Credit Ignoring Equity Rally
As several pundits already pointed out, today's supposed political regime change (the polls are still not closed) implies that the stimulus spigot may well be closed for the Obama administration, after the Massachusetts "policy no-confidence" slap in the face, on the verge of the President's one year anniversary. What this implies is that the economy at this point could very well be on its own. Just ask Paul Krugman (or any economic skeptic for that matter) what will happen to the U.S. if gobs of money can not be printed out of thin air to support a recovery that as the NAHB data earlier indicated is already heading into a potential double-dip situation. Yet the market is giddy. Let's paraphrase - the equity market is giddy. Credit, oblivious to the 1% pop in stocks, has turned wider once again, with key indices IG and SovX both trending wider for the day. IG 13 was 84.5 bps at last check, 1 basis point wider for the day, and almost 10 bps wider since January 11. Yet equities are almost 1% higher in the same period.
And while credit is certainly spooked by the rise in the dollar, equities once again, continue to trade in a vacuum of the Fed's devices. Which begs the question: does real money even trade equities anymore?