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THE HEDGEYE DAILY OUTLOOK

TODAY’S S&P 500 SET-UP - September 19, 2011

 

As we look at today’s set up for the S&P 500, the range is 41 points or -2.71% downside to 1183 and 0.66% upside to 1224.

 

SECTOR AND GLOBAL PERFORMANCE

 

THE HEDGEYE DAILY OUTLOOK - levels 919

 

THE HEDGEYE DAILY OUTLOOK - daily sector view

 

THE HEDGEYE DAILY OUTLOOK - global performance

 

 

EQUITY SENTIMENT:

  • ADVANCE/DECLINE LINE: +53 (+1586) 
  • VOLUME: NYSE 1813.53 (+88%)
  • VIX:  30.98 -3.1% YTD PERFORMANCE: +74.54%
  • SPX PUT/CALL RATIO: 1.87 from 1.28 (+46.1%)

 

CREDIT/ECONOMIC MARKET LOOK:

  • TED SPREAD: 35.13
  • 3-MONTH T-BILL YIELD: 0.01%
  • 10-Year: 2.08 from 2.08     
  • YIELD CURVE: 1.90 from 1.88

 

MACRO DATA POINTS (Bloomberg Estimates):

  • IMF/World Bank annual meetings this week
  • FOMC begins two-day meeting tomorrow
  • 10 a.m.: NAHB Housing Market, est. 15, prior 15
  • 11:30 a.m.: U.S. to sell $29b 3-mo., $27b 6-mo. bills

 

 WHAT TO WATCH:

  • EU, IMF inspectors to hold call today with Greek Finance Minister to judge whether Greece is eligible for next aid payment due next month
  • Greek PM George Papandreou canceled U.S. visit that was to begin today
  • AT&T said to approach smaller rivals including MetroPCS, Leap Wireless to sell spectrum, subscribers in bid to save $39b takeover of T-Mobile USA
  • Conagra has said it will withdraw Ralcorp takeover offer unless talks start by today; Ralcorp said not willing to begin them
  • President Obama said to call for $1.5t in tax increases mostly targeting the wealthy over the next decade as part of a plan to cut the U.S federal deficit by $3t
  • GM, UAW reach tentative agreement on 4-yr contract, including $5k bonus for workers; Ford, Chrysler next
  • UTX said to be exploring possible bid for Goodrich
  • Boeing postponed next week’s inaugural delivery of the 747-8 freighter after Cargolux Airlines declined to accept the planes
  • Facebook said to unveil a media platform that will allow people to easily share their favorite music, television shows and movies, NYT says
  • EIA releasing world energy supply and demand projection through 2035
  • Netflix plans to separate its DVD-by-mail service from movie streaming, rename it Quikster
  • UBS said Oswald Gruebel will remain as CEO, boosted estimate of trading loss to $2.3b
  • Siemens drops plan to cooperate with Russia’s Rosatom in field of reactors
  • "Lion King 3D’’ tops N. Amer. box office; “Modern Family” wins 5 Emmys
  • Google Wallet may be introduced today, TechCrunch says 
  • No IPOs expected to price today


COMMODITY/GROWTH EXPECTATION

 

THE HEDGEYE DAILY OUTLOOK - daily commodity view

 

 

MOST POPULAR COMMODITY HEADLINES FROM BLOOMBERG:

