"Everything's Crashing"

The writing has been on the wall for a few days/weeks, but it appears a combination of global FX and equity turmoil and domestic corporate debt market collapse is finally starting to roil US equity markets. The Dow is down over 600 points in the last week or so, bond yields are collapsing, the USDollar is tumbling, crude is crashing, and junk bonds are in free-fall.

  • Dec 11, 2015 10:07 AM

Business Inventories-To-Sales Surge To Cycle Highs, Deep In Recession Territory

Following the wholesale inventories-to-sales jump, business inventories-to-sales just shifted once again to cycle highs, deep in recessionary territory. With inventories unchanged in October, slightkly lower than thge expected 0.1% increase, Q4 GDP will start to be affected (and Q3 as prior data was revised lower). Nevertheless, with sales dropping 0.2%, with manufacturers tumbling 0.5% MoM, the looming production cuts set up The Fed for an epic policy error.

  • Dec 11, 2015 10:06 AM

Yuan Slides As PBOC Signals Intent To Further Weaken Currency

We have been almost alone in our exclamations at the collapsing offshore Yuan in the last few days but since The IMF blessed China's currency with inclusion in The SDR, CNH is down 13 handles. However, now we appear to have an answer. Overnight saw commentary from CFETS (China's FX market 'manager') that indicated implicitly that Trade-Weighted Yuan was still trading too high.

  • Dec 11, 2015 9:17 AM

Producer Prices Rises Most In Five Months, Service Inflation Highest In Over A Year

Following a miss in retail sales (if slight beat in core spending), the final key economic update the Fed will look at before its "first rate hike in nine years" meeting next week is today's Producer Price Inflation report which rose 0.3%, above the expected unchanged print and even higher compared to October's -0.4% decline. The report showed that while the decline in energy prices continued as expected, sliding 0.6% in the Final Demand Goods category, there was a surprising pickup in final demand services, which rebounded by 0.5% driven by Trade which rose 1.2% from the prior month, driven by an unexpected pickup in margins for apparel, jewelry, footwear, and accessories retailing.

  • Dec 11, 2015 9:00 AM

Retail Sales Growth Tumbles To Weakest In 6 Years As Auto Sales Drop

Despite all the industry's exuberance over auto sales in America, the government's retail sales data shows vehicle sales dropped 0.4% in October (in other words, automakers are channel-stuffing). This rolled through the various headline data leaving a 4th miss in a row MoM and the weakest YoY growth for retail sales since Nov 2009 - deep in recession territory.

  • Dec 11, 2015 8:43 AM

Dow Dumps Over 300 Points From Thursday Highs After IEA Warns Oil Glut To Worsen

'As goes oil, so goes the US equity market' appears to bethe new mantra. Just as yesterday's pump-and-dump tracked oil, so in the pre-market, WTI Crude plunged back to fresh 7-year lows after IEA warned that the oil glut will worsen, with prices lower for longer as demand remains subdued through at least 2017. This in turn sent US equities tumbling with Dow futures down 200 points (down 330 from Thursday highs).

  • Dec 11, 2015 7:43 AM

Frontrunning: December 11

  • Futures down sharply as oil hits seven-year low (Reuters)
  • Oil slides to new seven-year low as IEA warns of worse glut (Reuters)
  • But... but... they all said... Cheap Oil Gives Little Help to U.S. Spending (WSJ)
  • Disappearances in China Highlight Ruling Party Detention System (BBG)
  • China’s Credit Rebounds as Stimulus Helps Boost Loan Demand (BBG)
  • Junk Fund’s Demise Fuels Concern Over Bond Rout (WSJ)
  • Dec 11, 2015 7:36 AM

Dow, DuPont To Merge In $130 Billion Deal; 10% Of DowDuPont's Workforce To Be Fired

It's official: two of America oldest publicly traded companies will merge, with Dow and DuPoint merging as equals in a combined company that will have a $130 billion market cap and will be named DowDuPont. And while shareholders already benefited from the deal with shares of both consitutents rising by 10% in the days preceding the official announcement, the biggest loser are once again the employees: the combined company announced that as part of the $700 million in restructuring efforts, 10% of the combined company's employees will be laid off.

  • Dec 11, 2015 7:05 AM

US Equity Futures Suddenly Fall Off A Cliff As Europe Slides, Oil Tumbles, EM Currencies Turmoil

It was a relatively calm overnight session in which European stocks wobbled modestly, Japan was up, China was down following its weakest fixing since 2011 as the PBOC continues to aggressively devalue since the SDR inclusion (stoking concerns capital outflows are once again surging), EM stocks stocks were weak and the dollar was unchanged ahead of today's retail sales data and next week's Fed meeting, and then suddenly everything snapped.

  • Dec 11, 2015 6:41 AM

Jeremy Grantham Urges "Easily Manipulated" Americans To "Become More Realistic" About World's Demise

Americans have a broad and heavy bias away from unpleasant data. We are ready to be manipulated by vested interests in finance, economics, and climate change, whose interests might be better served by our believing optimistic stuff "that just ain’t so." We are dealing today with important issues, one so important that it may affect the long-term viability of our global society and perhaps our species. It may well be necessary to our survival that we become more realistic, more willing to process the unpleasant, and, above all, less easily manipulated through our need for good news.

  • Dec 10, 2015 11:10 PM

China 'Stealth' Devaluation Continues - Yuan Plunges For 6th Day, Default Risk Soars, Fosun Bonds Crash

USDCNY broke above 6.4500 for the first time since the August devaluation, extending its post-IMF plunge to 6 days. This is the largest and longest streak of weakness since March 2014 as China seems to have taken the SDR-inclusion as blessing to devalue its currency drip by drip. Default risk is once again stomping higher as CDS surge from 94bps to 112bps (2-month highs). The biggest news in China tonight is the disappearance of Fosun International's Chairman, China's 17th richest man (and the collapse in the company's bonds, since stocks are suspended).

  • Dec 10, 2015 11:04 PM

War Is On The Horizon: Is It Too Late To Stop It?

One lesson from military history is that once mobilization for war begins, it takes on a momentum of its own and is uncontrollable. This might be what is occuring unrecognized before our eyes.

  • Dec 10, 2015 10:50 PM