Oil Jumps, Stocks Dump As 'Helicopter Money' Sends USA Risk Soaring

The story of the week is fourfold:

  1. Helicopter money begins... and the sovereign risk of the USA soars

  2. Oil has best week ever on hopes of supply cut.

  3. Stocks sink as any rebalance flow support evaporated.

  4. Lockdown effects are starting to be seen in labor and survey data

'Helicopter Ben' unleashed hell...

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As the trillions in bailout booty starts to get handed out to the public, markets did not "love the smell of helicopter money in the morning"...

As USA Sovereign risk accelerated further...

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Hopes of a supply-cut sparked the single-biggest daily gain ever and the biggest weekly gain ever in crude oil...

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But in context, there's a long way to go...

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And despite energy's gains, US equity markets were carved up this week, with Small Caps clubbed like a baby seal (5th weekly loss of last 6), as any month-/quarter-end rebalance flow support evaporated entirely... (NOTE broiadly speaking US markets rallied into the EU close then sold off every day this week),,,

Over the past two weeks however, The Dow is still up around 9% and Small Caps just over 2%...

And finally, the impact of the lockdowns is starting to hit as US Macro Surprise Index crashes by the most ever

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The 'Virus-Fear' Trade is back in a big way...

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After last week's hope-filled bounce, big banks bloodbath'd this week...

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And virus-impacted sectors were also slammed...

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"Most Shorted" stocks are down 6 days in a row

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VIX and the market decoupled this week (VIX notably lower as stocks sank)...

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Credit markets were sold all week, despite The Fed's support...

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Treasuries were bid this week with 10Y outperforming, 2Y underperforming...

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10Y Yields fell back below 60bps...

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Note - yields did spike at the end of the day after The Fed announced another taper...

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The week's yield drop pushed everything across the curve back near cycle yield closing lows...

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The Dollar was up 4 of the 5 days this week (and 3rd week of last 4)

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A late-week bid pushed most of the cryptospace into the green with Bitcoin Cash leading the week...

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Commodities were practically unchanged on the week despite the dollar gains, but obviously oil was the outlier with its best week ever...

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Interestingly, oil's surge coincides with its price relative to silver dropping below 2x (2 ounces of silver / barrel of oil) once again...

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Gold Spot and Futures have started to decouple again as physical delivery fears resurface...

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Where does gold go next?

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Finally, the question is - is this bounce still viable?

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Not if fun-durr-mentals have anything to do with it...

Source: Bloomberg