Art Cashin: "I've Never Seen Anything Like Today's Market Before"

Tyler Durden's picture

Market veteran Art Cashin, the head of NYSE floor operations for UBS, made an interesting observation earlier today just minutes before the close, as US stocks headed for another record finish after shrugging off the worst mass shooting in US history.

Asked by CNBC’s Kelly Evans to explain how US stocks have continued to outperform while the 10-year Treasury yield has remained anchored below 2.5%, Cashin acknowledged that, during a career that's spanned more than six decades, he's never seen anything like today's market.

“I’ve been doing this for over 50 years and I’ve never seen anything like it so it is rather odd.”

And given global stocks’ strong performance this year, with markets weathering a series of political crises, natural disasters, terror attacks and other nominally destabilizing events (with a little help from central banks, of course) – Cashin says the outlook isn’t as dire as some would believe.

“Right now, Europe’s doing all right emerging markets are okay, and maybe they’re not going to take away the punchbowl that quickly - so we’ll see,” Cashin said.

In September, the Fed suggested that while it would likely raise interest rates more quickly than previously believed during the coming quarters, median forecasts for the Fed funds rate in 2019, as well as the longer-run median target, declined compared with a set of forecasts released in July.

Art Cashin breaks down Q4 outlook from CNBC.


Looking ahead to the fourth quarter, the most pressing questions that investors should be asking themselves is ‘is this the quarter where tapering – or the expectation of further tapering – finally triggers a market correction.

“What’s really going to be interesting to watch in this final quarter, is will there be an impact of quantitative tightening. As Peter Boockvar points out…it’s only going to be a token amount. But when we had the taper tantrum they hadn’t even done anything yet they’d just threatened to taper.”

When asked what it would take to spark a meaningful correction in stocks, Cashin said he expects investors will take notice once the 10-year yield climbs above 3%.

“I think we’ve got to get a bit higher. Probably up around 3% you start to get everybody’s attention and you’ll start to hear that in the conversation more and more.”

However, with GDP growth accelerating 3.1% in the second quarter, Cashin says he’s surprised yields haven't already reached that level.

“If anything, it should be much higher given the GDP number,” Cashin said.

Of course, with the Fed set to start allowing some of its $4.5 trillion balance sheet to roll off beginning in October, the invisible ceiling over yields might disappear sooner than some complacent traders realize.  

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BullyBearish's picture

asking a life-long kool aid drinker how it tastes...

abyssinian's picture

Love seeing diarrhea face Art Cashin act like he has no idea why the markets are maniuplated the way they are... lol


highandwired's picture

Just like all the humans are manipulated as well.  I'm fed up and suing the Edmonton Police Service for $10,750,000.00:

max2205's picture

I boycotted trading today....rediculous 

Manthong's picture


It’s OK Art, just be nimble.

That’s what playing hoops at the gym is for.

Just duck and weave around Jamie, Lloyd, Janet and their team.

Shlomo Scheckelstein's picture

The art of cashing in is me hehehe

HRH Feant2's picture

What if everything is a lie?

How do you know if you exist?

Try this: go put your hand on a hot stove and get back to me about what is real and what is a lie.

remain calm's picture

Its all Fake. Fake news fake economy fake markets. It is all an illusion fueled by the fed and manipulated by the banks and their Algos reacting to USD/Yen and volatility. It is so obvious even Stevie Wonder can see it.

Four chan's picture


Clock Crasher's picture

All the money in the world wont touch sovereign debt with a ten foot poll.  That's for the toxic waste depositories known as central banks.  All the money in the world is side stepping negative nominal and real rates and flooding into US stocks.  They are attractive because they pay dividends, doesn't matter the companies borrow printed out of thin air money to cash your dividends out to you.  They are also attractive because they are backed by physical plant and equipment.  The share holders of assets in equities can never go to zero (maybe snap chat and such but no blue chips).  Stocks double from here.  So when we say manipulation and disagree we disagree about semantics.

