Huge Short-Squeeze Sparks New Record Stock Highs As FX Vol Crashes To Record Low

Another day, another short-squeeze, and another record high...

This four-day squeeze is now of the size that has historically led to a reversal...

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US equity markets were higher mainly thanks to the opening jolt (and of course the late-day meltup)...

Panic-bid at the close?

Why were stocks up? Because "that is the law"...

Nasdaq is now up 4% on the year...

...but that is less than 2019 and 2018 (and the same as 2017) for this far into the year...

Source: Bloomberg

Dow topped 29,200; S&P topped 3,300.

The S&P 500 Index is trading at the highest level over its 200-day moving average since late January 2018.

As Bloomberg reports, amid a solid monthly U.S. retail-sales report and diminished geopolitical risks, the benchmark has been looking heated from a technical standpoint, begging the question on how long the rally can last.

Cyclicals outperformed today but Defensives dominate the week...

Source: Bloomberg

Mixed day for banks with GS now best on the week and WFC still the laggard...

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TSLA dared to have another down day, but we note that once again it was panic-bid at the cash open after weakness overnight...

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Alphabet closed with a $1 trillion market cap for the first time...

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Chinese markets were mixed with small-cap tech soaring as the big caps slipped...

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European stocks were also mixed with Spain and Italy outperforming today and the rest unch...

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VIX crashed to an 11 handle intraday and while credit protection costs slipped, they remain notably decoupled from equity risk...

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Treasury yields were higher by around 2bps across the curve today...

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30Y yields found support at YTD low yields...

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The Dollar edged higher today, rebounding off the 50% Fib retracement of the year-end plunge...

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JPMorgan’s gauge of global currency volatility hit an all-time low today...

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Cryptos were lower today but holding on to the week's impressive gains...

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Bitcoin is holding around $8700 - well above the pre-Soleimani levels...best start to a year since 2012

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Commodities were mixed today with copper down as crude rallied and PMs relatively flat...

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Gold futures stalled at pre-Soleimeni levels again...

WTI bounced off $57 handle once again...

Finally, while today's data was solid, the decoupling between stocks and macro fundamentals makes a mockery of markets (can you guess what's really driving stocks higher?)

Source: Bloomberg

And, if everything's so awesome with the trade deal (all those Ag buys), why did all the softs collapse today?

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Is the deal real or fake?

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