Equity Markets

JPM Head Quant Explains How The Algos Traded The Brexit Crash, And Why He Sees "Elevated Risk"

"As gamma exposure turned significantly short on Monday 6/27, it also contributed to a larger squeeze up on Tuesday and Wednesday (please note, these were even more prominent on 8/26 and 8/27 than this week)... We maintain the view that we have not yet seen the highs of VIX due to Brexit and  related risks. The points discussed above suggest equity markets face elevated risk in the days and weeks ahead."

Bad Earnings, Balance Sheet Rot, & The "Brelief" Rally

Despite mainstream economists hopes that somehow “this time will be different,” the ongoing massaging of economic data through seasonal adjustments to obtain better headlines did not translate into actual prosperity.  Of course, “reality” is a cruel mistress and despite ongoing hopes and overstatements, “fantasy” eventually gives way.

Global PPT Swings From "Easing Actions Are Backfiring" To Double Central Bank Bazookas In 3 Days

Sunday evening, as the world watched the fallout from what "Remin"-ers said was the end of the world, The BIS warned that central bank 'easing' actions "have started to backfire" and explained what little could be achieved with further stimulus. Three days later, first The Bank of England and then the European Central Bank both unleashed fresh bazookas as The PPT to save the world swung into action to rescue stocks and the all-important global wealth effect. Yet again - no consequences for anything will be allowed...

Rotten To The Core

Brexit and financial markets’ subsequent reactions expose the corruption at the heart of the world’s socio-political systems...

Gartman Is Selling The Rally

"We shall have orders in the markets today to sell the mid-points of all three indices; that is, we’ll sell the S&P futures today if 2045; we’ll sell the EUR STOXX 50 at 2837 and we’ll sell the Nikkie futures at 15,800… two thirds of a unit for each so that we’ll be short of two units in total if all are filled."

Global Stock Surge Continues As "Investors Look To Central Banks For Support"

Why the ongoing rally? A squeeze, sure, and also month-end fund flows. But the fundamental driver remains one and the same, and we quote Bloomberg: "the relief rally endures as Asian and European stocks rally with crude oil amid speculation policy makers will use stimulus to blunt the impact of the U.K.’s decision to leave the European Union, including a pause in the Federal Reserve’s tightening cycle. Investors are looking to policy makers for support."

Why The ECB Thinks Brexit Is Not A "Lehman Moment"

"I think indeed the comparison does not apply because the reaction to Lehman as you may recall was that several markets froze... That was not the case this time." Actually... that's not exactly true is it!!

Bank of America: "If You Are Going To Panic, Panic Early"

"While globalization, immigration and the free market have strong support from the winners of these themes – the plutonomists and the highly educated, in our view they seem to have underestimated the frustration of developed market middle and working classes... We suspect that few will pay attention to these tectonic shifts – it will require more Brexit-type surprises for the message to sink in."

Global Stocks Rebound, US Futures Jump On Expectation Of "Coordinated Intervention By Central Banks"

After a historic two-day selloff, which as shown yesterday slammed European banks by the most on record the wildly oversold conditions, coupled with hopes for yet another global, coordinated central bank intervention, coupled with modest hope that David Cameron's trip to Brussels today may resolve some of the Article 50 gridlock, have been sufficient to prompt a modest buying scramble among European stocks in early trading, with the pound and commodities all gaining for the first time since the shock Brexit vote.

Did The Market's "Wile E. Coyote Moment" Begin?

"The unlimited ability of CBs to “prop up” financial assets has been shattered around the globe as Kuroda and Draghi are unable to protect asset markets (Carney as well apparently), but in the US, faith in Yellen remains high.  Perhaps I’m old fashioned, but I believe that this too shall pass."

European Stocks, US Futures Extend Slide On UK Chaos, Pound Carnage

With global asset correlations once again approaching 1, overnight stocks have been trading in broadly "risk off" mode, following every twist of pound sterling and the rapidly deteriorating British financial situation as "chaos infects" virtually all markets, from China, to European banks, to US equity futures.  As a result of ongoing aftershocks from the Brexit vote, coupled with the sudden political chaos in UK politics, where both parties now seem in disarray, with the pound has extended its selloff to a fresh 31-year low dropping below the Friday lows while European equities are dropping to levels last seen in February.

UBS CIO Warns "The Status Quo Is Over... Get Used To It"

"The status quo in Europe is over. We will have to get used to this. Political risk has risen, and we will be dependent on central bank interventions, the calmness of markets, and measured political decision-making to keep the world's economic growth momentum and thus support risk assets."