  • Copper Falls to Nine-Month Low in London on Europe Debts, China
  • Hedge Fund Boxer Hall Says Gold to Extend Gains: Commodities
  • Crude Drops to One-Week Low on Signals Oil-Demand Growth Slowing
  • Commodities Fall as Copper Touches Nine-Month Low; Gold Gains
  • Wheat Drops to Lowest Price Since July as Rain Falls in Texas
  • Gold May Gain in New York as European Debt Concerns Boost Demand
  • Freeport Indonesia Resumes Mining as Grasberg Workers Return
  • Hedge Funds Raise Oil Wagers Most Since March: Energy Markets
  • LNG Surges as Japan Vies With China, Exxon’s Shipments Grow
  • Zinc May Fall After Failing to Top Average: Technical Analysis
  • Funds Cut Bullish Commodity Wagers on ‘Contraction’ Concern
  • Wheat Exports From India May Be Capped 500,000 Tons, Group Says
  • Corn, Soybeans May Fall on Higher U.S. Yields, Economic Woes
  • Teck’s Lindsay Favors Coal Mine Expansion as Industry M&A Booms
  • Coffee Falls as European Stockpiles Are High; White Sugar Slides
  • Shipper Navios Outperforms Parent on Soy Trade: Argentina Credit
  • World Corn Growers Top U.S. Farms on Exports: Chart of the Day

 

CURRENCIES

 

THE HEDGEYE DAILY OUTLOOK - daily currency view

 

 

EUROPEAN MARKETS

 

THE HEDGEYE DAILY OUTLOOK - euro performance

 

 

ASIAN MARKETS

 

THE HEDGEYE DAILY OUTLOOK - asia performance

 

 

MIDDLE EAST

 

THE HEDGEYE DAILY OUTLOOK - mideast performacne

 

 

Howard Penney

Managing Director

 

 


CCL YOUTUBE

In preparation for CCL's 3Q earnings release tomorrow, we’ve put together the recent pertinent forward looking company commentary.

 

 

NEW COSTA AND AIDA SHIP ORDERS (8/3/2011)

  • Orders Include a 132,500-Ton Ship for Costa and Two 125,000-Ton Vessels for AIDA
    • 3,700 passenger ship for Costa scheduled for delivery in Oct 2014
      • All-in cost is 150k euros per lower berth
  • Two 3,250 passenger ships for AIDA scheduled for delivery in Mar 2015 and Mar 2016
    • All-in cost is 140k euros per lower berth
    • The delivery of the new Costa ship in fall 2014 is expected to replace capacity from the sale of certain older Costa ships beginning with the sale of Costa Marina, which will leave the fleet in November 2011. In the third quarter of 2011, the company will record a loss on the sale of approximately $0.02 per share.

 

YOUTUBE FROM 2Q CONFERENCE CALL

 

