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Japanese Economic Collapse Dislodges USDJPY Tractor Beam, Pushes Futures Lower

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Abe's honeymoon is over. Following nearly two years of having free reign to crush the Japanese economy with his idiotic monetary and fiscal policies - but, but the Nikkei is up - the market may have finally pulled its head out of its, well, sand, and after last night's abysmal economic data from Japan which saw not only the highest (cost-push) inflation rate since 1982, in everything but wages (hence, zero demand-pull) - after wages dropped for 23 consecutive months, disposable income imploded - but a total collapse in household spending, the USDJPY  appears to have finally been dislodged from its rigged resting place just around 102. As a result the 50 pip overnight drop to 101.4 was the biggest drop in over a month. And since the Nikkei is nothing but the USDJPY (same for the S&P), Japan stocks tumbled 1.4%, their biggest drop in weeks, as suddenly the days of the grand Keynesian ninja out of Tokyo appear numbered. Unless Nomura manages to stabilize USDJPY and push it higher, look for the USDJPY to slide back to double digits in the coming weeks.

European equities sit in minor positive territory, as core indices look to trim some of the losses of the week, but remain down 1.0-1.5% lower since Monday’s open. The periphery is slightly outperforming the core, as a series of positive broker moves for small- and mid-cap stocks lifts the FTSE-MIB and IBEX-35. Financials are faring better than yesterday’s poor performance, as the weight in Barclays and Standard Chartered after yesterday’s sell-off abates

The tone in overnight markets is soft with weakness across credit and equities. In equities, there is a clear risk-off tone led by the HSCEI (-0.8%). In credit, the Australian and Asian IG indices are quoted around 3bp wider and Chinese USD investment grade bonds are trading more than 5bp wider. USD weakness is a major theme in Asia as the impact of Bullard’s comments and US personal spending data washes through Asia. USDJPY is down 0.4%, taking the Nikkei (-1.05%) down with it. The other beneficiaries of the stronger dollar are KRW (+0.26%), MYR (+0.3%) and the AUD (+0.25%). Japan reported May CPI today (+3.7% YoY) which was in line with market consensus, but is the highest level since 1991. Adding to the weak sentiment, Bloomberg reports that another Chinese property developer (Yuehue) is facing funding pressure and has halted construction at one of its mixed use developments in Shanghai.

Commodities are mixed with natural gas, platinum outperforming, while gold, silver decline. French, German bond yields rise.

The only thing on the US docket is the UMich confidence index - the third confidence reading of the week, which we expect to track the Conference Board and soar, while ignoring the Gallup print, which had confidence tumble to the lowest in 2014. After all, if one is manipulating and fabricating economic "data", may as well go all in.

Market Wrap

  • S&P 500 futures down 0.2% to 1944.9
  • Stoxx 600 up 0.1% to 342.1
  • US 10Yr yield down 1bps to 2.52%
  • German 10Yr yield up 1bps to 1.25%
  • MSCI Asia Pacific down 0.3% to 145.1
  • Gold spot down 0.1% to $1315.1/oz

Bulletin headline summary from Bloomberg and Ransquawk

  • Treasuries gain, 10Y and 30Y yields headed for biggest weekly declines since five days ended May 16 amid increasing Middle East violence and concern over Ukraine, weaker than forecast U.S. economic data.
  • The Fed is finally succeeding in their efforts to generate higher inflation. Now they must do the same for wages to prevent U.S. households from getting squeezed
  • Japan’s consumer prices climbed at the fastest pace in 32 years, boosted by higher utility charges and a sales-tax increase that contributed to the biggest slide in household spending since the March 2011 earthquake
  • U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron sharpened his attacks on Jean-Claude Juncker as unsuitable to run the EC, mounting a final push to convince fellow leaders in Europe to halt the former Luxembourg premier’s appointment
  • Spain will increase cash advances to regions by almost EUR3.9b, will create a tax on bank deposits, Budget Minister Cristobal Montoro told reporters in Madrid
  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s Mideast trip this week has been a lesson in the limits of U.S. power as Iraq PM Maliki rejected calls to step aside and the president of the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region told CNN that the time may have come to break with Baghdad and pursue independence
  • About 50,000 Christians have fled from towns near Mosul in the past two days, amid fighting in the region between Iraqi security forces and an al-Qaeda splinter group, the city’s senior cleric said 
  • Obama asked Congress to approve $500m to arm and train“appropriately vetted elements of the moderate Syrian armed opposition” as the administration seeks to rein in the al-Qaeda splinter group whose fight has spilled into Iraq
  • The wave of children showing up on the U.S. southern border has caught Obama between his allies who want him to do more on immigration and critics who blame him for causing the sudden surge
  • A cease-fire called by Ukraine’s government in its fight against rebels in the east expires today, as European Union leaders prepare to sign a pact tying Ukraine closer to the bloc with President Petro Poroshenko
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw the test firing of new “ultra-precision” guided missiles, according to the official Korean Central News Agency
  • Sovereign yields mixed. EU peripheral spreads wider. Asian stocks mostly lower, European stocks gain. U.S. stock futures decline. WTI crude unchanged, gold falls, copper rises

