Bond Yields Soar As Rate-Cut Hopes Plunge; Stocks, Oil, & Gold All Sold

A quiet macro day in the US - mixed bag of regional Fed survey data (Richmond Manufacturing good, Richmond Biz Conditions bad, Dallas Services bad) and plunging mortgage apps) - followed a hotter than expected inflation print in Germany, which sparked a further hawkish shift lower in rate-cut expectations with 2024 falling back to a 50-50 coin toss for 2 cuts or 1; and 2025 tumbling to less than 3 more cuts...

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Treasury yields surged higher, led by the long-end (2Y +2bps, 30Y +7bps)...

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...steepening the curve even more...

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2Y Yields ramped within 0.25bps of 5.00%, erasing all the gains from payrolls and CPI...

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And higher yields are starting to hit stocks. Today was relatively unusual for recent times with no big BTFD bounce back after almost non-stop selling from the cash close last night. Small Caps lagged on the day with S&P and Nasdaq the best looking horses in the glue factory. The cash open offered a little blip higher but that was sold into...

The Dow broke below its 50- and 100-DMA and Small Caps broke below their 50DMA...

'Most Shorted' stocks were monkeyhammered lower... again...

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But, of course, MAG7 stocks levitated...

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...as NVDA hit another new record high...

Since NVDA's earnings, everything but AI has been sold...

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The dollar followed rates higher, back near one-month highs...

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...which hit gold...

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...sent oil lower with WTI back below $80...

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...and bitcoin also fell back below $68,000 (despite the Blackrock flows news)...

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Ethereum slipped back below $3800....

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Finally, while financial conditions remain drastically loose (especially relative to Fed rates), we note that they are starting to tighten...

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We've seen this before a few times this year - so let's not hold our breath, but The Fed surely wants the market 'tighter' than it is before it starts actually 'easing'.


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