Smart Money

This Is "Another Sign That Wall Street Doesn’t Believe The Rally" According To BofA

"In April, the Sell Side Indicator — our measure of Wall Street’s bullishness on stocks — fell by 1ppt to 51.9, its lowest level in over a year. This was the indicator’s biggest one-month drop in the past two years, as the S&P 500 rallied 15% from the February lows through mid-April.... While sentiment has improved significantly off of the 2012 bottom, today's sentiment levels are still below where they were at the market lows of March 2009."

The "World's Biggest Short Squeeze" Has Spread From ETFs To Stocks

Courtesy of the latest report by JPM's Prime Brokerage, we now know two reasons why there was such a large move in April. Hedge funds accelerated the pace of ETF covering, only this time single stock names have also joined the party. In other words, ETF covering is removing hedges, and single stock covering is getting HF's into a net long position.

Who Is The Ravenous Buyer Of All Those Energy Stocks? Here Is The Surprising Answer

While one can blame algos and "macros" for snapping up oil the commodity, as Morgan Stanley did recently, another question is who is buying energy stocks to a level that makes little sense from a forward P/E multiple. The answer may have been revealed earlier today in Bank of America's breakdown of what smart money investors were doing. While we already reported that for the 13th, record, consecutive week, hedge funds, institutions and private clients were unloading risk exposure, one other group of client were buying energy stocks in record amounts: Pensions.

No Energy Recovery In Sight: Freeport Fires 25% Of Its Oil And Gas Workers

FCX is taking immediate steps to reduce oil and gas costs further. In April 2016, FCX announced a new management structure and is instituting an approximate 25 percent oil and gas workforce reduction. The newly structured oil and gas management team is actively engaged in managing costs and developing plans to preserve and enhance asset values.

Does Not Compute: "Smart Money" Clients Sell Stocks For 12 Consecutive Weeks

Last week, when reporting that smart money had sold stocks for 11 consecutive weeks, we were convinced that this week the selling would finally end. It did not. As BofA reported overnight when looking at the latest trading activity by its smart money clients, last week, during which the S&P 500 was up 1.6%, BofAML clients were net sellers of US stocks for the twelfth consecutive week, in the amount of $1.36bn. Sales were chiefly in large caps, though all three size segments saw outflows.

"The Selling Just Won't Stop" - Smart Money Sells Stocks For Near Record 11th Consecutive Week

Last week, during which the S&P 500 was down 1.2%, BofAML clients were net sellers of US equities for the 11th consecutive week. Net sales of $1.7bn were smaller than in the prior week, but all three client groups (hedge funds, institutional clients, private clients) remained net sellers, led by institutional clients. Net sales were in both large and mid-caps, while clients bought small caps last week.

John Paulson's Hedge Fund Had A Horrible Quarter; This Is How Everyone Else Did

Paulson had another abysmal month in March when his Advantage funds both dropped 7%, bringing their YTD loss to -15%, and making Paulson one of the worst performers YTD, in the company of such former HF luminaries as Chase Coleman, Bill Ackman and Larry Robbins. His return since then is likely even worse, considering his substantial stake in Allergen which earlier this week plunged 20% after the Pfizer deal was called off.