General

  • “A 10% change in the price of fuel for the remaining half of 2011 represents a $0.14 per share impact. And with respect to FX, a 10% change in all currencies relative to the U.S. dollar for the remaining half of 2011 would impact our P&L by $0.16 per share.”
  • “Costa, with a significant commitment to MENA ports of call in 2011, was by far the most affected of our company. Other brands were also affected by MENA, but to a much lesser degree.”
  • “The redesigning of the MENA cruises and offering them at greatly reduced prices was clearly the greatest contributor to reduced European revenue yields.”
  • “Most of the reduced North American revenue forecast relates to MENA and Japan, with the balance attributable to lower-than-expected pricing from Mediterranean cruises. This was partially offset by better-than expected pricing for – in Alaska and other cruise lines.”
  • “Fleet-wide local currency pricing for the second half bookings is nicely higher year over year, more significantly so for North American brands and slightly higher for EAA brands. Occupancies for the second half of the year are lower, slightly lower for North American brands and lower for EAA brands. Looking at the booking window over the last six weeks, however the picture is showing solid improvement on a fleet-wide basis. The booking volume is significantly higher year over year for North America and EAA, and with stronger pricing for North America brand and lower pricing for EAA brands.”
  • “We are greatly encouraged with the recent strength of our North American brand performances here, that is from a bookings standpoint, which bodes well for our 2012 business outlook.”
  • “With respect to our exposure to Greece, it looks like roughly 8% or 9% of our capacity touches Greece in the back half of the year”
  • [Alaska] “Capacity was reduced after the referendum passed. Took a number of years for that reduced capacity to actually roll through. And I think that has helped. And second, historically when Europe weakens, those people that are looking for sightseeing destinations, Alaska becomes a very positive alternative. And so Alaska winds up benefiting from the negative issues that occur when North Americans travel into Europe. And you’ve got the combination of that, plus higher airfares to Europe, which are not quite the case to Seattle and Vancouver. You put all that together, and they wound up to be a very, very strong Alaska season.”
  • “We’re seeing a couple of percentage points improvement in onboard spending. We’re expecting, on a normalized basis, a couple of percent for the year. And really it’s – I think I said this on the last call – it’s across all categories of onboard except for the casinos. And we talked about the challenges that we have with the casinos. So nothing’s changed much from March guidance or the June guidance in terms of onboard….we expect to be 2% higher this year in yield.”
  • “The reality is that we made a move to merge the back office of Seabourn into Holland America, for example, and create significant cost synergies that we disclosed earlier. But the costs of all that was in the first half of this year, where all the redundancy payments and everything was done the first half of this year, and all the synergies will flow through the second half of next year. A similar thing we’re working on in Australia, between Princess Australia and Princess – and P&O Australia. Similarly, we merged our two different hotel businesses in Alaska, and that happened this spring, and the synergies hopefully will flow through next year. So you’ve got these kinds of things happening that can give you a bump in a quarter or two, but hopefully over the long term, keep us closer to zero than zero – inflation.”
  • “It’s been strong across the board. Stronger at better pricing, at higher prices in North American brands, and stronger at lower prices for certain of our European brands that are trying to fill their ships, especially the southern Europe brands. But overall the volumes have been strong, which is very encouraging.”
  • “We’re very encouraged by what we’re seeing, even at the luxury end. So the premium luxury cruises, and even the contemporary products in North America, the demand is very strong right now.”
  • “I think the only area that I think is a little bit disappointing, but it’s also the MENA effect is the European business for the North American brands, which started off very, very strong and then seemed to have tapered off during this period of the political unrest. And so we lost a little bit of momentum. But the impact of that is, to be honest with you, is not all that significant in the overall numbers.”

3Q 2011

  • “Turning to the third quarter, capacity in the third quarter is expected to increase by 4.8%. 3.3% of that is in North America, 7.2% for EAA brands. On a fleet-wide basis, third quarter occupancies are running slightly behind last year, with fleet-wide local currency pricing nicely ahead year-over-year, despite the challenges in Europe. That’s the current picture. For North American brand capacity, in the third quarter is 36% in the Caribbean, which is down from 41% last year, 25% in Europe, an increase from 17% last year, and 23% in Alaska, which is about the same as last year.”
  • “Pricing for North American brand business in the third quarter is well ahead of last year on the same year-over-year occupancies. And booking volumes for the last six weeks have been strong with very little inventory left to sell. More specifically, pricing for Alaska itineraries is running significantly higher than last year. Pricing for Caribbean itineraries is lightly better than a year ago, which is a nice improvement from the first half of the year. And pricing for North American brand European itineraries is lower than a year ago.  We are forecasting that North American brand pricing for the third quarter will be nicely higher than a year ago.”
  • “EAA brand capacity is 83% in European itineraries. At the present time, EAA local currency pricing is slightly ahead of last year on lower occupancies. EAA brand bookings over the last six weeks have been strong with pricing running lower than a year ago. Despite all the challenges in Europe, we are currently forecasting that EAA revenues will come in only slightly lower than last year by the time the third quarter closes.”
  • “We are forecasting third quarter local currency yields to be higher, in the 1% to 2% range, driven by stronger North American brand yields.”

