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Global Stocks Rise, Copper Soars In Thin Holiday Volumes

European stocks are steady in post-Christmas trading if struggling for traction after a mixed session in Asia, amid trading thinned by a holiday-shortened week and ongoing worries about the tech sector; however a strong rally in commodities – including copper and oil – buoyed expectations for a strong 2018 and helped offset concerns over the […]

“Very Close To Irrational Exuberance”: Asian Equities Break Above All-Time High As Hang Seng Clears 30,000

Following the new all-time high in US equities, the MSCI Asia Pacific Index broke through its November 2007 peak to make an all-time high in Wednesday’s trading session. This was something we noted could happen yesterday in “SocGen: Asian Equities Are So Awesome, A China Minsky Moment Is ‘Manageable”. The dollar weakened slightly after outgoing […]

Goldman Discovers Something Odd: Stock Moves Are Increasing Even As Index Moves Are Decreasing

One wouldn’t know it by looking at the moves in equity indexes, but this earnings season has been unusually volatile for stocks, which however has yet to translate into bigger moves at the macro level. That is the bizarre observation made by Goldman’s derivatives strategist John Marshall (whose team grew by one when ex-Deutsche Banker […]

Just Five Tech Stocks Add Insane $200 Billion In Market Cap In One Day

The Nasdaq is dramatically outperforming the rest of the major US equity indices today…   In fact this this is the biggest Nasdaq outperformance of the S&P since May 2009… “We saw some weakness in the stocks of tech megacaps recently, not so much because of a concern about mediocre earnings but rather because a […]

JPM: “Investors Are Starting To Hedge Against A Crash”

It’s probably not a coincidence that in the same week in which one of the most level-headed investors of all, Oaktree’s Howard Marks issued an alarm on the current state of the market, that JPM has come out with not one (as discussed previously, Marko Kolanovic’s latest “tipping point” note last Thursday was blamed for […]

“It’s Not Good In The Long Run” Tokyo Exchange Chief Slams Kuroda’s “Constant Market Distortions”

When the chief of a country's biggest stock exchange is warning that the central bank is buying too many equities, then you know you have a problem. Japan Exchange Group Inc. Chief Executive Officer Akira Kiyota has become the latest member of Japan’s financial establishment to publicly criticize the BOJ for its longrunning ETF buying […]

WTF Chart Of The Day: There Are Now More Indexes Than Stocks

For the first time ever, the number of market indexes now exceeds the number of U.S. stocks… As Bloomberg reports, traditional ones such as the S&P 500 are collections of securities weighted by market value, and index funds mimic them as a low-cost way to deliver the market’s performance. Many new indexes are different: They […]

Goldman: “The Last Time Correlations Were This Low Was Just Before The Financial Crisis”

In a note from Goldman’s cross-asset strategist Ian Wright, the bank points out something troubling: on one hand, over the past six months, or rather since the US elections, equity markets around the globe have soared, and returns across regions have been “strong” – S&P 500, Stoxx 600, Nikkei 225 and MSCI EM ($) have […]

FPA: “ETFs Are Weapons Of Mass Destruction; We Could Get An Onslaught Of Selling”

One of the recurring themes on this website over the past two years has been the growing threat posed by the flood of capital out of active investing and into passive, and far cheaper and better performing (under central planning) vehicles such as ETF. For a quick rundown, here are some recent posts on the […]

European Stocks, Futures Rebound As Stronger Dollar Eases Haven Demand

European stocks rebounded after the biggest one-day drop since November, alongside S&P futures, while Asian equities posted modest declines after yesterday’s weak US close. Gold and yen slid, while the dollar gained on the latest Mnuchin comments to the FT according to which Trump was “absolutely not” trying to talk down the dollar. European equities […]