"After a year in which reality has managed to surpass even seemingly unlikely calls, 2017 may be a wakeup call which sees a real departure from the 'business as usual'..." Will this be the year when China exceeds growth expectations, Brexit turns into Bremain, the Mexican peso soars and Italian banks turn out to the best performing equity asset class?
Two months after paying $38 million to settle a silver price-fixing case, on Friday Deutsche Bank agreed to pay $60 million to settle private U.S. antitrust litigation by traders and other investors who accused the German bank of conspiring to manipulate gold prices at their expense.
Following a November to remember, which saw tremendous market gains following the election of Donald Trump, December has started off on the back foot, with US equity futures lower, European stocks halting a two day advance ahead of the Italian referendum, US Treasury yields higher and the US dollar backing away from a 9 month high.
Industrial metals commodity prices plunged by the most since March in the last 2 days as China’s exchanges (once again) clamped down on speculation by tightening trading rules. As Bloomberg reports, for the second time this year, trading has exploded on the nation’s exchanges, pushing prices of everything from zinc to coal to multi-year highs and sending authorities scrambling to deflate the bubble before it bursts.
Having exposed the deepening liquidity crisis in China previously, tonight's action across AsiaPac money-markets suggests - despite US equity record highs - all is very much not well below the surface of the global financial system. Short-term China repo rates have exploded to 20-month highs, Hong Kong Dollar money-market rates have jumped to the highest since May 2009, and Yen basis swaps are showing the most extreme demand for dollars since Lehman...
Overnight the yield on China's sovereign 10Y bond jumped 6.5bps to 2.94% on what Bloomberg dubbed were "liquidity fears." This was the biggest one day spike for the benchmark bond since Jan. 25, according to ChinaBond data.
In a report confirming that the ECB is preparing for a rerun of a post-Brexit scenario, Reuters writes that the ECB is ready to temporarily step up purchases of Italian government bonds if the result of next Sunday's crucial referendum "rocks markets" and sharply drives up borrowing costs for the euro zone's largest debtor. BTP futures briefly spike higher, gaining ~30 ticks in 2 minutes, to session high of 135.46 following the news.
"... we believe that the equity market is still at a level that can cope with moderately rising bond yields. We estimate that a rise in US bond yields above 2.75% or probably between 0.75-1% in Germany would create a more serious problem for equity markets: at that point we would expect that any further rises in yields from there would be a negative for stock returns." - Goldman Sachs
Don't let the fact that US equity markets are closed hold back the exuberant melt-up that a Trump victory has unleahed in capital markets. Echoing a normal non-holiday trading day, 0930ET came around and US equity futures kneejerk ramped higher, pushing Dow futures up above 19,100...
"There is something going on with the repo markets and we can see that as soon as the ECB starts talking about tackling these problems we see a market reaction," said David Schnautz, interest rate strategist at Commerzbank.