Just over 10 years ago, HSBC was the first canary in the world's financial crisis coalmine to signal trouble ahead. Today's 7% bloodbath in the banking behemoth is the biggest drop since the financial crisisafter reporting fourth-quarter profit that missed estimates on a surprise drop in revenue, which it warned could fall again this year.
European stocks rose again with S&P futures higher, while Asian stocks were mixed. The dollar rose jumped on hawkish comments by Philly Fed's Harker, oil rose following optimistic OPEC comments, while gold dropped. Markets have largely ignored results by financial heavyweight HSBC, which posted its largest fall since mid-2015 after reporting a 62% plunge in pretax profit.
Despite US markets being closed in observance of Washington's birthday, S&P futures spiked during overnight trading, reaching new all time highs before fading some of the gains. Both Asian and European markets traded modestly higher after paring early gains.
As President Trump and Japan's Shinzo Abe begin their weekend of golf, the topic of currency manipulation will likely be top of mind. However, for Citigroup's "gold expert" Willem Buiter, all of Trump's FX chatter is "hogwash" and "hot air."
S&P futures rose further into record territory, European shares rose to within striking distance of their highest levels in more than a year while bonds fell and the dollar rose as investors cheered a surge in Chinese trade data amid hopes of "phenomenal" tax cuts by Donald Trump, all of which have rekindled the Trumpflation trade.
In what will be the biggest victory in the brief history of Ken Moelis' relatively new New York-based independent investment bank, Moelis & Co., moments ago the FT has reported that Moelis has won the advisory mandate for the planned IPO of Saudi Aramco.
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.
Donald Trump, the man who positioned himself as the common man's shield against Wall Street, signed a series of orders today calling for reviews or rollbacks of financial regulations. He did so after meeting with some friendly helpers...
President Trump will order a sweeping review of the Dodd-Frank Act rules enacted in response to the 2008 financial crisis, signing an executive action Friday designed to significantly scale back the regulatory system put in place in 2010. Trump also will halt another of Obama’s regulations known as the "fiduciary rule", hated by the financial industry, that requires advisers on retirement accounts to work in the best interests of their clients.
After staging a remarkable recovery in its stock price since last summer's record lows, nearly doubling from its September price, Deutsche Bank shares tumbled this morning after the bank reported a net loss of €1.89 billion for the fourth quarter, which while better than the €2.12 billion loss one year ago, was a big miss to the consensus expected shortfall of €1.32 billion.