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In the latest LPL Market Signals podcast, Chief Equity Strategist Jeffrey Buchbinder and Chief Economist Jeffrey Roach react to the Federal Reserve’s (Fed) hawkish message at Jackson Hole. They also recap second quarter earnings season, make the bullish case for the energy sector, and preview Friday’s jobs report.

Fed Delivers Strong Message

Last Friday Fed Chair Jay Powell delivered his message to the markets quite strongly, causing a repricing of rate hike expectations. After the bond markets adjusted, market expectations appear reasonable. LPL Research expects another 100 basis points of tightening in 2022 and perhaps another hike in 2023. Powell’s message also caused markets to push out expectations for rate cuts.

The Fed’s hawkish stance increases the chance of a whipsaw. After being too slow to recognize the severity of the inflation problem and starting to hike too late, the Fed may now have gotten to the point where its hawkish message is just beginning to take hold at the very time that inflation has started to fall, thereby introducing higher recession risk.

Solid Earnings Growth Despite Challenges

Earnings season is behind us, and LPL Research believes they were a resounding success given the significant challenges of weak economic growth, intensifying inflation, a surging dollar, and persistent supply chain disruptions. The strategists believe 2023 earnings estimates will have to come down further, but they are much more reasonable after cuts during reporting season.

Is Energy a Buy?

The strategists see energy fundamentals as mostly favorable, particularly given tight supply, though the demand picture is more mixed. Additionally, valuations appear attractive while technical analysis also supports a positive near-term outlook. After a brief period of underperformance, the sector has started to outperform again in recent weeks and looks like an interesting opportunity for investors to consider, as appropriate.

Finally, the strategists preview Friday’s August jobs report. In an environment where good news may be bad news, something slightly below the Bloomberg-tracked consensus forecast of 300,000 new jobs would likely be well received. July’s more than 500,000 jobs created may have overstated the strength of the job market, potentially setting up a cool-down this month.

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