Equity Markets

"Sell In May"... And Buy Bonds?

SocGen's cross-asset strategist Andrew Lapthrone has found a curious seasonally-driven pair trade which may be suitable for the next four months: sell stocks and buy bonds, as "June to September are among the weakest months for equities but the strongest for bonds."

Asia Jumps, Europe Stutters As Political Rumblings Return; Oil Nears $51

Global stocks were mixed to start the week, with Asian stocks higher, European stocks initially advancing then fading gains, while S&P futures are little changed after the biggest weekly drop since April (which for those keeping record was -0.4%). European shares, the euro and the pound all stumbled on Monday as rumblings in Spain, Britain and Brussels reminded investors that the region still has plenty of political uncertainty left in the tank.

Global Markets Rebound To End Volatile Week, As Trump Rout Fades

Two days after the biggest rout in US stocks in 8 months, and one day after Brazil's stock market was halted due to a circuit breaker, wiping out out 8.8% of its market cap, traders are eager to put it all in the rearview mirror and in a quiet session on the last day of the week, S&P futures are set for a green open, up 0.2%, in line with Asian and European markets, all looking to close the week on a positive note.

Trumpquake: Futures Wipe Out Month's Gains In One Session, VIX Spikes

Growing concerns over the turmoil engulfing President Donald Trump’s administration weighed on risk appetite, sending global stocks and US futures lower, pressuring the dollar while boosting yen, gold and VIX. The sharp drop has seen the gains over the past month wiped out in one session.

Euro Surges As Trump Fears Slam Dollar; Futures Poised For New Records

In a replica of Monday's early trading, European shares are down, this time led by health-care stocks even as the Euro surges above 1.1050, the highest level since the US election. Asian equities rose, while S&P futures were unchanged although we expect the ramp to kick in any second, and take the NASDAQ to another all time high. Meanwhile, the US dollar weakened for a fifth day.

Morgan Stanley: "Book Your Summer Holidays, But Put These Trades On First"

"Have you booked your summer holidays yet? If not, you probably should... Record-low readings of the VIX suggest that investors have little to worry about at the moment. In our view, the current low level of volatility seems unsustainable though, but the exact timing of a volatility rebound remains uncertain. Hence, it might make sense to put on trades that hedge against unexpected market moves over the summer."