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Crypto’s Crash and Stocks Head Higher

"Crypto’s Crash," says some financial news headlines. The reality is Bitcoin, Ethereum and others are down about 10-15% in the last few days. The word…

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“Crypto’s Crash,” says some financial news headlines. The reality is Bitcoin, Ethereum and others are down about 10-15% in the last few days. The word “crash” may seem appropriate to describe the sharp decline, except 10%+ moves in a matter of days is the norm, not the exception for crypto.

Ignoring the crypto crash, the S&P 500 went higher. The index is up over 25% this year. Despite such an outsized gain, the table below from LPL Research argues we should be optimistic for 2022. Of course, it’s worth noting some of these outsized returns were coming off of major bear market lows such as 1975, 2003, and 2009.

S&P record high

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What To Watch Today

Economy

  • 7:00 a.m. ET: MBA mortgage applications, week ended Nov. 12 (5.5% during prior week)
  • 8:30 a.m. ET: Building permits, month-over-month, Oct. (2.8% expected, -7.8% in Sept.)
  • 8:30 a.m. ET: Housing starts, month-over-month Oct. (1.5% expected, -1.6% in Sept.)

Earnings

Pre-market

  • 6:00 a.m. ET: Lowe’s (LOWto report adjusted earnings of $2.35 on revenue of $22.12 billion 
  • 6:20 a.m. ET: Target (TGTto report adjusted earnings of $2.84 on revenue of $24.27 billion 
  • 7:30 a.m. ET: TJX Cos. (TJX) to report adjusted earnings of 81 cents on revenue of $12.28 billion 

Post-market

  • 4:05 p.m. ET: Sonos (SONOto report adjusted earnings of 10 cents on revenue of $360.00 million
  • 4:05 p.m. ET: Cisco (CSCOto report adjusted earnings of 81 cents per revenue of $12.99 billion
  • 4:20 p.m. ET: Nvidia (NVDA) to report adjusted earnings of $1.11 per revenue of $6.81 billion
  • 4:15 p.m. ET: Victoria’s Secret (VSCO) to report adjusted earnings of 70 cents on revenue of $1.47 billion

Stronger Than Expected Retail Sales

Despite weakening confidence, consumers spent a lot of money last month. Retail Sales rose 1.7%, up from 0.7% last month and well above the 1.0% consensus. While the number was great, there are a couple of factors that may be overstating it.

Retail Sales are nominal, meaning it doesn’t capture inflation. As such, consumers may be buying a similar number of goods but paying more for them. Second, we believe many people are ordering Christmas gifts early due to concerns about supply lines and shortages. If this is the case, sales for November and especially December may end up being weaker than expectations. One last point, Hanukah starts on the Sunday after Thanksgiving this year, which is also driving earlier than normal demand.

Retail sales and inflation

Trading The Bull

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Bitcoin Correction or Just an Average Move?

As the first graph shows Bitcoin is down about 11% over the last few days. While a double-digit percentage move is quite often significant for most assets, it is fairly commonplace for Bitcoin. In fact, the five-day average price range using the high and the low for each five-day period since 2014, is 11.65%. The second graph circles the recent five-day range, highlighting just how average it is.

Bitcoin
Bitcoin

Lofty Earnings Expectations

“The attractive P/E to LTG ratio, or ‘PEG ratio’, of the S&P 500 is due to lofty growth expectations, not low valuations… LTG rates are better contrary than positive indicators… today’s level would suggest losses of -20% over the next 12 months” – BofA

Bottom line- implied long-term earnings growth of nearly 20% is well above any level witnessed since 1986, including 1999. It’s also more than double any actual growth rate over the period.  Now consider, profit margins will be under pressure due to rising prices and wages, the Fed is removing accommodations, and economic growth will normalize. Given these headwinds, the implied growth forecast seems like pie in the sky. An adjustment of growth expectations is likely to make investing much more difficult in 2022 than this year.

