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Frontrunning: June 15

  • Osborne Warns of Brexit Tax Toll as ‘Leave’ Gains in Polls (BBG)
  • Clinton wins D.C. primary, has 'positive' meeting with Sanders (Reuters)
  • Federal grand jury could charge wife of Orlando shooter (Reuters)
  • Brexiteers swiftly closing in on Remain as poll reveals there’s just one point between the two sides (Sun)
  • Trump gains slightly on Clinton after Florida attack: Reuters/Ipsos poll (Reuters)

All Eyes On Yellen As Global Stocks Rebound Despite Brexit Fears, Record Low Yields

US equity index futures and global stocks rebounded for the first time in 6 days, ahead of Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s remarks, while Chinese manipulation prevented a selloff in Chinese stocks when MSCI refused to add the country to its EM index due to fears about... manipulation. Sterling has rebounded despite ongoing Brexit doom and gloom. Oil is the only key commodity that has failed to stage a modest rebound, while gold is down alongside the dollar, just because.

China ETF Tumbles After MSCI Snubs China For 2nd Time, Delays Inclusion In Emerging Market Index

Today's silver lining for the US bulls, and certainly China mainland investors, was the expectation that after having snubbed China last year, MSCI would at least include it today. Alas no such luck, because moments ago Bloomberg reports that MSCI announced it would delay including China A shares in the MSCI Emerging Markets Index, disappointing countless frontrunners who were convinced that this time it would be a slam dunk.

 

Soaring Brexit Fears Spark Global Flight To Safety, Send 10 Year Bunds Tumbling Below 0%

The UK EU referendum is suddenly totally dominant in financial markets. The increased focus comes as the leave campaign has gathered steam as 4 polls yesterday afternoon/evening put the 'leave' campaign ahead. As a result of the continued global scramble for safety, German 10Y bunds finally dropped below 0% for the first time ever, while global risk assets are red around the globe.

Markets In Turmoil As Brexit Fears Mount And Japan, China Data Tumbles

FX, equity, and bond markets are in turmoil as Asian markets begin trading with Japan ugly, Sterling getting spanked, China devaluing FX (stocks down hard), and crude ($48 handle) and US equity futures (Dow -70) extending losses (as bond markets are all tumbling to record low yields). The hangover from further brexit concerns is not helped by the weakness in Japanese and Chinese data tonight.

Bitcoin Spikes Above $600 - 2 Year Highs - On Sudden Massive Chinese Buying

Once again, on a Saturday night (US time), Sunday morning (China) a sudden burst of buying pressure in Bitcoin, driven by Chinese buyers, has spiked the virtual currency higher on dramatic volume. With Bitcoin now trading at its highest level since May 2014 (in Yuan), and up 250% since we first suggested this an outlet for desperate-to-leave capital outflows in September, we note that the 'arbitrage' of over 150 Yuan points to massively more demand from Chinese buyers for now.

"China Is Fixed" Narrative Breaks: Yuan Tumbles To 4-Month Lows, European Stocks Plunge Most Since Feb

For the first time since February 3rd, USDCNH traded over 6.60 as trade data suggests both capital outflows are building (see Hong Kong) and the "China is fixed" narrative is breaking. Whether the Yuan turmoil is responsible - as it has been in the past - for Europe's weakness (and US) is unclear but the last two times the Chinese currency markets started to shudder, the ripples didn't stop until The Fed backed right off...

Pity Poor China: There's No Easy Fix To The S-Curve

This decline is inevitable in fast-expanding economies that depended on export growth and investment booms. Everything that worked so well for 30 years is only making the economy more precarious.

Futures Levitate To Session Highs As ECB Enters The Bond Market; Crude Hits $51

In an overnight session dominated by the latest political developments out of the US where Hillary Clinton officially claimed the democratic nomination, the financial newsflow focused on China's trade data, where exports fell 4.1% from a year earlier, in line with expectations, but imports dropped 0.4% from a year earlier, the smallest decline since they turned negative in November 2014, driven entire by soaring "imports" from Hong Kong - aka capital outflows - which soared by 243% y/y.  The other main news was the official launch of the ECB's corporate bond buying, which helped drive government bonds yields in German to new record lows, and the average yields on investment-grade corporate debt below 1%.

Bernanke Blew It Big-Time: He Should Have Raised Rates Three Years Ago

It is now painfully obvious that Ben Bernanke blew it big-time by not raising rates three years ago when the economy and markets enjoyed tailwinds. The former Federal Reserve chairperson, who has claimed the mantle of savior of the global economy, foolishly kept rates at zero until tailwinds turned to headwinds, at which point he handed Janet Yellen the unenviable task of raising rates as the headwinds are strengthening.

S&P Nears All Time High, Global Stocks Rally As Dovish Yellen Unleashes Animal Spirits

Stock whisperer Yellen said all the right things yesterday, when she sounded more optimistic than pessimistic on the economy but while the economy is "strong" it is most likely not strong enough to weather a rate hike in the immediate future. As a result, the S&P 500 climbed toward a record on Monday (and continued rising overnight) after Yellen said she expects to raise interest rates only gradually and held off from specifying any timeframe, a shift from her May 27 stance that a move was probable “in the coming months.” This was interpreted that both a June and July rate hike are now off the table, with September odds rising modestly.