... Why Goldman lowered their S&P price target 12 hours ago, which as we said last night "leads us to believe that today's firing of David Bianco was merely due to him refusing to play along with the revised script. Which is as follows: the banks are buying everything that their clients have to sell in advance of, you guessed it, QE3 in the US and more QE in the UK, Europe and Japan for one last record bonus hurrah. While we can only hope we are wrong, if we are right this means the short squeeze on the market is about to slam shut and Goldman will make out like a bandit as usual, with the S&P soaring several hundred points on ever worse macroeconomic and geopolitcal data" now you know.
By now, we know that isolated central bank intervention has a half life of about 24-48 hours. Next, we will find out what the duration of a concerted global central bank intervention will be. The kneejerk reaction so far, at least in the EURUSD is good to quite good. And when the impact of this latest bailout is phased out, as it eventually will, who will step in for the next much needed heroin shot of unlimited liquidity? Mars? Or, more likely, Uranus.
The Global Liquidity Bailout Arrives: World Central Banks Announce Global Dollar Shortfall Funding ResolutionSubmitted by Tyler Durden on 09/15/2011 - 08:06
Remember that dollar liquidity crunch Zero Hedge has been covering for the past month? Here is the denouement, in the form of the first global liquidity bailout of the world for 2011, on the 3 year anniversary of the Lehman collapse.
The economic data this morning was bad across the board, as it has been for the past month, and without even looking at the futures we are certain that it is green across the board: nothing reflects reality any more, least of all the stock market, which is now trading based purely on short squeezes (as we warned two days ago), and a spike in hopes for QE4 (QE3 is already priced in). Regardless, here is a compilation of kneejerk Wall Street responses courtesy of Reuters.
Ben Bernanke will provide brief prepared remarks at the Fed's systemic risk conference starting any minute. Watch it live below. Nothing new is expected to be revealed even though the speech is less than a week away from the FOMC meeting, and will be watched by many.
It may be time to scrap this morning's Empire Fed Data, because if the Average Employee Workweek data is wrong, which it glaringly is, then who knows what else is totally mistaken in the report.
Just the summary for now:
- CPI: 0.4%, Core 0.2%, consensus for both was 0.2%; Inflation higher than expected
- Initial Claims, +428, Exp. 411K, up from 417K (414K was revised upward of course); 22 out of 21 400K+ prints; Employment looking bad again
- Empire Index: -8.82; Exp. -4.0, , decline from -7.72 previously; 4th consecutive decline; Manufacturing continues to look ugly
- Q2 Current Account: -$118 billion, exp. -122.4 billion; Previous revised lower from -119.3 billion to -$119.6 billion. Irrelevant for current GDP data, and only relevant for the final Q2 GDP revision.
Some may find it odd that afer all the measures taken to resolve the threat of a Greek bankruptcy and Eurozone explusion, it is just Greek CDS that are actually wider on the day. We suggest those "some" forget about reality and enjoy the latest massive short covering squeeze which will end only when it does and not a moment sooner.
- An article in the Imerisia newspaper said that participation in the Greek debt rollover has exceeded 82%
- UBS shares fell more than 8% in early trade after news emerged that a trader at its investment bank unit has caused a loss of around USD 2bln
- GBP received a boost following higher than expected retail sales data from the UK, together with a rise in the BoE's 12-month inflation forecast
- SNB said that it will continue to aim for 3-month LIBOR at 0, and is aiming to defend a EUR/CHF target of 1.2000
Those wishing to blow $2 billion on rogue, or just stupid, trades, will have ample opportunity during today's event extravaganza which sees the CPI, the current account, the Empire State Index, Initial Claims, Industrial Production, the Philly Fed, a POMO for good measure, and tops it all off with a Bernanke speech. Also, the relentless lie-flow from Europe will be a constant and lurking wildcard at every step of the way.
The myths of this market continue breaking one after another. After two substantial and long overdue trading blow ups in the past 24 hours, we next turn to that other momo miracle: Netflix, which at last check had plunged 12% to about $180 following an update from the company, in which it said it subscriber growth will come in below plan. Of course, the only ones surprised by this move, are those who are actually long NFLX (and those who bought into Goldman's topticking upgrade which brought the stock to over $300 however briefly). We expect "value investor" of very high conviction, Whitney Tilson, who lately has been known best for shorting low and covering higher, to soon resume his bearish position in the name. And yes, we still expect that the company will very soon come to market with a dilutive equity offering to raise cash and stench the relentless real cash burn.
Yesterday when discussing the blow up of Goldman Global Alpha blow up we predicted, "If 2007 was any indication, and it was, every terminal event for Global Alpha is a harbinger of many, many bad things coming. What is just as ominous is that if Goldman's quant fund has now blown up, then there are tens if not hundreds of other quant funds, and otherwise, that are completely defunct and liquidating, but simply choose to keep quiet. Look for many more such stunner announcements in the days to come" Sure enough not even 6 hours later, we discover that SocGen part two has struck, this time via a UBS' ETF trader (the same as Jerome Kerviel), who has been identified by the FT as 31 year old Kweku Mawuli Adoboli. The trade in question that resulted in the $2 billion loss and forced the arrest of the trader is unknown but very much irrelevant: he was over his risk profile and nobody had stopped him: this reflects very badly on UBS. Look for the bank's Libor rate to surge yet again, as the interbank market struggles to price in the risk of further such trade blow ups in a time of uber volatility. And, as yesterday, we are certain that even more blow ups, at prop desks and otherwise, will now come out of the woodwork.
EUR3.386bn was borrowed at a rate of 2.25% yesterday from the ECB's MLF - the highest in over a month. Whether this is related to UBS, we have no idea, but we await the denials form various French banks that they partook of this expensive funding.
Imerisia reports that the Greeks are assuming success it seems as the current 82% participation will likely rise to 90% once mutual and pension funds are included after the deadline extension. The Greek 2Y jumped from EUR69.5 to over EUR72.5 before dropping back to the middle of that range.