S&p 500 Earnings Growth

Diversification Ain’t What it Used to Be

The graph below, courtesy of Jim Bianco, shows the diversification benefits of a passive portfolio are rapidly fading as the five largest stocks now garner nearly 25% of the contribution to the S&P 500. While many investors may think they are diversified because they indirectly own 500+ stocks, such is not mathematically accurate. Yes, they own a piece of 500+ stocks, but the returns are heavily based on five stocks.

S&P 500 FANG Stocks

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“Team Transitory” Is Dead After Powell Says “Time To Retire Word Transitory Regarding Inflation”

"Team Transitory" Is Dead After Powell Says "Time To Retire Word Transitory Regarding Inflation"

Remember when clueless macrotourists  and…

“Team Transitory” Is Dead After Powell Says “Time To Retire Word Transitory Regarding Inflation”

Remember when clueless macrotourists  and worthless econo-hacks who have zero understanding of actual economic dynamics spent miles of digital ink convincing their tiny echochambers that they were right and that inflation was transitory (or rather, desperately scrambled to mask their utter lack of grasp of even the simplest concepts):

Well, one month ago we made it quite clear where in the financial pecking order these so-called ‘experts’ fall…

… and then moments ago none other than Jerome Powell put to rest any further debate on the topic of transitory vs permanent inflation:

  • *POWELL: TIME TO RETIRE THE WORD TRANSITORY REGARDING INFLATION
  • *POWELL: THREAT OF PERSISTENTLY HIGHER INFLATION HAS GROWN

Powell’s cremation of “team transitory” took place after the Fed chair was asked how long inflation has to run above-target before he decides it’s not so transitory, with Senator Pat Toomey mocking the term “transitory”, saying: “Everything is transitory. Life is transitory” to which he could have also added that “on a long enough timeline the survival rate for everything drops to zero.

In response, Powell said it’s probably a good time to “retire that word”, a clean and clear admission from Powell that inflation is no longer transitory.

And while it is certainly good news that we can finally stop polluting the airwaves with idiotic discussions whether inflation is transitory or not, it hardly helps Americans because as the latest BofA transitory vs permanent inflation reading shows, both are at all time highs.

The market was not happy either because just moments later, Powell also said the one thing that traders dread, namely that the taper could wrap up a few months earlier:

  • *POWELL: CAN CONSIDER WRAPPING UP TAPER A FEW MONTHS SOONER

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Tue, 11/30/2021 – 11:12

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Stocks, Bonds, & Cryptos Crushed As Powell Threatens Accelerated Taper

Stocks, Bonds, & Cryptos Crushed As Powell Threatens Accelerated Taper

Fed Chair Powell has been more hawkish than many expected during…

Stocks, Bonds, & Cryptos Crushed As Powell Threatens Accelerated Taper

Fed Chair Powell has been more hawkish than many expected during this morning’s hearings, specifically noting the non-transitory nature of inflation and the need to use his tools to address it.

“At this point the economy is very strong and inflationary pressures are high and it is therefore appropriate in my view to consider wrapping up the taper of our asset purchases, which we actually announced at the November meeting, perhaps a few months sooner. I expect we will discuss that at our upcoming meeting.”

This is a significant change from earlier this month, when the FOMC was pointing to wrapping up the taper in June 2022, and was not what the market wanted to hear…

Stocks immediately reversed their post-open ramp…

That leaves Small Caps down 6% since the onset of Omicron anxiety…

Yields jumped across the curve with the short-end spiking most (30Y has almost erased the initial spike)…

Rate-hike odds spiked dramatically…

And the yield curve puked as ‘policy error’ fears soar…

Cryptos also plunged…

And the Dollar spiked…

The Powell-Put just went kaput…

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Tue, 11/30/2021 – 10:59




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Rabobank: Brushing Up Our Greek Alphabets

Rabobank: Brushing Up Our Greek Alphabets

By Michael Every of Rabobank

Brushing up our Greek alphabets

After a ‘sell first, ask questions…

Rabobank: Brushing Up Our Greek Alphabets

By Michael Every of Rabobank

Brushing up our Greek alphabets

After a ‘sell first, ask questions later’ Friday, markets regained some confidence on Monday. News that Omicron may lead to relatively mild symptoms may have helped the mood, though much about the new strain still remains unclear, including how infectious it is compared to other variants and whether it requires updated vaccines. The health ministers of the G7 issued a joint statement that contained little new information on the strain, but did warn that it “requires urgent action”. European equities also defied news that Germany is now the next country to consider stricter measures to curb the rise in cases.

