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Stocks, Bond Yields, & Crypto Soar Amid Payrolls Plunge, "Damaged" Democracy, & Biden's "Trillions"

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by Tyler Durden
Friday, Jan 08, 2021 - 04:00 PM

So, the first week of the year brought us - the worst first day for stocks in two decades, the "darkest day in American democracy", a dismal jobs print (far worse than expected), ISM beats that were almost entirely predicated on model misattribution of global supply chain disruptions, a blue-sweep of government (fiscal-palooza), and the highest levels of COVID "cases" and deaths.

What really mattered? The Fed said "no taper" anytime soon, and promises of more $2000 checks and more and more - both of which sparked 'reflation' trades everywhere with cryptos soaring, bond yields spiking and Small-Caps surging relative to Big-Tech.

After the S&P 500's worst start to a year since the Dot-com mania, markets took off with Small Caps by far the week's biggest gainers...

Everything was fine today until a) 10Y Yields broke above 1.10% (VaR shock impacts on stocks), and b) Sen. Manchin spoiled the party by saying he would not support $2000 checks)...

But Biden saved the day late-on with promises of lots of money for all...$15 min wage for all... and stimulus in the trillions... stocks went wild! (Small Caps had a down day today)

Small Caps continue to push up towards the key downtrend against Nasdaq...

Source: Bloomberg

The S&P 500 was noisy around the 3800 level, before being panic bid after Biden spoke...

Which, as SpotGamma notes, is a key technical level from the options market...

Banks were bid as yields rose all week but fell today as the velocity of the yield spike spooked some...

Source: Bloomberg

Biotechs soared all week (until this afternoon) with Nasdaq Biotech Index topping 5000 for the first time...

Source: Bloomberg

And then there's TSLA!!... which surpassed FB in market cap today with its best week since July...

Source: Bloomberg

It's been quite a wild ride...

Source: Bloomberg

Bond yields surged higher on the week - the biggest spike in 30Y yields since June 2020...

Source: Bloomberg

10Y Yields broke out this week...

Source: Bloomberg

...back to their highest since March...

Source: Bloomberg

Real Yields soared this week (biggest spike since March 2020), after hitting record lows, weighing heavily on gold prices...

Source: Bloomberg

Notably for European and Japanese traders, FX-hedged Treasury yields are the most attractive since 2017...

Source: Bloomberg

Additionally, Japan’s 30-year bond yields have dropped below currency-hedged 10-year Treasury yields for the first time since 2017...

Source: Bloomberg

The dollar rallied on the week with a decent spike yesterday and follow through today...

Source: Bloomberg

Cryptos were the major headline makers on the week, with ETH up over 60% and BTC up 40%...

Source: Bloomberg

With Bitcoin tagging $42,000 intraday at its peak...

Source: Bloomberg

And Ethereum nearing $1300 twice...

Source: Bloomberg

Is Bitcoin tracking 1970s gold?

Source: Bloomberg

Gold was clubbed like a baby-seal this week after a strong start up to pre-vaccine levels...

WTI continued its post-election, post-Fed, post-vaccine (and now post-Saudi fold) surge nearing $52 this week...

Copper closed higher on the week but was weak today...

Finally, there's Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon:

"The markets have been quite ebullient as of late. You know, I think there's some excess in markets."

"I think there's a lot of retail participation in markets that's certainly making markets a little bit more ebullient. I'd be cautious about some of that."

And then there's Fed Vice Chair Clarida who said he's "not worried by stock market values... they're adjusting to a more positive outlook."

Very positive indeed.

Source: Bloomberg

Of most note today though was the reaction of stocks to bond yields' spike - be careful what you wish for...

Source: Bloomberg

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