Financials Have Worst Day Of Year As Fed Is Faded

Tyler Durden's picture

We noted last night that heavy and large average trade size was going through after the cash market close in S&P futures and it seemed overnight we needed one more push to flush out some more chasers before today's less than euphoric macro prints (aside from CFNAI's market-centric index) stalled the Fed-induced excitement. Financials had their worst day of the year (worst performing sector 2 days in a row), down just under 1% as did the Tech and Energy sectors as Utilities were best once again. Volumes were up with ES at its 50-day average and NYSE volume second highest of the year as ES (the e-mini S&P 500 futures contract) slid 20 points or so from opening highs up near 1330. Equity and credit markets tracked on another closely all day (as did broad risk drivers) with a last-30-minutes ramp (once again on high average trade size) just for good measure taking ES back to Tuesday after-hours swing highs. The late swing up looked like a recovery from being modestly oversold relative to risk assets as TSYs, FX, and commodities all trod water as stocks pulled up 5-6 S&P pts into the close. TSYs all rallied on the day with 2s-10s all at week low yields and 30Y starting to catch up to the excitement at the end of the day (though 2s10s30s remains notably 'low' relative to ES currently). Gold and Silver continued to outperform (up around 3.5% on the week) and Copper held onto its gains while Oil dropped back below $100 after getting above $101 early in the day. The correlation of EURUSD and risk has re-emerged recently and post-Europe's close today, USD strengthened though EUR remained just above 1.31 as we closed.




With only their 6th down day of the year, financials dropped almost 1% (and Energy more). Interestingly Wells Fargo is -4.3% from the start of Bernanke's press conference yesterday (the worst performer of the majors). Morgan Stanley, Bank of America and Wells Fargo all sold off 3-3.5% from the early peak this morning and we note that CDS have widened also in the last two days. Volumes today were not dismal with ES at its 50 day average volume and NYSE volume its second highest (second only to OPEX).



Broadly speaking risk assets have remained highly correlated with ES the last day or two with ES a slight drag on them as today wore on. The small end of day rally in ES seemed to be a pullback to CONTEXT (green oval) as most risk assets were calm as we went out.



Commodities took their fiat-money lead from yesterday and pushed higher with Silver the biggest winner on the week so far (and from its lows yesterday obviously). Oil fell back close to its USD-equivalent shift before lifting a little into the close but failing to reach $100.

In FX, EURUSD closed just over 1.31 as JPY strengthened relative to a broadly stronger USD - especially post Europe.

Record low 5Y Treasury yields and 7Y outperforming (auction) on the week (-12bps) saw the curve steepen but even 30Y started to crack lower in yield into the close, pushing it to being down in yield now for the week (by only 1bps).

In secondary corporate bonds, financials were net sold (something we haven't seen absent decent issuance) for a while (and CDS were also wider) as it appeared a focus on buying in the belly and away from short-dated and long-dated corporate paper was evident from the buy-side (reflective of the moves in TSYs). IG and HY traded quite tightly together in CDS land but the decompression trade appeared to show its head a little as IG closed very modestly tighter while HY was down in price (only the second time in the last nine trading days!).

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achmachat's picture

financials are going to have "worst day of year" quite often from now on...

just a wild guess!

Ruffcut's picture

Worst days are on the horizon. Hope some of these banksters set some cash aside for the rainy day, down pour.

The severance packs will be plenty to shut the fuck up, and they will do better than most. Crime does pay. Just got to be smart about it.

redpill's picture

Of course they tried to bang on PMs all day after their run overnight, and as soon as the market closes they start popping back up again.  The "buy before the close, sell at the open" trade seems as legitimate as ever.

AbruptlyKawaii's picture



dimon is the new cramer


dont move your money from bear, dont be silly!


The Monkey's picture

I'm in 30 year US treasuries and 3X short the S&P 500 with 96% of my assets. Come and get me!

The Monkey's picture

No margin. But lot's of patience & no fear.

