Market Conditions

Beige Book Finds Modest Economic Slowdown: Strong Dollar "Headwinds" Cited

The Fed's latest Beige Book released Wednesday found seven regional Fed districts reporting economic activity as growing at a modest or moderate pace, a decline from 11 in the last report, with strong dollar headwinds among one of the more frequently cited reasons for the weakness.

Here Are The Details From The OPEC Production Cut Deal

The much anticipated headline is out and, as Bloomberg reports, OPEC has reached a deal agreeing to cut oil production by 1.2 million barrels per day to 32.5mmbpd from the current level of 33.6mmbpd. This would be OPEC's first production cut since 2008.

Germany's NordLB Bank: "40% Of Our Shipping Loan Book Is Non-Performing"

Germany's second-largest shipping lender, German Landersbank NordLB warned it was facing a loss of “more than €1bn” this year, as a result of the latest shoring up of reserves against losses on its portfolio of shipping loans, and that a whopping €8 billion, or 40%, of its shipping loan book was now non-performing.

Empire Fed Rebounds But Employment Indicators Tumble, Optimism Declines

Manufacturing firms in New York State reported that business activity was essentially flat in November, with the general business conditions index climbed out of negative territory for the first time in four months, rising eight points to 1.5 above the expected -2.5. However, in a troubling sign, both employment indicators declined notably, while inventory levels hit a 4 year low, as optimism about the future posted a modest decline.

Markets In Turmoil: Global Bond Bloodbath, Currency Rout Accelerates As Stocks Erase Early Gains

Monday started off where Friday left off, with the dollar surge continuing, pushing the DXY above 100 for the first time since December, global bond yields soaring, emerging market currencies tumbling, and the Yuan slammed below 6.85 for the first time. However, where Monday is different is that while European stocks and US index futures started off far higher, E-minis have now faded the entire overnight rally and are now red for the session, on concerns that the spike in yields will cap any more stock upside.

The Day Arrives: Global Stocks Higher, US Futures Lower As America Begins Voting

The day has finally arrived and as of minutes ago voters in eastern states have begun voting for the next US president. Polls are open in eight states, including battlegrounds Virginia and New Hampshire, as well as in New York, where Clinton votes at a public school in Chappaqua, Trump at a public school in Manhattan.

Key Events In The Coming Presidential Election Week

The US election this Tuesday is the main focus of the week. The key economic release this week is University of Michigan consumer sentiment on Friday. There are several scheduled speaking engagements from Fed officials this week. 

The October Payrolls Report: What Wall Street Expects

While the October payrolls report, due out at 8:30am on Friday, has taken on a secondary importance in light of the market's near certainty that the Fed will hike rates in December (absent a Trump victory and/or a market crash), analysts and traders will surely be concerned any prominent outlier prints that deviate too far from the consensus estimate of 175K. So, in preview of tomorrow's biggest economic update, here is a snapshot of what Wall Street expects.

Frontrunning: November 3

  • Cubs Win 1st Series Title Since 1908, Beat Indians in Game 7 (BBG)
  • Trump, Clinton blast each other on character; Clinton rises in poll (Reuters)
  • Trump-effect grips world stocks, dollar (BBG)
  • No Brexit without Parliament approval: High Court (Reuters)
  • With Iraqi troops at Mosul's gate, Baghdadi promises victory (Reuters)
  • China Slowdown Deepens Looming Pension Crisis (WSJ)