Bad European data: bank lending in eurozone just does not fly. Trilater commission to meet in Helsinki next weekend. Trichet leads, so expect stability, greatness and overall #winning.
Wednesday, October 31
Tuesday, October 30
EURUSD moving up from near the multiweek range's bottom. JPY 'surprised' everyone and after BoK printed, the yen strengthened. US markets still closed because the 'lady'.
Monday, October 29
Stay sharp. Stay relaxed. There's something going on somewhere, all the time. In New York, the storm will pass. Others will come. We will stay.
News from Europe getting bad again - where to find the 30bn for Greece, Spain's economy continues getting worse beyond expectations. US markets largely closed due to "bad weather". EURUSD getting near the bottom of its multiweek range.
Sunday, October 28
Saturday, October 27
Another great credit post from MoreLiver's favorite blogger, Macronomics. Diverging France and Germany, trouble at the core, Spain. Pain, deflation ahead.
Se todellinen markkinavoima on se hiljainen raha, joka yrittää nähdä kakanpuhumisen läpi. Sekös poliitikkoja harmittaa, kun suunnitelmien ja ajatuksien ei pidä kelvata pelkästään äänestäjille, vaan alati maailman tilaa seuraaville lompakon päällä istuville.
Äänestäjät äänestävät yleensä koko elämänsä ajan sitä, mitä isi ja äiti jo kotona opettivat. Poliitikot tekevät teatteria näille ihmisille. Markkinavoima on se kollektiivinen n. parinsadan tuhannen ihmisen joukko, joka yrittää nähdä teatterin läpi, mitä oikeasti tapahtuu, ja mitä siitä seuraa.
Markkinamekanismin hyvä puoli on, että rahat tuppaavat kasaantumaan niille, jotka näkevät parhaiten. Sen takia se on äänestäjiä parempi poliisi. – Juhani Huopainen
Ohessa on kaksi ukkoa, toinen Turusta, toinen Espoosta. MoreLiver suosittelee molempia ja äänestää itse Helsingissä, joten jäävään itseni. Vantaalla Pauli Vahtera on hyvä - jopa lukee meikäläisen juttuja.
Friday, October 26
GDP came out, but most of bigger than expected growth came from aircraft purchases (volatile) and military spending (ahead of fiscal cliff, under budget review and the military's fiscal year ends in September), so the number was not as good as the headline would suggest. In the stock market language, the GDP growth was "low-quality". For acute reading needs, check my earlier posts, esp. the Best of The Week - I'll be back tomorrow with the usual Weekender posts, beginning with another Weekly Support. Have a good weekend - and if you're in Finland, remember to vote as your heart tells you.
US GDP ahead. Happy weekends, check back for my weekender posts.
The best articles from my posts of the ending week.
My previous post had plenty of article links and my own thoughts. ‘Best of’ coming soon.
Thursday, October 25
|Is this Europe's "believe me"? Source: The Big Pictur|
UK’s GDP better than expected, recession over – but no reason to be too cheerful. ECB released latest lending figures, and they were low – money supply figures came in below expectations. The Greek bailout III is already almost certain, with leaked details on FT. Eyes now on the US durable goods orders, followed by the official agreement on Greece and US GDP tomorrow.
I'm expecting rising trouble with the European banking union plans: FT points out how unhappy Germany is. EURUSD and SPX are bouncing between clear technical levels, with an inclination to test the downside.
I updated my views in last night's post, so just the regular links for now.
Wednesday, October 24
After the Fed’s non-event, eyes turn to the EU-discussions on Friday, where Greece’s continued bailout payments are probably confirmed. Tomorrow UK’s GDP and US durable goods orders, Friday sees several less important European numbers and the main event, US GDP. Oh yes, click the charts below for larger versions.
The European economic data (PMI and Germany’s IFO) were terrible and markets reacted accordingly. Draghi’s comments are still ahead, and later the Fed’s FOMC conclusion. See my previous posts’ US sections for additional commentary – don’t expect much from the Fed, though.
