"Investors have bought the 2nd largest amount of S&P 500 futures since at least 2010, while at the same time net holdings of S&P 500 calls are the highest and the net holdings of S&P 500 puts are the lowest since at least 2010"
With Goldman having shuttered much of its commodity front-office in recent years, it probably won't come as a big surprise that the bank has become increasingly less reliant on commodities as a profit center following repeated probes into manipulation by Goldman and other big banks, as well as organic revenue declines in the sector.
"Bewarethe investment advisor, pundit, or superstar investor who is certain that extremely low rates cause extremely high stock valuations... Stocks may fall, and interest rates may rise, but the historical record disagrees that one causes the other..."
Having enjoyed a phoenix-like renaissance in 2018 so far, GE is tumbling in the pre-market, erasing 2018 gains, following reports that the company will record an after-tax charge of $6.2 billion in its fourth quarter results as part of an ongoing review of its finance arm’s insurance portfolio.
When markets open for trading today, the S&P will rise above 2,800 and the Dow Jones will not only make a new record high, it will do so in historic fashion with just 12 days needed to move from 25,000 to 26,000, the fastest 1,000 point move in history.
"We've got to understand that North Korea is holding onto these nuclear weapons because they think it is their only protection from the United States coming in and doing to them what it has done to so many countries throughout history."