Comments from ECB Executive Board member Yves Mersch will kick off the week. Mersch participates in a monetary policy conference in Malaysia entitled "How is Technology Changing the Operating Environment for Monetary Policy?" at 0715GMT.
Then it is quickly on to a flurry of Eurozone flash PMI’s, France kick things off with July preliminary manufacturing and services PMI’s at 0700GMT.
Germany are next on the docket publishing their July preliminary manufacturing and services PMI’s at 0730GMT.
Then at 0800GMT broader Eurozone July preliminary manufacturing and services PMI figures are released.
Things quieten down slightly from then on, at 1000GMT the Bundesbank release their monthly report for July 2017.
Across the Atlantic the day gets underway with Canadian Wholesale Trade figures at 1230GMT.
The first US release is comes in the form of manufacturing and services PMI’s, the preliminary July data will be released at 1345GMT.
At 1400GMT US existing home sales from the National Association of Retailers will be released. The pace of existing home sales is expected to slow modestly to a 5.57 million annual rate in June after rising by 1.1% in May.
And finally, rounding off the day at 1900GMT are US preliminary Treasury allotments.
SNAPSHOT: Below gives key levels of markets in the second half of the Asia-Pac session: - Nikkei 225 down 164.77 points at 19934.55 - ASX 200 down 44.142 points at 5678.1 Shanghai Comp. up 5.787 points at 3243.769 - JGB 10-Yr future up 3 ticks at 150.25, JGB 10-Yr yield up 0.1bp at 0.068% - Aussie 3-Yr future down 0 ticks at 98, Aussie 3-Yr yield down 1.1bp at 2.008% - Aussie 10-Yr future up 2 ticks at 97.32, Aussie 10-Yr yield down 2.5bp at 2.673% - US 10-Yr future flat at 126.10, US 10-Yr yield down 0.17bp at 2.2358%
US TSY/RECAP: Treasuries prices end Fri higher, flatter after gradual improvement amid technical buying, stronger German Bunds, weaker German stks. T-Notes open Asia at 126.09, 10-Year yield last 2.238%
BOJ: BoJ offers to buy total Y1.08tln of JGB's from the market. - Y280bln of 1-3 Year JGB's (prev. Y280bln) - Y330bln of 3-5 Year JGB's (prev. Y330bln) - Y470bln of 5-10 Year JGB's (prev. Y500bln, still higher than the Y450bln before the increase on 7 July)
JGBS: JGB futures drop sharply after the BoJ decrease purchase size in 5-10 Year sector by Y30bln to Y470bln. Had seen very quiet rangebound trade, then dropped to 150.18 from 150.26. - Yields jump across the board, 10-Year now at 0.072% from 0.067%, was unchanged on the session. - BoJ sees yield at around 0.07% as acceptable compared to 0.10% when they increased the size of the operation in the 5-10 Year zone on 7 July
JGBS: JGB's retrace initial decline following the BoJ decision to reduce purchases in the 5-10 Year zone by Y30bln. JGB futures now up ticks on the session at 150.24, around 2 ticks lower than pre announcement levels.
US EURODLR FUTURES: Thin/moderate volume in Asia, a quiet session with little in the way of macro news. Unchanged to slightly lower across the strip, coming off near high closing levels from Friday.
JAPAN STOCKS: Japanese stocks started off the week with a drop into negative territory, the Nikkei 225 last down 172.46 points at 19,927.29. The index opened sharply lower after a decline in US stocks on Friday on political jitters as well as broad yen strength; Other stocks in Asia are mixed, the ASX 200 in Australia is down 61 points at 5,661.70, again led lower by financial and industrials. - In China stocks are mainly in the green, the Shanghai Comp and CSI 300 both up around 20 points, while in Hong Kong the Hang Seng is up 147 points.
OIL: Oil is slightly higher in Asia-Pac trade, WTI last up $0.17 at $45.94; this still barely puts a dent in the sharp decline from above $47/bbl seen on Friday. - OPEC/Non-OPEC ministers will be meeting today to discuss the output deal, there is some speculation that the cases of Libya and Nigeria, both currently exempt from the output deal will be discussed at the meeting. Reports are mixed however with some sources saying this won't be on the agenda, and others saying a conditional cap could be proposed - but noting this move is still unlikely to be accepted. An FT report over the weekend showed Russian Oil Minister Novak as in favour of a cap for Libya and Nigeria. Also supporting oil at this level are comments from Kuwait oil minister.
