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US Futures, Global Shares, Dollar All Jump On Brexit, Basel News, Averted US Shutdown; Payrolls Loom

U.S. equity index futures have bounced on the last day of the week, along with European and Asian shares, oil and the dollar following overnight news that the UK and EU have reached a successful conclusion on Phase 1 of Brexit negotiations, that Congress has punted on the government shutdown for another 2 weeks until December 22, and ahead of the November nonfarm payrolls data.

Are Repos Signaling A Massive Bond Short Ahead Of Payrolls?

It's been a few months since we saw any major dislocations in the Treasury repo market, i.e., collateral shortages as a result of surging TSY shorts... However, the peace and quiet quiet in the repo market was shattered this week...

China Commodity Carnage Continued Overnight As Brexit Fears & Bitcoin Cheers Dominate

Once again weakness in the US carried through to Asia with stocks unable to hold any National-Team-inspired gains, but it was the contagion to commodities that stood out (as a hike in exchange fees snuffed out a lot of speculative fervor). However, the surge in Bitcoin (over $15k) and Brexit anxiety (cable vols highest since general election) was most notable.

Asian Market Rout Goes Global On Tech, Tax And Government Shutdown Tremors

A selloff which started in Asia, driven by renewed liquidation of Chinese and Hong Kong tech stocks and accelerated by weaker metal prices which pushed the Shanghai Composite below a key support and to 4 month lows, spread to Europe and the rest of the world as investors continued to lock in year-end gains among the best performing assets amid a broad risk-off mood.