Stocks Rise On March 7, 2024 As The AI Machine Goes Manic

It was a bizarre day across the board, from market price action to some strange Q&A with Powell in the Senate to Broadcom’s bizarre after-hours price action. There are just some days where you can say, Yeah, nothing made sense. It seems that Thursday was that day. Looking forward to Friday for sure with the job report coming.

I mean, first, there was an overnight trading session that saw the futures fall quite a bit, only to see them mysteriously rally starting around 3 a.m. on no news whatsoever—or any that I could find. From the low at 3 a.m. to the high at 2 p.m., the Nasdaq rallied by almost 2.5%, really for no good reason other than the fact that it appears that the stock market has officially turned into a hyper-casino.

In addition, we saw the spread between a 1-month 90% moneyness and 110% money Nvidia (NVDA) options fall to -5.1 today, the widest spread over the past two years. That means IV for a 10% upside in Nvidia is higher than for a 10% downside. Maybe investors are now pricing not only the GPUs Nvidia is selling but all the diseases and cures AI will solve someday.

In the meantime, the 3-month implied correlation index hits its lowest level ever today.

These just don’t feel like things you typically see during periods of level-headed thinking and feel much more like something of a manic nature.

Of course, Broadcom (AVGO), whose stock has surged 70% since the beginning of November, reported what I thought were the most unimpressive results given the run and missed estimates on its semiconductor segment and then provided inline guidance, with nothing special talked about on the conference call. It is surprising to see that shares have only fallen a mere 3% when we have seen stocks punished far worse for what seemed like decent numbers.

Maybe that will change tomorrow. I don’t know, but the price action we are seeing currently seems unstable. It can go on for longer, but none of this seems normal, and I have seen some bizarre things over the past 30 years.

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