4Q 2011

  • “On a fleet-wide basis, capacity is up 5.8%, 3.2% of North America, 10% for EAA brands. Local currency pricing on a fleet-wide basis for the fourth quarter is nicely higher year-over-year to the similar pattern to the third quarter. Occupancies are lower than last year, slightly lower for North American brands, and lower for EAA brands. North American brands are 42% in the Caribbean, down from 50% last year, 14% in Europe versus 9% last year and 10% in Orient Pacific, which is about the same as last year. The balance of the itineraries in various other places. Pricing for North American brand itineraries in the fourth quarter is nicely higher than a year ago, and the booking volume for North American brands in the fourth quarter continues to be strong. By the time the fourth quarter closes, we expect North American brand pricing to be nicely higher. EAA brands are 71% in Europe versus 64% last year, with the balance in other itineraries.”
  • “Fourth quarter local currency pricing for EAA brands at the current time is higher than a year ago, but given the current lower occupancy versus last year, we expect EAA pricing on a local currency basis for the fourth quarter to continue to decline. While booking momentum has picked up, it has been at the lower price point, so by the time the quarter closes, we expect EAA local currency pricing to be lower than a year ago.”
  • “On an overall fleet-wide basis for the fourth quarter, similar to the third quarter, we are forecasting higher local currency revenue yield driven by the stronger pricings from the North American brands.”

 1Q 2012

  • “For the first quarter of 2012, capacity is 5.5% higher than last year, 4.5% in North America, 7.2% in EAA brands. At the present time, on a fleet-wide basis, local currency pricing is nicely higher with occupancies running slightly behind last year.”
  • “For North American brands, we are 65% in the Caribbean, which is about where we were last year, with the balance in various other itineraries. Caribbean pricing is nicely higher than a year ago on slightly lower occupancies. Pricing for all other itineraries is also higher than a year ago, also at slightly lower occupancies. EAA brands are 22% in the Caribbean, about the same as last year, 20% in Europe, down from 23% last year, 18% in South America, up slightly from 16% last year, and 40% in a variety of other itineraries around the world. For all EAA itineraries taken together, local currency pricing is slightly higher than a year ago at slightly lower occupancies.”
  • “From an overall fleet-wide standpoint, booking volumes and pricing in the last six weeks for the first quarter of 2012 have been strong. And at this time, it appears that Q1 is off to a good start.”
  • "But for Q1, they reposition a number of cruises away from the Med. They repositioned an additional ship down to South America for this winter and the first quarter, another ship into the Caribbean. All sourced from the European market, by the way, and they made a few other – and those ships came out – the knock-on effect is those ships came out of the Middle East or North Africa. So there’s less dependence in the first quarter on those itineraries."

2012

  • “I do not have the deployment by market for 2012. I can tell you that our North American brands’ capacity is up 3.5% and our European brands’ capacity for next year is up closer to 8%. From an industry perspective, we are showing North America up less than 3% and Europe up 6%. But that is, again, brand sourcing, European passengers, not necessarily the deployments.”

MONDAY MORNING RISK MONITOR: SWAPS TIGHTEN AROUND THE WORLD EXCEPT AT GREEK BANKS

This week's notable callouts include a new YTD high in the TED spread,  tightening of US and European financial CDS, and tightening of most sovereign swaps. Greek sovereign CDS hit a new high mid-week before falling sharply, ending slightly higher than the prior week.


Financial Risk Monitor Summary (Across 3 Durations):

  • Short-term (WoW): Positive / 5 of 11 improved / 2 out of 11 worsened / 4 of 11 unchanged
  • Intermediate-term (MoM): Negative / 3 of 11 improved / 5 of 11 worsened / 3 of 11 unchanged
  • Long-term (150 DMA): Negative / 2 of 11 improved / 7 of 11 worsened / 2 of 11 unchanged

 

MONDAY MORNING RISK MONITOR: SWAPS TIGHTEN AROUND THE WORLD EXCEPT AT GREEK BANKS - Summary

 

1. US Financials CDS Monitor – Swaps tightened across 27 of 28 major domestic financials in our table last week. In contrast, only 16 companies have tighter swaps compared to a month ago. 

