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Daily review of financial markets for January 14, 2022

Dow Jones, index, NASDAQ 100, index, S&P 500, index, Brent Crude Oil, energetic, Daily review of financial markets for January 14, 2022

Yesterday, the yields of ten-year US Treasury securities fell by almost 4 bps to 1.70% per annum. Today they are growing and are about 1.72% per annum. US stock indexes moved down yesterday – at the end of the day, the S& P500 fell by 1.42%, the Dow Jones - by 0.49%, and the NASDAQ immediately lost 2.51%.

On Thursday, the global markets were dominated by negativity, although there were no particularly significant events yesterday. In the USA, moderately positive data on the producer price index were published. Thus, the price growth in December slowed down to 9.68% YoY against the background of upwardly revised data for November - a month earlier, the index grew by 9.81% YoY. The slowdown in producer price growth is primarily due to lower rates of growth in energy and food prices, and the indicator, excluding these factors, accelerated its growth. On the other hand, the weekly data published yesterday on applications for unemployment benefits turned out to be higher than expected. The number of applicants for the week increased by 23 thousand and amounted to 230 thousand. As a result, the indicator has updated the maximum since mid-November, the Bloomberg consensus forecast assumed a decrease in the number of requests to 200 thousand. Such data indicate the still insufficient recovery of the labor market, which so far limits the Fed in tightening monetary policy. Nevertheless, as Jerome Powell recently noted, the situation with rising prices is now a priority for the Fed, and yesterday's labor data did not cause a particularly strong reaction in the market. A number of macrostatistics will be published in the USA today. December data on industrial production and retail sales will give signals about the state of economic growth, and the January index of the University of Michigan will show consumer inflation expectations.

Yesterday, the tough statements of the Fed representatives continued. So, a member of the Fed Board of Governors Chris Waller yesterday allowed even 5 rate hikes this year if inflation is fixed at elevated levels. Nevertheless, emphasizing the high uncertainty, he noted that with a decrease in price pressure, the regulator may limit itself to two rate increases. In general, so far the basic scenario for the Fed is three rate hikes - yesterday Patrick Harker, Thomas Barkin and Charles Evans spoke in favor of such a scenario, also allowing for four rate hikes. As for the timing of the reduction of the Fed's balance sheet, it is still expected that this process will begin only by the end of the year. However, a number of representatives of the regulator are calling for an earlier start to reduce the balance sheet, which does not add to the positive market.

Yesterday, Brent crude futures exceeded the $85/bbl mark at the moment, but at the end of the day they fell by 0.24% to $84.47/bbl. There were no events that were fundamentally significant for the oil market yesterday, and quotes suspended their growth on weaker global demand for risky assets. Today, Brent futures are growing by 0.35% and are trading around $84.75/bbl. The traditional weekly data on the number of drilling rigs in the United States from Baker Hughes will be published tonight. The prospects for production growth in the US will have a moderately negative impact on quotes, but Brent futures still have the potential to grow above $85/ bbl.

