is that the market is still trading above the higher band of the top support zone.

Meta Meltdown

The Meta meltdown is causing a significant sell off.  Here are the key points.

  • Going into earnings, Wall Street was very bullish on .  There were 51 buys, 9 holds, and 2 sells.
  • We have been emphasizing that investors should understand positioning as it is very important.  Institutions were heavily positioned to the bullish side.
  • After earnings, about $200B market value has instantly evaporated.
  • This is the third time in a decade that FB missed earnings estimates.
  • The last two times, it turned out to be a buying opportunity.
  • The biggest surprise in earnings was a growth guide of 7% at the mid point vs. consensus of 16%.
  • FB is facing increasing competition from TikTok.
  • FB is emphasizing short video, and it will take time to properly monetize.
  • The metaverse is ahead, and FB will be a big player.

Amazon Earnings

 earnings are ahead and will have a major impact on the market.

There are concerns regarding the following:

  • Expenses may have risen more than the consensus due to inflation.
  • Comps are difficult.
  • Conversions may be lower.
  • AWS may not be as strong as the consensus.

 earnings are a significant risk event for the market, both to the upside and the downside.

Jobless Claims

Initial claims came at 238K vs. 245K consensus.

Productivity

Q4 productivity-PREL came at 6.6% vs. 2.7% consensus.

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Interest rates are ticking up, and bonds are ticking down.

The dollar is weaker.

Trading futures is not recommended for most investors. The purpose of providing this information is to give an indication of the premarket activity that usually guides the activity when the market opens.

Gold futures are at $1805, silver futures are at $22.42, and oil futures are $87.65.

S&P 500 futures resistance levels are 4600, 4713, and 4770: support levels are 4460, 4400, and 4318.

 futures are down 116 points.

Protection Bands and What To Do Now?

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Nigam Arora

Nigam Arora

Nigam Arora is known for his accurate stock market calls. Nigam is a distinguished master of the macro. He is a popular columnist with over 100 million page views, an engineer, and nuclear physicist by background. Nigam has founded two Inc. 500 fastest growing companies and has been involved in over 50 entrepreneurial ventures. He is the developer of Theory ZYX of Successful Change Management and is the author of the book on Theory ZYX, as well as the developer of the ZYX Change Method for Investing.

Dr. Natasha Arora

Dr. Natasha Arora

Dr. Natasha Arora has significant expertise in investment analysis especially biotech, healthcare, and technology. Natasha is a graduate of Harvard Medical School followed by a postdoc at MIT. She has published several peer reviewed research papers in top science journals.

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