Soaring Investor "Greed" Sends Dow To New Record High Despite Momo Massacre

Why are stocks soaring? Simple - it's the fun-durr-mentals, stupid!

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And everyone is chasing it now...

Chinese stocks all ended the day higher, but the afternoon session saw some giveback...

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European stocks were all higher on the day, UK's FTSE the laggard, Italy leader...

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European equities surged to their highest level since August 2015 as miners to automakers advanced on optimism that U.S.-China trade talks are progressing.

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Major US equities indices were all higher (Dow joining the party at record highs) with Trannies outperforming (NOTE - the indices basically did nothing from the US cash open onwards - except Trannies)...

 

Futures show the action a little better with the US-China deal headlines sparking a pre-open ramp to record highs and then once Europe closed, stocks faded...

Defensives were straight down from the open as Cyclicals gapped open (short-squeeze - see below)

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Momo stocks were massacred, extending Friday's plunge... this is the biggest 2-day drop since the peak of the quant quake in September...

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As Michael Krause (@michaelbkrause) noted so succinctly: "Junk stock short squeeze day. L/S momentum falling apart, value not picking up the slack, and most volatile stocks killing it... The pious quants with a long-term research-driven view are off-sides today."

And sure enough, "most shorted" stocks ripped at the open, thanks to yet more trade deal rumors...

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And as momo melts down, stocks soar to record highs but Bloomberg's SMART money flow indicator signals the big boys are not playing along...

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Treasury yields were all higher on the day with the long-end notably underperforming...

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Which sent the yield curve notably steeper - erasing the post-Powell flattening...

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30Y yields spiked 8bps today but if the quant quake is anything to go by, the yield should be soaring back near 3.00%...

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Notably, the market expects just 1.2 more rate-cuts by the end of 2020 - dramatically less dovish than the 5 cuts expected in early September (2 of which have been delivered)...

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The dollar surged back to the lows of FOMC day...

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Bitcoin and Ethereum trod water since Friday with Bitcoin Cash and Litecoin outperforming...

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PMs were lower on the day, copper and crude gained but the latter gave plenty back after Europe closed...

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WTI held on to its $56 handle but couldn't hold the $57 intraday...

And while gold slipped, it remains above $1500...

Gold/Oil is back at the upper end of its long-term rang again...

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Since Powell's dovish inflation comments, gold remains the leader - despite stocks surge today...

 

And finally, investors haven't been this 'Extremely Greedy' since 2017...

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