Paraphrasing Martin Armstrong.

As a perma bear I didn't want to agree with the man but he makes a really good point.

nope-1004's picture

Art took the kool-aid, thinking and believing at one stage of the game that there really was a "market".  The "market" is a reserve currency tool.  A tool of economic war.

Clock Crasher's picture

I prefer the term cool-aid aficionados.

dirtyfiles's picture

some people never learn.....

Jack Oliver's picture

The markets have never been FUCKING rigged like this before !!

Winston Churchill's picture

The algos have been around much longer than peeps realize.Many were originally adapted

from the automated air traffic control systems.

They are the "market" now.

Planes still collide,so there is that.

To truly fuck up, use a computer.

Rickety Rekt's picture

Just add the word blockchain to your news release and +10% stock price!

ReadyforLiftoff's picture

I could be wrong, but I don't think we've reached peak rigging just yet.

buzzsaw99's picture

When asked what it would take to spark a meaningful correction in stocks, Cashin said he expects investors will take notice once the 10-year yield climbs above 3%.


imo he's not wrong about that.  3% is the sell a kidney and buy more number for me.

Bam_Man's picture

Go marinate some ice cubes, Art.

BTW, we both went to the same High School.

And if he had gone to college (which he obviously didn't need to), he probably would have gone where I went.

christiangustafson's picture

LOL they're still saying "correction".  Good.

Clock Crasher's picture

We are officially in Hell.

Here is the score.

67 Trillion US Total Debt

4 Trillion Fed Balance Sheet

107 Trillion US Unfunded Debt

242 Trillion US Banks Derivatives

That sums to 420 Trillion in Debt that wont stop compounding.

I'll spot you 20 Trillion in liquid assets.

So this market is either pricing in hyperinflation and goes higher from here or is going to shut down and re-open -90% for X-mas. Or maybe Silver is pricing in hyper-deflation and is getting ahead start on a $1 per ounce price point.

You do the math.

GoldHermit's picture

Don’t forget $15 quadrillion, yep quadrillion, in derivatives.

GoldHermit's picture

Oops - I knew that and missed the typo! What’s a few quadrillion here or there? We’ll be there soon enough!

Urban Roman's picture

Quadrillion here, quadrillion there, pretty soon you're talking real money.

-- Everett Dirksen

Giant Meteor's picture

That is the trouble with Tribbles ..

They breed so fast !

Erwin643's picture

The problem with silver is that ir can't get above its 50-month moving average. Call it manipulation, whatever. I left a comment about three weeks ago at Kay Kim's youtube page, calling the nice short setup on silver, as it hit its head once again on that 50 month MA.

Theos's picture

What ya'll dont get is that the ppl who own stocks now-a-days dont panic sell, or sell period. When you goto work tomrrow, look around at who owns stocks and see if they really care about a 50% drop.


You can line up all the curves you like, but your nonsense about all those 'retail dumb money idiots' who were short vol last week that just mopped the floor demonstrates your bias.


Who gives a shit about a shooting?

Clock Crasher's picture


Exactlly 100% true.  The cool-aid-aficionados believe in two things.

1.  Stocks always come back

2.  Everything is awesome

Raynja's picture

Whether or not they care about a 50% drop or not doesn't matter, the price isn't set by the buy and hold crowd, its set on the margin. More sellers than buyers and the price is going down. 

Central Banks are the only indiscriminate buyers.

jmack's picture

Not believing it CAN drop 50% is not the same as not caring if it does drop 50%.  but to your point,  they probably dont care ABOUT a 50% drop, because they dont believe it is possible without the FED stepping in and propping up prices again.  Which makes it inevitable.

Zepper's picture

Its all fucking controlled ... a small group of tribesmen see their end coming by noose if the markets crash and burn like they did in 2007. They understand how fucked up the last 30 years of their extremely bad policies(from allowing China into the WTO, to massive credit bubbles) have destroyed the middle class and the country as a whole and they are trying to repair it.


