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Morning stock market summary

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US equity futures were flat to modestly lower up until about an hour ago, but have seen a nice bounce, and all three major US indices are indicated to open higher on the day.  Once again, there’s not much economic data to steer futures, and the pace of earnings since yesterday’s close has been mixed.  On the upside, Ford (F) has been one of the bigger winners as it trades 5% higher after better-than-expected earnings and announcing a special dividend of 18 cents per share. To the downside, shares of Snap (SNAP) have lost nearly a third of their value this morning following a weaker-than-expected report, putting the stock on pace to fall in reaction to earnings for seven straight quarters.

In international markets, it was a mixed session in Asia overnight as Japan saw a stronger-than-expected report on Leading Indicators. Europe has taken a modestly negative tone in early trading as most major indices in the region trade down fractionally. In Germany, Industrial Production fell more than expected while a payrolls report in France was slightly better than expected.

After Tuesday’s rally in mainland China, the KraneShares CSI China Internet ETF (KWEB) had its best day since last July as it rallied 6.7%.  Investors were excited about the prospects for a major round of stimulus from the Chinese government to prop up its stock market and economy, but it’s important to realize that there have been more than a few false alarms over the last few years. Already this morning, KWEB reversed some of yesterday’s gains with a decline of over 2% in the pre-market.

The chart below shows the performance of KWEB since its inception in 2013, and the red dots indicate each time the ETF rallied more than 5% in a single day. It’s easy to see that there have been a lot more occurrences since the ETF’s peak in February 2021 than before it. Of the 58 occurrences in the ETF’s history, 42 (72%) have been in the last three years.

After big rallies in a bear market like Tuesday, it’s tempting to think that it’s the start of something bigger, but in KWEB’s case, it has not. We saw a similar dynamic at play in the US during the dot-com bust and then during the financial crisis where the response to every big move was “Is this it?” Eventually, one of the rallies does take hold, but there are a lot of false alarms along the way. In KWEB’s case, Tuesday’s rally only took the ETF back to where it was less than two weeks ago.

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