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UUP Call Volume Surges As Investors Bet On Major Rise In Dollar, Equities Drop

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Assuming some massive UUP March call position is not being rolled, today was the second biggest volume day in UUP March Calls ($23 strike) ever. We believe this is not a roll as the trade did not have the pre-negotiated look of a usual roll, which does not move the actual price of the option itself materially. The March $23 strikes have been trading in a wide range opening just north of $0.70 and last traded $0.79/0.80. This is a major bet on future dollar strength. And, by implication, a leveraged bet on major market downside.

h/t Bill

 


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Fri, 02/05/2010 - 14:11 | Link to Comment MsCreant
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And as soon as some treasuries get sold, does Ben go shopping and short the shorts?

Fri, 02/05/2010 - 14:15 | Link to Comment Dark Helmet
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I keep telling the inflationists that they are right, but not yet! We are in for a double dip, and the dynamics of deflation are going to reassert themselves in the short term.

The people going gold-crazy right now are committing the investor mistake of acting short term on the basis of very long term thinking. We won't see inflation until the real recovery happens and the fed finds itself unable to vacuum up all the liquidity they've spewed everywhere.

 

Fri, 02/05/2010 - 14:26 | Link to Comment hack3434
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"We won't see inflation until the real recovery happens" 

I like how Jim Sinclair puts it..."Hyperinflation is NOT an economic event, it is a currency event"


Sat, 02/06/2010 - 00:13 | Link to Comment D.M. Ryan
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"The people going gold-crazy right now are committing the investor mistake of acting short term on the basis of very long term thinking."

Well put!

Fri, 02/05/2010 - 14:22 | Link to Comment yabs
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thats assuming there ever will be a recovery

Fri, 02/05/2010 - 14:27 | Link to Comment Dark Helmet
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There will be eventually. Eventually the boomers will die off, the pension liabilities will either disappear, be inflated away, or default. etc...

But I do not expect to see an actually good economy for quite a while. An anemic economy with structurally high unemployment punctuated by recessions is the new normal.

Fri, 02/05/2010 - 14:30 | Link to Comment Yophat
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or that the recovery is in the terms of what we expect i.e. no new currency or some other shenanigan

 

and since the gov is preparing for martial law (see Obama's last executive order -  http://yophat.blogspot.com/2010/01/executive-order-fema-governors.html)  all bets are just bets at the table!

Fri, 02/05/2010 - 14:26 | Link to Comment Psquared
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Confirms the carry-trade theory doesn't it.

On another front, I am paying close attention to commodity prices. Oil has dropped again and is not below $70 a barrel for Brent March delivery. All of this is due, IMHO, to the Euro scare. Seriously, where would you put money these days. Clearly the dollar is the lesser of several evils.

So much for improved exports.

Fri, 02/05/2010 - 14:33 | Link to Comment Yophat
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Oil is way overpriced....demand has fallen off a cliff (refineries at 80's levels).....Saudi needs to take another 4 million b/d of production off the table or we need to bomb Iran in order to keep prices elevated.

Filled the strategic reserve in on Dec 27....I've heard rumors China's reserves are nearly full as well as Japan's....

Fri, 02/05/2010 - 14:32 | Link to Comment RoastingBankers
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lmfao at longs

Fri, 02/05/2010 - 15:03 | Link to Comment E pluribus unum
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Thank God I put everything I own into REITs. They never go down. <snark>

Fri, 02/05/2010 - 15:12 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Fri, 02/05/2010 - 14:32 | Link to Comment Dark Helmet
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Another thought...

Won't a rising dollar have the side effect of killing our precious snowflake the housing market? Aren't house prices basically propped up in nominal terms by liquidity (a.k.a. inflation local to that market)?

Fri, 02/05/2010 - 14:35 | Link to Comment Yophat
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not including banks holding inventory, Fed repressing rates, etc etc etc

Housing is set for another major collapse this year!  Especially if interest rates shoot up due to debt rollovers!

Fri, 02/05/2010 - 15:11 | Link to Comment Assetman
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The biggest beneficiaries from this deflationary round are the USD-- and US Treasuries.

Timmy and Ben have been waiting for pieces of Europe (and China) to crumble.  Now that it's finally happening, there's a window beginning to open that will result in a global flight to quality. 

This is EXACTLY what TPTBs were hoping to see-- they are not likely to prop the equity markets, either.  They want the opportunity to fill the bucket with low rate, long duration notes.  It's coming... they just don't need to mess it up by putting things like Agency libabilites off balance sheet.  Call it a "Come to Papa" moment.

Once we get past the Spring season, Benron will be back in full reflation mode.  Why?  Because I think there are still a few more bullets left in the chamber... and we probably need the market prop to keep confidence from going totally in the sh$tter.

Fri, 02/05/2010 - 15:35 | Link to Comment Dark Helmet
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So do you think this is a buying opportunity for $CDN, $EUR, GLD, etc.?

Fri, 02/05/2010 - 16:24 | Link to Comment Assetman
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Not now.  But there will be later this year.  The longer term trend for USD is down, imo.  I'll be adding to $CDN and GLD down the road... as I had before the last reflation trade.   At some point, the reflation trade will explode into something more special-- but not this round.

I'm not touching $EUR... I actually think things may get worse there than here in the US.  Bring back the DM, and maybe we can talk. :)

Fri, 02/05/2010 - 14:47 | Link to Comment lizzy36
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andy look at the ETF outflows (over the last 2 weeks) on these precious metals and commodity ETF's.massive. 

