- Ratings Understate ‘Dangerous’ Chinese Local Government Risks, Dagong Says (Bloomberg)
- Arcelor Mittal warns on pace of global recovery (FT)
- Portugal Takes Eurozone Derivatives Set-Aside Decision (FT)
- Ready for the Next Trillion-Dollar Bailout? (Heritage Foundation)
- Drip after drip of deflation data (Telegraph)
- Atlas Didn't Shrug; He's just sitting on his hands while he confronts regulatory and tax uncertainty. (Barrons)
- Gold bears are wrong, smart money isn't selling (Minyanville)
And the leading indicators continue collapsing (ECRI later today): the BDIY has posted its 31st sequential decline, and has closed just barely above 1,900, at 1,902, and back to March 2009 lows. One wonders when the BRICmaster, Jim O'Neill, will ever put the appropriate spin on this particular statistic in his weekly permarosy missives.
Does Jim O'Neill take sugar with his tea? No thanks Turkish, he is sweet enough.
Just like Goldman top ticked the EURUSD trade to within a few hours of the multiyear low of the pair when it issued its downgrade from 1.35 to 1.15, so today's notice that Goldman is now bearish on the dollar should be enough reason for everyone to short the living daylight out of the euro. Amusingly even as the GS Global Market team sees a major slowdown in the US, somehow the rest of the world (BRICs) is supposed to pick up the slack, even as Jim O'Neill himself has now said he expects China to decelerate materially. Also, according to Goldman's "GS Bond Sudoku Model" the fair value on the 10 Year is at 3.1%, "with a very grim macro backdrop needed to justify yields at 2.5% or below." Well if the Sudoku says so... Altogether confusion is rampant, but the only thing that matters is that Goldman is now buying dollars and selling euros.
It was only a month ago that Jim O'Neill was openly taunting those who refused to suckle on Goldman's Kool Aid teat: "dear grizzlies…….bet your worried about today’s rally? See u later." (sorry, we won't let this go for a long time). Then again, those who did believe Goldman's and David Kostin's advice that the market would be 30% higher now, are down to 70% of AUM (the very same David Kostin who on September 12, 2008, the weekend before Lehman blew up, predicted a 12% rally by the end of 2008 on the road to "S&P 1,400"). So, yes Jim, the grizzlies are far less worried at this point. Wish we could say the same for the bulls. Which incidentally may explain why Jim O'Neill has been completely gone from the scene for the past month. Luckily, he has now reappeared, and is once again dispensing bullishness to all who care to listen. The quote du jour this time: "While I can understand why some of the China bears will be full of the
joys of Spring right now, this is a “desired slowing” and unlike some
of the many issues in the West, the quicker they slow, the better." And we thought Bob Pisani had trademark to the "a nuclear holocaust is a victory for the bulls" phrase. Needless to say, we disagree with everything Jim has to say, except for his world cup pick. That said, we certainly enjoy his spin for the comedic content.
What specifically is happening, and will happen to the CNY? Like many others, I went to bed last night thinking that how Beijing allowed the fix to move today would be key. In fact, it was unchanged, and since then spot has moved notably from 6.8275 down to 6.8055 last print. I am reminded, that truly technically, today’s fix reflects the previous days trading, so in this regard, where we close will determine tomorrow’s fix, and in some sense today’s fx was not relevant. Given that the PBOC statement said that the daily trading band will not be widened ( beyond the 0.5pct which it has never experienced), this means the limit for today is 6.7930 I believe. Of course, it also means if this is all true, then we could have in theory a maximum 2.5pct rise of the CNY against the Dollar this week. I guess if that happened, and you times it by 52 even Congress would be happy, a 130pct move….I doubt that Mr. Schumer…… - Jim O'Neill, Goldman Sachs
The Red Knights' attempt to buy ManU may have ended, but that won't curb the Goldman's BRICster's enthusiasm for all thing football. In his most recent Rose-Glassed commentary, Jim O'Neill explains why the world is great in 8 simple world cup parables, for all the ADDed traders who spend about 10 times as much time watching football than actually trading. Yet even the permabull is unable to contain himself in calling out the EU, ECB and the IMF in their Stress test hypocrisy: "The UK, the economy, the FSA, fiscal policy, and (oh dear), the team plays again tomorrow……..With a bit of luck, I wont be able to watch the match against Algeria which, if it is anything like the last one, will be much worse than a Spanish bank stress test…." Jim, you missed the news that according to the regulators in your favorite Europe, Santander is the healthiest bank in Europe. You have nothing to worry about: England should win by the same credible one thousand-nil, as the STD news.
The Baltic Dry index, which is the closest proxy for China's bubbleliciousness, has dropped to one month lows, and continues accelerating its drop to the downside. The dry bulk shipping sector, which was the bubble of late 2007 and early 2008, does not appear poised to make a repeat appearance just yet. As concerns over commodity overstocking in China, and Australian extraction concerns courtesy of the recent supertax, keep investors awake at night, is CNBC's "favorite" index about to retrace its 2009 lows? Furthermore, if the recent Afghanistan raw material discovery is even close to scale, the next big "thing" in Asia will be the Railroad Dry index, as construction of the world's biggest railway hub in Kabul is likely already underway. Throw in a few nuclear power plants, a couple of smelters, discover some bauxite and soon Afghanistan will eclipse Australia and Brazil as the premier commodity production center in the world. Is it time for Jim O'Neill to rebrand the N-11 index, formerly known as the BRICs, to the A index?
