The most important story nobody talks about continues developing, with both Euro Libor and Euribor (3 Month) jumping to year highs. The much more popular funding rate, Euribor, just hit 0.905%, compared to 0.904% yesterday as tightness across the banking sector continues, on expectations that the ECB may cease providing constant backstops to everyone (1 week Euribor was 0.569%, 1 month: 0.649%). With the European policy rate at 1.0% the collapsing bank lending market may soon pressure banks to go exclusively to the ECB for overnight lending, in addition to all their other funding needs. And to think all this was supposed to be avoided with "successful" completion of the stess farce... And while Euribor has been on a non-stop tear higher, EUR Libor had recently dropped marginally. Well, no more. Market News reports, "The euro 3-month LIBOR rate was up 0.369 basis points on the day to stand at 0.8348%, edging nearer to the official 1% policy rate and at its highest level for almost a year. At the monthly press conference Thursday, European Central Bank head Jean Claude Trichet talked about normalisation of EONIA rates, and raised no concern about euro market rates moving higher. The euro LIBOR/OIS 3-month spread was almost 0.37 basis points wider on the day."
RANsquawk European Morning Briefing - Stocks, Bonds, FX etc. – 06/08/10 (US Nonfarm Payrolls Special)Submitted by RANSquawk Video on 08/06/2010 05:48 -0400
RANsquawk European Morning Briefing - Stocks, Bonds, FX etc. – 06/08/10 (US Nonfarm Payrolls Special)
Good thing humans don't eat or use energy or else the highly "accurate" core CPI, courtesy of the draught and harvest catastrophe in Russia, causing wheat prices to literally take off, might actually reflect reality for once. A closer look at the consequences of the grain export collapse in the third biggest exporter in the world: "Russia’s domestic prices rose even more within the last 30 days. In addition, on August 5, Russia announced a ban on grain exports through year-end, effective August 15. This should help contain further domestic price gains, but may send global prices even higher. J.P. Morgan’s commodity team expects that any meaningful decline in prices is unlikely to occur before late 2010, but wheat prices are forecast to recede to below $6/bu in 2011, as higher prices now are likely to promote increased global planting."
The mass media’s way of communicating war is basically to put fake tough-guy narcissists on your TV screen speaking to the equivalent of a pre-oedipal 2 year old: “there are scary people out there…you need to be terrified…heroic saviors will attack and destroy their bad countries for you so you can maintain your mental fantasy that you’re safe. All you need to do is keep shopping, buying your little toys, while daddy keeps you safe.”
First Orzsag, now Romer? If the latest rumor about the imminent defection of one of the three remaining policy stalwarts is true, it means the administration's economic policy is on the verge of collapse. Hotline Oncall reports: "Christina Romer, chairwoman of Pres. Obama's Council of Economic Advisers, has decided to resign, according to a source familiar with her plans. Romer, an economics professor at the University of California (Berkeley) before taking the key admin post, did not respond to repeated calls to her office." The sad reality is that Romer's (who has largely been a mere figurehead and staffed to provide soundbites to CNBCs how every worsening NFP report is in reality a dramatic improvement, a job which even Steve Liesman can do with a passing grade) departure will only make the remaining two people in Obama's economic circle, Tim Geithner and Larry Summers, even more powerful. Why couldn't those two leave? Surely both have by now earned their $2.5 million a year job at Goldman... We now anticipate the 8-K from Whitehouse Corp announcing the appointment of Paul Krugman and Mark Zandi to fill the newly vacant positions.
Looking Beyond Tomorrow's Non-Farm Payroll Number To Spot A Negative Shift In Structural UnemploymentSubmitted by Tyler Durden on 08/05/2010 18:36 -0400
Goldman chief economist Jan Hatzius has created a useful preview of tomorrow's NFP number (consensus +90,000 private, -65,000 overall), explaining why Goldman has a more negative outlook on the number than most (+75k and -75K, respectively). Jan's conclusion on tomorrow's, and recent trending data :"Our view remains that the primary job market problem is a shortfall in labor demand." More relevantly, Hatzius does an extended analysis of the Beveridge curve (i.e., the relationship between unemployment and job vacancies) to determine if there has been a shift in the overall level of structural unemployment, as opposed to the more simple seasonal variety. Hatzius' modestly negative conclusion: "The answer is that the vacancy rate has not picked up by enough to push gross hiring sufficiently far above gross separations—i.e., layoffs plus quits—to create large numbers of net new jobs... Structural unemployment may well increase over time if large numbers of people remain without a job for long periods of time, and thus lose their skills and attachment to the labor force. But it is not clear that this process has started yet."
