Morgan Stanley

Traders Throw In The Towel On March Rate Hike

As we previously noted, while speculatrs had been reducing their shorts in Treasury futures, they had added to Eurodollar shorts - pushing their bets on Fed rate hikes to record highs. However, as Bloomberg notes, signals are starting to emerge that traders who built up that heavy short, or hawkish, eurodollar base since the start of 2016 could be starting to throw in the towel on a March Fed rate hike.

Market Sours On Tesla's "Phantom" Beat, Stock Slides

Tesla shares have quickly given up all gains from the better-than-expected earnings as the sell-side awaits more clarity on the cost and capital raise plans. One analyst specifically took aim at the fourth quarter results, calling out the beat as "phantom" given the exclusion of the SolarCity acquisition from consensus estimates.

ValueAct's Jeff Ubben Is Selling On "Overextended Valuations", Builds $3 Billion Cash Pile

Speaking at a Reuters activist conference, ValueAct's Jeffrey Ubben, said that his firm had been taking money out of the capital markets as valuations have become overextended, leaving it with $3 billion in cash.   "I really feel that the large-cap activist plays are very treacherous with high PEs (price-to-earnings) and not a lot of growth."

 

The Four Key Themes From Q4 Conference Calls

Since President Trump’s surprise victory over Hillary Clinton in November, investors and management teams have been acutely focused on the new administration’s policy proposals. As expected, all 4 key themes discussed on Q4 conference calls are closely linked to Trump's policies and include tax reform, regulation, fiscal spending and trade policy.

Mary Jo White Seriously Misled The US Senate To Become SEC Chair

Yesterday it was widely reported in the business press that Mary Jo White is returning to her former law firm as a partner representing clients who face government investigations. This news is highly significant because it would appear that the U.S. Senate was seriously misled by White’s ethics letter in its deliberations to confirm her as the top cop of Wall Street.

"Are You Ready For Greed?" Morgan Stanley Asks

"We think a scenario where retail investors, corporates and financials all get much more optimistic at the same time needs to be respected. As TABX cratered and credit markets wavered in early 2007, the S&P 500 went on to make new highs, not peaking until October. Greed is a powerful force. We are trying not to forget that."

Global Stocks, US Futures Rise Despite Growing Political Tension In Europe

In a relatively quiet session, which may see US traders sleep in a bit after last night's Superbowl thriller, European and Asian shares rose ahead of Mario Draghi’s testimony at the European Parliament, while US equity futures were fractionally higher (up 0.1% to 2,293) after stocks jumped the most in a week, as traders assessed the trajectory for interest rates while scrutinizing every new Trump tweet.

Schauble Agrees With Trump That Euro Is "Too Low" For Germany, Blames Mario Draghi

The euro exchange rate is, strictly speaking, too low for the German economy’s competitive position,” Wolfgang Schauble told Tagesspiegel. “When ECB chief Mario Draghi embarked on the expansive monetary policy, I told him he would drive up Germany’s export surplus . . . I promised then not to publicly criticise this [policy] course. But then I don’t want to be criticised for the consequences of this policy.”