Tightened the most vs last week: GS, PMI, ACE

Tightened the least/ widened the most vs last week: RDN, AGO, GNW

Tightened the most vs last month: PMI, ACE, MMC

Widened the most vs last month: LNC, PRU, AGO

 

MONDAY MORNING RISK MONITOR: SWAPS TIGHTEN AROUND THE WORLD EXCEPT AT GREEK BANKS - CDS US

 

2. European Financials CDS Monitor – Banks swaps mostly tightened in Europe last week.  25 of the 39 swaps were tighter while 14 widened. There was a notable divergence in Greek banks, with Alpha Bank A.E, EFG Eurobank Ergasias, and National Bank of Greece widening 61%, 52%, and 32% respectively. French banks led the tightening, with BNP Paribas and Credit Agricole tightening 13% WoW.

 

MONDAY MORNING RISK MONITOR: SWAPS TIGHTEN AROUND THE WORLD EXCEPT AT GREEK BANKS - CDS  Europe

 

3. European Sovereign CDS – European sovereign swaps mostly tightened across the Eurozone. After hitting a new all-time high of almost 5,000 bps mid-week, Greek swaps are trading at 3,536 bps today, just 27 bps wider than last Monday’s level. CDS of Portugal, Ireland, Spain, Italy, France, and Germany were modestly tighter compared to last week. 

 

MONDAY MORNING RISK MONITOR: SWAPS TIGHTEN AROUND THE WORLD EXCEPT AT GREEK BANKS - Sovereign CDS 1

 

MONDAY MORNING RISK MONITOR: SWAPS TIGHTEN AROUND THE WORLD EXCEPT AT GREEK BANKS - Sovereign CDS 2

 

4. High Yield (YTM) Monitor – High Yield rates rose 2 bps last week, ending at 7.84 versus 7.82 the prior week.

 

MONDAY MORNING RISK MONITOR: SWAPS TIGHTEN AROUND THE WORLD EXCEPT AT GREEK BANKS - High Yield LT

 

5. Leveraged Loan Index Monitor – The Leveraged Loan Index rose 3 points last week, ending at 1541. 

 

MONDAY MORNING RISK MONITOR: SWAPS TIGHTEN AROUND THE WORLD EXCEPT AT GREEK BANKS - LLI LT

 

6. TED Spread Monitor – The TED spread made another new YTD high, ending the week at 35.1 versus 33.3 the prior week.

 

MONDAY MORNING RISK MONITOR: SWAPS TIGHTEN AROUND THE WORLD EXCEPT AT GREEK BANKS - TED Spread LT

 

7. Journal of Commerce Commodity Price Index – Last week, the JOC index fell slightly, ending the week at -4.4.

 

MONDAY MORNING RISK MONITOR: SWAPS TIGHTEN AROUND THE WORLD EXCEPT AT GREEK BANKS - JOC LT

 

8. Greek Bond Yields Monitor – We chart the 10-year yield on Greek bonds.  Last week yields hit new all-time highs, before falling to end the week at 2119 bps.

 

MONDAY MORNING RISK MONITOR: SWAPS TIGHTEN AROUND THE WORLD EXCEPT AT GREEK BANKS - GR Bond LT

 

9. Markit MCDX Index Monitor – The Markit MCDX is a measure of municipal credit default swaps.  We believe this index is a useful indicator of pressure in state and local governments.  Markit publishes index values daily on six 5-year tenor baskets including 50 reference entities each. Each basket includes a diversified pool of revenue and GO bonds from a broad array of states. We track the 14-V1.  After bottoming in April, the index has been moving higher.  Last week, spreads fell 19 bps and closed at 144 bps.

 

MONDAY MORNING RISK MONITOR: SWAPS TIGHTEN AROUND THE WORLD EXCEPT AT GREEK BANKS - Markit MCDX

 

10. Baltic Dry Index – The Baltic Dry Index measures international shipping rates of dry bulk cargo, mostly commodities used for industrial production.  Higher demand for such goods, as manifested in higher shipping rates, indicates economic expansion.  Last week the index hit its YTD high before falling to end the week 24 points lower at 1814.

