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The World's Top Performing Hedge Fund Just Went Record Short, Explains Why





"I spend most of my time, while looking at current prices, thinking about and trying to live six months to one year in the future....  What I can see now is that US growth is slowing, and that the market is likely to price in reduced monetary tightening." ... but... " The future for me is now more uncertain than at any time I can remember"

 
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Don't Show Bill Dudley This Chart





The Fed's Bill Dudley just unleashed the most cognitively dissonant statement of his career. That superlative is highlighted by theses two headlines:

DUDLEY SAYS U.S. ECONOMY IS IN QUITE GOOD SHAPE
DUDLEY: DON'T SEE NEGATIVE RATES HAVING 'BIG CONSEQUENCE'

Try telling The BoJ's Kuroda that!!

 
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Jeff Gundlach: Gold To $1,400 As Faith In Central Banks Is Lost





In his latest communication with the outside world, Gundlach said that gold prices are likely to reach $1400 an ounce "as investors lose faith in central banks", Reuters reported. "The evidence that negative rates are harmful and not helpful has piled up to the point that the 'In Central Banks We Trust' mantra has finally been laid bare as a hoax,"

 
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WTI Crude Pumps'n'Dumps Back To $26 Handle After Saudi Headlines





In a replay of yesterday's idiotic opening action, WTI crude spiked on Saudi troops headlines - running stops to yesterday's close - only to dump back below $27 once again...

 
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JPMorgan: "It's Hard To Imagine An Uglier Morning"





"Trying to divine the end of the rout is difficult given the globe is in the midst of a series of tightly intertwined, self-reinforcing, and correlated trades and narratives (i.e. oil slumps and drags inflation down with it which prompts CBs to ratchet up accommodation which sinks banks which crushes general market sentiment and the overall price declines tighten financial market conditions and scares corporate execs and actual economic activity begins to deteriorate)."

 
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Janet Yellen's "Humphrey-Hawkins" Testimony: Economic Strains, Tightening Pains, & No Stock Gains - Live Feed





Fed Chair Yellen will be presenting her semi-annual monetary policy testimony - sometimes called the "Humphrey-Hawkins" testimony - today (House Financial Services Committee) and tomorrow (Senate Banking Committee). Her prepared remarks offered little new information over the January FOMC Statement but the Q&A will likely be the most market-moving as politicians likely demand she "get back to work" for the good of the nation's shareholders.

 
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Yellen Hints At Slowing Economy, Dropping Stocks, Accommodative Fed, But Does Not Go "Full Dove"





With world markets begging for moar, Janet Yellen's prepared Humphrey-Hawkins Testimony was a disappointment:

  • *YELLEN: FED EXPECTS ECONOMY TO WARRANT ONLY GRADUAL RATE RISES (everything is fine)
  • *YELLEN: JOB, WAGE GAINS SHOULD SUPPORT INCOMES AND SPENDING (everything is awesome)
  • *FED REPORT: LEVERAGE RISKS IN FINANCIAL SECTOR `REMAIN LOW' (so don't worry about banks)
  • *YELLEN: FINANCIAL STRAINS COULD WEIGH ON OUTLOOK IF PERSISTENT (so, there's chance)

The bottom line this is simply a rerhash of the Jan FOMC Statement and does not offer enouigh dovishness for the market.

 
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It's Not Just China And Oil Anymore: Here Are The Two New Concerns Weighing On Risk





The year continues to be bruising for risk assets and recent attempts at stabilisation have been unsuccessful. After a mild rebound, equities and US credit spreads are again close to their year’s worst levels. In addition to the initial concerns about China and energy, two new issues further weigh on risk sentiment: the slowdown in US growth momentum and the tightening of financial conditions especially in European financial credit.

 

 
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Bill Clinton: "Sometimes I Wish We Weren't Married"





"I don't mean that in a negative way. I am happy."

 
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Computerized Trading Creating Oil Price Volatility





Money flows are becoming increasingly disconnected from fundamental price movements.

 
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"Few Are Yet Willing To Admit The Harsh Reality..."





A multi-decade Credit Bubble is coming to an end. The past seven years has amounted to an incredible blow-off top and the ongoing worldwide collapse in financial stocks provides powerful support for the bursting global Bubble thesis. Few are yet willing to accept the harsh reality that the world has sunk back into crisis as mal-investment, over-investment and associated wealth destruction remain largely concealed so long as financial asset inflation persists. This is true as well for wealth redistribution. The unfolding adjustment process will deflate asset prices so as to converge more closely with deteriorating underlying economic fundamentals.

 
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Mass Layoffs To Return With A Vengeance





Remember the mass layoffs of 2008-2009? The US economy shed millions of jobs quickly and relentlessly, as companies died and the rest fought for survival. Then the Fed and the US government flooded the banks and the corporate sector with bailouts and handouts. The nightmare of 2008 soon became a golden era of 'recovery'. Well, 2016 is showing us that that era is over. And as stock prices cease to rise, and in fact fall within many industries, layoffs are beginning to make a return as companies jettison costs in attempt to reduce losses.

 
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