Stocks Fading As Hilsenrath Kills Hope Taper To Taper, EMs Currencies Sliding

Tyler Durden's picture

It was all going so well. It appeared the "market" had decided that this was not weather-related (as we showed) but real weakness and that real weakness can mean only one thing - a fickle Fed re-primes the pump by un-tapering the taper. However, as we noted last night, it is Jon Hilsenrath of the Wall Street Journal that creates the "common knowledge" upon which we should act. The bounce in stocks was evidently hope of the un-taper for as Hilsy noted in a Q&A that the "Fed is likely to stick to its course on rates and bond-buying in the wake of the mixed jobs report," stocks, USDJPY, and Emerging Market FX started to fade.


Bonds never bought the un-taper by the look of it...


And EM FX started to fold pretty quickly...


as, of course, JPY is in charge...



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PR Guy's picture



"The project" is starting to fail.

This is what happens when big projects go bad. Someone has to take the fall...

Headbanger's picture

Hillsy just gave us moar proof the Big Banks have had it playing the stupid QE game to support an ass hat president and congress so they're leaving the party!


BTW..  DON'T piss off your mail carrier!

flacon's picture

In the first chart, GOLD IS INVERSE. Gold is now doing what it's supposed to do, be a counterbalance to the markets. 

Rick Blaine's picture

I'm just waiting for the ZH Dow 10K v.X hats to appear...

GooseShtepping Moron's picture

This comment is much more astute than many will realize.

For all the jeering and rage projected at the bankers from this site and elsewhere throughout the infoworld (and I'm not saying the anger isn't understandable), we still have to recognize that they were basically doing exactly what the culture demanded of them: financing a lifestyle we couldn't afford and allowing us to avoid making tough political decisions. The bankers are like bedraggled, deep-pocket, soft-hearted fathers forever duped into supporting the scandalous lifestyle of their valley-girl daughters. This is not to excuse the criminal actions of individual scumbags like John Corzine; it is simply to say that the industry as a whole was being importuned by the culture and was provoked into its collective behavior.

I know it's anathema here, but I eventually expect the bankers to do the "right thing," to cut off the money and force the political process to begin addressing the problems of society. A change will have to come at some point anyway, for things can't go on forever like this. A day of soul-searching involving much more than the mere economy is needed for us.

SDShack's picture

Delusional. TPTB are sociopaths. They have no morals, no empathy... only a never ending lust for control, power, and desire to be on top. They are not benevelont fathers that just can't say no to their families. They will willingly sacrifise anyone, anyone, including co-workers, friends, and family to meet their goals. They are all like John Corzine and Bernie Madoff. Some just play the game more intelligently than others so they don't get caught. And if they do get caught, they have become so interconnected in the power elite that they can buy their way out of any justice. There is no law for them, or accountability. The consumate con man always rises to the top. They will never do "the right thing". To them, the "right thing" is enlarging their empire. They don't view the political process as some way to address the problems of society. To them the political process is just one tool to control society. They may indeed be ready to throw in the towel on QE that props up the corrupt 0zer0 and congress, but rest assured that they will simply replace those political hacks with new ones that will continue to do their bidding. It's delusional to think that bankers are just responding to the culture. It's TPTB that are destroying the culture in order to control society. They want and need mindless masses, addicted to weed, sports, iShit, free govt shit, reality tv, etc. so they can distract them from their real masters. You are willingly becoming a serf in their New Feudal World Order, and you don't even realize it. The pure definition of sheep.

NihilistZero's picture


You forgot your /sarcasm tag goose stepper :-)


halfawake's picture

Actually, I'd submit the project to destroy all currencies for annex by a world fiat is right on schedule.

The Dunce's picture

Trust me.  You're gonna see a lot more tapering.  These markets can't survive without their heroin.  Good news for you gold bugs.  Bitches.

tempo's picture

$20 billion of tapering, FED will not support equities. Real economy is crap with a majority evaluating working part time for cash, living at home, free bamacare/foodstamps/disability.
The BS overpriced college experience has peaked for most as well as housing prices. So we are left with more adults milking the system. Those are the incentives and people are not that stupid.

ebworthen's picture

So are the shorts out yet so this can crash 5% today?

The man with pointy horns's picture

You need actual selling to crash this fucker 5% in one day, if that was all shorts the next few days would be one epic short squeeze! But when do HFT algos sell? <May 6th '10 flash crash, cough cough>

FMR Bankster's picture

If you want a 5% sell off (or more), step back and wait for the proper set up. In other words don't trade now, observe as the market carves out a right shoulder for this ugly looking top. Pull up a chart of any US market and note the left shoulder formed in Nov/Dec, and the head in late Dec/early Jan. We are in the early stages of the right shoulder. If this pattern holds we'll trade between S&P 500 1720 to 1810 for about a month or so. Then look out below.

Obama_4_Dictator's picture

As teh Culture Club onmce said - "I'll Tumble for Ya"

Ray745's picture

Where did Hilsy say that?  The link provided just says the chat will start at 11?

Winston Churchill's picture

Pre release notes,like him and old benspankme.

Silver_K-9's picture

How do you people trade in the Crazy A$$ Centrally Planned market?!

