Ten Charts That Show Sentiment Is Anything But Bearish

Tyler Durden's picture

Walls-of-worry; Short-squeezes; money-on-the-sidelines; Everyone's Bearish, right? Well, instead of just listening to the drone of the mainstream media and talking heads, who appear once any rally appears in the hope of garnering some more AUM and taking commissions, we thought it worth a few minutes to look at actual data, positions, and sentiment across equity, debt, and FX asset classes. Sure enough - here are ten charts that show investors are anything but bearish and that the ammunition for the next leg from here can only come from central-banks (and we are concerned that disappointment is due).


The CBOE's Put-Call Ratio is now in notably overbought (contrarian-wise over-bullish or complacent)


AAII Bears low and Bulls/Bears rising rapidly (about +1 sigma bullish)


Commitment of Traders in S&P 500 e-mini futures is 'normal' and does not have the ammo to provide another short-squeeze (as it did in September of last year)


IG Credit Net Positioning in Europe and the US is near record long


High-Yield credit has not participated dramatically in this upside rally


Corporate Bond Advance-Decline Line was very recently at extreme highs (rolling over now)


Equity Implied Vol is below Realized Vol (somewhat extreme levels of complacency that things stay well-behaved)


Credit Implied Vol is below Realized Vol


Credit vol skews very complacent (just like stocks)


EURUSD and its EUR-USD swap-spread 'fair-value' have converged - removing much of the squeeze factor in that differential (between rate carry and FX carry)


So all-in-all, it seems there are fewer suckers on the sidelines to be dragged long into this hope-ridden extravaganza - no matter what you read or hear...

Charts: Bloomberg, BofAML, Morgan Stanley

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ouchtouch's picture

How can the CB's print when crude is nearly $100???

Hype Alert's picture

Zimbabwe and Weimar Republic respectfully disagree.

ACP's picture

MBS purchases are still going on:


$6.6 billion just between Aug 9-15 alone, more before and more forever after. This is why corrections have been shallow so far.

Not to mention the Fed's super-subscribed twist.

There is still plenty of printing, and it won't stop.


MarkD's picture

And making room for more..........

Housing agency changes rule to boost short sales



akak's picture

They can, they are and they will.

Clearly, you are not a student of monetary history (nor a shopper).

Law97's picture

And most important of all, they must.

Hype Alert's picture

People don't seem to understand the interest payment dilemma issuing all this debt creates when rates react to issuing all this debt.

Silver Bug's picture

Everyone simply knows they will print unlimited amounts of money is things get bad enough. QE to infinity is here to stay.



FoxMulder's picture

The inflation is only transitory. /sarc

slaughterer's picture

AAPL - (minus) 1.27%

Silver + (plus) 2.53%

Enuff said,

Silver bitchez

VulpisVulpis's picture

Ruinis inminentibus musculi praemigrant


(When collapse is imminent, the little rodents flee.)


Pliny the Elder

rosiescenario's picture

Goldman is still selling tickets to the rats for the maiden voyage of the Titanic.......packing in a few more before the lines are cast off...."No Rat Left Behind"

walküre's picture

Draghi? What's next? What are you gonna do or rather say now, Draghi?

fonzannoon's picture

Pisani was just trying to talk up apple and the spx at his usual feverish pitch. It's so funny how desperate they sound even at these levels.

spastic_colon's picture

i admire your tolerance (sound on)

GMan_'s picture

they have to print. Joey Greenberg of JP Morgan can't afford his gf's fake tits if they don't print. The banks need the end of year bonuses.

diogeneslaertius's picture

Greenberg will Always have fake tit money, if he has to snatch it out of an old ladies hand XD

Dr. Richard Head's picture

Credit Tit Swaps from securitizing all of the 12 months same as cash breast augmentation payment plans. 

diogeneslaertius's picture


slaughterer's picture

Today is the beginning of THE JANJUAH PLUNGE.   Let us bring Bob the Bear back to ZH.   

Hype Alert's picture

Well, when The Bernank has your back, why not be complacent?  When good news is good for the market and bad news is good for the market, it Market Meth!

Silversem's picture

For a CFD trader every market condition is bullish!!

Robslob's picture



More aptly put...How many Central Banks does it take to make a market?


1...with a printing press and enough of a global economy to destroy of course....

hedgehog9999's picture

Is this the mother of all reversals or what, haven't seen this aboutface in a while.....!!!

slaughterer's picture

I am shocked, SHOCKED that AAPL is not up 2-3% today!!   How do they expect to get retail back into this nightmare?

Haager's picture

That was the big crash this season, now the way up is free again...

pragmatic hobo's picture

ah, yes ... the mythical "investors" ...

resurger's picture

"On Bounce Volume" vs "On Plunge Volume"

trebuchet's picture

Question is, with bond prices rolling over, will the fund managers seeking income pile into dividend paying stocks?