US Event Calendar

  • 9:55am: UofMich Consumer Sentiment, June final, est. 82 (prior 81.2)
  • NO POMO

EUROPE

  • 11 out of 19 Stoxx 600 sectors rise; real estate outperforms, media underperforms
  • 50.7% of Stoxx 600 members gain, 47.2% decline
  • Eurostoxx 50 +0.1%, FTSE 100 +0.1%, CAC 40 +0.2%, DAX +0.2%, IBEX +0.1%, FTSEMIB -0.1%, SMI +0.1%

ASIA

  • Asian stocks fall with the Nikkei underforming
  • MSCI Asia Pacific down 0.3% to 145.1
  • Nikkei 225 down 1.4%, Hang Seng up 0.1%, Kospi down 0.3%, Shanghai Composite down 0.1%, ASX down 0.4%, Sensex up 0.2%
  • 1 out of 10 sectors rise with consumer, industrials, infotech underperforming

ASIAN HEADLINES

Asia-Pacific equities slumped overnight, with the Nikkei 225 falling 1.4% on a sharp decline in household spending data (-8% vs. exp. -2%) as April’s sales tax hike had a far larger impact that analysts initially expected. This, allied with the highest inflation rate since 1982 giving the BoJ less room to ease policy strengthened the JPY beyond the 200DMA against the USD – weighing on exporters. EUROPE German regional CPIs have confirmed expectations of a mild rise in CPI inflation over June, prepping for the national number to follow suit at 1300BST/0700CDT. Nonetheless, a sustained uptick in CPI is yet to be confirmed as higher crude prices suggest cost-push as opposed to demand-pull inflation. UK GDP was revised slightly lower by 0.1ppts to 3.0%, however total business investment climbed at the fastest rate in two years, suggesting the UK recovery is becoming more broad-based. BoE’s Carney was back on the wires, reiterating that markets can expect a rate hike from the BoE ‘either this year or next’, but providing little new information.

Prelim Barclays month end extensions show Pan-Euro Agg at +0.09y (Prev. +0.04y)

US HEADLINES

Newsflow out of the US remains light with attention now turning to the University of Michigan data due at 1455BST/0855CDT Exp. 82 vs. Prev. 81.2.

Prelim Barclays month end extensions show US Treasury at +0.08y (Prev. +0.12y)

EQUITIES

European equities sit in minor positive territory, as core indices look to trim some of the losses of the week, but remain down 1.0-1.5% lower since Monday’s open. The periphery is slightly outperforming the core, as a series of positive broker moves for small- and mid-cap stocks lifts the FTSE-MIB and IBEX-35. Financials are faring better than yesterday’s poor performance, as the weight in Barclays and Standard Chartered after yesterday’s sell-off abates

FX

NZD/USD briefly touched the highest level since August 2011 following the largest trade surplus in 20 years, keeping the RBNZ on track to continue their rate-tightening cycle in 2014. Nonetheless, a spell of profit-taking has brought NZD off the best levels ahead of the US crossover.

COMMODITIES

Brent crude futures remain on track for their worst weekly performance since March as the gradual process of Libya bringing their production back online and the belief that ISIS action in Iraq will not affect Basra’s oil throughput. Elsewhere, gold’s recent resilience ebbed somewhat overnight, with physical demand remaining lacklustre in Asia as prices hold above USD 1,300/oz, however the week’s poor performance in equities has kept a floor under prices heading into the weekend.

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DB's Jim Reid concludes the overnight Summary

Those looking for volatility got a brief taste of that with the S&P 500’s drop of about 0.8% almost immediately after the opening bell yesterday. The index recovered to close at -0.12% on the day but many were struggling to explain what caused the brief dip. There was talk of a big month-end portfolio reallocation but some also highlighted the hawkish comments from St Louis Fed President Bullard. Bullard remarked that a first rate hike at the end of Q1 2015 would be appropriate and that it has become “more and more difficult to argue that credit markets remain in a state of disrepair, and thus harder and harder to justify continued low real rates”. Bullard also said that he thought the market, and perhaps also the FOMC, had not fully grasped how close the Fed is to achieving its mandate, in his opinion. As we’ve noted in the past, this is a turnaround since the June 2013 FOMC when Bullard dissented to policy because he thought that "a more prudent approach would be to wait for more tangible signs that the economy was strengthening and inflation was on a path to return toward target".

