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No Rest for the Weary

Overview: Risk appetites are improving on the margin. Asia Pacific stocks still fell after the sharp losses on Wall Street on Monday. Still, China, Taiwan and Indian equities traded higher. Europe's Stoxx 600 is snapping a four-day 6.5%+ slide and is up around 1.2% in late European morning turnover. US equity futures are up over 1%. The 10-year Treasury yield that pushed to 3.20% yesterday is a little above 3% now. European benchmark yields are 5-7 bp lower and the peripheral premium has...

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The Week Ahead: US CPI and PPI Set to Soften

The Fed's 50 bp rate hike is behind us.  Another 50 bp hike is expected next month. The April employment report will do little to calm the anxiety about the "too tight" labor market.  The decline in the participation rate was disappointing and this coupled with decline in Q1 productivity raies questions about the economy's non-inflationary speed limit.    One of the fascinating things about the markets is that sometimes the cause take place after the effect.  This is an interesting way to...

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Markets Remain Unsettled Ahead of US (and Canada) Employment Reports

Overview: The sharp sell-off of US equities yesterday weighed on global equities today.  The Asia Pacific bourses were a sea of read with many of the large markets off 2%-3%.  Japan, which returned from a three-day holiday was the exception and it managed to eke out a small gain.  Europe's Stoxx 600 gapped lower after yesterday's outside down session and US futures are trading around 0.3%-0.5% lower.  Meanwhile, the US 10-year yield is ending further above the 3% threshold, while European...

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Fed Day

Overview: The markets are mostly treading water ahead of the FOMC decision later today. Tech stocks tumbled in Hong Kong and the Hang Seng fell a little more than 1%, while India was the worst performer in the region falling over 2% following an unexpected and inter-meeting hike by the Reserve Bank of India.  It raised the repo rate to 4.4% from 4.0%.  Europe's Stoxx 600 is a little lower and has been unable to close the gap from Monday created from the lower opening.  US futures are firm. ...

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What Really ‘Raises’ The Rising ‘Dollar’

It’s one of those things which everyone just accepts because everyone says it must be true. If the US$ is rising, what else other than the Federal Reserve. In particular, the Fed has to be raising rates in relation to other central banks; interest rate differentials. A relatively more “hawkish” US policy therefore the wind in the sails of a “strong” dollar exchange regime.How else would we explain, for example, the euro’s absolute plunge since around May last year? Everything since would...

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China’s Covid Sends Commodities Lower and helps the Dollar Extend Gains

Overview:  Fears that the Chinese lockdowns to fight Covid, which have extended for four weeks in Shanghai, are not working, and may be extended to Beijing has whacked equity markets, arrested the increase in bond yields, and lifted the dollar.  Commodity prices are broadly lower amid concerns over demand.  China's CSI 300 fell 5% today and Hong Kong's Hang Seng was off more than 3.5%.  Most of the major markets in Asia Pacific were off more than 1%.  Europe's Stoxx 600 is off around 1.9%...

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Yuan Slump Continues while Hawkish ECB Comments Lift the Euro

Overview: ECB comments suggesting a rate hike as early as July may be gaining momentum and is helping extend the euro's gains to an eight-day high near $1.0935.  In turn, it is buoying the central European currencies.  The greenback is heavier against most of the major currencies, though after a bout of profit-taking yesterday, it is enjoying a firmer tone against the yen.  The Chinese yuan's drop has extended for a third session.  Chinese President Xi defended the Covid policy seemingly...

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The Yen Bounces after 13-Day Slide and BOJ Defends Yield Cap

Overview: The record-long yen slide has stalled just shy of JPY129.50, even though the Bank of Japan defended its Yield-Curve Control cap on the 10-year bond and will continue to do so for the next four sessions. The greenback fell to almost JPY128 before steadying.  China again defied expectations for lower rates (loan prime rate), the yuan's sell-off accelerated and slide to its lowest level since last October. Chinese and Hong Kong shares fell, but most of the other large markets Asia...

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US equity investors are playing with fire

In bull markets, valuation generally doesn`t matter very much unless it reaches a nosebleed extreme, such as the NASDAQ Bubble. In bear markets, valuation defines the downside risk in equity prices.  As the Powell Fed has signaled it is dead set on a hawkish policy that does not preclude inducing a recession, valuation will matter soon. The 10-year Treasury yield stands at 2.8% and the S&P 500 forward P/E is 19.0. The last time the 10-year reached these levels was 2028 when the...

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Overheating Conditions Indicate High Probability of a US Recession

Yves here. Larry Summers alert! He’s still among us and worse may have people in positions of authority listening to him. Take this article as the sort of thing that McKinsey also peddles: leading edge conventional wisdom. This piece uses unemployment data to argue that it shows the economy is overheating and therefore it makes perfect sense for the Federal Reserve to stomp on those uppity workers to stop inflation, since the Fed has been in the business of using recessions to whack worker...

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