After a furious three day "dash for trash", no volume, no breadth, commodity-driven rally, even Santa is now exhausted and overnight US equity index futures were little changed with European and Asian shares mixed. The dollar has declines as gold, silver gain, with WTI initially continuing its recent meteoric rise (up over 8% in the past three days, nearly hitting $38), only to reverse and give up all overnight gains moments ago.
The LFB submits:Play: Latest Global Video Charting The reaction to better than expected U.S. Employment data on Friday was for equity trade to move higher, commodities to lose ground, and interest rate markets to be bought. In reality the NFP numbers offered a poor picture of the overall U.S.
With memories of last week's high-volume, post-Fed, quad-witching selloff fading fast, overnight the Santa rally defined as no volume, no breadth levitation, has continued for a third day and moments ago European stocks rose to their best level of the day, with the Stoxx Europe 600 Index headed for its biggest advance in a week, while US equity futures ramped on the European open as they traditionally do, and then again hit session highs minutes ago, as holiday volumes are in meltdown mode, and oddlots can move the E-mini by 1 point.
It has been another choppy, illiquid, volatile overnight session, which started with weakness out of China, whose Shanghai Composite dropped 20% into another bear market in early trading, then further slammed by news of a terrorist attack in Jakarta, only to rebound back over 3000 as the Chinese National Team decided to intrevene again, this time in the ChiNext small cap index, pushing it higher by 5.6%.
So far today has been a replica of yesterday, with the crude rout continuing and pushing WTI under $45, but largely ignored by the FX carry pairs, and thus equity futures, which have seen some positive momentum from overnight trade data out of China where exports jumped 9.7% beating the 6% expectation, while imports fell 2.4% compared to a projected 6.2% decline as the trade surplus narrowed from November’s record $54.4 billion.
A quick anecdote that should quickly confirm just how broken everything is: earlier today MarkIt reported European manufacturing data that was atrocious, with both German and European PMIs tumbling to levels not seen since mid-2013, and with Europe's growth dynamo now in a contraction phase clearly signalling what has been long overdue: a European triple dip recession. So what happens? Moments later Germany sells €4.1 billion in 10 Year paper at a record low yield below 1%....
Following a volatile end to April, on whose last day many decided to frontrun "selling in May before going away", the world has taken a breather and overnight China was closed to celebrate May day, unable to celebrate the "beat" of the official Chinese Manufacturing PMI which printed unchanged from last month, at 50.1, goalseeked to beat the consensus expectation of 50.0 by the smallest of possible increments.