Credit-Equity Disconnect 101: Sears Distress Rises As CDS Soars By 700 bps To Over 2400.... While Stock Closes Higher

Tyler Durden's picture

Yesterday when we discussed the imminent demise of Sears following the CIT liquidity withdrawal we said "ignore the stock price which is now purely a function of momo chasers in either direction, and just focus on the CDS." Sure enough, nowhere could we see a better example of just how unprecedented the disconnect between stocks and credit is than in Sears, which unfathomably saw its stock close higher on the day, following a grotesquely stupid market reaction to an announcement that Tepper was forced to buy SHLD stock (which as DealBook explained was an indication of liquidation, confirming that stocks are now purely traded on headline reaction without absolutely any insight into what is going on). Yet the real question is what is going on in CDS land, and what is going on is basically a confirmation that it is game over for the company: as the chart below shows, default swaps in the name are over 700 bps wider today, and have doubled in the past two days, closing the 11th at 1275 bps, and 48 hours later trading double, at 2432 bps. Expect the stock, once it can be shorted again when Tepper has no choice but to release it from HTB state, to plummet quite shortly as the reality dawns for even the momos.

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cossack55's picture

Well, I guess if Sears has a softer side, Tepper has a stupider side.  He's a prick anyway.

johnu1978's picture

Is it true that Sears is going to go through a full liquidation?



LawsofPhysics's picture

More worthless paper pretending to be even more "valuable".  PMs on sale now.  I see now why I was unable to short.

Stoploss's picture

All i want to know is what about Craftsman tools??!!

Irish66's picture

My pawn shop has some brand new beauties for pennies on the dollar

Lndmvr's picture

The fine fit ones made back in the day or the sloppy , 1 size fits any bolt and if it doesn't, hit it with a hammer one?

RobotTrader's picture

Chain-selling occurring again in gold, oil, copper, etc. as any "credit event" sparks an immediate dumping of "Things" so investors can pile into even more U.S. "Paper".

kito's picture

logical result of deflationary deleveraging destruction of all tangible items, exluding hard money benjamins.................

Hulk's picture

"so investors can pile into U.S. paper"   where they will be permanetly trapped. Its all so clear now on how this plays out...

GeneMarchbanks's picture

'confirming that stocks are now purely traded on headline reaction without absolutely any insight into what is going on'

What exactly is going on?

Dr. Engali's picture

Their creditors are pulling their credit lines. They are going bankrupt......again.

HyperLazy's picture

Oh dang. Sayonora Sears. Wonder if Bain Capital will pick 'em up or if the corporate explosion will just lead to a super liquidation. I mean, I wouldn't mind picking up a new but heavily discounted dish washer at the local Outlet Center. Preferably a unit with a nice upper rack, 36-24-36.

dcb's picture

welcome to the algo world, where the markets have no reflection on reality.

JailBank's picture

HAs to be a short squeeze.

Jlmadyson's picture

Alice in Wonderland baby! We ain't seen nothing yet.

slaughterer's picture

Thain -vs- Lampert.   Gonna end in the 12th round.  

Jim in MN's picture


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kridkrid's picture

Haven't you heard, he's UNELECTABLE!  Part of me even wonders why they do these polls?  They only create work for themselves.  CBS poll says Obama vs. Paul a dead heat, then all of their pundits have to work that much harder to convince the sheeple that he can't be elected. 

There aren't many better indicators of just how stupid our corporate elite thinks Joe Six Pack is than the meme "he's unelectable".  Of course, their opinion of Joe Six Pack is more or less correct.

Ex-Pat's picture

Every month that starts on a Sunday has a Friday the 13th.

oceanview76's picture

HyperLazy -  That is fucking hilarious.   I thank you, my keyboard on the other hand, not so happy with a mouth-full of coffee on it.

HyperLazy's picture

Glad I could both help and hinder. HAPPY FRIDAY THE 13th!

LouisDega's picture

Who cares? I love my Kenmore oven. Its a beautiful thing. Sears has been here my whole life. Great company. I would be sad to see it go.

kridkrid's picture

They come and they go Hobbs, they come and they go.

jaffa's picture

Credit, in commerce and finance, is a term used to denote transactions involving the transfer of money or other property on promise of repayment, usually at a fixed future date. The transferor thereby becomes a creditor, and the transfer, a debtor, hence credit and debt are simply terms describing the same operation viewed from opposite standpoints. Thanks.
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jaffa's picture

The capital stock of a business entity represents the original capital paid into or invested in the business by its founders. It serves as a security for the creditors of a business since it cannot be withdrawn to the detriment of the creditors. Thanks.
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