 

MONDAY MORNING RISK MONITOR: SWAPS TIGHTEN AROUND THE WORLD EXCEPT AT GREEK BANKS - Baltic Dry

 

11. 2-10 Spread – We track the 2-10 spread as an indicator of bank margin pressure.  Last week the 10-year yield rose to 2.05, pushing the 2-10 spread to 188 bps, 15 bps wider than a week ago.   

 

MONDAY MORNING RISK MONITOR: SWAPS TIGHTEN AROUND THE WORLD EXCEPT AT GREEK BANKS - 2 10 Spread

 

12. XLF Macro Quantitative Setup – Our Macro team’s quantitative setup in the XLF shows the following:  1.6% upside to TRADE resistance, 1.5% downside to TRADE support.

 

MONDAY MORNING RISK MONITOR: SWAPS TIGHTEN AROUND THE WORLD EXCEPT AT GREEK BANKS - XLF Macro Quantitative Setup

 

Margin Debt Flat in July

We publish NYSE Margin Debt every month when it’s released.  This chart shows the S&P 500, inflation adjusted back to 1997, along with the inflation-adjusted level of margin debt (expressed as standard deviations from the long-run mean).  As the chart demonstrates, higher levels of margin debt are associated with increased risk in the equity market.  Our analysis shows that more than 1.5 standard deviations above the average level is the point where things start to get dangerous.  In July, margin debt held close to flat at $306B.  On a standard deviation basis, margin debt fell to 1.21 standard deviations above the long-run average.

 

One limitation of this series is that it is reported on a lag.  The chart shows data through July.

 

MONDAY MORNING RISK MONITOR: SWAPS TIGHTEN AROUND THE WORLD EXCEPT AT GREEK BANKS - margin debt

 

Joshua Steiner, CFA

 

Allison Kaptur


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THE M3: MOCHA CLUBS; FOOD POISONING AT GM; MORE SPENDING; GAMING EMPLOYEES

The Macau Metro Monitor, September 19, 2011

 

 

MOCHA CLUBS OPENS NEW PARLOUR Macau Business

Mocha Clubs has opened a new parlour at Macau Tower.  With 24-hour all weather service, the club offers 260 slot machines and electronic table games.  Mocha Clubs currently has a total of ~1,800 gaming machines in nine locations, running the largest non-casino based operations of electronic gaming machines in Macau.

 

FOOD POISONING AT THE GALAXY Macau Daily Times

11 customers have shown symptoms of food poisoning while eating at one of Galaxy Macau's restaurants.  

 

MORE MAINLAND TOURISTS SPEND WEEKENDS IN MACAU Tai Chung Pao

Mainland tourists claimed that with RMB keeps appreciating, they are more willing to spend money in Macau, with average spending from MOP1,000 to tens of thousands at each trip.  Majority of the visitors shop for daily necessities, gold and luxury goods.

 

DICJ CONSIDERS RESTRICTING GAMING EMPLOYEES TO GAMBLE Tai Chung Pao

Leong Man Ion, deputy director of the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau, says that the authority will actively study the possibility of a restriction on gambling for gaming employees.


Gravity's Bark

This note was originally published at 8am on September 14, 2011. INVESTOR and RISK MANAGER SUBSCRIBERS have access to the EARLY LOOK (published by 8am every trading day) and PORTFOLIO IDEAS in real-time.

“Gravity is only the bark of wisdom’s tree, but it preserves it.”

-Confucius

 

I am definitely not as long as I was 24 hours ago. This morning’s Global Macro Grind is just not good.

