Market Sentiment

"The Most Difficult, Treacherous Year" - What The Market Wall Of Worry Looked Like In 2016

2016 has been according to one buysider, "the most difficult, treacherous year" for the hedge fund community in recent history as a result of unprecedented shifts in market sentiment, choppy trading, low conviction, investor redemptions, illiquidity and  volatility month after month, which has left the hedge fund community exhausted and reeling even as the S&P hits all time highs.

US Futures Rebound, European Stocks Higher As Oil Rises

The summer doldrums continue with another listless overnight session, not helpd by Japan markets which are closed for holiday, as Asian stocks fell fractionally, while European stocks rebounded as oil trimmed losses after the the IEA said pent-up demand would absorb record crude output (something they have said every single month). S&P futures have wiped out almost all of yesterday's losses and were up over 0.2% in early trading.

JGB Carnage Sparks Contagion Across Global Bond Market

Disappointing fiscal stimulus, loss of faith in The BoJ, and increasingly headless-chicken policymakers has sparked a sudden and severe rush for the exits from Japan's government bond markets. 10Y JGB yields exploded from -30bps to almost 0bps in the last 4 days - the biggest crash in prices in over 3 years. This bloodbath is roiling the rest of the global developed bond market with Bund yield spiking (+12bps in last 2 days, almost back to 0), Swiss, UK, and Danish bonds are all blowing out, and Treasury yields up 14bps since Friday alone.

Kyle Bass Was Right: Here Is SocGen's Primer How To Trade The Biggest Yuan "Depreciation Wave" Yet

The new risk scenario for CNY is 8.0 (20% increase in USD-CNY). The caveat is that the pain threshold for the market appears to be much higher than before and the implications for the global financial markets will primarily depend on the speed of depreciation. We believe that it would take significantly more pressure on capital flows than what we have seen over the past few years, or an economic hard landing, for our risk scenario to unfold.

Don't Worry, You Are Not Alone: "No One Knows How To Price Brexit" Citi Admits

Whereas spot prices have stabilized, there appears to be little conviction among traders and other financial market participants about the course of exchange rates and asset prices going forward. Market sentiment remains tentative; small catalysts can be very disruptive. A common trading floor comment is: "No one knows how to price the Brexit scenario going forward."

Something Strange Emerges When Looking Behind The "Brexit" Bookie Odds

When one looks at the actual dynamics within the bookies, an odd divergence emerges: "Although Ladbrokes has received a higher volume of bets to leave the EU, those making a punt on remain were placing higher financially larger" - the average stake on a bet to remain was £450, compared to £75 on a bet to leave."

And An Even Louder Warning From Goldman: The "Yellen Call" Is Back And Will Limit Further Market Upside

With financial conditions having significantly recovered, it is reasonable to expect that the Yellen call will soon be back in the money following the June FOMC meeting. We believe June is largely off the table given the weakness of Friday’s employment report and the UK referendum on its EU membership in June. But we think the July meeting is live, without our US Economics team seeing a 40% probability of a second hike. With equity markets posting new highs this week, we think the ‘Yellen call’ is on track to move back into the money in 2016H2.

Oil Doubles From February Lows

Betweeen Doha hopes (and nopes), Nigerian supply 'disruptions' which apparently cannot be stopped (conveniently for many oil producers, equity bulls, and central bank inflation watchers), and non-transitory Chinese 'demand', WTI crude has topped $51 this morning - almost doubling off the February lows. While still down YoY, oil prices have recovered to 11-month highs, soothing credit-driven anxiety in markets (even though bankruptcies continue) and enabling hedgers to pile in (crushing the crude curve). With rig counts rising once more (and global GDP being slashed), one questions how sustainable this frothy bounce will be...

Emperor Securities Shows How To Successfully Fleece Retail Investors

From April 2015 through May 2016, every single one of the 173 stocks that Emperor analysts covered had a buy recommendation. The analysts were so wrong that shorting every one would have yielded 13 percent through last week. As we reported last year, Chinese retail investors opened enough brokerage accounts for every man, woman, and child in LA. As it turns out, that's precisely how Emperor was making its money, by securities turnover and margin loans due to an influx of new retail customers. The firm threw day trade buy recommendations out on every single stock and watched new inexperienced "investors" trade on that data. That effort takes Wall Street's lazy clustering to an entirely new level.

The ECB Met With Goldman, Other Banks At Shanghai G-20 Meeting, Allegedly Leaking March Stimulus

On March 10, 2016 when the ECB announced the biggest expansion to quantitative easing in European history, when it shocked the market by announcing not only a reduction in its negative rate and expansion in the TLTRO program, but also the launch of a corporate bond monetization program.Well maybe not "shocked" the market, because as Bloomberg writes, ECB board members met with representatives of banks and investment managers including Goldman Sachs, BlackRock, Credit Suisse and Moore Europe Capital Management in February, just days before the ECB's March 10 announcement.

What Wall Street Expects From Today's Payrolls Report And How To Trade It

In what may be one of the least relevant payroll reports in a long time as the Fed already knows the labor market is doing better quantiatively (qualitatively it has been all about low-paying jobs gaining at the expense of higher paying manufacturing and info-tech positions) and as has further demonstrated it is no longer jobs data dependent, here is what Wall Street consensus expects: total payrolls +200,000, down from 215K in March; a 4.9% unemployment rate; average hourly earnings rising 0.3% (last 0.3%) M/M and 2.4% Y/Y (last 2.3%); on labor force participation of 63%.

Global Stocks Slide As Dollar Continues Rising: Has The "Pricing In" Of Trump Begun

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).