May 25, 2023 7:38am

Debt ceiling negotiations continued to weigh on the major averages and consequences could be serious if NOT resolved

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Remember that overnight and pre-open actions in futures don't necessarily translate into actual trading in the coming day’s session. My interpretation of the morning’s numbers is written to be informative; it’s built on what will happen behind the headlines today, not tomorrow or yesterday


Dow futures are DOWN -0.29% or (-96 points), S&P futures are UP +0.57% or (+23 point) and NASDAQ futures are UP +1.83% or (+250 points) early in the pre-open – so far

Futures of the S&P 500 and Nasdaq-100 jumped as Dow slipped on Thursday,

European markets were mixed,

Asia-Pacific markets were largely lower.



We need to more than consider the economic environment - rising rates and inflation to comprehend the micro re “our” universe of cell and gene therapy companies …

Wednesday, indexes dived as U.S. lawmakers struggled to reach a deal on the country’s debt ceiling; as the Dow closed DOWN -255.59 points (-0.77%), the S&P closed DOWN -30.34 points (-0.73%) while the Nasdaq closed DOWN -76.08 points (-0.61%)

Debt ceiling concerns, however, look set to hold back the broader market following a U.S. credit downgrade warning from Fitch and a lack of specific progress from the ongoing talks in Washington.

Economic Data Docket: The CME Group's FedWatch now indicate a 33% chance of another 25-basis point rate hike in June, down from 35.6% last week, but is pricing in a 58% chance of a July hike, nearly double last week's odds.


Wednesday (5/24) … RegMed Investors’ (RMi) closing bell: “sector share pricing rolls downhill. Just EIGHT days to default; Kevin McCarthy says 'it's not my fault' the Democrats are so 'EXTREME' and want to keep spending as he admits there is STILL differences in debt limit talks with Biden.” <DM>


Ebb and flow:

Q2/23 – May – 7 negative and 11 positive closes

·         April ended - 1 holiday, 8 positive close and 11 negative closes

Q1/23 –

·         March – ended with 10 positive and 13 negative closes

·         February – 1 holiday, 2 vacation, 7 negative and 8 positive closes

·         January – 2 holidays, 11 positive and 9 negative closes


Companies in my headlights – It’s your decision; I provide ideas and context: INDICATIONS

Risky week as debt ceiling throws share pricing to the airstreams – “wind sox wanted”



I follow the dictum, quoting Churchill that “short words are best, and the old words when short are best of all, as I try to keep it simple and short!

Investors should be cautious in the current environment, ready to cut losses quickly.

Quoting again, “Debt-ceiling negotiations are a lose-lose for equity investors at this point, as a failure to strike a deal will lead to an immediate recession, while a deal will strain liquidity from markets as the US Treasury issues trillions in new bonds, which are newly born.” <Jose Torres, Interactive Brokers>

What changes, everything re debt ceiling and nothing as far as “sector divergence, weak breadth with many equities riding the roller-coaster makes adding exposure an issue.”

Not a lot of stocks are offering buying opportunities at the moment.

As I stated, I wouldn’t buy into ANY rally or weakness, I’d be selling. Remember, it's not the news that matters, it's the market reaction to the news.

I also hate to be so negative or contrarian but, this is a NO spin zone and truth is its product; I can always be WRONG but, I am mostly EARLY!

At ANY time, this week, be ready to take partial profits and exit losers.


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