Just because wishing away local and state financial collapse doesn't work quite as well as it does at the Federal level (courtesy of everyone's favorite printer genie), attached is a terrific interactive chart from AP which helps in the visualization of unemployment, foreclosures, bankruptcies, and a composite “stress index”, by county and state. Don't miss the "play" bar at the bottom and the time scaling function at the top right (monthly rate vs change, annual).
Stop the presses. The United States is no longer the world’s biggest consumer of energy.
After topping the energy consumption charts for more than a century, the U.S. has been left behind as China leapfrogged past. According to the International Energy Association’s (IEA) latest report, China burned its way through 2,252 million tonnes of oil equivalent last year – about 4% more than the U.S.
I am now more convinced than I was two weeks ago that we are once again in the “end game trade.” Just like in the late 2007 to mid 2008 timeframe no one seems to notice or care. Back then the parabolic rise in commodities was attributed to phenomenal ROW growth that had decoupled from the U.S. and so no one really worried about the moves until it was too late. This time people don’t even seem to notice! I don’t even hear a make believe storyline that attempts to explain away what is happening in a bullish context….yet. The news this morning that Russian Prime Minister Putin has banned the export of grain and related farm products as a result of the drought is extraordinarily important. While the ideological nitwits at the Federal Reserve who pray to a false economic religion and Obama’s economic dream team of Neo-Keynesian psychopaths will completely fail to grasp what is happening due their never having worked a job in the real world in their lives instead having spent their entire existence being fawned on by their fellow academics and bureaucrats, the Chinese and others know exactly what is happening…
Stocks continue to represent all the reality contained within the confines of the Byron Wien twilight zone. The decoupling between stocks and everything else is getting even more laughable than before (and it was damn funny then). A simple weekly chart shows that the divergence between stocks and bonds is worth about 35 ES points alone. Extend this three months back, and stocks are about 100 points rich. Throw in the carry trade (cause with no money from mutual funds, stock buyers would at least need the benefits of currency funding arbitrage, as otherwise the whole all too relevant question of just where the money comes from to buy up all these stocks may be asked by someone) and the EOD ramp, in turn, becomes painfully obvious. All in all, if one is trading stocks at this point, one deserves to lose it all. We reiterate our advice from last summer when the market went batshit for the first time: take your money, and go to Vegas. You have much better odds, you won't be frontrun by an Atari 2600 while playing craps, and if you lose it all at least your stay will be comped.
RANsquawk Market Wrap Up - Stocks, Bonds, FX etc. – 05/08/10
What can we say: it would be flagrantly criminal if the most incompetent and corrupt organization in the world was allowed to be unaccountable to anyone, least of all the US citizen. Our respect to Senators Leahy, Cornyn and Kaufman and Grassley for doing what is so obviously right, we are stunned only four senators ended up sponsoring legislation proposed by the Senate Judiciary Committee to strike the FOIA exemption for the SEC. Full press release below.
If you have always been waiting for a relatively risk-free pair trade, which also has the added bonus of allowing you to put your money against Bill Gross, today's pair trade idea of the day, courtesy of Damien Cleusix is just for you, although as A.B. points out, good luck finding borrow: hopefully by now you have some incriminating pictures of your repo desk guy, which will force him to release a couple thousand shares your way.Of course, if Mr. Gross is long a sufficient amount of domestic insurance company debt (i.e. Fidelity which has no borrow whatsoever), doesn't matter how much clout you may have - it is 'the Gross' way or the Pacific Coast Highway.
Not much commentary needed here as boston.com says it all: "The number of Americans who are receiving food stamps rose to a record 40.8 million in May as the jobless rate hovered near a 27-year high, the government reported yesterday. Recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program subsidies for food purchases jumped 19 percent from a year earlier and increased 0.9 percent from April, the US Department of Agriculture said in a statement on its website. Participation has set records for 18 straight months. An average of 40.5 million people, more than an eighth of the population, will get food stamps each month in the year that began Oct. 1, according to White House estimates. The figure is projected to rise to 43.3 million in 2011." But who cares: can someone please tell these ungrateful sods their stocks are up like 70% since the Fed became the market in March 2009.
More headlines, this time from Reuters. Again, think of the savings... Alas, pretty soon all will go toward paying retainers for bounty hunters, charged to track down those who break news and stuff. And yes, one could call this an escalation in the whole Wikileaks thing.