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Morgan Stanley should cost more
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US market: overview and forecast for January 21. The Bears are on the defensive
Dow Jones, index, NASDAQ 100, index, S&P 500, index, EURO STOXX 50, index, Brent Crude Oil, energetic, Gold, mineral, Airbnb, stock, US market: overview and forecast for January 21. The Bears are on the defensive The market the day beforeAt the auction on January 20, the decline of the main indices on American stock exchanges continued. The S&P 500 dropped 1.10% to 4,483 points, the Nasdaq adjusted 1.30%, and the Dow Jones lost 0.89%. In the green zone, only utility providers were closed (+0.14%). Other sectors showed negative dynamics. The outsiders were producers of cyclical consumer goods (-1.94%), raw materials companies (-1.43%) and the IT sector (-1.33%).Company newsThe shareholders of Casper Sleep (CSPR: +9.8%) voted for the privatization of the company.Insurance company Travelers Cos. (TRV: +3.2%) presented a strong quarterly report with record profit. Management emphasized the high underwriting revenues.Peloton Interactive (PTON: -23.9%) ceases production of Connected Fitness products amid a significant reduction in demand.We expectThe day before, President Joe Biden announced the possibility of breaking the Build Back Better program with a total volume of about $1.7 trillion into its component parts. At the moment, the White House is considering alternatives after initial efforts to coordinate were thwarted by the opposition led by Senator Joe Manchin. A preliminary consensus was reached only on the climate part of the package (just over $500 million). At the same time, provisions on maternity leave may be excluded from the updated draft law, and the expansion of tax benefits for children may be limited.The number of initial applications for unemployment benefits for the week increased by 55 thousand, to 286 thousand, reaching a three-month high amid the active spread of the strain "omicron", negatively affecting the labor market. At the same time, due to problems with hiring, employers are taking measures to retain employees, so the observed surge in applications for benefits is likely to be short-term.The December index of manufacturing activity published by the Philadelphia Federal Reserve increased by 8 points compared to November, reaching 23.2 points, which indicates optimistic assessments of business prospects on the part of entrepreneurs, despite the next wave of COVID-19 and the persistence of labor shortages, as well as logistical problems.Stock markets in Southeast Asia showed mostly negative dynamics during the last trading session. The Tokyo Stock Exchange Nikkei index lost 0.90%, the Chinese CSI 300 fell by 0.92%, the Hong Kong Hang Seng rose by 0.05%. EuroStoxx 50 has been losing more than 1.1% since the opening of trading.Brent crude futures are trading at $88.38 per barrel. The price of gold is around $1842.5 per troy ounce.In our opinion, the S&P 500 will hold the upcoming session in the range of 4440-4490 points.MacrostatisticsNo significant macro statistics are expected to be published today.Technical pictureThe S&P 500 has broken down support in the area of 4,500 points and continues to move towards the lower border of the ascending channel. The RSI is in the oversold zone. The MACD indicator is still showing a downward trend, indicating the probability of a continuation of the correction. However, the passing reporting season can provide the broad market index with growth drivers.
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Kinder Morgan plans to raise dividends and expand buy back
Kinder Morgan, stock, Kinder Morgan plans to raise dividends and expand buy back Kinder Morgan Energy Company (KMI) has presented solid results for the last quarter of 2021. The issuer may increase the quarterly dividend by 3.7%, to $0.28 per share, by the end of January-March 2022.KMI's revenue in the reporting period increased by 42% YoY, to $4,425 million, due to higher prices for hydrocarbons, which, however, increased the cost of their purchase. Net profit reached $637 million (+4.9% YoY) at an adjusted rate of $609 million (+0.8% YoY).The recovery in demand for petroleum products led to a cumulative increase in the volume of transportation by 8.7% YoY, however, the same indicator separately for gasoline and diesel fuel decreased by 2% compared to 2019, and for jet fuel - by as much as 22%, which indicates the continued growth potential in this segment in 2022.In 2021, Kinder Morgan managed to reduce net debt by $1.3 billion, to $32.2 billion, despite the purchase of assets for $1.5 billion. The volume of cash and cash equivalents on the company's accounts at the end of the year was $1.14 billion.Following the results of the quarter, the Board of directors of KMI approved the payment of dividends in the amount of $0.27 per share with a yield of 6.2% per annum to current quotations (the cutoff will occur on January 31, the payment will take place on February 15). According to the results of the first quarter of 2022, management plans to increase the dividend to $0.28, which is equivalent to a yield of 6.4% per annum to current quotes. In addition, in 2022, KMI may spend up to $750 million, or 2% of the current capitalization, on the repurchase of shares.We evaluate Kinder Morgan's reporting neutrally. In our opinion, the approach of the dividend cutoff will support the company's securities. The recommendation is "buy".
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State Street Corporation Expands Investment Business
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