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The Last Remaining Cheap Asset

Today we face expensive assets everywhere we look. So what’s an investor to do? Is there anything truly cheap anymore? Well, rest assured, there is absolutely nothing easy left...

Global Stocks Pause Ahead Of GDP Report; Nasdaq Hits Fresh Record High

Despite yesterday's whopping beats by Amazon and Google which sent the Nasdaq to new record highs after hours, this morning futures S&P futures are little changed ahead of the closely watched Q1 GDP report, European stocks and Asian equities are slightly lower, oil is higher after Russia said it had reached the 300kbpd oil cut per the OPEC pact, and the dollar was modestly in the red.

Stocks Dazed After Trump NAFTA Flop, Tax Plan Disappointment; ECB Looms

European shares are lower, pressured by disappointing results by Deutsche Bank and ending a six-session gain, as Asian equities and S&P futures were little changed after a record-setting rally in world stocks which pushed the MSCI World index to over $50 trillion yesterday, fizzled after Trump released unconvincing tax cut plans prompting traders to "sell the news" while caution set in as the ECB met.

The Main Highlights In Trump's Sweeping Tax Reform Proposal

There are two ways to summarize Trump's sweeping proposed tax plan: extremely amibitious in the grand scheme of things, with virtually no details. Oh, and one more thing: it has almost no chance of passing in its current form.

Frontrunning: April 26

  • Futures flat as Trump tax plan awaited (Reuters)
  • Trump’s 15% Tax Plan May Just Be His Opening Gambit (BBG)
  • Budget Director, After Health-Law Missteps, Preps for Spending Battle (WSJ)
  • 100 Days: Trump's victories dimmed by misfires (Reuters)
  • White House Intervened to Toughen Letter on Iran Nuclear Deal (WSJ)
  • Trump Changing Tactics on Tax After Health-Care Failure (BBG)

Is The Fed About To Drop The MOAB On Wall Street?

What all this warrants is extreme caution in Bubbleville. With geopolitical risk flashing bright red, half percent GDP growth, record high equity valuations and a delusional Fed that continues threatening interest rate normalization; the market’s reality check is surely imminent.

France Is 'Fixed'? - Credit Risk Collapses Most In History

French credit risk has collapsed by almost 40% this morning - the most ever - as it appears investors are satisifed that 1) Macron will win the presidency, and 2) Centrist banker/Hollande-lackey Macron will solve all of France's problems. The so-called "le spread" also plunged from EU crisis highs, but does remain somewhat elevated from recent norms...

Euphoria Returns: European Stocks Soar, Dax Hits Record; S&P Futs Surge In "French Relief Rally"

Risk is definitely on this morning as European shares soar, led by French stocks a new record high in Germany's Dax, and S&P futures up 1.2% after a "French relief rally" in which the first round of the country’s presidential elections prompted investors to bet that establishment candidate Emmanuel Macron will win a runoff vote next month. Asian stocks also surged, expect for China, which suffered its biggest drop of the year, down 1.4%, ending the streak of losses no greater than 1% going back to December.