First confirmed permabull Jim O'Neill presented 10 "grizzles" why the bear market may be coming back, then Bob Janjuah reiterated his very bearish outlook on life, and, right on cue, here is Albert Edwards with his latest crucifixion of unwarranted bullish sentiment."As we head into a double-dip, the current technical correction will rapidly turn into a resumption of the structural bear market for stocks. We have not seen the worst yet." Perhaps BMO's recommendation for a zero equity weighting is spot on...
With even Jim O'Neill giving up on China and the BRICs, Goldman will milk every last drop out of the rapidly deliquifying country. Case in point: Goldman upgrades recent dog Amazon from mere mort Buy to Conviction Buy, upping its price target, completely contrary to the price action, from $180 to $190. The premise being after a few hundred million Americans bought electronic books, only to remember they hate reading, the same will happen in China: We expect Amazon’s China business to help accelerate its global customer growth rates through 2010."
A week ago, Goldman's Jim O'Neill asked the following question:
"Anyhow, dear grizzlies....bet your [sic] worried about today’s rally? See u later."
To which the grizzlies respond with their own question:
"Isn't payback a bitch Jim "N-11" O'Neill? See u later."
Earlier we reported that Jim O'Neill has finally capitulated on his China uberalles prediction. Not a few hours pass, and Goldman is already back to spinning the great illusory strawman of the next growth "dynamo" - enter the N-11, or the "the ‘next 11’ emerging economies that—after the BRICs—have the potential to rival the G7 as a source of global demand and sustained growth." Because Goldman knows all too well that two wrongs make a much bigger right. As to which bottom dwellers are supposed to pull America and the insolvent developed world, prepare to be regaled with the following brilliant selection of N-11 participants: Bangladesh, Vietnam, Egypt, Iran, Pakistan, Indonesia, Nigeria,Philippines , Mexico, Turkey, Korea. Good luck with that Jim: we cant wait for the Non-Ch 11 200 next, or all the countries in the world that don't have a debt/GDP ratio of over 100%. We are sure that the entire world, ex the developed and BRIC countries, will pretty soon serve as the economic dynamo to push the world forward, and beyond the bankruptcy of your heretofore favorites. We promise that the bears you so enjoy taunting are rolling in fear at the N-11 onslaught.
"If I stick with my principles, of using what you develop to keep you objective, it seems pretty clear to me that the cycle of Chinese momentum has peaked….there you go, I feel relief…from now on, I suspect we are going to see more and more evidence of this. It will scare many, please the China bubble blowers, but to those of you that think in sensible terms, this is actually good news. China over eased, they have “ over rebounded” and need to get back within a 8-12pct range as measured by our proprietary GDP indicator, the GSCA." Jim O'Neill
Goldman's Erik Nielsen has yet to disclose if he is joining his Euro-pal Jim O'Neill in declaring all out war on the bears (for those unsure about the reference see here, and FYI Jim, the grizzlies send their love... and in keeping with the animal references, they don't really give a rats ass about the occasional dead cat bounce). What he has no problem disclosing, however, is his latest round of rose-colored ebullience, even as other, "slightly" more objective europundits see the end of the Eurozone as ever more imminent. It is stunning how cognitive dissonance can lead two people to the following diametrically opposite conclusions: Erik Nielsen: "The European recovery continues to look pretty good and solid to me" and Ambrose Evans-Pritchard: "[the Pan-European austerity package] can end only in two ways. Either Germany tolerates massive monetary reflation by the ECB or Spain will be forced out of EMU, setting off a catastrophic chain-reaction through north Europe's banking system." Of course, when one is in the business of perpetuating ponzies, while another has a page view quota, the truth likely is somewhere inbetween. Then again, "inbetween" two polar opposites is a wide range. Anyway, since we will likely see a lot more pain "on the plain" shortly, here are some soothing words for all those who are still long and strong and need goal-seeked analyses.
Jim O'Neill, who did not make any friends within the bear community earlier today, has written an interesting paper on the IMF's Special Drawing Rights, and whether this hypernational currency can ever become a reserve currency as is, and/or with the CNY as a constituent member. While O'Neill as usual focuses on the angle of the "next paradigm" BRICs, and how they will increasingly dominate global economics, he does pose an important question: with the dollar likely to suffer the side effects of either hyperdeflation, hyperinflation, or hyperstagflation, will the next reserve currency be a diluted melange of other flawed fiat constructs (i.e., the SDR), or the currency of the one country, which for all its flaws, still has the cleanest balance sheet backing its own fiat construct. On the other hand, the question of whether this analysis is moot to begin with, and the world will revert to the gold standard as the ongoing crisis of confidence in all paper money flares up, is not raised even once... We wonder (not really) what Jim O'Neill would have to say on that particular issue.