How are they trying to repair it... BY FUCKING GIVING THE WEALTHY MORE FUCKING MONEY! What a bunch of fucking parasites. I really hope thier day of reckoning comes soon. Talk about a bunch of people that need to be rounded up and put in prison, families included.

Farmer Joe in Brooklyn's picture

Strip them of all family wealth and give them $100k debt per family member (with monthly payments due).

Let them work out of debt servitude on their own.

I'm betting on a huge rise in Jewish prostitutes...

Son of Captain Nemo's picture


You're a fucking pathological liar if you believe that the rest of U.S. believes what you are saying that this is the "weirdest day" in financial markets you have seen in your "storied" career!

ReadyforLiftoff's picture

Cut the guy some slack. With Alzheimers every day is the weirdest day. 

AlZo's picture

The central bankers are using fake money to buy real shares of the big companies on the stock markets. 

Why should they care what the price is ? For them, it's free ! And the more they buy stocks with free money, the more they demonstrate that they have things in control as they keep pumping the prices. These guys must be laughing their a** off that nobody is exposing their scam. Nobody demanding an audit of the central bankers. 

People who think the central bankers will sell the stocks later to close the positions they have against nothing are completely delusory. The central monetary controlers are evil, parasitic thieves and they are stealing the publicly traded companies of the western world.

When they will own most of the stocks because all investors are out THEN, they will crash the system, planning to reboot, but this time as owners of most of the valuable, productive assets. 


Salzburg1756's picture

u got it exactly right

pump and dump's picture

Everyone blames it on the fed. But do not forget the dark pools have more money than the market by 4 times and they can make it do what-ever they want,when ever they want.

Nomad Trader's picture

That makes no sense. Do you even know what a dark pool is?

Giant Meteor's picture

"Dark pools, a type of alternative trading system, give investors the opportunity to place orders and make trades without publicly telegraphing their intentions until the sale has been executed. They are mostly used by institutional investors for block trades involving a large number of securities.

The primary advantage of dark pool trading is that institutional investors making large trades don't have to show their hand during the process of finding buyers and sellers. This prevents heavy price devaluation which would otherwise occur. If it was public knowledge, for example, that an investment bank was trying to move 500,000 shares of a security, the security would almost certainly have decreased in value by the time the bank found buyers for all of their shares. This has become an increasingly likely risk, with electronic trading platforms helping prices respond much more quickly to market pressures. If the new data is reported only after the trade has been executed, however, the news will have a much smaller impact on the market"

Thanks Investopedia!

Whiteboard presentation, Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch

Paddy Hirsch, I shit you not ..

pauhana's picture

Anyone remember the John Paul Satre play No Exit?  The play has a bunch of people sitting around a living room telling the other people what their lives are like.  They tell wonderful, grandiose tales of their conquests and riches but while they do, their real lives are played out on the walls behind them so the others in the room can see just how depraved and debauched they really were when they were alive.  This is HELL, folks.   

HRH Feant2's picture

I regret to say that I actually read some of that assholes books.

BTW it is Jean-Paul Sartre. I think I still own the translation of "Nausea" and have no idea if I still have "Being and Nothingness" around.

What a fucking poser. "Being and Nothingness" ended up incomplete. Good.

As for the play / movie it sounds like Sartre stole Plato's idea in the Allegory of the Cave about people sitting around watching shadows on the walls while being chained as slaves and thinking those shadows are real.

I think about this often. Why do we sit around watching a TV and think it is anything close to reality? Shadows, only. Thin shadows.

Blackhawks's picture

President's plunge protection group is what is driving stocks higher.

shizzledizzle's picture

All of these clowns are slowly coming to the realization that the tin foil hat crowd is right. The FED is and has been strait up buying stocks and manipulating commodities. Most of them just quietly accept the fact and buy with both hands. The few are left scratching their heads because the FED "doesn't buy stocks". The cognitive dissonance is amazing considering many are bright guys... Just unable to deduct the only rationale remaining.