The good news: it is an improvement from last week's rate of 0.000%. The bad news: the yield was 0.005%. And only 2.86% were allotted at high (the median rate was 0.000%)! So essentially another 0.000% auction. Too bad auctions can't close at a negative yield. Primary dealers submitted a whopping $46.5 billion of orders, and took down $6 billion. A little too much excess cash anyone? Indirect interest was a tiny $3.5 billion, resulting in an indirect bid to cover of 1.29x.
As expected, the ES channel hit resistance yesterday... and went straight down. And the fear for bulls may materialize as the resistance is on the edge of getting taken out, just as the dollar is poised for a break out. Look for a major fight between bulls and bears at the 1,126 ES level.
The DXY is about to break the 78.449 high last achieved on December 22: at 78.320 we are very close. Greece is helping. When that resistance is breached, look for Europe to start panicking and also all those who still have the dollar short trade on to start rushing through the exits.
The economic situation in Greece is getting worse by the day. Despite PM Papandreou's promises to the contrary, it is probably safe to say that the country is now in a full blown funding crisis; this is reflected in the country's fresh new record in its default risk as seen by credit traders. At 346 bps, it is just a matter of time before all hedges cover positions and this number explodes. Now it is the Eurozone's turn to promise it will not expel Greece from the monetary union: we think the likelihood of this action is increasing proportional to the number of times this possibility is refuted.
"Compared with where we were in late 2008 and early 2009, financial markets have stabilized, and the prospect of a collapse of the financial system and a second Great Depression now seems extremely remote...What is fundamentally at issue here is not “turf,” but rather how we as a nation can best ensure that we never again re-live the events of the past few years—that the legitimate public interests associated with a safe, efficient and impartial banking and financial system are well served." - Fmr Goldman Chief US Economist Bill Dudley (and current New York Fed President)
- New York Fed defends handling of AIG disclosure, cites accuracy (Bloomberg)
- FHA raises down payments, premiums amid mortgage delinquencies (Bloomberg)
- China asks some banks to limit lending as loans surge (Bloomberg, Reuters)
- Republican Brown wins Mass seat in "Tsunami" election; time for major changes in D.C. (Bloomberg)
- Housing starts drop more than forecast, 557K in December, Permits 653K; following the NAHB double-dip (Bloomberg)
- The Fed's $1.25 trillion gambit (Cumberland Advisors)
- Asian stocks advance for the first time in three days on higher metal prices, weak Yen.
- China money rates rise to the highest this year on signs government to rein in stimulus.
- Chinese Regulator orders some Chinese banks to limit loans due to insufficient capital.
- Chinese regulators expect its banks to issue about $1.1 trillion in new loans this year.
- Chinese shares fall on stimulus concern; Euro at four-month low on Greece.
- Euro slumped to four-month lows.
- Federal Housing Administration to announce more-stringent lending requirements, higher borrower fees on Wednesday.
- Morgan Stanley Q4 EPS $0.14 versus analyst estimate of $0.42; Revenue $6.8 billion vs Est. of $7.8 billion
- Bank of America Q4 EPS ($0.60) versus analyst estimate of $(0.52),
Revenue of $25.4 bn vs Est. $26.9 bn; $10.1 bn in loss provisions
- Wells Fargo Q4 EPS $0.08 versus analyst estimate of $0.01; $25 bn in loss provisions - $500MM increase
Both Morgan Stanley and Bank of America join JPM in revenue misses: so much for the fabled revenue recovery in Q4.
RANsquawk 20th January Morning Briefing - Stocks, Bonds, FX etc.
Guest Post: Media And Political Hysteria Over Yemen Hides A Deeper Strategic Matrix of Long-Term ImportanceSubmitted by Tyler Durden on 01/19/2010 - 21:02
US and Western European political leaders have begun to focus on Yemen as a source of projected instability and as a haven for jihadist terrorism against the West.
This simplistic and overly narrow view has largely been a reaction to media reporting of the links of alleged (and unsuccessful) Nigerian-born terrorist bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, to a radical Yemeni group, and to intense ongoing fighting between insurgents and Yemeni and Saudi government forces on the Yemen-Saudi border.
The reality is far more complex and far-reaching.
CLSA's global forecast for the next two year after the break.
What is there to say about the endless barrage of insider sales that hasn't been said for 9 straight months before. Insiders are selling into the neverending rally, as domestic mutual funds have no equity inflows, yet stocks somehow miraculously keep rising, providing yet more attractive exit price points for directors and insiders. In the past week insiders bought $18 million worth of stock and sold $419 million. There is no way to spin this data. There were no notable buyers, while Nelson Peltz was vacating HNZ shares with a vengeance, selling $30 million worth of the canned food maker. Ralph Lauren also apparently wasn't too hot on Polo's Spring/Summer collection.
Spreads were generally wider in the US from Friday's close as IG underperformed HY and breadth was very negative at around 4-to-1 wideners-to-tighteners (and 2-to-1 steepeners to flatteners). Single-names were much more negative than indices in the higher beta names. HY13 is tighter from Friday's close but is wider on yesterday's weak volume day although it remains below par and intraday was unable to trade below 500bps. As stocks moved to the upper end of their ten-day channel into the close we came off our wides of the day in IG and HY but single-names remained weak overall.
Notable 2009 performers:
- Paulson Credit: 34%
- York: 45%
- Maverick: 24%
- Moore Global: 22%
- Tudor: 15%
- Brigade: 40%
- Davidson Kempner Distressed: 45%
- Brevan Howard: 19%