 

So before I get into Geithner, Lagarde (IMF), and Barroso (EU) policies to suspend gravity, let’s go through that grind and take a walk down the world’s fundamental path of a continued Growth Slowdown:

  1. JAPAN – Japanese stocks fell another -1.1% overnight to a fresh 18 month low. It’s not “headline” news, but that doesn’t mean that one of the world’s Top 3 economies ceases to exist. This remains the land of Keynesian nod.
  2. KOREA – as in the South side, saw its main stock index (and really one of the biggest leading indicators for industrial and tech demand, globally), the KOSPI, collapse for another -3.5% move overnight. Since May, the KOSPI has crashed (down -21.5%).
  3. CHINA – Chinese stocks bounced “off the lows” to close up +0.55% overnight. While we highly doubt that the best “idea” the Chinese have is investing in Berlusconi Bonds, they are captive to a Global Growth Slowdown, even if they don’t perpetuate it.
  4. GERMANY – the train wreck that has become the German stock market crashing continues. When I write the word crash, I mean it, literally. If the SP500 was down as much as the German DAX since May (down -33%), the SP500 would be testing the 900 level and Geithner would be promoting a $3 TRILLION TARP at today’s Delivering Alpha Conference.
  5. ITALY/SPAIN/GREECE – dead cats bounce all of the time in a global economic system where the suspension of gravity remains the primary policy – but they bounce to lower-highs. And unless Lagarde (IMF) and Barroso (EU) start TARPing these pig banks in the coming days, both the Euro and these European crash markets will come under further selling pressure.
  6. RUSSIA – yep, they’re still around but what was The Inflation Trade bid (USD Down, Oil Up) of Q1 2011 (QE2) in the Russian stock market is now gone. The RTSI index is down again this morning and testing fresh YTD lows.
  7. BRAZIL – like many of the countries in Asia, the Brazilians appropriately raised interest rates when the US should have and can now start cutting them. This has Brazil looking a lot better than most European and US stock market indices all of a sudden but, again, cutting interest rates requires fear mongering (ie Growth Is Slowing people), so plenty to ponder there.
  8. CANADA – if all Keynesian Policy finger pointing fails, Geithner can still blame Canada.

Sorry. Did I say I was going to wait until I addressed the Fiat Foolery of Geithner, Lagarde, and Barroso? I couldn’t help myself.

 

Sadly, Gravity’s Bark will have to deal with these people intervening in what were our “free” market lives until they sufficiently blow this entire thing up.

 

Obviously Greek bonds, Italian stocks, and US Financials have been blowing up since February. This is not new. What is new is that consensus has been forced to realize that policy perpetuates the growth slowdown problem as opposed to rescuing it.

 

Geithner loves this stuff. He’s a big Anti-Gravity guy. Spending 47% of his born life at the US Treasury and Federal Reserve (New York Banker kind) and not accepting any responsibility in his policy recommendations across 23 years of his being on the Big Government Intervention team is impressive. That’s what gets you the nod as a keynote to generate some alpha!

 

As for what France’s lovely Christine Madeleine Odette Lagarde (new head of the IMF post the other French guy having some transparency problems) and Jose Manuel Durao Barroso (President of the European Commission) can do to drive some volatility in these very price stable and socialized markets … let’s consider their options:

  1. TARP the Europig Banks with some Geithner/Paulson policy (that’s what the EFSF is – a hybrid TARP)
  2. Start issuing some Eurobonds so that the Europig Bonds get a little lift from the German Bund mix
  3. Fire Greece out of the EU

Fire, as in the “rapid oxidation of a material in the chemical process of combustion” (Wikipedia). Or, as in firing the Greeks (after the Troika meetings) for lying about their numbers. There may not be gravity in the Fiat world – but there will be fire!

 

This is obviously a gong show at this point and, as a result, I see no reason not to trade this Global Macro market risk aggressively.

 

Rick Perry went with the “treason” thing. And Jamie Dimon opted for the “blatantly anti-American” thing.

 

I am going to go with fading the anti-gravity thing.

 

My immediate-term support and resistance ranges for Gold, Oil, Copper, Germany’s DAX, and the SP500 are now $86.18-90.11, $1808-1846, $3.93-4.04, 4889-5314, and 1141-1181, respectively. Don’t be ideological about all of this – just trade the ranges.

 

Best of luck out there today,

KM

 

Keith R. McCullough
Chief Executive Officer

 

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