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Omi-Gone? Stocks Soar As Scariant & CPI Send Bonds, Bitcoin, & The Buck Lower On The Week

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by Tyler Durden
Friday, Dec 10, 2021 - 09:01 PM

It has been two weeks since the deadly (no one has died anywhere in the world) new COVID variant - Omicron - and only The Dow has managed to shrug off the constant fearmongering and panicky policy-making to 'slow the spread' of this "mild" virus...

Small Caps are notably ugly since Omicron was unleashed on the world. But this week saw the S&P rip to its best week since February as Goldman's melt-up appears to have come true...

Today was dominated by CPI - which printed at its hottest in 40 years but was modestly below the whisper number - and that sent yields lower (especially the short-end) and implicitly Nasdaq and S&P (growth) higher as Small Caps (value) lower. Everything went vertical in the last couple of minutes... just like last Friday...

A record close for the S&P 500

This week's gains in stocks were ignited by a major short-squeeze in the first half of the week, but that faded as the week wore on...

Source: Bloomberg

Unprofitable tech stocks rallied for the first weekly gain in a month and biggest weekly gain since early October (but like 'most shorted' it was very much a tale of two halves)...

Source: Bloomberg

AAPL on the other hand appears destined for $3 trillion market cap...

Source: Bloomberg

Amid all the excitement, Defensives actually outperformed Cyclicals on the week...

Source: Bloomberg

VIX was clubbed like a baby seal this week, its biggest absolute weekly compression since February...

Source: Bloomberg

Overall, the bubble markets pumped and dumped this week...

Source: Bloomberg

The moves in VIX and bubble markets reminded us of this...

Bonds were monkeyhammered on the week with the long-end underperforming dramatically (early week saw a heavy corporate calendar)...

Source: Bloomberg

The yield curve steepened this week (for the first time in 5 weeks) by the most since January, but remains notably flatter since Omicron...

Source: Bloomberg

Today saw rate-hike odds shift lower (dovish) but a full rate-hike is still priced-in for June...

Source: Bloomberg

The Dollar ended the week lower, dropping back from unchanged today after CPI...

Source: Bloomberg

Cryptos were ugly this week with all the major coins down, but off the lows of last weekend's flash crash. BTC ended -10%, ETH -4%...

Source: Bloomberg

Interesting in BTC today with a morning pump to tag $50k then the dump...

Source: Bloomberg

Best week for oil since August, snapping a 6-week losing streak

Gold managed very modest gains on the week while silver slipped lower...

Finally, a quick reminder that based on the current rate of unemployment and inflation, The Taylor Rule suggests Fed Funds should be over 9%...

Source: Bloomberg

Oh, and if The White House claims they have saved us all from high gas prices... and somehow this is the average price... tell them to f**k off - regular gasoline has only been higher in price at this time of year once - in 2012 - and even then it was pennies. Despite all the jawboning, gas prices at the pump are dramatically above the average price for this time of year...

Source: Bloomberg

So, apart from non-transitory inflation driving an ongoing collapse in real wages and the $3 trillion real cost of Biden's BBB plan... everything is awesome?!

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