The dip in equities also came just after the release of the US personal income and spending report. Consumer spending grew at +0.2%, which was lower than the +0.4% expected, while the savings rate rose to an eight month high. Partly because of this, a number of Street forecasters downgraded their expectations for Q2 GDP growth, which comes a day after markets digested the sharp downgrade to Q1 GDP growth. In terms of the inflation indicators, the headline and core PCE deflators both rose +0.2% in the month. In year-on-year terms, the PCE deflator rose 1.8% (vs 1.6% in April) and the core PCE posted a gain of 1.5% (1.4% in May). We wrote yesterday that the PCE data would feed the next hawks vs doves debate and it appeared that the data leant itself more to the doves, though the PCE indices came largely in line with expectations. UST yields rallied 4bp following the data and 10yr closed 3bp lower on the day at 2.53%. The combination of relatively benign PCE data and lower UST yields created a fairly supportive environment for LATAM EM sovereign cash which tightened 3-5bp in yield.

The tone in overnight markets is soft with weakness across credit and equities. In equities, there is a clear risk-off tone led by the HSCEI (-0.8%). In credit, the Australian and Asian IG indices are quoted around 3bp wider and Chinese USD investment grade bonds are trading more than 5bp wider. USD weakness is a major theme in Asia as the impact of Bullard’s comments and US personal spending data washes through Asia. USDJPY is down 0.4%, taking the Nikkei (-1.05%) down with it. The other beneficiaries of the stronger dollar are KRW (+0.26%), MYR (+0.3%) and the AUD (+0.25%). Japan reported May CPI today (+3.7% YoY) which was in line with market consensus, but is the highest level since 1991. Adding to the weak sentiment, Bloomberg reports that another Chinese property developer (Yuehue) is facing funding pressure and has halted construction at one of its mixed use developments in Shanghai.

In Europe, we should note the underperformance of bank risk yesterday. Banks were (-1.05%) were one of the worst performing sectors in the Stoxx600 (-0.02%). This was largely driven by the headlines surrounding Barclays, with the bank’s senior bonds widening by about 5bp yesterday and its stock losing 6.5%. This dragged the iTraxx Senior financials credit index wider by around 3bp and weighing on iTraxx Main (+1bp) in the process. There was more detail on potential restrictions that may imposed by the US Dept of Justice on BNP Paribas. Bloomberg reported that in addition to fines, the bank could face restrictions on the ability to clear US dollar transactions for as long as a year. However the bans might only affect specific business lines, such as oil and gas transactions, and certain offices, such as Geneva, according to the Bloomberg article, therefore limiting the risk of wider market disruptions. Beyond the broader weak sentiment, core European bonds were supported by a report that the ECB may not have reached the lower bound on key rates, but that the central bank will wait at least 6 months to assess the impact of its latest policy measures.

Elsewhere on the micro side, Lennar Corp the largest US homebuilder by market cap reported earnings which beat Street estimates and it was paired with some fairly upbeat housing market commentary. The company said that the homebuilding recovery was continuing at a “slow and steady pace” and fundamentals are being driven by high affordability while demand continues to outstrip supply. The company’s orderbook climbed 8% in Q2 in terms of volume and 21% in terms of value. After the market closed, Nike reported Q4 EPS of 0.78 vs 0.75 expected and there were some positive trends in the company’s North American sales.

Looking at the day ahead, it will be worth watching the preliminary June CPI data for Germany and Spain in the context of the ECB’s recent policy announcements. According to Bloomberg Ukraine’s President Poroshenko is expected to sign a controversial free trade agreement with the EU. The final estimates of French and UK GDP are due today. The ONS is expected to revise its original 0.8% growth estimate up to around 0.9%, after recent construction data turned out better than expected. Across the Atlantic, a light data docket with the University of Michigan confidence index being the only data point of focus.

 

 

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Fri, 06/27/2014 - 07:22 | 4901450 kchrisc
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What are blackswans called in Japanese?

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 07:24 | 4901454 Central Wanker
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Harakiri

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 07:31 | 4901460 Haus-Targaryen
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The Japanese Government will never default on its debt.  Please do not worry. 

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 07:38 | 4901468 Headbanger
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Fuckashit!

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 07:56 | 4901499 Save_America1st
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Coming soon to an America near you. 

Just like that shit going on in Europe with NIRP, and look already Spain is taxing savings accounts. 