GOLD: Gold is marginally lower in Asia-Pac trade, the yellow metal last down $0.17 at $1,254.81, however gold maintains gains made on Friday at this level. Gold rose around $10/oz to close around $1,254 on Friday as equities and the US dollar sank on US political jitters. - The dollar index (DXY) sits near 13-month lows at 93.877, political jitters are weighing with Trump replacing White House Press Sec. Spicer on Friday, an ever swirling investigation in to Trump's Russia links with Mueller again widening the scope of the probe, and Trump taking to twitter to launch a tirade against unsupportive republicans.
FOREX: The dollar remained on the back foot in quiet Asia markets, dragged lower by weaker US rate futures. Dollar-yen eased from Y111.21 to Y110.77 and was last at Y110.98. Aussie-dollar carved out a $0.7901 to $0.7930 range, the weaker US dollar theme was countered by Aussie-yen supply amid softer regional equities. Aussie was last at $0.7920. Euro-dollar held a $1.1659 to $1.1684 range, the highest level since August 2015. Meanwhile, Cable trekked higher from $1.2984 to $1.3016, the pound also underpinned by Euro-sterling supply. Cable was last at $1.3015.
BUND: (U17) 162.60 Resistance Remains Key
*RES 4: 163.14 55-DMA
*RES 3: 163.07 100-DMA
*RES 2: 162.83 Daily Bull channel top
*RES 1: 162.60 High June 30
*PREVIOUS CLOSE: 162.31
*SUP 1: 162.14 High July 20 now support
*SUP 2: 162.01 21-DMA
*SUP 3: 161.70 Daily Bull channel base
*SUP 4: 161.47 Hourly support July 18
*COMMENTARY: Support emerging on dips last week resulted in a close above the 21-DMA and immediate pressure on 162.60. Bulls continue to look for a close above 162.60 to shift focus to 163.07-31 where 55 & 100-DMAs are located. Layers of support continue to accumulate with bears now needing a close below the 21-DMA to ease bullish pressure and below 161.47 to shift initial focus back to 161.02.
EUROSTOXX50: 3435.29 Support Confirms Significance
*RES 4: 3508.90 Hourly support July 20 now resistance
*RES 3: 3480.15 Hourly resistance July 21a
*RES 2: 3469.62 Low July 18 now resistance
*RES 1: 3454.07 Hourly resistance July 21
*PREVIOUS CLOSE: 3451.71
*SUP 1: 3435.29 Low July 6
*SUP 2: 3430.90 Bollinger band base
*SUP 3: 3407.33 Monthly Low Apr 19
*SUP 4: 3390.04 Low Mar 13
*COMMENTARY: The lack of follow through on Thursday’s rally provided the catalyst for Friday’s sell-off that confirmed the significance of the 3435.29 support. Bears continue to look for a close below this level to initially pressure 3407.33 with overall focus on the 200-DMA (3350.15). Bulls now need a close above 3469.62 to ease bearish pressure and above 3480.15 to shift focus back to 3529.99-3555.37 where the 55-DMA and bear channel top are located.
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It has been widely reported in the media that selling volatility has been on the rise among traders. The VIX (S&P 500 Volatility Index) is at historic lows, with equities seeming to shrug off negative data. Volatility ETF/ETN products are a popular (and easy to transact) way to speculate on market calmness. This week, SVXY (ProShares Short VIX Short-Term ETF) was especially active in the securities lending market. SVXY carries a borrow fee of 2.5%, with Utilization at nearly 95%. Small primes are showing size today, we are not seeing anything from bulge brackets or retail.
SVXY seeks daily returns which correspond to the inverse of VIX performance. Shorting SVXY is akin to buying volatility – betting that there may be a drawdown in the stock market. So why do traders pay 2.5% to short SVXY when they can just buy VIXY (ProShares VIX Short-Term Futures ETF ), also a long volatility play, with zero borrow cost? One answer is decay. Due to the structure of volatility products, inverse funds experience price decay as the fund rolls its positions to match the underlying index results. Vanilla volatility funds also experience decay, but at a lower rate. The trading strategy for SVXY shorts is to bet on volatility rising, while potentially profiting from fund decay while waiting. This has not been a profitable trade this year. SPY realized volatility (7.8 10-day for Q2) has been consistently lower than Implied (8.83). SVXY’s share price has doubled YTD.