U.S. reserach note from a firm covering 44 prescious metal ETF's, AUM of $57.3B, saw $680m of outflows yesterday. 

Fri, 02/05/2010 - 14:36 | Link to Comment Mrmojorisin515
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would someone who is much more versed in trading and balance sheets then i myself am, take a look at autozone and tell me how anyone could justify a stock price of 154.61?  I would greatly enjoy to hear how it could possible be worth that much, being in auto parts advanced seems like the better managed/better balance sheet to me.

Fri, 02/05/2010 - 15:07 | Link to Comment E pluribus unum
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But won't these unemployed people need an iPad to day trade while hospitalized?  AAPL - Buy Buy Buy

Fri, 02/05/2010 - 14:40 | Link to Comment Anonymous
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Fri, 02/05/2010 - 14:42 | Link to Comment Mrmojorisin515
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i was more along the line of its eddie lampert and his boyz at GS

Fri, 02/05/2010 - 14:43 | Link to Comment Mrmojorisin515
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i bet CRAMER LOVES AZO

Fri, 02/05/2010 - 14:43 | Link to Comment lizzy36
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and well through 1050 on spx......

Fri, 02/05/2010 - 14:49 | Link to Comment Catullus
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http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/business/general_business...

there are days when I get glimmers of hope for the sheeple.

Fri, 02/05/2010 - 15:05 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Fri, 02/05/2010 - 15:48 | Link to Comment Yophat
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He who writes the check makes the rules....with gov writing more payroll checks than private now...say adios to voter independence!

Fri, 02/05/2010 - 16:23 | Link to Comment Catullus
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I find reading articles enhances credibility. 

Those polled were not asked if "they support Keynesian economics".  Those polled were asked on their support for tenets of Keynesian economic policies.  It seems a majority of people understand that deficits are the result of the unwillingness of politicians to lower government spending.  Also, a majority seem to understand that deficits are harmful and that the deficit should be lowered. 

Fri, 02/05/2010 - 16:43 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Sat, 02/06/2010 - 00:54 | Link to Comment Catullus
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I do know economics.  And yes, construing "do you support a lower deficit" as a refutation of Keynesian economics is correct.  End of story.  But you could go ahead and read the link you posted which said "But Keynesians believe that, because prices are somewhat rigid, fluctuations in any component of spending—consumption, investment, or government expenditures—cause output to fluctuate. If government spending increases, for example, and all other components of spending remain constant, then output will increase."  So asking someone the simple questions of "do you support a lower deficit" and "do increased government deficits cause harm" and "should the government lower the deficit by lowering spending" is a refutation of a key tenet (and central tenet) of Keynesianism.

There is such a thing as military Keynesianism, so check again about the defense thing. And last I checked, these wars the US fights aren't too popular.  I don't have a poll.  I'm just guessing. Google it.

As for Social Security and Medicare, it might help if that poll question included an accural accounting perspective and not the just cash accounting garbage the US government has been throwing out thus far. 

Fri, 02/05/2010 - 14:49 | Link to Comment Anonymous
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Fri, 02/05/2010 - 14:59 | Link to Comment RoastingBankers
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buy the dips

 

lmfao

lmfao

 

get roasted too

Fri, 02/05/2010 - 15:05 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Fri, 02/05/2010 - 15:09 | Link to Comment What a mess_man
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It's beginning to look a lot like.....Prechter!

Fri, 02/05/2010 - 15:26 | Link to Comment Anonymous
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Fri, 02/05/2010 - 15:36 | Link to Comment geminiRX
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I was beginning to think my Mar 23 calls were going to expire worthless. I bought them in December and I thought I would tally up another loss at trying to short this market

Fri, 02/05/2010 - 15:45 | Link to Comment THE DORK OF CORK
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As a euro buyer of gold last year averaging 700 euros a ounce I ain't selling any of my philharmonics but I am worried about my silver maple leafs as I think Industrial production will fall off a second cliff this year.

Waiting for Platinum to crash to near $1000 but I have no idea where it will be in euros or heaven forbid in punts !

Fri, 02/05/2010 - 15:52 | Link to Comment godfader
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What ever happened to the dollar haters???

Fri, 02/05/2010 - 16:32 | Link to Comment omi
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Time to buy EUR

Fri, 02/05/2010 - 16:34 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Fri, 02/05/2010 - 16:38 | Link to Comment CharlesBronson
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From way back when...for those that can remember...

Pump Gold, Dump Gold, Buy Dollar...

Now, begin to sell the dollar and get ready, not yet, to go long small caps..

Fri, 02/05/2010 - 20:09 | Link to Comment spekulatn
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Well done CharlesB. 

Sat, 02/06/2010 - 07:12 | Link to Comment Grand Supercycle
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USD rally continues, as forecast several months ago.
USD weekly chart is now bullish.
Vice versa for EURO.

The DOW/SP500 downtrend commenced as forecast and the USD rally I forecast several months ago is just getting going.
The recent equities counter trend rally has finished and the March 2009 bear market rally is over. The dollar, crude oil and copper charts have been giving bearish warnings for stocks for months. My indicators can identify trend changes before they occur.They warned me of an impending market crash back in early *2007* The uptrend since March 2009 has been a bear market rally contained within a much larger bear cycle that started in 2000.

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