Equity Markets

Markets All Too Quiet Ahead Of Inflation, Retail Sales Data

Asian stocks and S&P futures are both feeling the weather this morning, while European stocks are little changed as traders have decided to hold back until today's key US CPI and retail sales data is released in under two hours.

Europe, US Futures Slip Despite Brent Bouncing Back To $51

Asian stocks rise lifted by commodity names; European equites trade mostly lower but with little in the way of conviction or firm direction while the Italian banking index is at the highest level in a year following domestic earnings; S&P index futures are modestly in the red after the cash market closed at a record high Wednesday and investors prepared for earnings from retailers.

Trump Named As "Risk Factor" In Company Filings 3x More Than Obama

According to the research firm Sentieo, which spent hours and hours of time scouring the "Risk Factor" sections of 10-Ks and 10-Qs, Trump has been about 3x more likely to be cited by a publicly traded company in the U.S. as a "Risk Factor" in his first 100 days in office than was Obama.

Global Markets Thrown For A Loop After Comey's Shocking Sacking

“There is no doubt that Trump is dominating proceedings this morning after the sacking of Comey. This is a political story rather than a market story, but yet again it creates uncertainty in the market, which leaves everything the president does with a cloud floating over it" said James Hughes of GKFX.

"Vol Be Crazy": Deutsche Wants To Know When The Insanity Will End

"one of the main themes this year has been the fall in vol. We argued three months ago that FX vol looked cheap given elevated policy uncertainty, but a pick-up was unlikely while the global growth pulse remained strong. Vol has since collapsed further."

Three Fast Facts About Slow Markets

US equity markets at the moment are distinctly strange, given that track record.  There have only been 3 days in 2017 with +1% moves: March 1st (+1.4%), March 21st (-1.2%), and March 24th (+1.1%).  We are 87 trading days into the year, so we should have seen 19 days with a +1% move.  Instead, we have three.

Crushed Vol Boosts Dollar, Commodities; Futures Flat

Asian stocks declined, while European stocks rose to the highest since 2015, led by a rebound in commodities and basic resource stocks. U.S. stock-index futures were little changed at 2,395 - just shy of all time highs - as investors focused on corporate earnings after the French election, while the VIX hovered near its lowest level since 1993.

Bill Blain: "What's Going On In Equity Markets Should Serve As Something Of A Warning"

Most of the recent gains have been concentrated in a very small number of the mega-cap tech stocks – Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon. Despite the absence of any real selling pressure (yet!), the rest of stocks are struggling to keep up the momentum. A handful of mega-cap stocks are masking underlying weakness. Near 1/3 of the rest of the SPX are in bear phase.

Angst In America - Turning Today's Millennials Into Tomorrow's Debt Serfs

"Being young and having no job remains stubbornly common... Like medieval serfs in pre-industrial Europe, America’s new generation, particularly in its alpha cities, seems increasingly destined to spend their lives paying off their overlords, and having little to show for it. "