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Professionals have combined these three data points to justify higher NASDAQ-100 Index (NDX) prices:
The third observation is most noteworthy if you are calling for higher broad-market prices. Here is why:
We hold the view that the US dollar and crude oil are the most significant driver of asset prices in the world, everything else is just a byproduct of their direction.
The US dollar is in a clear downtrend.
The road map from profiting from a falling US dollar historically looks like this: invest in US exporters, tangible assets (foreigners who buy U.S. real estate or commodities) and appreciating currencies or stock markets.
The idea that foreigners buy US real estate, or interest rate sensitive equities (i.e. the financial sector), or commodities (i.e. energy, materials), if correlations turn even more positive with the technology sector (i.e. US exporters) is not discounted in the market, especially by quantitative or pairs trading strategy that are long on technology and short of energy.
The major equity indices are soft across the board in what appears to be a natural consolidation after recently making new all-time highs. One group making fresh new highs is the insurance industry. The insurance ETF, ticker KIE, has been up in eight of the prior nine weeks. This week the KIE has broken out above the prior 52-week high, $89.50, made back in early March, which represents the neckline of a cup and handle pattern. The size of the pattern projects a measured move towards $95, +5.4% from last sale. Momentum is elevated with the daily RSI at 68 suggesting a period of consolidation could occur soon which may provide a more attractive entry for new longs.
In the months following the election, we saw optimism surge higher in a number of prominent indicators…
The thinking was as follows: a new era of higher economic growth was about to take hold, driven by lower taxes, deregulation and massive infrastructure spending. It was said that 5% real GDP, a stronger U.S. dollar, higher long-term interest rates, and higher wage growth were coming.
Reinforcing this belief was the booming stock market in the U.S., hitting new all-time highs on a daily basis and doing so with just about the lowest volatility in history.
Fast forward to today and the stock market continues to hit all-time highs with record-low volatility, but something interesting is developing with respect to the aforementioned levels of optimism. They are starting to move back down…
But these are just surveys. Perhaps the real economic data is painting a different picture. Let’s take a look…
Based on the data, it would be hard to argue that economic growth is improving, and certainly not supporting the belief that 5% real growth is attainable anytime soon. If anything, growth appears to be slowing down just a bit.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Dollar Index is at a 52-week low, down against every major currency in 2017.
And long-term bond yield have fallen in 2017 while the yield curve (10-year minus 3-month yields) is close to its flattest level of the expansion. The bond market certainly is not buying into a move to 3% real growth, let alone 5%.
But we still have the stock market, hitting new all-time highs on a daily basis with no volatility to speak of. In contrast to the economic surveys, sentiment there has certainly not waned. Is this a signal that 5% growth may indeed be coming? Only if you believe the stock market is the economy.
In recent weeks, the President has suggested as much. Mr. Trump, who called the entire stock market advance under President Obama a “big, fat, ugly, bubble,” has been touting it as a barometer of success…
It would be an understatement to say that there has been no President in history who has mentioned the stock market with greater frequency. This is interesting, for if the stock market is said to be a real-time reflection of his performance, what will the President say when it actually goes down (there hasn’t been a 5% correction since he was elected, one of the longest stretches in history)?
As most market participants understand, the President and their policies have very little influence on equity returns. There are a multitude of factors that drive the stock market (earnings, valuation, sentiment, economy, etc.), and the President is just one microscopic piece of that puzzle. This is as it should be in a free market economy, where no one person has undue influence.
Considering the growing divide between the stock market and the real economy, the question for investors is whether they still believe the post-election narrative to be true. Will the dream of 5% growth be realized and do they take Trump at his word when he says: “we’ve signed more bills – and I’m talking about through the legislature – than any President, ever”?
Rational optimism is the best default mindset to have and has served me well throughout the years. But there are times when optimism reaches a point that is simply not supported by the data, hence becoming irrational. After the election, the homebuilder/consumer/housing/manufacturing surveys were at such a point. In recent months they seem to be slowly coming back to reality, understanding that there was no paradigm shift on election day.
Will the stock market be next?
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