AbruptlyKawaii's picture

^^^^^^^^^^^  hey dude no sarc , youre the first person ive seen on here with balls; you fuking go boy!

fuk em ! take em down!

straight up

Red Raspberry's picture

Do they get their $400 a week unemployment too?????

johnu1978's picture

The real question is when is Sears going to go bust???



john39's picture

many companies getting starved to death out there.  margins getting crushed, consumers struggling...  heard today another small example, quiznos almost went under.  Instead a creditor took over operations.  good luck with that.

AbruptlyKawaii's picture

i havent gone to quiznos in maybe 4 yrs.

the last time i did it was probably my 2nd or 3rd time EVER in there, and between my last time and my first, it was probably 3 yrs between visits.

even in waikiki on the kuhio strip, where it's busy all the time, they were empty and sucked.


SAT 800's picture

It isn't any kind of "worst day of the year": it's just nonsense from a dis-affected Bear.

homersimpson's picture

Or you can argue that there are bulltards who think that Financials will rise throughout the year.

mayhem_korner's picture



Dat U, Robo?  Did ya git a new moniker for gold +1% days?

Silver Bug's picture

Financials have another horrible day, Gold and Silver have another fantastic day. Get use to it, it will be happening a lot more in the future.

Saro's picture

"Every day . . . is worse than the one before it for financials.  So that means that . . . every day that you see them . . . that's on their worse day of the year."

"What about today?  Is today their worst day of the year?"

"Yeah.  Yeah . . ."

zorbathefreak's picture

Deeper and deeper. Deeper and DEEPER! Now Deeper Still!!!

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

This is bullshit. PURE MANIPULATION. There is NO WAY financials can perform so badly after a dovish FOMC.

AbruptlyKawaii's picture




Jack Napier's picture

Of course it's pure manipulation. The entire market is manipulated. It's manipulated in both directions though, don't get it twisted. Guess what, gold and silver are both up 1% today even though financials are down. That's what the dovish FOMC was good for. Stocks don't give a crap about fundamentals.

STP's picture

Sure they can perform badly!  The Fed can be Dovish all they want, after they flattened the yield curve and the banks are making little hoarding it at the Treasury.  What do you think the banks and financials did with all the QE's?  Where's the STIMULUS?  Just how many jobs did they create?

Stack Trace's picture

Gotta love that flattened yield curve. Banks don't know how to make money without stealing it from tax-payers. They cry for QE instead of making loans. :-)

DeadFred's picture

I looked hard but couldn't find what was in the Fed announcement that made so many euphoric. The manipulation occured on the day of the announcement, this is just the post manipulation inevitable fade response.

Bruin4's picture your head completely up your ass?

RazorForex's picture

The NQ and the ES are showing weakening signs. There are some nice bar formations on the 4h and daily that are very suggestive of a near term reversal. Keep your eys open! And yes the volume on the ES was pretty heavy!

What I find hard to believe is how the market, especially the NQ is making these highs when the financials are a complete mess. I guess the FED is propping up the markets through any means possible. INSANITY!

El Oregonian's picture

"with Silver the biggest winner on the week so far"

Get used to reading that in the coming months ahead...

Jack Napier's picture

More than likely silver will be the biggest winner and the biggest loser more than any other commodity this year, but it will also likely have the biggest YOY % gains. Joe Granville, Lindsey Williams, and the DOW/Gold ratio all agree, stocks will not outperform gold until the DOW equals the price of gold. Silver will outperform gold thanks to its unique dual role monetary+industrial status.

AbruptlyKawaii's picture





very economical words and even the gestures are efficient. say the same words and turn head in the same direction. 

i must have missed the japanese building the obamabot and the willard-o-5000.


SAT 800's picture

BAC is at $7.30 today; kind of hard to worry about when you bought it at $5.76 like I did; you sure do have a lot of pretty charts, tho.

Ruffcut's picture

IF you are a trader then good for you, but if you are an investor going long out, then you are a moron.

You own a ticking time bomb turd, so I wish you well, or better yet, go to hell with your bank of shitmerica.

Rock on market makers!!! There are still morons who "believe" in your bullshit, til their life expectancy of zero.

homersimpson's picture

Hang on to it for 2 months.. you'll see $5 - esp. after Greece defaults.