China's PMI came out better than expected (see link section). Wednesday will be a busy day, as we get the first glimpses of the Q4 economic activity. Given the worries over the dismal Q3 earnings and the related recent drops in major indices, and the fact that both the FED and the ECB are already committed policy-wise, today’s numbers will be watched closely. Incidentally, FOMC will conclude today, but no press conference is scheduled and important policy changes are not expected before December’s meeting. In Europe, Draghi will be speaking in Germany’s Bundestag on the ECB’s OMT program, followed by a scheduled press conference.
Tuesday, October 23
Markets were very weak after the bad Q3 earnings, signaling that the QE-effect is spent, and it’s back to fundamentals for now. Most of the reaction probably came from the bad Spanish news, and the yields on Spanish government debt increased somewhat. Incidentally, given the worries over the earnings, tomorrow we’ll see Q4 macro numbers from Europe and US, and these could set the tone for the rest of the week.
Fed is probably a non-event on Wednesday – but do notice that Draghi is visiting the lion’s den – he’s speaking to the Germany’s parliament, Bundestag, on the merits of the ECB’s OMT program. He will hold a press conference after the debate, and the market could use a word or two now. Perhaps he will provide that? Elsewhere, Canada's central bank surprised everyone and hinted that the end of easy monetary policy is going to end some day. Why? Are they worried about the house prices, or do they know something? Are they trying to do some "Chuck Norris"-monetary policy - creating growth by building up the inflation expectations?
EURUSD and SPX selling off on "low volume". Perhaps the Spanish lousy GDP estimates from the central bank, perhaps the growing pessimism on US earnings outlook or simply the realization that Europe still has not solved its crisis. In my view, the markets are still within the acceptable range for a range scenario. It is common for the markets to make marginal new lows or highs just to tease all the stop orders, but you people probably already knew that, right?
Looks like another test of the support areas in EURUSD and SPX is happening. Tactical longs, baby, tactical longs.
So, the stock market deciced to rally on the last minutes. I think it is safe to say now that the bottom of the daily range of the S&P 500 has been rejected, and a visit to the range's top is in progress.
Monday, October 22
Markets tried to move up, but failed for now. We might see some sort of bottom formation during the early part of this week, and perhaps then the markets decide whether the important support levels are taken out.
Long posts during the weekend. You probably missed a lot:
Sunday, October 21
Last post of the week, with my market views, followed by some interesting off-topic articles and some in Finnish.
Saturday, October 20
The European summit turned out to be a dud, even given the very low expectations. Dedicated sections on both the summit and European banking union design.
Friday, October 19
You still remember this? I joined the game in 1991, and experienced this as an outsider.
This week's main events were: EU summit agreeing on the banking union, Spain still playing time, better than expected data from China, US presidential election uncertainty increasing. A very important, but currently less discussed topic is the possibility of the central banks to write off the QE-acquired sovereign debts. As debt monetization has a bad ring to it, the discussion will be held in the background for political reasons.
First day of the EU summitteering confirmed the schedule for the common supervisor part of the banking union. This is a prerequisite for bailing out the Spanish banks, but it will be a long way to that result, and there are plenty of parties ready to change their opinion later. Markets nervous after Google's blunder.
Thursday, October 18
If there is a way to fail, we will find it. Google's outsourced paperwork did not work that well - but neither did their earnings. In Europe, plenty of stuff on the presummit statements - I'm not expecting much, and it looks like markets are preparing to a good old-fashioned "buy the summit, sell the news".
Some really good ones on the EU summit.
Wednesday, October 17
Back from blogging holidays! Plenty of stuff going on - Spanish bailout waiting game, summit and more time for Greece. Someone asked for updated views on EURUSD, after my view from last Sunday. Here it was. It seems currently all the issues appear to be solved. It will not be long before we see the cracks appear, so I will update views and comment on Thursday. I guess that tactical shorts or at least an opportunity to get long in EUR or SPX will soon become available.
Monday, October 15
I'm taking a holiday from blogging. Family matters.
Plenty of material to open up the week. Both SPX and EURUSD are keeping the ranges and the Chinese positive news helped to reject the lows of the range for now. If you had a life during the weekend, take some time to review what I posted during the weekend.
Sunday, October 14
The final post of the weekend! First some market views (pics are clickable), followed by some Off-Topic articles that I've come across during the ending week. And finally, some article links in Finnish.