The risk-on tone weighed on fixed income, with 10y Bund yields rising 2bp on the day, though that reverses only part of Friday’s decline. And the German inflation numbers didn’t provide much support for Bunds either. High inflation was already expected, with a 5.5% consensus forecast. Nevertheless, the German HICP managed to surpass that, as prices rose 6.0% y/y in November. With similar inflation rates already observed in other European countries, including Spain (5.6%) and Belgium (5.6%), a high Eurozone-aggregate HICP today shouldn’t come as a surprise.

In addition to German inflation being higher than expected, it was also a bit more broad-based: certainly, energy was an important contributor, but clothing, furnishing and household equipment, and particularly recreation and culture -though notably a volatile component- also drove prices higher. Despite the wider base of inflationary pressures, that doesn’t take away from the fact that most of these effects are probably still temporary factors that result from the reopening of the economy, supply chain disruptions, and the changes to German VAT at the start of the year. Indeed, the Bundesbank had already warned for a near-6% inflation rate this month, and the ECB’s Isabel Schnabel stated in a TV interview that “November will prove to be the peak.”

Nikkei reported some reassuring news to that extent, noting that the supply chain disruptions in the auto sector are starting to ease. According to the newspaper, the global supply of chips used in the auto industry may finally be improving: “after months of shortages, inventories have risen for the first time in nine months.” While it may still take some time before shortages across the entire supply chain are resolved, this does suggest that some bottlenecks are indeed gradually easing, boding well for both price pressures and for the output of one of Germany’s key industries. That said, bear in mind that the chip shortages were at the forefront of the global disruptions; since then shortages in many other materials and sectors have followed.

The rebound in China’s manufacturing PMI may also offer some reassurance about the recovery of the global value chain. The headline recovered to an expansionary reading of 50.1, but this may understate the improvements in actual output, seeing that one of the main drags on this headline relates to a sharp decline in energy prices faced by manufacturers. This likely reflects the government’s interventions in the coal sector, boosting production. Bloomberg reports that the National Development and Reform Commission met with coal producers last week and that prices would have to be guided towards to a “reasonable range”.

That is, of course, assuming that omicron does not throw a spanner in the works here. It certainly does make central bankers’ jobs that bit harder again. Fed Chair Powell said yesterday that the new strain, as well as the general rise in Covid-19 cases, poses downside risks to the full employment mandate and adds uncertainty to the inflation outlook. While he didn’t specifically mention any implications for the Fed’s current policy trajectory, it adds to the markets’ doubts whether the FOMC will still decide to accelerate the pace of tapering in its December meeting, and whether the market wasn’t too aggressive in its pricing of rate hikes next year. EUR/USD continues to find some support in this revaluation of potential for US policy moves.

Certainly, uncertainty also clouds the ECB’s decisive December meeting. However, with a more dovish starting point, that is less of a marked change. If anything, the European Central Bank may want to commit less in December, leaving more options open for earlier in the year when the Governing Council has more clarity on the outlook and omicron’s impact. A key case in point are Vice President De Guindos’ remarks on the TLTRO-IIIs this morning: he is clear that “the TLTROs are not finished yet”, confirming that -in his view- this year’s long-term liquidity providing operations certainly weren’t the last. However, he added that “it’s not going to be a decision we discuss in December”. Assuming that the future of (or rather after) PEPP will still be decided in December, that does put much more weight on the few other tools the ECB could use to mitigate the expected end of pandemic purchases. This could set markets up for an initial disappointment.

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Tue, 11/30/2021 – 10:45






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