Headbanger's picture

As I've explained to friends before, you don't have to be crazy to trade for a living, but it sure does help!

medium giraffe's picture

I've discovered the trick is to flip the v-sync.  Then it all makes sense.


edit: someone seems to be BTFWSJD tho..

order66's picture

Okay, so....emerging markets tanking, employment tanking, housing tanking, baltic dry tanking so I buy stocks?


Got it.

Dr. Engali's picture

That's all you need to know. A cow farts, you buy stocks. A meteorite falls from the sky and takes out a city, you buy stocks. The sun goes super nova, you buy stocks. Got it?

SDShack's picture

"Business is bad... fuck you, pay me". "You had a fire, ... fuck you, pay me". "Place hit by lightning... fuck you, pay me".

soopy's picture

Paulie ain't gonna take no for an answer!

game theory's picture

Even at the current taper rate, the Fed balance sheet will grow this year...something like 20% over current assets. 

Boeing Boy's picture

No taper as yet Fed added 100BN to the balance sheet in January 2014..

game theory's picture

Looks like just over $80b to me. But +/- $20b...who's counting? 

Dr. Engali's picture

Did he say that before or after servicing Yellen's pecker?

Winston Churchill's picture

Nice visual Doc,. Now how do you get vomit off a keyboard again ?

rubearish10's picture

I just cannot understand how one day (Monday) the sky is falling (EM, China, systemic risk) etc....and for three days all is cool, then we get this mixed at best UE report and we depend on  Johnny Boy to cut the rally down a smidge??? Where's the reality reside?

Dr. Engali's picture

Here is all you need to know. The 'market' is a policy tool, until that changes the direction is up. They will put out some horror stories and remove some support to lure in shorts for the squeeze, but in general the direction is up.

rubearish10's picture

Ah yes, Central Planning remains in control. Maybe the aliens should pay us a visit and take charge. We'd be better off!

Itch's picture

Dont all FED governor's usually go one way or another and stick that course to the bitter end; very few of them flip flop? I think Yellen is here to pull the reins in, and has already prepared herself for the flac, the market may get used to it. 

Oh regional Indian's picture

Very astute observation. The next few years are about soaking up the float, globally.

That is why one of the most used words in the general chatter is austerity.


madbraz's picture

No worries, $100 billion reverse repo coming up at 12:30 to provide ample collateral to be rehypothecated N times and manipulate this turd - courtesy of your friendly NY FED, the best a (banker) man can get.

halfawake's picture

See, this is why we need one world currency, so this doesn't happen anymore.. /sarc /barf


The writing is on the wall.

PR Guy's picture

But then all the poor currency traders will be out of a job.....

halfawake's picture

Methinks they'll get new jobs as currency distributors. Or Angels of Peace and Prosperity for All, as I like to call them.

PR Guy's picture

But then all the poor currency traders will be out of a job


Something wrong with strike through on this editor?

thismarketisrigged's picture

the only thing that matters in this economy is fuckbook, twitter, and google.


as long as people continue to be out of work, it is extremely bullish for those companies and they must never be allowed to see the color red again.

Hindenburg...Oh Man's picture

Was this another curse of the ZH bottom call? Straight up from there!

Emergency Ward's picture

Heisenberg threatens to stop production of "Blue Crystal", markets go crazy...

the grateful unemployed's picture

what, the punch bowl is half empty not half full? either way its time to fill her up!

Callz d Ballz's picture

Here's what some of our "experts" have to say:

“For the Fed, this report will confirm their current bias for reducing the pace of asset purchases, consistent with their expectations for the strong momentum in economic activity during the last six months of the year to be sustained in 2014. And as the weather distortions in the data begin to dissipate, we expect the tone of economic data to improve.” — Millan L. Mulraine, deputy head, U.S. research & strategy, TD Securities USA.

• “While US payroll growth of 113,000 disappointed, household survey showed huge growth of 606,000 new jobs!” — Anatole Kaletsky, chairman, New Institute for Economic Thinking. @Kaletsky

“Silver lining: Participation Rate up to 63.0% from 62.8%, and Unemployment Rate still falls to 6.6% from 6.7%, Mixed-mostly negative report.” — Christopher Vecchio, currency analyst, @CVecchioFX

• “#NotEnough. The economy added 113,000 jobs in January while the unemployment rate dropped slightly to 6.6 percent.” — Michael Steele, former chairman, Republican National Committee. @MichaelSteele

• ” U-6, broadest measure of unemployment went from 13.1 to 12.7, with higher participation this is good news.” — Douglas Holtz-Eakin, president, American Action Forum. @djheakin

• “The bond market will like the soft payrolls data, the equity market less so, but looking over the full report, including the strength in goods producing jobs that move with the cycle, we don’t see it as that negative for growth.” — Avery Shenfeld, CIBC WM Economics

• “The U.S. continues to churn out new roles, the jobless rate continues to fall, and the Fed will continue slowly removing support under the new leadership. If they were giving out Olympic medals for job creation in January 2014, frankly, I don’t know if the U.S. would even be on the podium.” — Jennifer Lee, senior economist, BMO Capital Markets.

• “This report...will do nothing to deter the Fed from tapering QE. That is happening. UE target different story.” — Ben White, Politico writer. @morningmoneyben

Comedy gold!