Daily Comment

Daily Comment (July 5, 2016)

by Bill O’Grady and Kaisa Stucke [Posted: 9:30 AM EDT] After an impressive recovery in equities last week, markets are weakening to start this week.  There are a number of factors weighing on sentiment.  Here are the key ones: The Italian banking mess: Today’s lead headline in the FT discusses how Monte dei Paschi (BMPS: IM,… Read More »

Daily Comment (July 1, 2016)

by Bill O’Grady and Kaisa Stucke [Posted: 9:30 AM EDT] It’s global PMI day!  We have recorded the overseas numbers below.  Overall, Europe came in strong, while Asia was mostly neutral to negative.  Although the European numbers were positive, they may be dampened post-Brexit. After BOE Governor Carney promised further monetary accommodation yesterday, financial markets rose… Read More »

Daily Comment (June 30, 2016)

by Bill O’Grady and Kaisa Stucke [Posted: 9:30 AM EDT] The big shock overnight came from a surpise announcement by former London Mayor Boris Johnson, who withdrew from the race for the PM job in the U.K. after a withering attack from an (now probably former) ally, Michael Gove.  This withdrawal adds to uncertainty surrounding the… Read More »

Daily Comment (June 29, 2016)

by Bill O’Grady and Kaisa Stucke [Posted: 9:30 AM EDT] Although global equity markets continue to rally, we are seeing a rather curious trade across financial and commodity markets.  Notably, gold and long-duration Treasuries remain strong.  Two charts highlight the impact.  First, we note that inflows into gold ETPs are steadily rising. (Source: Bloomberg) This chart… Read More »

Daily Comment (June 28, 2016)

by Bill O’Grady and Kaisa Stucke [Posted: 9:30 AM EDT] We are seeing a rebound in risk markets this morning as there is growing speculation that the U.K. and the EU will be able to negotiate an acceptable deal.  This sentiment is rising despite comments from Chancellor Merkel indicating that there will be no “cherry picking”… Read More »

Daily Comment (June 27, 2016)

by Bill O’Grady and Kaisa Stucke [Posted: 9:30 AM EDT] British politics is in deep turmoil.  The Labour Party is in disarray after 17 members called for the ouster of party leader Jeremy Corbyn.  The Labour leader is deeply unpopular with the MPs but the party faithful adore him.  Labour Party officials partly blame Corbyn for… Read More »

Daily Comment (June 24, 2016)

by Bill O’Grady and Kaisa Stucke [Posted: 9:30 AM EDT] In a major shock, U.K. voters chose to exit the EU in yesterday’s referendum.  The vote, which ran roughly 52/48 in favor of Brexit, defied polls and, for the first time in our experience, the betting pools as well.  In the U.K., this is the second… Read More »

Daily Comment (June 23, 2016)

by Bill O’Grady and Kaisa Stucke [Posted: 9:30 AM EDT] Voters in the U.K. go to the polls today to decide whether or not they are staying in the EU.  The markets, however, appear to have already voted as we are seeing full “risk-on” activity, with the dollar and yen lower and Treasury yields higher.  In… Read More »

Daily Comment (June 22, 2016)

by Bill O’Grady and Kaisa Stucke [Posted: 9:30 AM EDT] On the eve of the vote in the U.K., polling suggests that the Brexit vote will be close.  However, the message coming from the betting pools maintains the leave camp at roughly 25%. (Source: Bloomberg) This chart shows the leave bets, which peaked around 45% but… Read More »

Daily Comment (June 21, 2016)

by Bill O’Grady and Kaisa Stucke [Posted: 9:30 AM EDT] Polling suggests that the Brexit vote will be close.  However, that isn’t the message coming from the betting pools, where the leave camp lost another four points. (Source: Bloomberg) This chart shows the leave bets, which peaked around 45% but have fallen precipitously to the 24%… Read More »

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