This week the main themes are the need for banking reform – limiting the scale and scope of banks, and the resistance to, and perhaps futility of such efforts. The IMF’s recent economic outlook pointed the underestimation of fiscal multipliers. This is just a fancy way of stating that making budget cuts tends to lower growth and thus the previous “cult of austerity” was wrong.
The week was dominated by the European crisis with suggestions of Spanish bailout, while the plans for an ever-closer union are made in the background. Greece seems to be getting more time, so it is of less immediate interest to markets right now. In US, the fiscal cliff, elections and possible trouble with corporate earnings are the most important themes.
Saturday, October 13
Friday, October 12
Here are the links to sort out your review of last week and prepare for the next one. I will update the missing ones as soon as they are published.
The best article links from my ending week’s posts. Spain's downgrade, Liikanen's report on reforming banking and IMF's confession that austerity is not working.
Just the regulars.
Thursday, October 11
Wednesday, October 10
Weak day in SPX, but EURUSD held nicely. Now the stocks are sitting at the support. Either it breaks, or we visit the top half of the range quickly. False breakout to downside would be classic. MoreLiver's old saying is that the objective of the markets is to hurt as many people as possible. Which way you think the really clever people would now position?
After the deeper drop than I was expecting, the previous lows came close. (1.28-12850 in EURUSD - 1.285 visited, 1427 in SPX - 1432 visited). Good chance of a relief rally and perhaps a horizontal trading range of 1.30-1.2850. But the weakness scares me and increases the probability of a "double top"-scenario in both markets. Sorry about the missing updates - I just updated the yesterday's US close and will update the IMF post next. The next post will be big.
Tuesday, October 9
The regular European morning briefing will be delayed today due to my commitments - but do not despair! The IMF's updated reports are out and by the time you've finshed with these, I'll be back!
Monday, October 8
European morning post on Tuesday will be delayed - sorry!
US bank holiday, but stock market is open. Expecting low volume and possibly erratic price behavior. The drop in EURUSD and SPX has been deeper and faster than I expected, but still within a bullish scenario = tactical buy levels now.
If you are just returning to the office: PLEASE, take a look at my weekend posts linked below. They are long and I push the week's best stuff into them. You might be surprised. EDIT: US bank holiday today - low-volume day, but not sure if that translates into low volatility as well.
Sunday, October 7
Saturday, October 6
This weekend’s edition has plenty to chew on. In addition to the ongoing discussion on central bank policy, Basel 3 reports from BIS and the very helpful “understanding repo markets” are some of the highlights. For traders, the absolute must-read is the piece on how Keynes traded for 25 years. And do take the time to see the free coursebook on international economics!
My usual weekend's reading package comes this week with a special section on Iran. The "Liikanen paper" on banking reform, Spanish crawl to bailout request, plans for fiscal union and continuing trouble with Greece were the main themes of the week. All of these will move to closer focus ahead of the European summits.
Last week in review, next one previewed. This post will be updated later.
Friday, October 5
Just the regulars and all the commentary I could find on the US payrolls.
Just the regulars, I'm sorting articles for the weekend postings. Payrolls largely a non-event, with SPX pushing higher and EURUSD basically unchanged but with positive tone.
The best ones from my past seven day’s postings.
|This is a joke. Free consulting to commentators who notice what I edited.|
I am currently purging my postings so that the "less immediate" articles get pushed to the weekend posts. Any wishes or complaints?
Thursday, October 4
EURUSD and SPX somewhat positive ahead and immediately after the European central banks - both unchanged but sending positive messages. Or thus thinks the market. Wednesday's late minirally in US was attributed to Romney's perceived good performance in debate vs. Obama. The (coming) European roadmap to closer union (banking & fiscal) will be the defining moment of the euro crisis.
|nice bull channel|
Wednesday, October 3
Monday, October 1
Plenty of material, but that's the way we like it. New week, new month, new quarter. This month will either see the roadmap for fiscal and banking union presented to euroleaders. If the presentations suck and political leaders deem them to be unmarketable to their respective electorate, that's it for euro.(edit: Calendar page updated)