SAT 800's picture

Stop loss is at $6.00 even; trading only; I never understood what stock market people were talking about when they said "buy and hold"; three months is a long time for me; I always sell too soon; like the original John Pierpont Morgan. Cheers.

Saxxon's picture

SAT 800 Bernard Baruch said that, not Morgan.  BB was one of the few who were positioned short before October 1929; others that I know of being Joe Kennedy and Jesse Livermore.  Kennedy said at the time, "only a sucker hangs on for the last dime".  J.P. Jr. and Rockefeller got hurt in the '29 crash.

catacl1sm's picture

Now would be a good time to sell, take your profit, and find a new trade. Assuming you  trust that there is ANY rationality in this market.

AbruptlyKawaii's picture

whats the market cap and P/E for rationality these days?


mayhem_korner's picture




Bought my first oz of Au 8 years ago.  I think I'll still have it long after you've thrown your BAC out.  But enjoy your high.

STP's picture

Why don't you mouse over to OCC.Gov and see what kind of leverage BAC has on their Derivatives?  Last time I looked, BAC has in $1,451,387 millions is assets and $52,504,829  in Derivatives.  Also, they aren't done choking on Countrywide yet, by a long ways.  Somebody waaay on high, must've twisted their arm hard to soak up that pile of crap.

jm's picture

...or ICICI or Woori or Handelsbanken or HSBC or...

mayhem_korner's picture



The Bernank shot a blank as far as equities go.  Oopsie.

In other news...Jamie Dimon was on CNBC this am spouting off about how a Greek default wouldn't harm the TBTF.  Maybe what he was really sayin is that they were going to be deep-sixed of their own accord before Greek declares an actual ISDA-recognized default.  :D

niktamere's picture

but they told us to get out of fixed & into equities 

Savonarola's picture

I'll bet Jan Brewer doesn't own any financial stocks.

kill switch's picture

OT,, Did Hugo Chavez get his gold?? ALL OF IT?

To all others,,,get your gold out of the U.S. ASAP!!!!

yogibear's picture

QE 2 was a flop. Why expect anything else from the Fed Banksters.

We are drowning in liquidity and debt. Banks are still holding a lot of the fed's money.

ilovefreedom's picture

Macro Economy? Who cares!! Apple is #1 and has a quadrillion in the bank!


gangland's picture



"The FOXCONN suicides are about average for the Chinese population as a they have swimming pools" - Steve Jawwwbz


the bestest and greatest human being ever and ever! RIP Steve Miss you  : ' - (

"almost 100 of Apple’s supplier factories force (but it's not slavery! they have pools!) more than half their workers to exceed a 60-hour week.

The company announced responsibility for aluminum dust explosions in Chinese supplier factories that killed four workers and injured 77.

Hundreds more in China have been injured cleaning iPad screens with a chemical that causes nerve damage.

Tens of thousands (HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS) of Apple workers live in factory dorms on-site, where they are woken in the middle of the night and forced onto 12-hour shifts when Jobs decides a product needs tweaking."


catacl1sm's picture

I vacilate on China's workforce. On one hand they have shitty jobs, but is a shitty job better than no job? Would the US look the same way without regulations? If it's so bad, cant' they just quite and go back to an agrarian lifestyle?

AbruptlyKawaii's picture

so its either work without dignity like a slave, like property, sort of like the us army did away with its draft and now is a 100% "volunteer" corps full of new grads that only joined to be able to feed themselves and pay off student loan debts, only to lose half a brain in afpakiraq, OR go back to the agrarian (you make it sound so bucolic) life where you cook with wood.

that's a hell of an option to offer another human being just because they have the nerve to want a better life, only because consumers want the option to buy the newest icrap and jobs wanted the option to maximize his margins because the money isnt enough.

i really long for the day that we stop seeing things through this lens, but i hold out no hope.

so to answer your question from a personal pov, i'd rather have no job and have my dignity and freedom and starve and freeze, than to be owned with chump change in my pocket.

in fact given the stark choices above, there is more honor in theft than in slavery.