Something's Wrong

Yesterday, as we noted, saw VIX and stocks rise together (an unusual event). Today that trend is even more pronounced and the market action is very 'odd' post-ECB. Lot of chatter on huge option gamma forcing market-makers to chase moves...

Art Cashin Explains Yesterday's Furious Rally

"Just before the buy programs kicked in, the rally in the Dow Transports was shifting up a gear as the index was on the verge of punching through to a new record high. If the Transports made a new record high, it would confirm the record high in the Industrials, thus giving a Dow Theory buy signal. As that realization spread, the algorithms kicked in with buy program after buy program and the race was on."

The Globalization Genie's Long Left The Bottle

Empty labels, fake news and oceans of debt keep the systems - somewhat - going for now. But the genie’s long left the bottle. The ‘incumbents’ have failed their people for far too long, most of all economically. And they keep on claiming that everything will be alright, everyone will be better off if only we execute more globalization, and give them all a few pennies more.

Wall Street Responds To Mario Draghi's "Big Shock"

The European Central Bank’s decision to taper bond purchases is a shot in the arm for the euro, analysts say, and as Bloomberg reports, while policy makers say they may still expand the size or duration of quantitative easing, investors may be inclined to be skeptical.