Global markets and US equity futures fell on Samsung Galaxy Note 7 contagion concern, while the dollar rose to its strongest level in 11 weeks and U.S. bonds declined as investors boosted wagers that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates this year.
In the US focus will be on the market's reaction to the second presidential debate, FOMC Minutes but also retail sales, import and producer prices and Michigan sentiment. We also hear from various Fed speakers throughout the week, and Chair Yellen gives a keynote speech on Friday.
While the entire nation was transfixed on last night's latest, and most scandalous yet "debate", in which there was little actual debating and a lot of talking points and character assassination attempts, index futures were little changed throughout Sunday's 90 minutes event, suggesting that no clear winner had emerged on either side.
How do we create value in an economy that is increasingly dependent on knowledge? The answer is complicated by the reality that knowledge is increasingly digital and "unownable" and therefore almost free. Financialization as a substitute for creating value has run its course.
Relative to disposable income, the value of household financial assets now far exceeds the last two bubble peaks. And that has happened in an economic environment which suggests just the opposite. To wit, valuation multiples and cap rates should be falling owing the fact that the productivity and growth capacity of the US economy has been heading south ever since the turn of the century. So here’s the danger...
"...to be blunt, given the aforementioned fundamental risks and the poor risk/return skew, history is clearly not in favor of those who remain long equities banking on the Fed to continue to levitate valuations and prices with limited tools and faulty narratives."
"According to our estimates, selling from systematic strategies is now mostly completed. This is assuming that S&P 500 momentum stays positive, and that volatility does not significantly increase further. As the market bounced post Fed and September options expired, the large put option (gamma) imbalance subsided and is no longer pushing volatility higher."
Short-term volatility expectations plummeted during Wednesday’s post-Federal Reserve meeting stock market rally. However, considering this rush out of the VXST occurred from an already relatively low level (17.22), prior similar occurrences suggest the upside is perhaps limited here for the S&P 500.
If yesterday one could "explain" the overnight stock levitation due to the move higher in crude oil, today there is no such catalyst with WTI down modestly, and yet the broader push higher across European stocks and US equities has reappeared following yesterday's muted close on Wall Street ahead of key central bank data on deck.
After yesterday's torrid rally, which sent stocks higher the most in 2 months on the back of Lael Brainard surprisingly dovish comments, we have seen an unexpected profit-taking session overnight in ES, with US equity futures down 0.6%, driven largely by a renewed drop in oil prices which slid after the IEA said a surplus in global markets will last longer than initially estimated, persisting well into 2017 as reported previously.
It appears we have a disagreement between two JPMorgan analysts: while one, namely head quant Marco Kolanovic anticipates a significant deleveraging by quant and algo funds, JPM's fund flow guru is desperate to talk down the threat from a coordinated global selloff, and concludes that a VaR shock may not be imminent after all.
The Fed's most boring report, the Beige Book, once again offered its ubiquitous "modest" to "moderate" growth outlook with little insight into whether the Fed is considering any rate hike in the immediate future. On the topic of wages, the Fed said that "Upward wage pressures increased further and were moderate on balance, with more rapid gains reported for workers with selected specialized skill sets. Price increases remained slight overall"