Here’s what could trigger another ‘risk-on, risk-on’ bout for stocks and bonds

Critical information for the U.S. trading day

Stock markets look set to kick off with small losses Monday, resuming the weakness seen in last week’s holiday shortened trading, as another big slate of earnings looms.

That’s as bond yields creep up.

Our call of the day, from a team of Evercore strategists led by Julian Emanuel, says stocks and bonds are “destined to move together” for the foreseeable future. Equities are down 7.8% and bonds are off 8.5% year-to-date, a phenomenon that has been seen only once before in 40 years — 1994, they noted.

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“More significant than performance alone is the breakdown of the negative correlation between stocks and bonds, risk on/risk off, that has prevailed for two decades,” said Emanuel and the team.

Stocks and bonds “languished together during the inflationary mid 1960s and 1970s, risk off/risk off, and rose as inflation declined in the ‘80s and much of the ‘90s, risk on/risk on. The commonality between these regimes: inflation ‘trendiness’,” they said.

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“While there are signs that inflation is peaking, setting up the possibility of ‘risk on/risk on’ for stocks and bonds, the ‘old normal’ has become the ‘new normal’ – stocks and bonds are destined to move together. ‘Risk on/risk on’ could commence with 10 year yields stabilizing near current peaks and accelerate with a retreat below 2.55%; the end of the recent parabolic advance would enable investors to refocus on both earnings growth and the still low absolute level of interest rates, underpinning a rally toward SPX 4,800,” said Emanuel and the team.

That could give investors a chance to refocus on earnings growth and low interest rate levels, underpinning a drive toward 4,800 for the S&P 500. But “until yields show further signs of stabilization/moderation, we reiterate a balanced approach to equity exposure into earnings season,” he said.

As for companies they like, Evercore offered an updated list of Russell 1000 RUI names on their list of companies that are expected to outperform. What they have in common is $10 billion plus in market capitalization, in the bottom 25% of index performers year-to-date, despite being in the top 25% of 2022 earnings revisions and positive expected earnings.

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The buzz

Bank of America BAC shares are up after reporting a profit fall that still beat forecasts, while BNY-Mellon BK fell short of its profit view. Charles Schwab SCHW shares, meanwhile, are down about 5% on weak net income.

Other big highlights this week include Netflix NFLX earnings due Tuesday. On Wednesday, results are due from Tesla TSLA, where investors will be looking for any information on CEO Elon Musk’s $43 billion buyout offer for Twitter TWTR, whose shares were rising in premarket after the social-media company announced a so-called “poison pill” plan to thwart any takeover.

China’s economy expanded 4.8% annually in the first quarter, which beat expectations. That still puts the country behind schedule to reach an official target of 5.5% growth this year, with fresh COVID outbreaks not helping.

Didi Global DIDI stock dropped 18% in premarket trading after the China ride-hailing firm reported a sharp fall in revenue over the weekend, and said it would hold a shareholder meeting next month to vote on a planned delisting from the New York Stock Exchange.

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Explosions rocked the western Ukrainian city of Lviv early Monday leaving several dead as the country braces for all-out eastern assault by Russian forces.

The National Association of Home Builder’ April index is ahead, with comments also expected from St. Louis Fed President James Bullard.

The markets

Stocks DJIA SPX COMP have opened mixed, specifically on the tech side. Treasury yields BX:TMUBMUSD10Y are rising, oil prices CL00 are slightly lower, while natural gas prices NG00 are soaring. Gold GC00 is climbing too. Asian markets had a mixed day, with some weakness in China XX:000300 after that growth data. The Nikkei JP:NIK dropped 1%. Europe markets were off for an extended Easter break.

Cryptos BTCUSD are also lower across the board.

The tickers

These were the most active stock-market ticker symbols on MarketWatch as of 6 a.m. Eastern:

TickerSecurity name
TSLATesla
GMEGameStop
AMCAMC Entertainment
MULNMullen Automotive
TWTRTwitter
ATERAterian
NIONIO
NILEBitNile
AAPLApple
NVDANvidia
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