What happens elsewhere is eventually going to hit us down the road like a fucking Tsunami.

Are you prepared?  Are you stacking Ag, Au, food, water, guns, ammo, etc.?

Tick tock, bitchez...we have to double our efforts wherever we can from here on out, because it's not going to stop and if you haven't noticed by now, this shit is only accelerating towards us from all directions by the day. 

 

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 08:03 | 4901535 MeMadMax
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HOO LEE FUK!

SUM TING WONG!

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 07:40 | 4901473 nink
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It doesn't get better than this. Hey Phineas I know what we are going to do today. BTFD!

Ferb. Where's Perry

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 07:22 | 4901451 GetZeeGold
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So you mean US bad news is bullish.....but bad news from Japan isn't?

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 07:24 | 4901455 Winston Churchill
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Not to worry.

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 07:32 | 4901461 AdvancingTime
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The writing is on the wall. Japan is facing a wall of debt that can only be addressed by printing more money and debasing their currency. This means paying off their debt with worthless yen where possible and in many cases defaulting on promises made. Japan's public debt, which stands at around 230% of its GDP and is the highest in the industrialized world.

 The moment the Japaneses stock market fails to rise enough to offset inflation this will turn into a tsunami of  money fleeing Japan and constitute the end of the line for those left holding both JGBs and the yen. This has been a long time coming and I contend the cross-border flow of money leaving Japan is why some stock markets have remained so resilient . When Japan crumbles it will be felt across the world. More on this subject in the article below.

 http://brucewilds.blogspot.com/2014/05/japan-sliding-towards-abyss.html

 

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 07:45 | 4901478 NoDebt
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Oh, all that money flow out of Japan just made my mouth water.  Where's it all gonna go?  Why, straight into US stocks, of course!

Blue skies.  Nothing but blue skies ahead.

Are you trying to tell me that the implosion of the world's second largest economy (excuse me, THIRD largest economy now) could somehow have NEGATIVE effects on world markets??  I don't believe you.

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 07:59 | 4901515 SheepDog-One
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Hey as long as rates stay at zero or negative and fake money keeps streaming into Wall St bank vaults, what could possibly go wrong?

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 08:11 | 4901558 headhunt
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How much does Japan hold in US Treasuries - $1.2 trillion?

If the Yen goes shit-bang; what is going to happen to the $1.2 trillion of US treasuries Japan holds?

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 07:56 | 4901502 Jack Sheet
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Your pathetic blog, which you persist on pimping on just about every ZH thread, is staler than an unemployed pole dancer's crotch.

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 08:13 | 4901561 The Blank Stare
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Right! And the asshole doesn't even bother changing the information. It's getting worse than those damn pop-up adds when you open a web site.

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 08:06 | 4901547 headhunt
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Leave the pimp HTML off your comments and you have a post

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 07:35 | 4901463 Rodders75
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Yes, but USDJPY trying to break down through 200d MA. Plus hedgies v bearish on Yen. Could lead to short squeeze in yen's favour. 

http://shortsideoflong.com/2014/06/japanese-yen-moving/

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 08:36 | 4901634 BigJim
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Yup, nothing like a collapsing economy to strengthen a currency.

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 12:11 | 4902537 Babaloo
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Exactly.  The article seems to imply that Yen is falling, but it is rallying, which strikes me as quite odd.

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 07:36 | 4901464 Ghostdog
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Godzilla (Janet Yellen in a mini skirt) cant be far behind

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 07:36 | 4901466 Gringo Viejo
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Ichi Ban Fail.

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 07:39 | 4901471 headhunt
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If ever there was a time for worldwide Kabuki theater it is now.

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 07:48 | 4901485 GetZeeGold
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We need to change the name of the Washington Redskins......that would fix everything.

 

That and carbon tax credits of course.

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 07:53 | 4901497 PartysOver
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Whatever.......  World Cup! /s

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 08:02 | 4901528 SheepDog-One
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Their new name, the Washington Whitecollar Criminals.

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 08:21 | 4901534 headhunt
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Washington Indigenous PC's

 

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 07:56 | 4901505 SheepDog-One
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Abe has done his appointed task well, just like his brother Obummer is doing.

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 08:09 | 4901557 overmedicatedun...
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I guess if Japan raises all taxes high enough, that will equal healthy inflation, No? coming to amerika very soon the tax inflation that makes a healthy economy, RE taxes, must go up or home prices will fall seems right some how in this fubar we call an world wide free trade economies, where the little people seem restless and require .gov more and more.

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 08:47 | 4901669 Callz d Ballz
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Extremely bullish....learned a lot from ZH

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