While there was no unexpected overnight central bank announcement unlike yesterday's surprise by the RBA which unleashed volatility havoc in the FX market, which promptly spilled over into all asset classes, overnight stocks around the world saw another leg lower without a tangible catalyst, while EM currencies fell to a one-month low after two Fed presidents raised concern investors had become too complacent in their belief that U.S. interest rate raises will stay on hold. Or perhaps all that is happening is that after ignoring Trump, the market is starting to finally price in the possible reality of the Donald in the White House (although as Jeff Gundlach pointed out, Trump would be a far better president for the economy and the market than Hillary or Bernie).
There has been a bevy of negative news in the past 48 hours which perhaps explains why futures are fractionally in the green as of this moment.
It didn't take much to fizzle Friday's Japan NIRP-driven euphoria, when first ugly Chinese manufacturing (and service) PMI data reminded the world just what the bull in the China shop is leading to a 1.8% Shanghai drop on the first day of February. Then it was about oil once more when Goldman itself said not to expect any crude production cuts in the near future. Finally throw in some very cautious words by the sellside what Japan's act of NIRP desperation means, and it becomes clear why stocks on both sides of the pond are down, why crude is not far behind, and why gold continues to rise.
In the wake of Bill Ackman's verbal jousting with Charile Munger, WSJ has taken a look at what many consider to be the myth behind Warren Buffett's "folksy" demeanor. As it turns out, it's best to do as Buffett does, not as he says.
"I have a problem with Berkshire’s ownership of Coke,” Ackman told an audience of about 200 people. “Coca-Cola has probably done more to create obesity, diabetes on a global basis than any other company in the world. "You have some of the best marketing in the world and a lot of happy skinny people drinking it in the advertising."
- BOE Stays Cautious on Rate-Hike Timing as Inflation Outlook Cut (BBG)
- China Enters Bull Market (WSJ)
- Britain says Islamic State likely brought down Russian plane (Reuters)
- Dollar jumps as markets fix on December rate expectations (Reuters)
- Activist Investor Bill Ackman Plays Defense (WSJ)
- BOJ Survey Data Reveals Signs of Growing Inequality in Japan (BBG)
- UAW Warns of General Motors Strike If Workers Fail to Approve Contract (WSJ)
For those eager to cut to the chase and curious if overnight we have had another standard USDJPY ramp levitating US equity futures on low volume, the answer is yes. And since the USDJPY carry was patient enough, it managed to trigger the 2100 ES stops and as of this moment the futures were comfortably on the politically-correct side of 2100.
In a "difficult but necessary" decision, Kraft-Heinz will cut 2,600 jobs in the latest post-mega-merger "synergy" bloodbath. Thanks Warren.
"Three topics dominated our client discussions this week: (1) Hedge fund performance in the wake of the collapse in Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX) during the past five days; (2) cash return to shareholders, especially buyback activity; and (3) 3Q results."
Thanks, Uncle Warren. The Kraft-Heinz merger engineered earlier this year by everyone’s favorite folksy octogenarian billionaire along with 3G will cost some 2,500 people their jobs, as the combined entity looks to cut costs.
If yesterday it was the turn of the upside stop hunting algos to crush anyone who was even modestly bearishly positioned in what ended up being the biggest short squeeze of 2015, then today it is the downside trailing stops that are about to be taken out in what remains the most vicious rangebound market in years, in the aftermath of the Chinese currency devaluation which weakened the CNY reference rate against the USD by the most on record, in what some have said was an attempt by China to spark its flailing SDR inclusion chances, but what was really a long overdue reaction by an exporter country having pegged to the strongest currency in the world in the past year.
- July job gains may favor September interest rate rise (Reuters)
- It's all about Trump at raucous Republican debate (Reuters)
- The 5 Most Important Takeaways From the First Debate of 2016 (BBG)
- Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina wins the Web (Reuters)
- Hedge Fund Losses From Commodity Slump Sparking Investor Exodus (BBG)
- Winners and losers from the first Republican presidential debate (WaPo)
- Bush turns in workmanlike debate performance, but will it be enough? (Reuters)
Bill Ackman had a $1Bn shortfall to cover (allegedly) in his Pershing Square Fund.
- Trump at center stage as Republicans square off in first debate (Reuters)
- Cleveland Debate Offers GOP Hopefuls a Chance to Break Away from the Pack (WSJ)
- Bank of England Keeps Key Interest Rate at 0.5% in 8-1 Vote (BBG)
- Emerging stocks submerged, UK gears up for 'Super Thursday' (Reuters)
- No IMF decision on Greek bailout until autumn, Swedish rep tells paper (Reuters)
- Japan Heads Toward Nuclear Unknown With Post-Fukushima Restarts (BBG)
- Activist Ackman Takes $5.5 Billion Stake in Snacks Giant Mondelez (WSJ)